Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Classic Gluten Free Pound Cake
Glutenfreeonashoestring.com


16 tablespoons (224 g) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup (200 g) sugar
9 ounces (about 4 extra-large or 5 large) eggs at room temperature, beaten
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract (or 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract + 1/2 teaspoon almond extract)
180 grams Better Batter and 40 grams corn starch (or 1 cup 9 tablespoons (220 g) Better Batter)
1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum (omit if your blend already contains it)
1 teaspoon kosher salt

Preheat your oven to 325°F. Grease well a standard loaf pan (about 9-inches x 5-inches, or a bit smaller) and set it aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or a large bowl with a handheld mixer, cream the butter on medium-high speed until it is light and fluffy. Add the sugar, and then the eggs (slowly, while the mixer is on low speed) and vanilla, beating after each addition until well-combined. Turn the mixer speed up to medium-high, and beat until smooth.

In a small bowl, place the flour blend, xanthan gum and salt, and whisk to combine well. Add the flour mixture, about ¼ cup at a time, to the mixer bowl with the wet ingredients, and mix until just combined. The batter will be thick but soft and smooth. Scrape the mixture into the prepared loaf pan, and smooth the top with a wet spatula. Carefully bang the bottom of the pan a few times on the counter to release any air bubbles.

Place the loaf pan in the center of the preheated oven and bake, rotating once during baking, until lightly golden brown all over and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean (about 50 minutes). Remove from the oven and place the cake, still in the pan, on a wire rack to cool for at least 30 minutes before removing from the pan and allowing to cool completely.

Cross-Contamination by Canadian Celiac Association

People who need to eat gluten free need to check both the ingredients in food and any cross-contamination with gluten-containing ingredients that might happen when the food is manufactured, packaged and prepared for eating.
When you think about avoiding cross-contamination, you need to realize that crumbs matter. Look around your kitchen to see where there are crumbs – on the counter top, in the microwave, on the cutting board or in the corners of your metal baking dishes? Anywhere you see crumbs is a potential place for cross-contamination.
At home the following practices will go a long way toward avoiding cross contamination:
  • A celiac should have their own butter dish and a cutting board that is used for gluten free foods only.
  • A celiac should have their own toaster. A toaster oven, where the rack can be removed and washed if others have used it may be a good alternative. If you do not have access to a separate toaster, try a toaster bag, a silicon bag that holds the bread while it is toasted. The bread toasts right through the bag.
  • If it is not practical to have a section of the counter top set aside for preparing gluten free food only, always make sure that the counter space you are using to prepare gluten free food is freshly washed to ensure it is free from crumbs or flour dust.
  • Do gluten free baking first, and have it well wrapped and stored before doing anything with regular flours. Flour dust (in the air) from regular flours could settle on the gluten free products, thus contaminating them.
  • Note: Although this doesn’t fall into the cross contamination area, it is worth noting that a Celiac should take precautions against breathing in flour dust when using other than gluten free flours. Flour dust that settles on the nasal passages may eventually get swallowed and end up being digested.
  • When making sandwiches, do the gluten free ones first – otherwise be sure to wash your hands after touching regular bread and before touching gluten free supplies.
  • Use clean utensils and avoid “double dipping” – knives or spoons are OK the first time, but once they have touched food with gluten, they can contaminate the food in the container if used again. If it is too difficult to train other family members in this regard, it would be wise for the celiac to have their own jar of jam, peanut butter, mustard, etc.
  • Be especially alert and cautious when you have guests helping in the kitchen – they will not have your gluten awareness. Also, it is when you are otherwise distracted that you are more likely to make a gluten error.
  • Make sure any pots, utensils, etc. that are used for other foods are thoroughly scrubbed before using for gluten free foods. In the case of something like muffin tins, paper liners may be a worthwhile consideration.
  • It is best to have a separate set of utensils with porous surfaces, such as wooden spoons, for your gluten free baking. These utensils might retain some gluten particles after cleaning.
  • If using lentils, be sure to meticulously pick them over before putting in the pot to cook. Even if you buy them packaged, it is not uncommon to find kernels of wheat or oats (or pebbles) in with the lentils.
Away from home, be aware of sources of cross contamination:
  • Products in bulk bins can become contaminated by using the scoops in more than one bin. There is no assurance that the other customers will be as cautious as you. Also, flour dust in the air around these bins can cause a problem.
  • At the deli counter, where gluten free meats are being cut using the same utensils without cleaning in between or where cut meats often overlap on the counter.
  • Buffet lunches, where the chef tests the temperatures in all the dishes using one thermometer, or spoons are used for more than one dish.
  • French fries cooked in oil where battered foods have been fried.
  • Meat cooked on a grill which hasn’t been cleaned after cooking regular food with gluten.
  • Gluten-free pasta may be cooked in water used for regular pasta and rice may be cooked in broth containing gluten.
  • Milling of gluten free grains on equipment that has been used for regular grains.
  • In product production where a gluten free product is not produced on a dedicated line. Cereals and candy bars that have gluten free ingredients may be produced after a non GF item without having the equipment cleaned thoroughly in between.
Canadian Celiac Association www.celiac.ca

Brazilian Cheese Bread (Pao de Queijo)

1/2 cup olive oil or butter
1/3 cup water
1/3 cup milk  
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups tapioca flour
2 teaspoons minced garlic
2/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
2 beaten eggs

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). 


Pour olive oil, water, milk, and salt into a large saucepan, and place over high heat. When the mixture comes to a boil, remove from heat immediately, and stir in tapioca flour and garlic until smooth. Set aside to rest for 10 to 15 minutes.

Stir the cheese and egg into the tapioca mixture until well combined, the mixture will be chunky like cottage cheese. Drop rounded, 1/4 cup-sized balls of the mixture onto an ungreased baking sheet. 

Bake in preheated oven until the tops are lightly browned, 15 to 20 minutes.

Herbed Bread Stuffing

2 Boxes (12 waffles) GF Frozen Waffles, toasted, cut into 1/2"cubes
3 medium onions. chopped
3 celery ribs, thinly sliced crosswise
1 1/2 teaspoons herbs de provence*
1/2 teaspoon dried sage
1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick)
1 1/2 cups GF chicken stock
Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Toast waffles until crispy but not burned. Let cool, then cut into 1/2"cubes. Set aside.

Cook onions, celery and herbs in butter in a large heavy skillet over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are softened, about 10 minutes.  In large bowl, toss together bread cubes, vegetables and stock.  Season to taste with salt and pepper. Transfer stuffing to a large baking dish. Bake, uncovered for 20 minutes or until heated through.

*Hebs de provence:
1/2 teaspoon rosemary
1/2 teaspoon thyme
1/4 teaspoon oregano
1/4 teaspoon basil

Peppermint Crunch Puppy Chow

Yield: 5 cups
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Sweet snack mix made with white chocolate and candy canes. Perfect to serve or give away during the holiday season!

5 cups Rice Chex cereal
10 ounces melting white chocolate OR vanilla flavored Almond Bark
1 cup crushed candy canes
1 cup confectioners' sugar

1. Pour the cereal into a large bowl. Melt white chocolate/almond bark according to the package directions. Pour melted chocolate over cereal, stirring and folding until the cereal is completely covered. Fold in the crushed candy canes.

2. Pour the confectioners' sugar into a zipped-top bag. Pour the chocolate covered cereal/candy canes in next. Seal the bag or container and shake until all the cereal is coated with the confectioners' sugar mixture.

3. Discard excess powder. Store at room temperature up to 2 weeks, if it lasts that long!

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Green and White Coconut Macaroons

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
pinch of kosher salt
2 large egg whites
2 1/2 cups sweetened shredded coconut
1/4 cup green M&M's

Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Whisk together the vanilla, salt and egg whites in a large bowl. Fold in the coconut and candies. Scoop rounded tablespoons of dough and firmly squeeze then into balls. Each ball should have about 3 candies in it. More might cause the ball to fall apart while baking. (Pat recommends using a teaspoon and use one M&M) Place balls 1 inch apart on the parchment paper on baking sheet. Bake until very lightly toasted. about 15 minutes.

Let cool on the parchment on a wire rack for about 15 minutes.

Provided by Pat and Reynolds Kitchens

Thursday, November 17, 2016

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Saturday, May 7, 2016

Preacher Cake from Laura H

3 C Gluten Free Four Blend (Better Batter or Pamela's)
2 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Salt
1 tsp Cinnamon
1 C Vegetable Oil
2 tsp Vanilla Extract
2 C Coconut Palm Sugar (brown or white sugar may be substituted)
1 20oz Can Crushed Pineapple w/juice
1 1/2 C finely chopped pecans-divided
1 C Flaked coconut
Cream Cheese Frosting


Sift together flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon, set aside


Combine sugar, eggs, oil, and vanilla. Mix on medium low speed with electric mixture until creamy. Slowly mix in flour mixture until just combined.


Add pineapple (untrained), 1 cup pecans and coconut. Continue mixing on medium low until all ingredients are thoroughly combined.


Spray 13 x 9 baking pan with cooking spray.  Pour cake batter into pan and bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes.


Cool completely and frost with cream cheese frosting. 



Thursday, March 10, 2016

What is iCureCeliac?


iCureCeliac is a patient-powered research network dedicated to enhancing and accelerating research efforts to better understand and ultimately cure celiac disease. iCureCeliac allows patients to contribute medical information and their experiences living with celiac disease and gluten sensitivity to help researchers improve treatments and find a cure. Your data can shape the types of research studies to be conducted that are most beneficial to you – the patient.

https://celiac.org/icureceliac/

Why Is This Important?

Celiac disease affects an estimated 1 in 100 people worldwide. The majority (83%) of those individuals are either undiagnosed or misdiagnosed. That means only 17% of people with celiac disease are correctly diagnosed. This is alarming given that studies show the later the age of diagnosis, the greater the chance of developing another autoimmune disorder, like Type 1 diabetes, thyroid disease and multiple sclerosis (MS).
Furthermore, undiagnosed patients or those who do not maintain a strict gluten-free diet can develop serious medical conditions including heart disease, anemia, osteoporosis, infertility, epilepsy, migraines and in some cases, intestinal cancer.

Read more at https://celiac.org/icureceliac/#GX6mXsp09CGlsYJd.99


Monday, February 15, 2016

Gluten Free Cheese Cake Crust

2 cups Gluten Free Corn Chex Crumbs
1/2 cup Ground Pecans
1/4 cup Butter
1/4 cup Sugar


Stir together Chex crumbs and pecans to combine.  Add butter stirring and mashing out lumps until mixture is consistent. Mix in sugar. Food processor would be great for this.



Thank you to Steve Buresh's Cheesecake Store & Sandwich Shop 14210 S Route 30, Plainfield IL 60544 Corner of 143rd & Route 30, Behind Family Video 815-267-6785 Mon.-Sat. 11am-8pm




I stopped by the Cheesecake Store to pick up a Famous Cheesecake Jar for my husband, (wheat eater).  I noticed a section of Gluten Free Cheesecake jars.  When I inquired about the kitchen and food prep regarding cross contamination, I was told very clearly the product is NOT safe for Celiac's. I was told the kitchen space is small and cross contamination was a real possibility.  I was so grateful for the honest answer.  Truly a company that is concerned about the health and well being of people.
The manager was so kind she shared their recipe with me so I could make them at home. The Cheesecake Jar is highly recommended for non-Celiac's, it makes a great gift.




Friday, February 5, 2016

Sweet Ali's Gluten Free Bakery Hinsdale IL

Sweet Ali's Amazing cookies will be available at the February Meeting