White Farmhouse Loaf

One of the best allergy/gluten free cookbooks that I have come across is called Allergy-Free Cookbook by Alice Sherwood.  This cookbook gives you recipes that can be made with out: dairy eggs, nut and gluten. Simply said, its amazing.  I love trying and re-creating these recipes.  I truly love her bread recipe – White Farmhouse Bread.  The quote on the page for the gluten free version is “Crustier, lighter and tastier than many store-bought equivalents” and hands down I agree.  Its nice and fluffy on the inside with a great crust.  I use this for sandwiches, toast or just spreading some yummy cheeses on it.  This would be great to make breadcrumbs too.

White Farmhouse Loaf – Gluten Free (also dairy and nut free)

1 3/4 cup gluten free all purpose flour (Plus extra for dusting) – I use Bob’s Red Mill’s all purpose flour

1tbsp xantham gum

1 1/4 tsp salt

1 1/4 tbsp raw sugar

1 tbsp instant yeast

4 tbsp flavorless nut-free vegetable oil, plus extra for the loaf pan

1 tsp lemon juice (I use fresh lemon juice)

1 egg, beaten

1 1/3 cups lukewarm water

– Sift the flour, xantham gum, salt and sugar into a bowl.  Add the yeast, oil, lemon juice and beaten egg.

– Add the water and mix to form a thick paste.  Beat well with an electric mixer for 2 minutes until smooth.

– Transfer the dough to an oiled 2lb loaf pan, dusted with a little gluten free flour.  Smooth the surface.  Cover loosely with oiled plastic wrap.  Leave in a warm place until the mixture reaches the top of the pan, about 30 minutes.  Dust with a little gluten free flour.

– Preheat oven to 400 degrees

– Bake in the oven until risen, richly golden in color and the base sounds hollow when turned out and tapped, about 1 hour and 30 minutes.

– Cool on a wired rack

-Don’t be tempted to cut it before it cools because you’ll spoil its lovely soft texture!

Lemon Squares

Last weekend I went to a farm stand in Moss Landing and bought tons of awesome fruits and veggies. I also picked up some huge Meyer Lemons. I have been pretty much bed ridden this past week due to my back and was trying to think of a way to use these before they went bad. When life gives you lemons, make …. lemons squares!

Now, to find or create a gluten free lemon square recipe. Hmmmm. I did some searching online and couldn’t find one I wanted to try. I looked at my flour supply and realized I’m a bit low on all that they are requiring anyway. Not a good start to my plan of making lemon squares.

I had a package of Bob’s Red Mill – All Purpose Flour, and an old Betty Crocker Cookbook. I found a recipe for lemon squares and decided to just adapt that recipe with the flour I had on had. Nothing fancy or anything. I have to say they turned out pretty darn good!

Gluten Free Lemon Squares

1 cup of Bob’s Red Mill – All Purpose Baking Flour

1/2 cup of butter, softened

1/4 cup powdered sugar

1/2 teaspoon Xantham gum

3 teaspoons of lemon zest

3 table spoons lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 large eggs

Powdered Sugar

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Mix flour, butter, powdered sugar and 1 teaspoon of lemon zest. Press in un-greased square pan (I lined mine with parchment paper), 8x8x2. building up 1/2 inch on the sides.

Bake the crust for 20 minutes. While the crust is baking, mix the remaining ingredients in an electric stand mixer on high speed for three minutes until light and fluffy. Pour over the hot crust.

Bake an additional 30 minutes or until no indentation remains when touched lightly in the center. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Dust with powdered sugar. Cut into 1 1/2 inch squares.

Pumpkin Seeds


gf2650I’ve carved two of my three pumpkins for the season. When carving the second one I thought I should save the seeds and roast them…something I’ve never done before. I had no clue what I was doing but I guessed and they came out pretty darn good I must say. A tasty little snack!

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

When cleaning out the pulp and seeds from your pumpkin before carving it separate the seeds from the pulp.  I think the best way to do this is to run them under cold water and discard the pulp.  On a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, lightly oil the seeds and sprinkle with kosher salt.  Roast in a pre-heated oven set at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes.  About half way through mix the seeds around so they don’t over cook on one side.  Cool and enjoy.  Store in an airtight container.

Below are some pictures of the pumpkins so far…only one more to carve and not sure what it will be just yet…




Gluten Free Bagels


Last year for my birthday my sister gave me a subscription to Living Without Magazine. They have some great recipes in there and lots of articles and resources. However the October/November issue this year had a recipe called “Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Best Bagels”, of course I was dying to make these. I love Bagels, bread, pasta…carbs you name it, I love them!! And I kow they aren’t really dairy free when you put cream cheese on top but I’m only Gluten Free so its ok😉 The Tofuti Cream “Cheese” is really good too for all of you how are Dairy Free!!

These came out great!! Oh man, its like a real bagel, not as fluffy but still amazing. I did some salt, garlic and then some plain ones. I thought I would mix it up a bit.

The whole process was really really easy, don’t be intimidated by the ingredients especially in the flour mixture. Its well worth it! I will be making these again. The recipe says that you can freeze these, and I’m sure I’ll be doing that and NOT eating all 8 bagels right now, even though they are that good.

Gluten Free, Dairy Free – Best Bagel

Makes 8

3 cups gluten-free Multi-Grain Flour Blend – See below
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons flax meal
1½ teaspoons egg replacer
1 tablespoon xanthan gum
1 tablespoon yeast
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon cider vinegar
1¼ cups warm water
1 teaspoon sugar
Brown rice flour, for rolling bagels
Cornmeal, for dusting pan

  1. Line a baking pan or cookie sheet with parchment paper and sprinkle it with cornmeal. Put some brown rice flour on a second baking pan or cookie sheet.
  2. Put Multi-Grain Flour Blend, salt, flax meal, egg replacer, xanthan gum and yeast into a mixing bowl and whisk together.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together honey, oil, cider vinegar, and 1  cup warm water.
  4. Using the paddle attachment of the mixer, slowly incorporate the liquid mixture into dry ingredients. Add more warm water, if necessary, to create a smooth consistency. Mixture should be quite thick. Beat on medium-high speed for 3 minutes.
  5. To shape the bagels, use a large spoon to scoop out the batter. Drop a spoonful on to the baking pan or cookie sheet sprinkled with the flour. Lightly roll dough in the flour to coat it and then shape into a ball. Flatten the ball slightly and using your index finger, create a hole in the center, large enough not to close during rising and baking. Repeat until all the dough is used.
  6. Place each bagel on the baking pan sprinkled with cornmeal. Lightly cover bagels with an oiled piece of plastic wrap and place pan in a warm place for bagels to rise, about 20 to 30 minutes.
  7. When bagels have risen, bring a skillet of water to boil. Add 1 teaspoon sugar to the water. (Sugar helps create a shiny crust.) Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  8. Drop a few bagels into the boiling water. Simmer for 30 seconds, turn over and cook for another 30 seconds. Using a slotted spoon, remove bagels, drain away excess water and put bagels back on same baking pan. Once all bagels are boiled, bake them for 25 minutes in preheated oven. Cool on a rack

You’ll love the taste of these flavorful bagels. And they freeze well.

DSCN2395 Toppings for Gluten-Free Bagels

Multi-Grain Flour Blend

1¼ cups garfava flour
1¾ cups super-fine brown rice flour
2 cups potato starch or arrowroot flour or chestnut flour
2 cups cornstarch or potato starch
1 cup tapioca starch/ flour
1 cup sorghum flour or amaranth flour

Mix all ingredients together. Store in a tightly covered container in the refrigerator until used.

Zucchini Bread or Muffins

Zucchini Bread Muffins_CCGF(Photo above is a muffin version of the recipe below used for my designing healthy desserts course: Served with spiced carrot granola, chai pear sauce, caramel mascarpone cheese, and candied carrot twist)

Last week there was a party at work and someone had made zucchini bread. It looked and smelled so good but sadly I couldn’t taste it. I’ve been looking for fall recipes that include pumpkin, apples, breads, muffins, pies etc. I want warm, tasty comfort fall treats. I plan to make a pumpkin cheesecake soon, but I really wanted to make a bread or muffin this time to have an alternate thing to eat for breakfast.

Gluten Free Zucchini Bread with walnuts

Moist Ingredients:
1 cup diced zucchini (washed but not peeled)
2 egg
1⁄2 cup canola oil
1 teaspoon gluten-free vanilla

Dry Ingredients:
1⁄2 cup white rice flour (you can substitute brown rice flour)
1⁄2 cup sweet rice flour
1⁄4 cup corn starch
2 Tablespoons tapioca starch
1⁄2 teaspoon xanthan gum
1 cup sugar (or xylatol for a sugar free/diabetic friendly option)
3⁄4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1⁄2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/3 cup chopped walnuts*
Zest from one small lemon*

Glaze Ingredients:
1 Tablespoon powdered sugar
1⁄2 teaspoon lemon juice

Method of Prep:

Wash zucchini and chop into a fine dice – set aside.

In a medium bowl combine the eggs, oil, and vanilla and mix well.

Add diced zucchini and mix well.

In a separate bowl combine the dry ingredients and mix well.

Add moist ingredient mix to dry ingredient. Stir until well blended. Grease a loaf pan or line 12 cupcake tins and pour mixture into pan or prepared muffin tins. Bake 1 hour at 325 ° for bread or 25 minutes for muffins. Check center for doneness with a toothpick (you should have a little crumb on the toothpick – these are moist muffins). Remove from oven and let cool for a 5 minutes in pan then carefully remove from pan and place on a wire cooling rack to finish the cooling process.

Prepare glaze, which should be a little runny. Drizzle with glaze. Let cool.

Featured on The Whole Gang’s Friday Foodie Fix! (http://www.thewholegang.org/2012/06/friday-foodie-fix-zucchini-gluten-free-recipes/)

Cranberry Nut Scones


I adapted this recipe that I found on the Four Chickens Blog.  I had been searching for something to bake today and went back to her blog to see if I could find a recipe to use with her Gluten Free Flour Mix (see recipe below) and sure enough I found one.

I took her basic recipe and added a few things to it: some dried cranberries, chopped pecans and lemon zest.

Cranberry Nut Scones

3 C. gluten-free flour mix (see below)

1/3 C. sugar

3 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. baking soda

3/4 tsp salt

1/2 C. chopped pecans

The zest of two small lemons or one large lemon

1/4 C. (or 1/2 C.) dried cranberries

6 oz cold butter (or dairy-free butter substitute–I used Earth Balance)

1 C. milk (or gluten-free soy milk) mixed with 4 T. vinegar–I used apple cider vinegar

Jeanne’s Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour Mix (mix together and store in fridge):
1 1/4 C. brown rice flour
1 1/4 C. white rice flour
1 C. tapioca flour
1 C. sweet rice flour (also known at Mochiko)
2 scant tsp. xanthan gum

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line baking sheet with a Silpat sheet.

In a medium bowl, stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.


Add the cold butter pieces and using your fingers, (a pastry blender, or two knives), work the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles coarse corn meal. Don’t worry about the larger nubs of butter–these add to the scones’ flakiness.  Add in the cranberries, pecans and lemon zest.  Mix well.


Slowly pour in the milk mixture–do this carefully, because you might not need it all. I used about 7/8s of the milk. The dough should be just barely wet. Use your hands to carefully mix in the last bits of flour. The dough should be extremely light and fluffy. Handle carefully.


Turn out only a floured board.  I use tapioca flour to lightly flour a large cutting board and lightly press out the ball of dough until it is about 1/2 in thickness (you can also follow the original recipe and use a rolling pin and cut the scones according to Jeanne’s instructions).  Cut in half and depending on how many scones you want to make cut each half in third or quarters.  Place the scones on the baking sheet lined with the Silpat sheet.  Lightly sprinkle each scone with sugar (if you have raw sugar use that, if not, regular white sugar will work just fine)




Bake the scones for 17-20 minutes. They are done when they are lightly golden on the top. Cool briefly (or as long as you can stand it before devouring them).


Thanks Jeanne for another awesome recipe!

Betty Crocker to the rescue…

GF_Home_Main2Oh happy day!  Hopefully they are actually in a wide variety of grocery stores this summer.  Check out Betty Crocker’s website.   Here is a link to some gluten free recipes on their site.

Happy Birthday Rob


Seeing as Rob’s birthday is March 15th we decided that green frosting would go better with St. Patric’s day better than hot pink (plus I couldn’t find pink food coloring anywhere!)

Rob…I hope you had a great birthday and you enjoyed your cake! And to everyone else…Happy St. Paddy’s Day!

Chocolate Cupcakes with Cinnamon-Vanilla Frosting


The cupcake recipe is from Bob’s Red Mill.  I was on the hunt for a new cupcake recipe and didn’t find too much right away.   I went on Bob’s Red Mill site and looked to see if he had any and found this chocolate cake recipe instead.  I figured why not just make cupcakes out of this cake recipe.

Chocolate Cupcakes with Cinnamon-Vanilla Frosting

1-1/2 cup Gluten Free All Purpose Baking Flour
1 cup Brown Sugar
1/2 cup Cocoa powder, unsweetened
1 tsp. Baking Soda
1 tsp. Xanthan Gum
3/4 tsp. Salt
1/2 cup Milk (cow, soy or rice)
1/3 cup Butter, Margarine or Shortening
1 large Egg
1 tsp. Vanilla
3/4 cup warm brewed Coffee

Preheat oven to 350degrees. Line a cupcake pan with paper lingers. Set aside. Place all ingredients, except coffee, in large bowl and blend with electric mixer. Add coffee and mix until thoroughly blended. Pour into prepared cupcake pan and bake for 20 minutes minutes or until toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean. Serves 16.

Cinnamon-Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting

4oz butter softened

4oz cream cheese softened

2 cups powder sugar divided

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

~In large bowl beat the butter and cream cheese with electric mixer
~Switch the mixer to low speed and add the powder sugar one cup at a time ~Mix until smooth and creamy, add cinnamon
~Beat in the vanilla extract

(I really do heart cupcakes!)

Steamed Fish Packets with Stuffed Tomatoes


Steamed Fish Packet (with spinach, swiss chard and lemon)

1/2 pound fresh spinach, rinsed well

1/2 pound fresh swiss chard, rinsed well and chopped (removing stems)

three cloves of garlic sliced

four fillets of white fish (stripped bass) about six to eight ounces each

one lemon sliced into 1/4 inch pieces

4 pieces of Aluminum Foil

two tablespoons of butter divided

~ Start by melting one table spoon of butter and two cloves of garlic in a large skillet. Add spinach and swiss chard in batches. Once it has wilted enough add more until all spinach and swiss chard fits in the pan. Squeeze some fresh lemon juice, season with salt and pepper.

~ Lay out the four sheets of Aluminum Foil. Cut the remaining one table spoon of butter into four pieces, place a piece on each sheet of foil. Place 1/4 off the spinach and swiss chard on each of the sheets. Top with a piece of fish, add pieces of sliced garlic and a lemon slice. Season with salt and pepper.

~Wrap each up each piece of foil and place on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes depending on the thickness of the fish.

Baked Stuffed Tomatoes

(adapted from Martha Stewart’s Every Day Food issue #3, page 101)

4 plum tomatoes cut in half lengthwise (slice off a small sliver from the skin side so they halves lay flat in the baking dish, discard the seeds)

1/2 cup cooked qunioa

1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano (thyme, marjoram etc.)

1 tablespoon olive oil

season with salt and pepper

~Stuff each tomato with the mixture and place in a baking dish

~Bake until tomatoes are soft and topping is crisp and browned, about 15-20 minutes.

Apple Crisp

I LOVE the Fall and everything about it: The Weather. The colors of leaves. The smell in the air. Sweaters. Hot apple cider. Hearing the leaves crunch under my feet as I walk. Apple picking. Pumpkins. Soup and lots of it. Most of all is Apple Crisp! I can’t live with out that come this time of year. With that said, I was on the hunt for some gluten free oats. I kept hearing that Bob’s Red Mill carried them, but they are on hold right now. So I was even more determined to create a new apple crisp recipe with out oats and here it is:

Apple Crisp

7-8 Medium/Large Apples (Macs or any baking apples…I used pippins)

Flour Mixture:
1 Cup Almond Flour
1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
1/4 Cup White Sugar
1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
1 Teaspoon Nutmeg
1/2 Cup Slivered Almonds
1 Stick of melted butter

(I double the above flour mixture so I can have a layer in the middle of the apples…see below)

~Butter the bottom of a 9×9 baking dish
~Mix together the dry ingredients
~Mix in butter (stir until well combined)
~Peel and slice/cube apples, squeeze a little bit of lemon juice over the apples to keep from turning brown
~Pour half of the apples on the bottom of the buttered baking dish.
~Spread half of the flour mixture over the apples.
~Pour the remaining apples over the flour mixture.
~Spread the remaining flour mixture evenly over the apples.
~Bake at 350 for 35 minutes.
~Turn the heat to 375 and bake for an additional 5-10 minutes or until it starts to bubble.
~Serve with vanilla ice cream and enjoy!

I Heart Cupcakes!

Today I thought I would attempt to create a recipe and bake cupcakes. Boy was I wrong! I created a recipe and tried it, only for it to be thrown in the trash in the middle of baking. You know when you make cupcakes from a box (Or even from scratch)the batter is all nice and runny? Not this one, it was like dough. This was my first attempt at using coconut flour, which I thought could just be replaced on a 1:1 ration, but after todays experiment I think I need to do more research. The dough smelt good anyway but no luck with turning this disaster into wonderful little cupcakes.

I went online and did a search for cupcake recipes that are made with coconut flour, which I didn’t find many at all. I found one on Elana’s Pantry so I thought I would give it a try. They turned out great. Sadly I can’t take any credit for these cupcakes. I can take credit for the frosting though. The recipe is as follows and please visit her website for more awesome recipes:

Gluten Free Vanilla Cupcakes
with Cream Cheese Frosting

1/2 cup coconut flour (sifted)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
6 eggs
1/2 cup grapeseed oil
1/2 cup agave nectar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

~In a medium bowl combine flour, salt and baking soda
~In another bowl beat together eggs, grapeseed oil, agave nectar and vanilla
~Mix wet ingredients in to the dry ingredients with an electric mixer until smooth
~Pour batter in to 12 prepared muffin tins (either well oiled or with cupcake tins)
~Bake at 350 for 20 minutes
~Cool completely
~Top with Cream Cheese Frosting (see recipe below)

Cream Cheese Frosting

4oz butter softened
4oz cream cheese softened
2 cups powder sugar divided
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

~In large bowl beat the butter and cream cheese with electric mixer
~Switch the mixer to low speed and add the powder sugar one cup at a time until smooth and creamy
~Beat in the vanilla extract


(Please visit Elana’s Pantry for more recipes and ideas on Gluten Free Cooking/Baking and Living)


I don’t have any of my own pictures to post yet but this weekend I made my first loaf of gluten free bread. And the best part…its not as bad as it sounds, actually its really tasty.

I bought a bag of bread mix from Bob’s Red Mill and thought I would give it a try and I’m happy I did. I just ordered some of their other products and can’t wait to give them a try!

Quinoa Muffins

Quinoa Muffins
(Makes 12 Muffins)

1 cup quinoa rinsed
¼ cup vegetable oil, such as safflower, plus more for pan
1 ½ cups all-purpose gluten free flour (spooned and leveled), plus more for the pan
½ cup almond flour
¾ teaspoon of xanthan gum
¾ cup packed dark-brown sugar
1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
½ crasins
½ chopped nuts
¾ cup whole milk (I use soy milk)
1 large egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

~ Preheat oven to 350°F
~ In medium saucepan, bring quinoa and 1 cup water to boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover and cook until water has been absorbed and quinoa is tender, 11 to 10 minutes.
~ Meanwhile, brush a standard 12-cup muffin pan with oil; dust with flour, tapping out excess.
~In a medium bowl, whisk together flours, sugar, baking powder, xanthan gum, salt, crasins, nuts and 2 cups cooked quinoa (reserve any leftover quinoa for another use)
~In a small bowl, whisk together oil, milk, egg and vanilla. Add milk mixture to flour mixture and stir just until combined; divide batter amount prepared muffin cups.
~Bake until a toothpick inserted in center of a muffin comes out clean, 25-30 minutes.
~Cool muffins in pan, 5 minutes; transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
~Store in an airtight container up to 5 days

Adapted from Martha Stewart: Everyday Food Jan/Feb 2008 pg. 142


Ok I’m not a huge brownie person. Usually its just way to much chocolate for me, so unless there is nuts or peanut butter in there, I’ll pass. So yesterday when making the chocolate chip cookies again, I decided to try making brownies, and I must say they are pretty darn tasty…

Gluten Free Brownies

8 tablespoons unsalted butter
4 ounces dark chocolate
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup brown rice flour
1/4 cup tapioca flour
1 cup chopped nuts

~ Preheat oven to 400°
~ Grease an 8-inch square baking pan
~ Chop the chocolate into small slivers
~ Cup up butter into small chunks
~ Combine the two flours together
~ Put the chocolate and butter into a glass bowl and melt them together in the microwave (30 seconds at a time and stir until completely melted)
~ In a medium bowl, combine the sugar and eggs, whisking vigorously until they are creamed together, with a silky consistency
~ Add the vanilla extract and salt and stir well
~ Mix in the flours and stir
~ Pour in the melted chocolate-butter mixture and stir,with a rubber spatula, until the mixture has become smooth
~ Pour the mixture into the greased pan
~ Smooth the top with the rubber spatula
~ Cook for 20-25 minutes
~ Cool and enjoy!