Day 2 of Holiday Prep

Gluten Free Corn Bread

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Today I’m working on the cornbread for my Stuffing. ( if your from the South, we call it Dressing) The Stuffing or Dressing recipe I use calls for 2 pans of corn bread, which equals about 12 cups of crumbled corn bread. So I double the recipe below.   I try to make my corn bread early, measure it out and put it into bags and freeze it. That way when it’s time to make my dressing for Thanksgiving, all I have to do is add it to the recipe.

Gluten Free Corn Meal Mix

1–24 oz. bag of Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Stone Ground Whole Grain Corn Meal

2- 24 oz. bag of Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Corn Flour

Mix well with whisk, in a large mixing bowl, and pour in air tight container. Be sure and label container.

The reason I like to use the mix of corn flour and cornmeal, is because the GF corn meal is coarser than regular cornmeal. So when you add the corn flour it just evens it out. If you like the grit of the corn, then just use the cornmeal. ( I have a thing about texture. I don’t even like regular pears because of the grit!)

If you like the finer grind of the Corn Flour, just use the Corn Flour alone instead of adding the Whole Grain Corn Meal

Gluten Free Corn Bread

2 Cups GF Corn Meal/Corn Flour Mix (2 bags Bobs Red Mill Corn Flour, 1 bag Bobs Red Mill Corn Meal)

½ Teaspoon Salt

2 Teaspoon GF Baking Powder

½ Teaspoon Baking Soda

1 Tablespoon Sugar

¾ Stick of softened Salted Butter (6 Tablespoons or 3/8 cup of oil)

1 Cup Water or Milk

2 Eggs Beaten

In large mixing bowl whisk together dry ingredients, then add butter, water and eggs. Mix well and pour into a greased, 9 – 10 inch skillet, or baking dish. Bake at 350* for 25 – 30 minutes, or until set and browned around the edges. Remove from oven and let cool.

Apple Cinnamon Muffins & Doughnuts

Apple Cinnamon Muffins and Doughnuts

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I love the flavors of Fall, and Apple Cinnamon fits right in!

Apple Cinnamon Muffins or Doughnuts

1  3/4 Cups All Purpose G F flour, with xanthan gum already added ( I used Tom Sawyer, Betty Crocker GF flour, Better Batter also works well in this recipe)

2 Teaspoons additive free ground Cinnamon

1/2 Tablespoon Baking Powder

1/4 Teaspoon Baking Soda

1 Teaspoon Active Dry Yeast

1 Cup Packed Pure Brown Sugar

2 Eggs beaten

1/2 Stick softened Butter (or ¼ cup gf oil)

1 Cup additive & sugar free Applesauce

1/2 Cup pure sweet Buttermilk

(optional 1 Cup chopped pecans)

In large mixing bowl whisk together flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, yeast, and brown sugar. Add eggs, butter, applesauce, and buttermilk. Mix on high just until smooth. Don’t over mix. Let batter rest for about 15- 20 minutes. Then fold in pecans. Preheat oven to 325*F. Using a ¼ cup ice cream scoop fill each muffin cup with batter. If you don’t use the muffin papers then you must grease and flour your muffin pan. If you are making doughnuts, grease a non-stick doughnut pan and fill each doughnut place with batter almost to the top. Bake muffins for 28- 30 minutes and doughnuts for 25 minutes. This recipe will make a dozen small cupcake size muffins and 6 doughnuts.

Glaze:

2 Cups additive free Powdered Sugar

1  1/2 Teaspoon additive free ground Cinnamon

1/3 Cup warm tap water

Whisk until smooth and dip or brush muffins and doughnuts with glaze. Enjoy for breakfast or treat!

Brazilian Sweet Cornmeal Cake Bolo de Fuba

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Brazilian Sweet Corn Meal Cake, Bolo de Fubá

1 Stick of Salted Butter Softened (or ½ Cup Butter Substitute)

1/2 Cup Oil

1/2 Cup Milk

1 Cup plain Greek Yogurt (or sour cream)

3 Large Eggs

2 Cups Gluten Free Corn Flour (finely ground cornmeal, I used Bob’s Red Mill)

1 Cup Gluten Free Flour with xanthan gum already added (I used Better Batter )

2 Cups white granulated Sugar

2 Tablespoons Gluten Free Baking Powder

1/2 Cup Powdered Sugar (confectioners’ sugar) For decoration

Preheat oven to 350*F.

Place all ingredients (except powdered sugar)  into food processor or blender. Blend on high until completely mixed. Stop processor and scrape down sides as needed. When well mixed pour batter into a buttered or grease a non-stick Bundt pan. Place pan in oven and bake for 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into cake comes back clean. Remove from oven and let cake cool for at least 10 minutes. Before removing cake from pan slide a plastic knife or small spatula around edges to loosen cake. Then invert cake over cake plate. Cake should slide out clean. Dust with powdered sugar and  serve with Fresh Berries and Cream! Yum!!

Thin Crust Sausage Pepper Calzone

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Thin Crust Sausage Pepper Calzone

1 Pound Gluten Free Pork Sausage

1 Large Bell Pepper cut into cubes  ( or you can add Hot peppers if you prefer )

1 Teaspoon Dried Oregano

1 Teaspoon Dried Basil

1 Teaspoon additive free Garlic Powder

1 Cup (8 oz.) Gluten Free Pizza Sauce

1 Cup Freshly Grated Mozzarella

1 Cup Freshly Grated Parmesan

I use my pie crust recipe for this only double. Here is the link – Jan’s Gluten Free Pie Crust https://www.facebook.com/jansglutenfreerecipes/photos/a.1671137049774256.1073741828.1671129923108302/1677945315760096/?type=3&theater

I make the dough for my crust several hours ahead of time and refrigerate it, because the dough must be very cold to get a thin crust. You can even cook the meat ahead of time and refrigerate it also until you are ready to assemble the calzone.

Brown meat, bell pepper and all spices. Remove from heat and let cool. Roll out your refrigerated dough onto a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper. My finished calzone was 13 x12 inches. So double this amount into an oblong shape. Make sure your dough stays cold. You need to pop it into the fridge or freezer to cool it off again. ( note don’t work it with your hands, it will warm up the dough and make it difficult to work with)

Preheat oven to 400*F.

When dough is rolled out to the size you want. Only on one end of the dough, gently spoon cooked and cooled meat mixture out evenly, leaving at least one inch space from the outer edge. Do not press meat into the dough. Then pour pizza sauce over meat. Sprinkle both cheeses over meat and sauce. Now you are ready to gently loosen dough from the opposite end and lift parchment paper up and fold over calzone filling. Even out any uneven edges by cutting them off and laying aside. Then press edges of dough together. I then go back and fold over the outer  ½ inch edge of the crust and press that together, just to make a better seal. Your calzone should resemble a half circle or half-moon shape. If you have had any holes come into the top crust, just patch it with the extra dough that you cut off earlier.

When calzone is completely sealed place baking sheet into hot oven and bake for 20 – 25 minutes or until top crust is golden brown.

Remove let cool for about 10 minutes then cut and serve. Enjoy!

Herbed Asiago Gluten Free Biscuits

My herbs are growing so fast, I am in the garden nearly everyday picking and cooking with them. This is a photo of my parsley and oregano. They both wintered over in abundance!

Herbed Asiago Gluten Free Biscuits

1/4 Cup Butter Melted ( or butter substitute)

2 Teaspoons Freshly chopped Basil Leaves

3 Teaspoons Freshly Chopped Oregano Leaves

1 Tablespoon minced Garlic

1 Cup Gluten Free All-Purpose Flour

1 Tablespoon White Sugar

1 Tablespoon GF Baking Powder

1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda

2 Cups Freshly Grated (additive free) Asiago Cheese (8 0z. package)

1/3 Cup Sweet Pure Butter Milk

1/2 Cup Egg Whites (I like to whisk the egg whites and butter milk together before adding to dry ingredients)

Melt butter and adding herbs and garlic, let this set to cool while you mix other ingredients. In mixing bowl whisk together all dry ingredients. Then add cheese, butter milk, egg whites, butter, herbs and garlic. Mix well making sure all dry ingredients are incorporated. Let batter set for 10- 15 minutes, or refrigerate if longer. When ready to bake, Preheat oven to 325*F.

Using a triggered ice cream scoop (about ¼ Cup) drop biscuits onto greased non-stick 9 inch pan. Bake for 30- 35 minutes or until biscuits are browned around the edges. I can get about 10 biscuits out of this recipe.  As soon as you remove pan from oven butter top of biscuits and serve. Enjoy!!!

Please note: Dough should be just a bit thicker than cake batter. It will not run, but is very light and fluffy. You cannot roll this dough out and cut for biscuits.

Old Fashioned Gluten Free Oatmeal Cookies

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Old Fashioned Gluten Free Oatmeal Cookies

2 1/2 Cups Gluten Free Rolled Oats

1/2 Cup Packed Dark Brown Sugar

1/2 Cup White Sugar

1 Cup All-Purpose Gluten Free Flour ( I used Better Batter)

1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda

1/2 Teaspoon Baking Powder

2 Large Eggs (Beaten)

4oz. Cream Cheese softened

1/4 Cup Salted Butter softened (1/2 Stick)

1 Tablespoon Pure Vanilla

Preheat oven to 350*F.

In large mixing bowl add all dry ingredients and whisk together. Then cut in eggs, cheese, butter and vanilla. Mix together until well blended. Spoon onto greased cookie sheet, and flatten out to about ¼ inch thick. ( I wet my fingers to do this.) Bake for 16 to 18 minutes. We like ours just until they are crispy around the edges. Enjoy!!!

 

Jan’s Molasses Rolls

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Jan’s Molasses Rolls

Yeast Mixture:

2 Teaspoons Dark Brown Sugar

1/4 Cup pure Sweet Butter Milk (room temperature)

1/4 Cup luke warm water

2 Tablespoons Dry Active Yeast

Remaining ingredients:

3 ½  Cups good quality Gluten Free all purpose flour

Note: If you use another flour that does not have xanthan gum, then you must add it. Using GF Better Crocker flour alone also needs ¼ teaspoon xanthan gum added.

½ Teaspoon Salt

½  Teaspoon Baking Soda

2 Tablespoons Gluten Free Baking Powder

1 Cup Pure Egg Whites (or about 5 whole eggs)

1 Stick of Salted Butter (melted)

1 Banana (mashed)

½ Cup Pure Molasses ( I use Grandma’s brand, it is un-sulfurized)

Mix yeast in medium glass mixing bowl by adding sugar, butter milk, & water. Stir to dissolve sugar.  Add yeast and mix with plastic whisk. Set aside and let it foam about 15 minutes while you make the dough.

In large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda. In food processer, blend together eggs, butter, banana, and molasses until smooth. Slowly add flour mixture and blend until there are no lumps. Then add yeast mixture and blend again for 25- 30 seconds or until all is mixed. Do not over mix. It can make rolls rubbery.

If you want to roll out dough to make cut out type rolls, place dough back into bowl that you mixed the flour in, cover and place in refrigerator until cold. Or you can even leave it in fridge overnight.

To make large rolls, oil your hands with olive oil and dip out dough ( about the size of a tennis ball) and pat dough into a ball. Place each ball into a greased 9×13 inch baking pan. Brush dough with melted butter and set in a warm place to rise for about 20 minutes. Preheat oven to 325* Add a baking pan filled half way with water to bottom rack of oven. This will keep rolls moist while baking.

When ready to bake, place pan on middle baking rack and bake for 30 – 35 minutes for large rolls. For smaller cut out rolls bake 25- 30 minutes or until rolls are set in the center. Insert toothpick in center roll, if it comes back clean, they are done.  (about half way through baking time, slide pan of water over to the side, so bottom of rolls will brown)

Remove from oven and butter again while warm. Lightly cover rolls with foil that you have pierced with a fork, ( so rolls do not sweat) until you are ready to serve.

These freeze very well! If you make ahead and freeze, make sure you pull them apart before freezing. Then to thaw, just place in the microwave and heat individual rolls for 25- 30 seconds. If you heat more than one at a time, it will take longer.

Green Onion Potato Cakes

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Green Onion Potato Cakes

1 peeled and mashed Avocado

3 small baked Potatoes (About 3 cups chopped with peeling on)

2 Eggs beaten

2-3 chopped Green Onions ( about 1 cup)

2 Tablespoons Gluten Free All-Purpose Flour

1/2 Teaspoon Additive Free Garlic Powder

1 Teaspoon MSG Free Seasoning Salt

Optional 1/2 Cup freshly Grated Cheddar Cheese

Preheat oven to 375*F.

In medium size mixing bowl Mix all ingredients. Then spoon onto a greased baking sheet and bake for 25- 30 minutes or until potato cakes are brown and crispy.

You can also fry these if you prefer.

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies or Bars

 

Gluten Free Peanut Butter Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies or Bars

1 Cup GF Rolled Oats
1 Cup Dark Brown Sugar
1 Cup GF Peanutbutter ( crunchy or smooth)
2 Eggs ( beaten)
Preheat oven to 350*F.
In medium size mixing bowl whisk together oats and brown sugar. Add Peanut Butter and beaten eggs, and cut into sugar, oat mixture ( I like to use a dough cutting tool.)
When well mixed, if you are making the bars spread Batter into a greased 9 inch baking pan and bake for 20-25 minutes or until set in center. For cookies spoon onto greased baking sheet and bake for 15-16 minutes or until cookies are starting to brown around the edges. Remove from oven and let cool.

Variations: Replace Oatmeal with cooked Quinoa.
You can also add a mashed Banana or other fruit.

Bird Nest Cookies

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Gluten Free Bird Nest Cookies

1 Cup Gluten Free (additive free) Shredded Coconut

1/2 Cup Gluten Free Coconut Flour

1 Cup Gluten Free Peanut Butter

1 Large Egg (beaten)( if your eggs are small use 2)

1/2 Cup Pure Honey

Pre-heat oven to 350*

In medium size mixing bowl, whisk together coconut and coconut flour. Breaking up any lumps. Stir in peanut butter, egg, and honey until well mixed. Dip by spoonful’s onto greased cookie sheet. Letting the coconut shreds stick out of the sides. (They don’t need to be perfect.) Then wet the spoon and make an indention in each cookie to form the nest. Bake for 12- 13 minutes or until cookies are set and browned around the edges. Let cookies cool completely and add small Gluten Free candy eggs or M & M’s.

 

Gluten Free Mini Sausage Pancake Muffins

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Mini Sausage Pancake Muffins

1 Cup All-purpose Gluten Free Flour (with xanthan gum already added)

1 Tablespoon Brown Sugar

1 Teaspoon GF Baking Powder

1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda

3/4 Cup Milk (or Water) (Some Gluten Free Flours take more liquids than others, so you may have to increase this or use a little less)

1 Large Egg

1 or 2 Gluten Free Cooked Sausage Patties ( I make my own sausage) Cut the cooked sausage patties into ½ inch size squares.

Pre heat Oven to 350*

Whisk together dry ingredients in medium size mixing bowl.  In another small bowl or measuring cup whisk together milk (or water) and egg. Pour into flour mixture and mix until there are no lumps. ( Note: this will be much thicker than a normal pancake batter. If it is too thin the sausage will sink to the bottom.) Line a mini muffin pan with paper cup liners and dip a small amount of batter into the bottom. Then place a square of the cooked sausage on top of the batter. Then finish filling the cup with batter. The pancake batter will rise, so don’t over fill the muffin cups. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Serve by dipping into your favorite syrup or jelly. I like mine dipped into agave nectar.

These freeze very well.

Gluten Free Red Velvet CupCakes

Gluten Free Red Velvet Cupcakes

GF Red Velvet Cupcakes

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With Chocolate Chips

 

2 Cups Good Quality All-purpose Gluten Free Flour with a gum already added (I use Better Batter or Tom Sawyer GF/Betty Crocker GF)

1 Cup Sugar

2 Teaspoons GF Baking Powder ( I use Clabber Girl)

1 Teaspoon Baking Soda

1/2  Tablespoon Pure Cocoa Powder

1 stick Salted Butter melted or softened

1 Tablespoon Pure Vanilla

¼ Cup water

2-14.5oz. Cans of Beets (I used Great Value Brand, or any brand with no artificial colors or flavors added)

3 Eggs or 2/3Cup 100% additive free Egg Whites

Optional 1 bag of GF chocolate chips

In medium size bowl whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, soda, and cocoa.  Drain juice from cans and pour beets into a strainer and rinse excess brine from beets with cold water. ( this will measure out to about 2 Cups of chopped beets) Put rinsed beets into food processor and chop on high until beets are a pureed.  Add melted butter, vanilla, water and eggs and mix well. Add flour mixture, mix well so there are no lumps. (if you are using chocolate chips fold them in now)  Let set 15 – 20 minutes, to let rice flour absorb liquids.

When ready to bake.

Preheat oven to 325*F.

Using a triggered ice cream scoop (about ¼ cup) fill each cupcake liner with one scoop of batter. Bake for 25- 30 minutes or until wooden toothpick inserted into center cupcake, comes back clean. This will make about 18 regular cupcakes 12 of the large muffin size. When cool ice with cream cheese frosting.(recipe below)

 

Cream Cheese Icing                                                                                  

 8 ozPlain Preservative Free Cream Cheese ( Philadelphia)

1 Stick softened Butter

2 – 2 ½ Cups Pure GF Powdered Sugar

In food processor blend all ingredients until smooth.  Refrigerate until ready to use.

Gluten Free Party Bread Bowls

Gluten Free Party Bread Bowls

Taco Meatloaf Ring

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Taco Meatloaf

2 pounds Lean Ground Beef

1 Cup Crushed Gluten Free Corn Checks ( or Gluten Free Bread Crumbs)

2-1.25oz. packages Gluten Free Taco Seasoning

1 Cup Freshly Grated Cheddar Cheese

1 Cup Gluten Free Picante Sauce

2 Eggs Beaten

Preheat oven to 375*

In large mixing bowl mix all ingredients until well blended. (I use my hands) Grease Bundt pan, and dip meat mixture into pan, pressing down as you fill pan. Making it even all the way around. Place pan in oven and bake for 30- 35 minutes or until it starts to form a crust and pulls away from the edges. When done remove pan from oven and let cool. When pan is cool enough to handle drain any remaining juice. Place serving platter over the top of bundt pan and tip upside down to invert into platter. Serve with GF chips, pico, salsa, guacamole or any of your favorite toppings. Enjoy!

Quick Breakfast Skillet with Hash Brown Crust

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Quick Breakfast Skillet with Hash Brown Crust

2 Cups peeled and shredded Potatoes ( Or additive free unseasoned frozen Hash brown potatoes)

3 Tablespoons melted butter or butter substitute

1/4 Teaspoon Salt

2 Eggs Scrambled and chopped

1 Cup cooked Ham Chopped ( or sausage, depending on what you prefer)

1 Cup freshly grated Cheese ( I use sharp Cheddar)

Gluten Free Picante Sauce

Preheat oven to 450*

Grease 8 inch skillet on bottom and sides. Spread shredded hash browns to completely cover bottom and up the sides about an inch. Drizzle with melted butter over the potatoes in the bottom of skillet. Sprinkle with salt and bake for 20 minutes or until potatoes are crisp. While potatoes are baking, prepare eggs and meat.  Remove skillet and top with eggs, meat, then cheese, spreading evenly. Return to oven for 1 minute or just until cheese is melted. Remove from oven and serve by slicing through topping and potatoes underneath, cutting desired portion, then dip out with heat proof spatula. Top with picante sauce and  Enjoy!

For large family, just use a larger skillet and double recipe.

Easy Gluten Free no Yeast Dinner Rolls

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Easy Gluten Free no Yeast Dinner Rolls

1 Cup Good Quality All-purpose GF Flour (with xanthan gum already added)

1 Tablespoon Baking Powder

1  1/2 Teaspoons Baking Soda

1 Cup Butter Milk (make sure it is real butter milk)

1/4 Cup Gluten Free Mayo

1 Large Egg

Optional ( 2 Teaspoons Sugar)

In medium size mixing bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, and  baking soda.  In another bowl whisk together butter milk, mayo and egg, then pour into flour mixture and mix just until blended. (don’t over mix, it will make it rubbery) Oil or grease regular cup cake or muffin pan, ( I also like to flour mine).  Then using an Ice cream scoop to dip batter, fill each muffin container. ( I only got 10 rolls out of this recipe.) Let batter or dough rest for about 15 minutes.

Heat oven to 325* and bake for 25 minutes. Let rolls cool before removing from pan.

Pineapple Cream Cake

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Pineapple Cream Cake

7 large Eggs

1- 20 oz. Can of Pineapple Chunks,and Juice puréed  (or crushed or fresh pineapple)

4oz. of Original Cream Cheese, softened ( I use Philadelphia)

2 Boxes Betty Crocker Gluten Free Yellow Cake Mix

In large mixing bowl beat eggs, then add 1  1/2 cups of the pureed pineapple.  (reserve remaining pineapple for topping) Beat well until mixture starts to bubble. Then add chunks of the softened cream cheese, mixing until cream cheese is incorporated. Slowly fold in both cake mixes, and mix on high until well blended. Let batter set for about 15 minutes to absorb liquids.

Preheat oven to 350* When ready to bake, pour batter into a greased and floured 9×13 inch cake pan. Bake for 25- 30 minutes or until cake is set in the center and a toothpick inserted into the center of cake comes back clean.

Top with Gluten Free Whipped Cream and drizzle remaining pureed pineapple over the top of whipped cream.

Variations: You can add shredded GF Coconut or chopped pecans to change it up!

 Enjoy!!

Gluten Free Stuffing or Dressing

IMG_1480 IMG_1473 IMG_1516 Gluten Free Stuffing or Dressing               To begin my stuffing I like to start preparing now. So first I make my croutons. Then I make my the cornbread. That way I only need to assemble the stuffing on Thanksgiving.

Gluten Free Croutons

Preheat oven to 400*

Gluten Free bread

1 Teaspoon additive free garlic powder

1 Teaspoon salt

Per 2 ½  Cups cubed bread

I use leftover Gluten Free bread if I can, and I like to save the ends for croutons also. But if you need several cups at a time, one 9×4 inch loaf will make about 4- 5 cups of baked croutons. To cut each slice into small crouton size squares, I usually stack the slices of bread, then cut so it goes faster. And spread the little squares on a cookie sheet, or baking pan one layer thick.  Sprinkle on garlic powder and salt, and bake. About 20 – 25 minutes or until crisp. Make sure to check them at about 15 minutes, they will need to be stirred. When done, let them cool, and store in an air tight container in the freezer until needed.  To use in a salad, take out what you need and microwave about ten seconds. Or save them for stuffing.

My dressing (or stuffing) recipe calls for 4 cups of croutons. My baking pans will hold 2 ½ cups of cubed bread at a time, which equals (after shrinkage) 2 cups of croutons. So after baked and cooled the 2 ½ cups will shrink to about 2 cups.

Gluten Free Thanksgiving Stuffing (or Dressing)

Gluten Free Thanksgiving Stuffing/Dressing

2 Sticks of Salted Butter

2 Medium Onions Chopped (about 4 cups)

2 Cloves of Garlic Crushed

2 Tablespoons Additive Free Dried Celery Flacks

2- 14 oz. Cans of 100% Chicken Broth (Swanson’s)

1 ½ Teaspoons Salt

1 Teaspoon Pure Ground Black Pepper

1 Container of Frozen GF Cream of Chicken Soup (See Recipe in previous post)

¼ Cup Pure Additive Free Ground Sage

2- 10 inch Pans of Baked GF Corn Bread (See recipe in previous post) (this should make about 12 cups when crumbled)

4 Cups Gluten Free Croutons ( See recipe in previous post)

2 Eggs beaten.

1 Cup of Turkey Drippings (if you like your dressing Really moist you can add another ¼ to ½ cup)

In large sauce pan melt butter, and add onions, garlic, and celery, sauté until onions are translucent. Add chicken broth, salt, pepper, GF chicken soup and sage, until soup melts do not boil. In large mixing bowl, crumble cornbread and add croutons. Pour onion and broth mixture over bread, (make sure broth & drippings is not too hot to cook eggs) add beaten eggs and turkey drippings. Mix well and add to turkey roasting pan. (as per directions above) Or if you would rather not stuff the turkey with dressing, you can always bake the dressing independently, at 325* for 40 – 45 minutes. This will fill 2,  greased 9×13 pans, and will feed a large gathering for the holidays.

When I make dressing for us during the year, not on any holiday. I half the recipe and buy a small 1 – 1 ½ pound turkey breast, thaw it, wash it well and slice it into about ½ inch x 2 inch shreds and add it to the onion and chicken broth mixture to cook. Only when you add the frozen GF cream of chicken soup, go ahead and add the whole container. Then you must let the mixture come to a boil to help cook the turkey pieces. Let this cool before adding to bread and both beaten eggs. Bake as above in one greased 9x 13 pan.

Typs of Gluten Free Flours and Nutritional Values

GFLourNutritionGluten Free Flours and Nutrition                              I’ve had several questions lately about the nutritional values of Gluten Free flours. So here are few of the ones I’ve used. Please take note that not all of the serving sizes are the same from one type to another. So it can be misleading.

Rice flour blends are usually a blend of Rice, Potato starch, and Tapioca. Some of the Rice flours, such as Pillsbury add Pea fiber, and unflavored gelatin, or pectin. None of the blends are in the same amounts. That is why they do not bake up the same.

Bean Flour blends usually have a blend of Garbanzo beans and Fava beans with other starches added, such as potato or tapioca. Or they may also add Sorghum flour.

The Coconut and Almond flours are usually not blends. I add those flours to cut down on the carbs. I hope this helps answer some of your questions.

Gluten Free Pumpkin Spice Muffins

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¼ Cup Butter ( ½ stick) or oil

¼ Cup water

¼ Cup Milk

1 – 15 oz. Can 100% Pumpkin with no additives ( I use Libby’s)

2 Cups Tom Sawyer GF Flour/ Betty Crocker GF Rice flour Mix ( ½ & ½ )

Heat butter, water, and milk ( microwave 1 minute 5 – 10 seconds) just before boiling. Add Pumpkin, hot water, milk and butter to food processor mix and add flour. Mix just so there are no lumps. Let set for 20 – 30 minutes or refrigerate overnight.

2 Large Eggs

1 ½ Cups Sugar

1 Teaspoon Additive Free Nutmeg ( I like Morton Bassett)

1 Teaspoon Additive Free Cinnamon

½ Teaspoon Additive Free Ground Cloves

2 Teaspoons GF Baking Powder

1 Teaspoon Salt

1 Teaspoon Baking Soda

Preheat oven to 325*

In small bowl whisk sugar and all spices, making sure there are no lumps. Add eggs to GF flour and pumpkin mixture in food processor, blend then add sugar and spices. Mix well until all ingredients are blended. Do Not over mix. Using a triggered ice cream scoop (about ¼ cup) fill cups with one scoop of batter. Bake for 25- 30 minutes or until wooden toothpick inserted into center cupcake, comes back clean. This will make 18 cupcakes. Ice with Sugar and Spice Cream cheese icing.

Sugar and Spice Cream Cheese Icing                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

 4 oz. Plain Preservative Free Cream Cheese ( ½ – 8 oz. package Philadelphia)

1 Stick softened Butter

1 Teaspoon Pure Vanilla

2 – 2 ½ Cups Pure GF Powdered Sugar

½ Teaspoon Additive Free Cinnamon

¼ Teaspoon Additive Free Nutmeg

¼ Teaspoon Additive Ground Cloves

In food processor blend all ingredients until smooth. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Gluten Free Soft Pumpkin Cookies

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1 ¾ Cup Jan’s GF Pie Crust Mix ( see recipe Below)
2 Teaspoons GF Baking Powder
1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda
1 Teaspoon Additive Free Cinnamon
1/2 Teaspoon Additive Free Ground Nutmeg
1/2 Teaspoon Additive Free Ground Ginger
1/2 Teaspoon Additive Free Ground Cloves
1 3/4 Cups Dark Brown Sugar Packed
2 Eggs
1- 15oz. Can Pure Pumpkin Purée
Place pie crust flour mix, baking powder, baking soda, spices and brown sugar in mixer or food processor and mix or pulse until blended. Then add eggs, and pumpkin, blend until all incorporated and smooth. Place dough in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes until dough is stiff. When ready to bake preheat oven to 350*F. Place dough onto lightly greased cookie sheet by a tablespoon each, and bake for 20 minutes or until cookies are puffy and browned around the edges. When done remove from oven and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar. These make are really soft cake like cookie. This recipe makes about 2 dozen cookies. Enjoy!

Jan’s Gluten Free Flour Mix for Pie Crust

I keep this made up, only in a larger amount, & in the freezer, it makes prep. time go so much faster.
(I have not tried other GF Flour with this mix, but I have heard that Better Batter works well too)
2 Cups Gluten Free Tom Sawyer Flour (or other all purpose GF Flour)
1 Cup Argo corn starch
1 Cup Gluten Free Betty Crocker rice flour blend
Mix well in large bowl & store in a gallon freezer bag. Be sure & label the bag. If you cook Gluten Free, like I do, labeling is important. Note: if you use Betty Crocker Rice flour alone, then you must add 1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum, per 2 cups .

Butternut Agave Bake

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1 Large Butternut Squash ( about 8-9 inches long)

2 Tablespoons G F Canola Oil

3 Tablespoons Butter

1 ½ Teaspoons Additive Free Seasoning Salt

½ Cup Pure Organic Agave Nectar ( I use the dark or amber color)

Peel butternut squash, slice open and scoop out seeds. Wash and slice into 1/4 to 3/8 inch thick slices about 2- 3 inches long. Pour oil into large skillet, on high heat. When oil is hot pour squash into skillet, one layer thick. Braise squash just until golden brown on both sides. About 2 minutes per side. Remove from skillet and drain onto paper towels. (Do ahead tip: I will do this a few days ahead of time and just store the squash in the fridge, in a sealed container, until I’m ready to bake and serve it.)

Preheat oven to 375* F.

Grease the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish with 1 tablespoon of butter. Lay squash evenly in baking pan and sprinkle with seasoning salt. Dot with rest of butter, and bake for 15 minutes to let salt and butter bake into squash. Remove from oven and drizzle agave nectar over squash and bake another 10 – 15 minutes or until squash is tender when pierced with a fork. Remove from oven and serve.

You can add 1 or 2 Tablespoons of brown sugar if you prefer.  I don’t because I like the subtle taste of the squash and agave. It is just to your taste, if you or your family like it sweeter, then add the brown sugar.

Variation: To serve for an everyday meal, pour enough oil into the skillet to fry squash until crisp, like french fries. Drain to paper towels. Salt and drizzle with agave nectar, or use nectar as a dip. You can also do this with sweet potatoes, for sweet potato fries.

Gluten Free Egg Bread

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Baked Egg Bread

I’ve seen several versions of this recipe some with flour, some without. So I tried my own version, (My husband loves eggs) Either way, this is just a fancy baked omelet. So if you like eggs, this is for you, just add seeds, or whatever you prefer. It’s an easy alternative to baked bread!

1/3 cup liquid pure egg whites 1/4 cup GF all- purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon GF baking powder 1 whole egg 1/4 cup GF Greek yogurt 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

(optional, 1 tablespoon sunflower seeds, Chia seeds, etc. Your preference)

In small bowl whisk together flour and baking powder. In mixing bowl whip egg whites with mixer until foamy, about 30-40 seconds. Continuing to mix add slowly sprinkle in flour and baking powder, whole egg, yogurt and baking soda. Mix just until there are on more lumps. If you add seeds fold them in now.

Preheat oven to 375* F.

Pour egg mixture into 2 greased 6-7inch cast iron or nonstick skillets or pans. Dividing evenly, bake for 15 minutes or until lightly browned and crisp around the edges. When done remove from pans and let cool. Slice each in half and store in zip lock bag in fridge to reheat and eat later. Or fill with your favorites fold and serve. I filled mine with bacon tomato and avocado. Enjoy!

Gluten Free Butter Milk Biscuits

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Butter Milk Biscuits

3/4 Cup All Purpose GF Flour with xanthan gum already added (I use Better Batter all purpose GF flour)

1/2 Tablespoon GF Baking Powder

1/4 Teaspoon Baking Soda

1/4 Teaspoon Salt

1/3 Cup Sweet Pure Butter Milk

3 Large Eggs beaten

2 ½ Tablespoons softened Butter or Oil

In mixing bowl whisk together all dry ingredients. Then add butter milk, beaten eggs, and butter or oil. Mix just until smooth and all lumps are gone. Let batter set for 20-30 minutes, or refrigerate if longer. When ready to bake, Preheat oven to 325*F.

Using a triggered ice cream scoop (about ¼ Cup)  fill a regular greased non-stick cup cake or small muffin pan with batter. Bake for 25- 30 minutes or until biscuits are browned around the edges. I can usually get about 6 biscuits out of this recipe. Note, you can use cupcake fillers, but the paper keeps the biscuits from browning.

I usually double this recipe and freeze leftover biscuits in a zip lock bag. When ready to thaw and eat, microwave each biscuit for 20-25 seconds. I also make a variation of this recipe with sausage or ham and cheese, to make a Breakfast in a Biscuit. Go to my blog site to see this recipe in the GF Breads Section.

If you use another flour you may need to adjust the liquids. Some flours absorb liquids better than others.

Jan’s Gluten Free Zucchini Banana Bread

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Jan’s Gluten Free Zucchini Banana Bread

3  1/2 Cups Gluten Free Rice Flour ( I use Tom Sawyer/Betty Crocker GF Rice flours mixed ½ and ½ )

1 Tablespoon GF baking powder

1/4 Teaspoon Baking Soda

1  1/2 Cups Pure White granulated Sugar

3 Large Eggs beaten

1 Stick softened Salted Butter

2 Small Bananas sliced and mashed (about 3/4 cup when mashed)

3/4 Cup Peeled, finely chopped or shredded Zucchini

1 Cup chopped Pecans (optional)

Yeast Mixture

1/2 Cup room temperature Sweet Buttermilk

1/2 Cup warm water (be sure it isn’t over 110*)

1/2 Cup packed Pure Brown Sugar

2 Teaspoons Dry Active Yeast

In large mixing bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and white sugar.  Using mixer on high, blend together, flour mixture, beaten eggs, butter, mashed bananas, and zucchini. Cover and let set for about 15 minutes, while you prepare yeast mixture.

In glass container, add room temperature buttermilk, warm water, brown sugar, and yeast. Whisk together and set yeast mixture by the stove to keep it warm, for about 5 – 10 minutes. It will rise and start to bubble.

When ready to bake, preheat oven to 325*F. Add yeast mixture to batter and mix until completely blended don’t over mix. If using pecans, fold them in now.  Pour batter into a greased and floured (with GF flour)  5×10 inch loaf pan. If you have smaller pans make 2 loaves. Bake for 65 to 70 minutes or until bread is set in the middle and a toothpick inserted into the center comes back clean. When done remove from oven and let cool before removing from pan. Enjoy!

This recipe will make several muffins. Just bake at 325*F. for 25 – 30 minutes or until they are set in the center.

Gluten Free Blueberry Crisp

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on November 1, 2014

Blueberry Crisp

½ cup butter (=1 stick)

4 ounces cream cheese ( I use Philadelphia)

¼  cup cold water

2 large eggs, beaten

1 tsp. vanilla

2 cups Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 Gluten Free flour

1 cup sugar,(reserve ¼ cup to sprinkle on top)

2 teaspoon gluten free baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon baking soda

1 – 12 ounce package frozen blueberries

In glass mixing bowl soften butter in microwave for about 40 seconds, add cream cheese to bowl and return to microwave for another 30 – 40 seconds. Cream together and add water, beaten eggs, and vanilla. In another bowl whisk together all dry ingredients (except ¼ cup sugar) and pour into the bowl with all of the liquids. Stirring and folding until there is no dry flour left. Cover and place in refrigerator for at least 20 minutes.

Preheat oven to 375* F.

Grease and flour a 9 to 10 inch baking dish (I like to use additive free powdered sugar for this). Remove batter from refrigerator and add frozen blueberries. Gently fold berries into batter, trying not to crush berries. Pour batter and berries into baking dish, sprinkle the ¼ cup of sugar on top and bake for 40 – 45 minutes or until crispy on top and set in the center. Let cool and serve. This is good for a dessert or for breakfast.

Please note: In my opinion this is not a bread flour. I tried it in bread, cookies and pizza dough. It is a dense flour and I still prefer Tom Sawyer G F and Betty Crocker GF. That’s just me, yall may have a better experience with it than I did.

Gluten Free Sticky Honey Buns

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Gluten Free Sticky Honey Buns

1 1/2 Cups All purpose GF Flour ( I used Betty Crocker GF and Tom Sawyer GF mixed, with xanthan gum already added)

1/2 Cup packed Dark brown Sugar

2 Teaspoons GF Baking Powder

1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda

2 Eggs

1/2 Cup Pure Applesauce (or crushed pineapple with juice)

1/2 Cup Fat Free Greek Yogurt

1/4 Cup Pure Honey

I medium size mixing bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and sugar. Then add eggs, applesauce and yogurt. Mix until well blended and smooth. Let batter rest to absorb liquids, for about 15 minutes.

Preheat oven to 325*F.

When ready to bake pour ¼ cup of batter into greased and floured mini loaf pans. Tip: Instead of GF flour, I like to dust the pan with Powdered Sugar, for these buns. ( I used the 2 ½ x 4 inch size, this is the kind that is 1 pan with 9 loaves). I also use a triggered Ice cream scoop (the ¼ cup size) to fill each loaf. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes or until loaves are set in the center and brown and pulling away from the edge. Remove from oven let cool for about 5 minutes, invert loaves onto cooling rack or parchment paper, and glaze with recipe below. These make great snacks or a quick breakfast bun!

Glaze:

1 Cup Pure additive free powdered sugar

3-4 Tablespoons water( depending on how thick you want your glaze)

In small bowl whisk together powdered sugar and 1- 2 tablespoons water then add a tablespoon at a time until glaze is smooth and you have the consistency you want. Then drizzle glaze over buns, as thick as you prefer. Enjoy!

Variation: Instead of applesauce you can use the same amount, only use crushed pineapple with the juice. I have also used pitted chopped cherries and juice.

Also instead of plain glaze, you can add cinnamon and nutmeg. Or dust with just plain powdered sugar.

NOTE: If you use Bob’s red mill, or Pillsbury GF flour, then you will need to let the liquids and flour rest a while longer, the flours that are not ground as fine, take longer to absorb liquids.

Zucchini Tex-Mex Chili Bake

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Zucchini Tex-Mex Chili Bake

1 large Zucchini Squash

2 Tablespoons GF oil

1/2 Teaspoon Salt

2 pounds lean Ground Beef

1/2 cup chopped Onion

1- 1.25 oz. package GF Taco Seasoning

2 tablespoons Chili Seasoning ( I used Williams original )

1- 15oz. can Dark Red additive free Kidney Beans (I do not drain)

2 Cups freshly grated Cheddar Cheese

Wash peel and thinly slice zucchini length wise. (I cut the zucchini in half, it makes it easier to work with)  If you have a mandolin slicer, that works great. Heat oil in large skillet, salting and lightly browning zucchini slices on both sides about 1- 2 minutes per side. In another skillet add chopped onions, ground beef, taco seasoning and chili seasoning. On medium high heat stir and separate meat into smaller pieces until meat is cooked through and no longer pink. Preheat oven to 375*F.

Starting with meat mixture in a 9×13 inch baking pan, layer meat, squash, and beans, ending with meat on top. Bake for 15- 20 minutes or until cooked through and bubbling. Top with cheese and serve.

Variations:

Add a can or small bag of corn. You may also use other types of squash.

Also you can use black beans, or brown beans instead of kidney beans.

Chocolate Bunt Cake with Chocolate Butter Cream Frosting

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Chocolate Bunt Cake with Chocolate Butter Cream Frosting

(This is a version of the Hershey’s chocolate cake recipe)

1 ¾ Cup All purpose GF Flour ( I used Better Batter GF Flour)

1 Cup Hot Water ( microwave about 1 minute)

1 Cup Milk

1 Stick Melted Butter

2 Teaspoons Vanilla

2 Large Beaten Eggs

Mix flour and all liquids in large mixing bowl, cover and let this rest for about 10 -15 minutes.

When you are ready to bake, set mixer on high and mix the rest of the ingredients.

Preheat oven to 325*

2 Cups White Sugar

¾ Cup Hershey’s Cocoa

2 Teaspoons Gluten Free Baking Powder

1 ½ Teaspoon Baking Soda

1 Teaspoon Salt

When all ingredients are blended well and there are no lumps left. Pour batter into a greased non-stick bunt pan. Bake for 40 – 45 minutes or until cake is set and pulled loose from the sides of cake pan. Remove from oven let cool for about 5 minutes and invert cake onto cake plate. Frost cake with icing below, while cake is still warm.

Chocolate Butter Cream Frosting

4 oz. Plain Philadelphia Cream Cheese, softened

1 Stick unsalted Butter Softened

2 Teaspoon Pure Vanilla

1/2 Cup Dark Brown Sugar

3 Cups Pure Powdered Sugar

1/4 Cup Pure Cocoa Powder

In food processor blend all ingredients until smooth. Frost cake while cake is still warm, so frosting will melt and run down sides of cake.  Warning this cake is so moist and rich, it can be addicting!

Gluten Free Cheddar Cheese Dill Bread

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Gluten Free Cheddar Cheese Dill Bread

Yeast Mixture:

1 1/4 Cup warm Dill Pickle Juice (not over 110*, make sure the Juice is GF)

2 Teaspoons Dry Active Yeast

In Small glass bowl, mix Yeast and juice together with plastic whisk and set aside. It should bubble and start to foam.

Dough Mixture:

3 Cups All Purpose GF Flour ( if it does not have xanthan gum already added, then add ½ teaspoon)

2 Tablespoons GF Baking Powder

1/4 Teaspoon Baking Soda

2 Tablespoons Dry Dill Seed

4 Eggs Beaten

3 Tablespoons Butter Softened

1 Cup chopped GF Dill Pickles ( makes sure pickles do not have any added MSG or gluten)

1 Cup Freshly Shredded Cheddar Cheese (additive Free)

In large mixing bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and dill seed. Add eggs, butter, dill pickles and cheddar cheese. Start mixer and add yeast, dill pickle juice to blend in. Mix well, just until all ingredients are blended.

Preheat oven to 325*F.

Pour dough into a greased and floured (with GF Flour) 9×4 inch loaf pan. Let dough rise in a warm place for 20 – 30 minutes. Bake for 60 – 65 minutes or until a wooden tooth pike inserted into center of loaf comes back clean. Remove from oven and loaf pan. I like to brush top and sides with butter. Let cool slightly before serving. This bread is good while still warm. Enjoy!