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postheadericon Fudgy Frosting

Harry Potter lunchThis is now one of my two go-to frostings. If a cupcake is going to have chocolate frosting, it’ll have this fudgy frosting. If it’s going to have a vanilla frosting, it’ll be buttercream. My dear chocoholics love this, and find chocolate buttercream less satisfying.

This is a delicious gfcf, gluten free, family-friendly recipe! It can also be (if you double check ingredients!) a wheat free, dairy free, soy free, egg free, tree nut free, peanut free, fish free, shellfish free, top 8 allergen free, and vegan/vegetarian recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup chocolate chips (Enjoylife are dairy, soy, gluten, nut, peanut, and mostly allergen-free, almost all chocolate chips are gluten-free)
  • 2 TBS butter or dairy-free margarine
  • 1 cup confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 TBS milk or milk substitute (soy, rice, coconut, etc)

Method:

Kitten lunchIn a small saucepan over medium-low heat, melt the chocolate and butter/margarine. When it’s melted, whisk in the milk and confectioner’s sugar. The result should be a thick, fudgy frosting. If it’s too thin, add a tablespoon or two of confectioner’s sugar. If it’s a little too thick, add a teaspoon or two of milk.

Frost any cupcake with this frosting – chocoholics will approve! You can also add a simple fondant decoration to go along with a lunchbox theme.

 

postheadericon Gluten-Free Apple Cider Donuts

Sadly, I’ve never had an apple cider donut with gluten, but these taste the way I imagine the originals taste. They also taste the way the cider donuts at the fair smell. Yum!

This is a delicious gfcf, gluten free, family-friendly recipe! It can also be (if you double check ingredients!) a wheat free, dairy free, soy free, egg free, tree nut free, peanut free, fish free, shellfish free, corn free, top 8 allergen free, and vegan/vegetarian recipe. As there are only 2 eggs in this recipe, they should be easy to replace, though I haven’t done it personally.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/3 cups gluten-free flour (brown rice or millet work well)Cider Donuts
  • 2/3 cup starch (tapioca, arrowroot, or white rice flour)
  • 1 tsp xanthan gum
  • 3/4 cups white sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp allspice
  • 1/8 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup apple cider
  • 1/4 cup milk (cow, soy, rice, almond, or coconut)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 TBS butter (or dairy-free margarine), melted

Cinnamon Sugar topping

  • 1 stick (8 TBS butter or dairy-free margarine), melted
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 TBS cinnamon

Method:

Grease a doughnut pan and/or a mini-doughnut pan. If you don’t have either one, you can make mini-muffins as “donut holes”. Preheat oven to 325F.More cider donuts

In the bowl of your stand mixer, combine everything from flour through salt. Mix it for a moment to make sure it’s well combined.

Add in each of the liquid ingredients (cider, milk, eggs, vanilla, butter), allowing them to become well combined after each addition.

Fill the donut pan a bit below full. Bake 12-15 minutes. Doughnuts are ready when you touch them and you can feel it spring back. Let them cool for 5 minutes before removing from the pan.

After the doughnuts have cooled, combine sugars and cinnamon in one shallow bowl, and melt butter in another shallow bowl. Dip both sides of the donut in the butter, then put in the cinnamon-sugar bowl until they’re coated.

Yum!

postheadericon Decadent Chocolate Cake

This is an amazing chocolate cake recipe, with a deep chocolate flavor. These are some of the best cupcakes/cakes I’ve ever had. This has become my go-to cake recipe, and as a bonus, when I’ve served these to people without allergies, they gobbled them up without realizing they were “special”. This is a great example of serving great food, not just food that’s good for people with Celiac and/or allergies.

This is a delicious gfcf, gluten free, family-friendly recipe! It can also be (if you double check ingredients!) a wheat free, dairy free, soy free, tree nut free, peanut free, fish free, shellfish free, corn free, and vegetarian recipe.

Ingredients:

Mackenzie's Birthday Decadent Chocolate Cupcakes
  • 3/4 cup brown rice flour, or another flour like sorghum or millet
  • 1/4 cup pea or bean flour
  • 1/2 cup white rice flour, or a starch such as arrowroot or tapioca
  • 1 cup good quality baking cocoa – we like Rodelle Dark Baking Cocoa and Frontier Organic Cocoa Powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp xanthan gum or guar gum
  • 1 1/2 sticks margarine (Fleishmann’s unsalted is dairy free) or butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups milk (dairy, rice, soy) plus 1 1/2 tsp vinegar to mimic buttermilk
Ready for the oven

Method:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

This makes 2 dozen cupcakes or 2 9″ round cakes. Lightly grease the bottom of the baking pans, then dust with a little cocoa powder, or line 2 muffin tins with cupcake liners.

Whisk the three flours together. Add cocoa, xanthan gum, baking powder, and baking soda to the flours and whisk together in a medium bowl.

In a separate bowl, with your mixer, beat the butter until creamy. Slowly add the brown sugar and the granulated sugar. Whip this mixture until fluffy.

Add the eggs one at a time to the creamed mixture, then add the vanilla.

Turn the mixer to low and alternate adding the flour mixture and the buttermilk.

Decadent chocolate cupcakes

Pour into the prepared pans – if making cupcakes, use an ice cream scoop to measure an equal amount of batter into each cupcake liner. For cakes, bake for 25-30 minutes; for cupcakes 12-15 minutes, until the cake/cup cake is springy to the touch and a toothpick comes out clean.

Let cool, then serve as is or frost with a “butter”cream or faux-cream cheese frosting. Yum!

postheadericon Banana mini-chocolate chip muffins

We have had a very good, dependable, easy banana muffin recipe, but sometimes you want a little something different. This new recipe makes incredibly easy and delicious muffins, and we’re really enjoying them! The girls are eating them for breakfast, snacks, and dessert, so they don’t last long.

This is a delicious gfcf, gluten free, family-friendly recipe! It can also be (if you double check ingredients!) a wheat free, dairy free, soy free, egg free, tree nut free, peanut free, fish free, shellfish free, vegetarian, vegan, and top 8 allergen free recipe.

Inside a banana muffin

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cup GF flour (I like 1c brown rice, 1/4c pea flour)
  • 1/2 cup starch (arrowroot starch, white rice flour, tapioca starch, potato starch)
  • 1 tsp xanthan gum or guar gum
  • if not gluten-free, just use 1 3/4 cups flour and omit xanthan gum
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2-3 brown, very ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1/4 cup dairy/soy/rice milk mixed with 1/4 tsp. vinegar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 eggs (or equivalent egg replacer)
  • 1 cup mini-chocolate chips (we like the Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips
    , which are gluten/dairy/soy/nut free)
Before they are devoured -

Method
Preheat oven to 350*F. Spray or grease muffin pan or insert paper muffin cups.

Whisk flour through salt together in a medium bowl. In your mixer’s bowl, beat bananas through eggs. Slowly mix the flour mixture into the banana mixture, until it’s completely combined. Add the mini-chocolate chips and mix until just combined.

Add 1 ice cream scoop of batter into each muffin cup and bake at 350*F for 18-20 minutes.

This recipe makes 18-20 muffins. But don’t expect them to last very long! Ours rarely last a day!

postheadericon GF GrapeNut Pudding / GrapeNut Custard

My stepfather’s mom made GrapeNut pudding all the time – for every occasion. It wasn’t my favorite dessert, but it has so many nice memories attached to it. After we went gluten and dairy free (and therefore couldn’t eat Grape-Nuts Cereal), I figured we could never eat it again. When Gram passed away recently, I wanted to make a version of it for my stepfather in Gram’s memory, so I tweaked it.

I love to munch on the Bakery on Main Gluten Free Granola, and had found the (gluten, dairy, and nut-free) Enjoy Life Cinnamon Crunch Granola to be a bit too dry to be eaten plain. The Bakery on Main Gluten Free Granola is too chunky to cook with, but the Enjoy Life Cinnamon Crunch Granola is absolutely perfect to use in place of Grape-Nuts Cereal for GrapeNut pudding! Yum!

This is a delicious gfcf, gluten free, family-friendly recipe! It is also (if you double check ingredients!) a wheat free, dairy free, soy free, tree nut free, peanut free, fish free, shellfish free, and vegetarian recipe.

Not-quite-extensive testing with my stepfather, my family, and some of my stepfather’s coworkers indicated that this recipe leads to great results – and people never knew it was gluten-free!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups Enjoy Life Cinnamon Crunch Granola

  • 4 cups milk (or milk substitute – I would suggest coconut milk)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 pinch kosher salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • Optional toppings: ice cream, whipped cream, or whipped topping

Method:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine the granola with the milk/milk substitute. Bring up just to the boiling point, stirring regularly, then remove from the heat.

While the granola and milk are cooking, combine eggs, sugar, salt, vanilla, and cinnamon in a medium sized bowl. Whisk together well.

Pour the egg mixture into the milk/granola mixture slowly, stirring constantly. If you add too much at a time you’ll end up with cooked eggs, not a custard!

Once the custard is combined, pour into a 9×9 oven-proof pan, and put into the oven.

Bake at 350 for 45min to 1 hour, until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.

Serve warm, with ice cream or whipped cream/whipped topping. (Whole Foods and other natural food stores now sell canned soy-based whipped cream next to the dairy whipped cream)

Yum! Enjoy this warm custard with your family, and make your own memories!

postheadericon Impossibly Easy Apple Pie

Just one slice

My family has been loving the Impossible Quiche Pie variations, and while I was Googling for more ideas, I found an apple pie variation. My oldest and youngest daughters love almost any dessert, but my middle daughter loves apple pie and chocolate only. It was lovely to find an easy workaround for the hassle of making gluten-free apple pie! As a bonus, it tasted delicious!

This is a delicious gfcf, gluten free, family-friendly recipe! It is also (if you double check ingredients!) a wheat free, dairy free, soy free, tree nut free, peanut free, fish free, shellfish free, corn free, and vegetarian recipe.

After Baking

Ingredients:

  • 3 large apples, peeled and sliced

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • several grates fresh, or 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup gf biscuit mix – we like Bob’s Red Mill Biscuit mix or Pamela’s Baking & Pancake Mix
    • 1/2 cup all purpose gf flour mix (or 1/4 cup rice or sorghum flour & 1/4 cup tapioca or corn starch)

    • 1/8 tsp baking soda
    • 1/4 tsp baking powder
    • 1 tsp canola oil
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk or milk substitute (cow, coconut, or soy work the best, rice is a bit too thin)
  • 1 tablespoon margarine or butter, melted, or oil (Fleishmann’s unsalted is dairy & gluten free, Earth Balance has a dairy, soy, & gluten-free tub)
  • 2 eggs (these are necessary, don’t try to substitute)

Topping Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup gf flour or baking mix

  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 3-4 TBS cold margarine, butter, or shortening (for shortening, we like Spectrum)
  • 1/2 tsp allspice

Method:
Oil a 9″ pie pan with deep sides, and preheat oven to 350.

Peel and slice apples, and set in a medium-sized bowl. Add cinnamon and nutmeg, stir, and let sit.

Before Baking

In another medium-sized bowl, whisk together the biscuit mix, sugar, eggs, milk/milk substitute, and melted margarine/butter.

In a third bowl, combine the dry topping ingredients. Cut the fat into small pieces, and cut into the flour mixture into it using a pastry blender or two knives. Mix together until it becomes crumbly, as you would with a fruit crisp topping.

Pour the apples into the pie pan, and cover with the egg mixture. Sprinkle topping on top.

Disappearing

Slide into the oven, and bake for 30-45 minutes, until it becomes browned. Touch the top of the pie to make sure it’s firm and set.

Let cool and serve, with or without whipped topping or ice cream. Don’t expect there to be many leftovers!

postheadericon Gluten-Free French Toast

French toast with maple syrup

The girls love French Toast, but it’s my mother who usually makes it. This past weekend my parents were gone for the day, so they sent me on a hunt for a good recipe. After much Googling, I ended up with this recipe which was inspired by Alton Brown’s recipe – because if Alton made it, you can’t go wrong! I tweaked it for our taste buds, allergies, and for my own cooking preferences.

This is a delicious gfcf, gluten free, family-friendly recipe! It is also (if you double check ingredients!) a wheat free, dairy free, soy free, tree nut free, peanut free, fish free, shellfish free, corn free, and vegetarian recipe.  Be sure to check the allergy notes at the bottom of the recipe.

Ingredients:

French toast on the griddle
  • 1 cup milk or milk substitute (soy, rice, almond, hemp…)
  • 3 large eggs (eggs are integral to this recipe, so I don’t recommend using an egg substitute)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 9-12 slices gluten-free bread1
  • 4 TBS oil or margarine2

Method:

French Toast soaking liquid

Preheat oven to 250. Set a lasagna pan or similar 9×13 pan near the stove.

In a deep pie dish, combine the milk substitute, eggs, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt. Whisk gently, so the milk/egg mixture doesn’t spill.

Heat your griddle or skillet to medium heat. Add about 1 TBS oil or margarine to pan and swirl around so it coats the pan.

Dip bread into mixture, allow to soak for about 1 minute on each side. Pick up a piece of bread and gently shake the excess egg mixture into the pie pan.

Go soak your bread!

Lay 2-3 slices of bread in the griddle/skillet, depending on the size of the bread and your pan. Cook until golden brown, approximately 2 to 3 minutes for each side. When browned, remove from griddle and gently put in the lasagna pan, then slide the pan into the oven.

Continue with the next set of bread slices, until all of the french toast has been made.

Serve to many cheers and soon-to-be-empty plates! This tastes great with maple syrup, or perhaps a bit of confectioner’s sugar sprinkled on top.

Allergy Notes:
1 Our favorite bread recipe is perfect for this, as is our sweet bread recipe, but any gluten-free bread will work. The Kinnikinnik loaf pictured was perfect, because it tasted a bit dry when eaten plain. Our favoite purchased bread is Ener-G Brown Rice Bread, which tastes especially wonderful when toasted.
2 We usually use Earth Balance Organic margarine tubs, which are Kosher and dairy-free. However, that margarine includes soy protein. Fleishmann’s Unsalted is also Kosher and dairy-free, but only uses soy oil – no soy protein. Alternatively, to make the recipe safe for the corn or soy-free,  you can use canola or another cooking oil to coat the griddle.

postheadericon Whoopie! Waffles!

Who doesn’t love a breakfast of waffles? We make a big batch, and then refrigerate or freeze the extras so they can be heated up in the toaster on busy mornings. While this recipe has 4 eggs, it can be substituted with a commercial or homemade egg replacer without sacrificing taste or quality.
This is a delicious gfcf, gluten free, family-friendly recipe! It is also (if you double check ingredients and use appropriate substitutes!) a wheat free, dairy free, soy free, egg free, tree nut free, peanut free, fish free, shellfish free, corn free, top 8 allergen free, and vegan/vegetarian recipe.

Ingredients

Whoopie!  Waffles!
  • 2 cups gf flour (I like sorghum, millet, or brown rice)

  • 1 cup starch (tapioca, arrowroot, or corn is good here; or use 3 cups gluten free flour mix in place of the flour and starch)
  • 2 TBS sugar
  • 1 TBS xanthan gum
  • 1 TBS + 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 2/3 cup milk substitute
  • 4 eggs or equivalent egg substitute (while usually I wouldn’t suggest replacing eggs in a recipe with 3 or more eggs, egg replacers work quite well in this recipe)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar or lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • optional: 1 1/2 cup frozen blueberries

Method:
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour through salt.

In a medium mixing bowl, combine milk substitute through vanilla extract.

Slowly mix the liquid into the flour, and stir until smooth.

Waffles and Goosebarry Syrup

This batter will act differently based on humidity, temperature, and phase of moon. So you may need to add 1/2 cup more flour or 1/2 cup more water, depending if it is very wet or very thick.

Add optional blueberries when the batter is well mixed, and stir until just incorporated.

Use a ladle to add waffle batter to the waffle iron, and cook according to device instructions. Keep waffles warm on a plate covered by a tea town in the oven set at 200 degrees. Serve with margarine, maple syrup, and Gooseberry Syrup.

postheadericon Simple Gooseberry Syrup

Saving the syrup

If you miss the flavor of raspberries and blackberries but cannot eat them, consider trying gooseberries – they are their own food family (related only to currants) and are unlikely to cross-react with other foods.

The green gooseberries taste very similar to raspberries and blackberries when eaten raw. However, the red gooseberries are quite tart, and need another use. This syrup is great over pancakes, waffles, or ice cream, and has a wonderful sweet-tart flavor. Plus, it’s incredibly easy!

This is a delicious gfcf, gluten free, family-friendly recipe! It is also (if you double check ingredients!) a wheat free, dairy free, soy free, egg free, tree nut free, peanut free, fish free, shellfish free, corn free, top 8 allergen free, and vegan/vegetarian recipe.

Ingredients:

Cooking gooseberry syrup
  • 1 cup cane sugar

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup gooseberries

Method:
Combine sugar and water in a small pan over medium heat. Whisk and cook until the sugar fully dissolves.

Meanwhile pull off the little brown or green bits at either end of the gooseberries. Cut gooseberries in half.

Add gooseberries to the sugar/water mixture.

Let cook over low heat for 1-2 hours, stirring occasionally.

Strain the seeds and fibers from the syrup, and pour into a refrigerator and microwave safe container.
Refrigerate syrup, then warm for a few seconds in the microwave before serving over waffles, or ice cream.

postheadericon Tarragon-Lime Green Beans

Lime & Tarragon Green Beans

This was adapted from a Cook’s Illustrated recipe. It’s a pretty fast cooking dish, and the flavors are amazing. Don’t cheat and use bottled lime juice – if you don’t have a fresh lime to zest and juice, wait until you do.

Serves 6.

Decorative Tarragon Sprigs with green beans

Ingredients:

  • 1 TBS extra virgin olive oil

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced/pressed
  • grated lime zest from 1 lime
  • juice from 1 lime
  • 1 TBS olive oil (this does not need to be extra virgin, and could be another cooking oil)
  • 1 1/2 pound green beans
  • 1/2 small red onion, minced
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh tarragon leaves

Method

Green Bean prep

Combine 1 TBS extra virgin olive oil, garlic, and lime zest in small bowl; set aside.

Juice the lime and chop the tarragon leaves, and set aside.

Snap off both ends of the green beans, and set aside. Set aside the minced onion with the green beans.

Just browning

Heat 1 TBS regular olive oil in 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat until just smoking. Add onion, green beans, 2 pinches kosher salt, and 3 grinds teaspoon pepper; cook, stirring occasionally, until spotty brown, 4 to 6 minutes.

Add water, cover, and cook until beans are bright green but are still crisp, about 2 minutes. Remove the cover, increase heat to high, and cook until water evaporates, about 60 seconds.

Add olive oil mixture to the pan and continue to cook, stirring frequently, until beans are crisp-tender, lightly browned, and beginning to wrinkle, 2-3 minutes.

Summer dinner - 1 pan, plus grill

Transfer green beans to serving bowl, toss with lime juice and tarragon. Serve immediately, or cover the bowl with a plate or other lid to keep warm when bringing the rest of the meal to the table.

This is great with some roasted potatoes and a fish that has been in a citrus marinade. There won’t be many leftovers with these!

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