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Gluten Free French Bread

January 2nd, 2012 at 12:37 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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At the last minute on Christmas Eve I decided to make some Gluten Free French Bread.
I wanted to make something fast and easy.  
Luckily I had some of Maninis Gluten Free Miracolo Pane Flour.  
I've been wanting to use it so why not make French Bread with it? This was perfect! 
I added an egg wash to the top and the bread came out with a slight crust, soft, airy and slightly sweet. 
I love this bread! 
The Organic ingredients in the gluten free flour mix contain 
millet, teff, sorghum, amaranth and Hi-maize.
Maninis Gluten Free flour mixes are created in a dedicated Gluten Free kitchen.
I basically followed the recipe for Peasant Bread on the bag. 
I tweaked a few things, used my French Bread pan and an egg wash.
*Please note a few specifics in the recipe that I think are important.

Gluten Free French Bread 

Ingredients 

7/8 cup warm water - *105 - 110 degrees
2 tsp active dry yeast 
3 Tbs *Grapeseed oil gives a buttery flavor 
1 Tbs apple cider vinegar
1 large egg and 1 egg white - *save the egg yolk for egg wash on top of bread just before baking



Tools

parchment paper
French Bread pan
Pyrex measuring cup
baking thermometer
cling wrap
standing mixer with paddle attachment
silicone flat spatula or spoon
medium spring scoop
silicone pastry brush
baking rack

In a Pyrex measuring cup heat the water to 105-110 degrees.  Use the thermometer to test the temperature.  This is very important to activate the yeast but not kill it, if too hot.
Mix in the yeast and let it sit for 10 minutes until it becomes frothy and creamy.
Add the oil, vinegar and eggs.

Add 2 cups of GF Miracolo flour to the bowl of the standing mixer. On the slow setting begin to mix the flour and slowly add the wet ingredients.  Use the silicone spatula to make sure that all of the flour has been incorporated into the dough. Increase the speed just slightly and continue to mix for 3-5 minutes. 

Place a sheet of parchment paper over the French Bread pan.
Use the spring scoop to scoop out the dough onto the pan in a row just about an inch in from the edges.  
Use both sides of the pan and all of the dough. Add 2 scoops on top in the middle if needed and then use the silicone spatula to smooth out the top of the bread. Cover the dough and pan with cling wrap and let rise in a proofing oven.  You can also add a clean dish towel loosely on top of the cling wrap and place in a warm area at least 72 degrees for 1 hour.



This is the dough after 1 hour of proofing or rising.
Notice the expansion and holes! 
Looks good! 

Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees.
Mix up the egg yolk and use a silicone pastry brush to gently apply the wash on top of the bread.
Place the pan on the middle rack in the one oven and bake for 20 minutes.  Turn the pan and bake for another 20-22 minutes or until the center of the bread is 200 - 205.  Take the bread out of the oven and let cool on pan for 5 minutes.  Remove the bread with the parchment paper and let cool on top of a cooling rack for 15 minutes or until ready to serve. 

If there are any leftovers, not likely, store in a self sealing bag in a cool place in the kitchen. Great to use for French toast the next day or to chop up and toast for croutons for later. If you would like to freeze this bread, I suggest slicing it before putting it into a freezer bag.  Don't forget to put the date on the bag. You can also make bread crumbs out of the leftovers or ends as well. 

For more information about Maninis Gluten Free flours please go to their website to order directly from them or shop at Whole Foods Markets in the Pacific Northwest.  Maninis Gluten Free flours offer a variety of mixes to create all of your favorites including pasta, pizza dough, buns, bread and more! 
I love love love Maninis Gluten Free Flours! 

Enjoy!
Lisa

Gluten Free Tiramisu With A Twist – Happy New Year!

December 31st, 2011 at 10:13 am by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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It is a tradition with me to make something a little extra special today.  Not only is it New Year's Eve but it is my best friend's birthday aka my mom.  All year I have been craving Gluten Free Tiramisu and I was going to make it but for some reason I just kept getting distracted. So today is the day!

I decided to make special little Gluten Free Tiramisu in Weck Jars because Tiramisu is a bit messy to make, especially the GF Ladyfingers and to serve.  This way is better and more eco friendly ... less clean up of excess bowls etc.
Hey any excuse for less clean up works for me!


Another great reason to make individual servings in different sizes is because some want a big portion and some little ones.  The jars stack nicely in the fridge and are easy to transport to a party as well! Trust me they will stay prettier this way and they are so fun to eat out of the jar ... très chic!



Happy Birthday!


Happy New Year's!


Happy Gluten Free Tiramisu Day!






Gluten Free Tiramisu With A Twist
makes 4-6 servings depending on sizes

1/2 cup espresso, cooled - if omitting the rum and kaluha make it 1 cup espresso
2 Tbs dark rum, optional
3 Tbs Kahlua, optional
8-10 oz Mascarpone - Italian Style Cream Cheese
1 cup chocolate chips or chocolate shavings 
1 cup sliced almonds or chopped hazelnuts
approximately 1/4 cup Pernigotti Cocoa Powder 

4-6 9-10 oz Weck or canning jars with lids.

This is a layering process so be sure to use just a tad for each layer to make sure each jar gets plenty of the good stuff! 

To make the espresso liquor or syrup - brew the espresso and pour in a small pitcher and let cool.  A Pyrex measuring cup works great! This will make it easier to pour into the jars. Add the rum and Kahlua, mix well.

Break up the Gluten Free ladyfingers and make one layer in the bottom of the jars.  Pour the espresso syrup on each of the cookies, just a tad. 

Add small dollops of mascarpone on top of each of the cookies in each of the jars.
Sprinkle some Pernigotti Cocoa powder on each.  

Break up some more GF ladyfingers, pour more espresso syrup and make another layer with the mascarpone and cocoa.  Once all of the ladyfingers and mascarpone are used pour the rest of the espresso syrup over each. 

Top each with Pernigotti, chocolate chips or shavings, sliced almond or chopped hazelnuts.  Put the lid on each jar and chill for at least 2 hours before serving.  After about an hour of chill time, it is a good idea to turn the jars gently upside down to allow for all of the espresso to absorb into all the nooks and crannies of the Tiramisu! And the right side up and back in the fridge.

Serve chilled with hot coffee, espresso or Prosecco!








Buon Anno! 
Buongustai Gratis Senza Glutine!

Happy New Year 
Gluten Free Foodies!

xoxo
Lisa

P.S. Thank you for another great year of Gluten Free foods and good times! I look forward to 2012 with you ... celebrating the foods that we can eat! 


Merry Christmas!

December 25th, 2011 at 9:42 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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I hope you have enjoyed some relaxation time with your friends and family this holiday season.  Nothing is sweeter than getting to spend precious time with people you care about amidst the glow of the lights from the tree, your favorite holiday tunes in the background and all your favorite Gluten Free food.
Ah ... a long lingering evening on Christmas Eve nibbling on homemade treats. 

As I was preparing for guests to arrive baking and cooking I was thinking about why each thing I was making made the menu.  Some of the treats were new - Wild Forest Honey Almonds with Herbed Flor de Sal, a new favorite recipe that is so good and can be made a thousand different ways just by changing the honey and sea salt or seasoning. Gluten Free Chocolate Rum Cake ... do I really need to explain this one?!? So good! Great the next morning or anytime with coffee, if there is some leftover.  Pussac Punay Beans was a big hit! I just thought it would be fun to introduce something that has become a monthly meal for me because I love them so much.  There were some skeptics in the crowd but the beautiful beans won everyone over! I think that variety is always key - sweet, salty, savory, crunchy, soft, warm, chilled ...I made sure we had it all.  The only requirement was that it was also fast and easy to make it.

One family favorite that I asked my mother to make doesn't really have a name but it is so easy to make and is just perfectly satisfying. This is a childhood favorite that I couldn't wait to have again was - Chilled Roast Beef with Avocado, Red Onion, Olive Oil and Red Wine Vinegar served on French Bread slices - Gluten Free French Bread! It was better than I remembered! Bravo mom!

So we both made Gluten Free French Bread and I must say they were equally a treat yet so different.  Mom's bread was soft, dense yet sturdy and strong to hold the toppings.  My bread was soft and airy almost Brioche like! Slightly sweet and all I could think of when I tried it was how wonderful it would be to make French Toast!  I couldn't wait to wake up and make it! 
I don't make French Toast very often because I think you need a good bread to absorb the vanilla and egg mixture.  I always add a bit of cinnamon and nutmeg and I use a few drops of my coconut milk or milk. I use a whisk to whip it up and then cut the bread in thick slices. 

Let it soak and warm up a pan with non-dairy butter or unsalted butter and bacon bits.  
In no time the French Toast is ready for the real maple syrup or Ginger syrup.
It was a perfect way to start Christmas morning.  
Savoring each bite ...
I will post the recipe soon but in the meantime ... I'm taking a little more time to savor the holidays.

Have a Holly Jolly Gluten Free Christmas! 

xoxo 
Lisa

Gluten Free Red Curry Christmas Chex Mix – GIFT

December 19th, 2011 at 8:00 am by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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Shhh ... I need you to do me a big favor ...
I want to tell you about this gift that I made for my friend today but it is a surprise.
We share the love of good old fashioned treats and
I can't think of anything better than this homemade gift!

I got a little carried away with singing in the kitchen while I was making this ... 
thank goodness I was alone!
But you can sing along with me to the tune of Jingle Bells!

GLUTEN FREE RED CURRY CHRISTMAS CHEX MIX ...

Dashing through the stores 
In a one not-quite horse powered shopping cart
O'er the aisles we go
shopping all the way ...
bells on kiddies shoes 
making spirits bright 
What fun it is to laugh and sing 
 while jamin iTunes tonight
OH!
Gluten Free, Gluten Free, 
Gluten Free all the way
OH!
What fun it is to make 
a retro gift tonight! 
OH! 
Gluten Free Red Curry Christmas Chex Mix 
Gluten Free Red Curry Christmas Chex Mix 
Gluten Free all the way ...
OH! What fun it is to make 
in an open baking pan tonight! 
OH! 
Get to the recipe, please get to the recipe ...
Please get to the recipe NOW ...


Ok enough frivolity
here it is ...

I decided to go completely without wrapping paper this holiday season.
I bought these cute little re-usable shopping bags from Whole Foods Market for .79¢ each.
What a deal!
Each person that I am giving this Gluten Free homemade gift to in this jar is going to be able to return it to me during the new year to get it refilled with their favorite treat.


And now for the very easy recipe! 

3/4 cup butter or non-dairy butter
2 cups Snyder's of Hanover Gluten Free Pretzel Sticks - I love these - the best! 
2 cups whole Almonds, optional
2 tsp Sea Salt
3 tsp Garlic Powder
3 tsp Onion Powder

Pre-heat the oven to 225 degrees.
Mix all of the ingredients with melted butter in a big bowl.
Spread it out on a cookie sheet and bake for 20 minutes.
Take it out and mix well.
Bake for another 20 minutes repeat mix and baking for a total 60 minutes. 

Add 2 cups Dark Chocolate Christmas Red and Green M M's at the end when the mix has cooled completely after it has baked.  




Put the mix into the jar then the bag, add a red ribbon and good to go! 

My friend loves these old fashioned Gluten Free Bob's Peppermint Candy Canes  
so I grabbed some and added them to the bag! 


Merry Merry 
Gluten Free Red Curry Christmas Chex Mix
To you! 
Give a homemade gift this holiday season - 
they will be glad you did! 

xo
Lisa

Made in America – Make A Difference 1 Gift At A Time

December 15th, 2011 at 4:14 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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If you are using a Mac and see a blank screen please click here for a link.

Have you seen World News with Diane Sawyer on ABC?
Well, every night that I see this segment I am so amazed at how wonderful
it is to see so many great people and companies supporting each other
during the holidays and throughout the year.


I pledged to make a difference.  I bought Anchor Hocking  glass jars to put my homemade
Gluten Free treats inside.  Please don't tell my secret but ... I am putting a tag on the jar that lets my dear friends and family return the jar to me for refills of their choice of Gluten Free treats that they love! It is kind of fun to do that because they get a gift all year and it saves on the environment - no paper or bags.  Please don't tell anyone my secret gifts! I want them to be a surprise!

I am also supporting my friends - Dave Myers and Kelly Asadorian of Myorian Studio
They make the most amazing glass and metal art! 
You can contact them via the link or 
go to their store that they own with some friends on Bainbridge Island in Winslow.  
The store is called Danger! 
The store features Myorian Studio artwork and other artists in the area too! 
The jewelry by Ginger is such a treat for any lady on your list! 
They also feature some really cool sustainable products and housewares by Perhacs Studio
Made in the USA.  
Go check it out! 







I love love love these hand made plates and glass ornaments! 
Especially the red ones! 
Such a fun gift to give a foodie ... especially a 
Gluten Free Foodie! 

Kelly and Dave make their artwork all year long in - 
Indianola, WA USA! 


Thank you for supporting local artists and companies that are Made in America!
Happiest of Holidays to you!
Lisa

Gluten Free Menu at Hi-Life in Ballard – Seattle, WA

December 14th, 2011 at 1:40 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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THE BEST GRILLED FLAT IRON STEAK 10 oz with GARLIC PARSLEY BATUTTO, HONEST TO GOODNESS MASHED POTATOES and BROCCOLINI!
Perfectly cooked, seasoned, tender and juicy ... 
When you really want meat and potatoes - this will hit the spot! 
I crave this meal and I know it will be that awesome when I go back! 

HI-LIFE ROCKS! 


ROASTED DUCK TACO TRUCK ...
I started my dinner with this appetizer - teaser is more like it! 
Tenderly sweet and sassy tacos ...
  they made me want more deliciousness! 



So this is how it all started ... my crush ... a few months ago.
I like it natural with lots-o-veggies, Gluten Free ooey gooey and piled high! 


CLEAN UP ON AISLE 12 
Hash of beets, braising greens, turnip greens and more veggies
over a perfectly cooked polenta square with poached eggs and Gluten Free toast!

I know what you are thinking ...
Wow! this chick can eat a ton! 
Yeah ... well this awesome meal is what started it all.  
This was my first visit, not the same day
 as the steak and duck tacos. 
 I have been back several times and 
each and every time I fall head over heels and can't wait to go back!
  
So the first visit ...
It was mid-day and just wanted something really good ... 
Gluten Free ... impress me good ... go ahead ... I dare you good! 
Hi-Life you had me at first bite!  
This is the visit that really started the whole affair that I am having with you! 






Oh yeah! dripping with butter and jelly on toasted GLUTEN FREE BREAD! 








I don't know what it is about this place ... 
I crave it like crazy! 
It is about time for another fix.  
All I can say is when you are out shopping local in Ballard for the holidays 
you really need to stop in - take a break, get a drink and dive right into my favorites foods ...

Wait!
I have a great idea?!?
Buy a Gift Certificate from Chow Foods to use at Hi-Life, 5-Spot or Endolyne Joe's online and that way you or someone you know that is Gluten Free can enjoy many more awesome Gluten Free meals here too! Check one more thing off of your list.  
You can also buy the gift certificates at their restaurants. 

Ok now back to my favorite Gluten Free foods here ...
lunch
APPLE AND CHEDDAR MELT
B.L.A.T 
dinner
ROASTED DUCK TACO TRUCK TACOS
ROASTED BEET SALAD
SMOKY PORK CHOP
CAULIFLOWER ROAST 
or 
BREAKFAST ALL DAY

It is just like anything that gives you great satisfaction - freakin' awesome Gluten Free Menu, 
awesome staff and vibe! 
Trust me you will want it all the time! 
I love love love ... 
it's no secret ... they know ....
 I love Hi-Life!

Until we meet  ... eat again ... 
xoxo 
Lisa 

ORGANIC MESQUITE HONEY ALMONDS WITH FLOR DE SAL – Gluten Free Gift Idea

December 14th, 2011 at 9:29 am by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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I love almonds and hope you will too!
ORGANIC MESQUITE HONEY ALMONDS WITH FLOR DE SAL!

So easy to make and the perfect treat to enjoy as a Gluten Free snack any time of the day. 
Make them as a gift or bring them to a party to serve with drinks!

The honey is from the native organically managed mesquite forest of Northern Peru. Its slightly smoky flavor gives the almonds a perfectly sweet bite. The sea salt ... just a little goes a long way to enhance the blend of flavors and accentuate the caramel creation from the roasting.

This recipe will serve a small gathering for 4-6 people.
Double ... or double double if making this for gifts! 


Ingredients
2 cups Organic raw almonds
2 Tbs butter
2 Tbs Zócalo Gourmet - Organic Mesquite Honey


Tools
fry pan
spatula or tongs
parchment paper
baking sheet
cooling rack
Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.

Place the butter in a fry pan and turn the heat to medium-high. Once the butter begins to melt add the almonds.  Toss the almonds so that they are all covered in the butter and let them cook for 3-4 minutes.  Reduce the heat to medium and add the honey.  Toss the almonds to make sure they are evenly coated.  Cook for 1-2 minutes.  Turn off heat. 

Place a sheet of parchment paper on the baking pan.  Pour the butter and honey coated almonds on to the baking pan.  Spread the almonds out in a layer, allowing the almonds to touch to create clusters. Bake in the oven for 15-17 minutes. The aroma is absolutely amazing! Remove from oven and let cool for 2 minutes.  Add the sprinkles of Flor de Sal or Sea Salt. Let cool at least 1hour before serving. 

If you are making these for a festive gathering and there are any left over
 Organic Mesquite Honey Almonds with Flor de Sal ...
not likely ...
wrap them in the parchment paper and then in a self sealing bag or glass container, in a cool place, away from heat. Depending on the weather, humidity, they may get a little stickier ... is that such a bad thing?

Felices Fiestas! Bocadillos Sin Gluten Feliz!
Happy Holidays! Happy Gluten Free Snacking! 

xo 
Lisa

Gluten Free Foodies Holiday Shopping Guide 2011 – Kitchen Tools

December 11th, 2011 at 10:55 am by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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I know one of the reasons why I love baking and cooking - it's the KITCHEN TOOLS!
It's that time of year to share my favorite finds of the year and I can't wait for you to get them too!

Sous Vide Supreme
All I can say is that if you love to entertain or you cook for a large family or just like to slow cook then the Sous Vide Supreme is for you!  Sous Vide aka soo-veed is a French term for "under vacuum".  The food is cooked at a precise temperature while it is immersed in a water bath.  You will not overcook the food so it is perfect for those in your family that are chronically late.  This method allows you to cook the other food for your meal while the main course is staying perfectly cooked - moist and warm. It is just like having a Sous Chef in your kitchen!

I was so lucky to spend some time with a demo unit from Sous Vide Supreme and I have to say it was so easy to use, just a little prep time, in it goes and off you go to enjoy your day.  A few hours later and you have the most amazing steak, pork, chicken or fish - tender, moist and flavorful.  You can make all sorts of things with the Sous Vide Supreme - drinks, desserts, soups, side dishes and more. There are several books to guide you to this new, simple and healthy cooking method. The Sous Vide comes in several colors and sizes.  This is one appliance that will look great on your counter top and you will not want to put it away.  You will use it all the time.

I spent my time making meat. Great to make extra to have leftovers for lunch the next day. You can even keep the food sealed and put the extras in the freezer. The meat was perfectly moist and tender every time! I enjoyed every minute of it because it was so easy and I had fun creating some flavor combinations to try - Apple Brown Sugar Pork, Curry Coconut Pork and Aji Lime Chicken were some of my favorites.  My absolute ... by far most surprising was steak! Don't tell anyone but I do not like to cook steak.  The Sous Vide Supreme made me look like a Top Chef because it in just a short time my steak was cooked to perfection and then I seared it on a cast iron grill pan.  Now I love to cook steak ... the Sous Vide Supreme way!

Santa are you listening???
The Sous Vide Supreme is on my wish list this year! 



I love the look of shiny chrome and black in my kitchen appliances. There is just something about having fun waking up in the morning and looking forward to making a good cup of coffee that is worth getting out of bed. So, I recently took a turn back in time and bought an "Old School" Percolator Coffee Pot by West Bend .  It reminds me so much of my grandparents. I have to laugh because the minute I got it, I had to make coffee ... even though it was 9 PM at night!
The sound percolating ... the aroma and the clear, crystal-like tip allows you to see that beautiful, rich brown coffee swishing through brewing just waiting to be poured into a cup of coffee! If you like your coffee really really hot, this is for you! No filters and easy to use! Love it!

So of course I had to continue my chrome theme after getting tired of turning on my gas stove - $$$ - just to heat up some water for tea or a hot drink. It is fast and really hot, too! Love it!
Electric Cordless Hot Water Kettle by Aroma
I found both for around $30 on Amazon.



Chef'n Tongo 9" Tongs - I use them for everything - removing waffles from my non-stick iron, tossing a salad, roasting vegetables, removing just about anything that I need to grab and move.  The Tongo Tongs are ergonomic and have a one-handed release, nothing fancy, just easy.  They have a big silicone head which makes grabbing anything big or small simple to move safely from one place to another. They come in a variety of colors but I just love my fun red ones! I would have to say they are my most used tool in the kitchen since I received them as a gift.

Sistema Large Square Storage Containers from Storables for Gluten Free Flour mixes.  It is so hard to get into a bag of flour and it is so precious that you don't want to spill the slightest bit.  Storing them in these containers helps to keep the flours fresh, organized in your GF pantry and easy to get in to measure. The variety of sizes can hold my 1 lb - 5lb bags of GF flour perfectly.  I usually cut the information from the Gluten Free Flour mix so that I know what the ingredients are and I tape them to the top of the lid.  I make a printed label for the front of the bin so I can see which of the bins contains the GF flour that I am looking for when they are stacked in my pantry.

They also have a variety of other containers to take your Gluten Free lunch from home and go! The sandwich or picnic keeper is my favorite because I can store a small portion of chips, carrots, cucumbers or other favorite veggies and then the sandwich is in a section in the container, sealed off to stay super fresh.  The divider on the other side keeps the extra goodies separate so that if one is slightly wet like carrots, they don't touch and your chips will stay nice and crispy.


TIP - I suggest getting a gift certificate from Storables for your favorite Gluten Free friend or family member.  They can shop online or in the store. Every January, Storables has a big organizing sale and this is a great time to save money and get these wonderful storage boxes.  Also, it is so much easier for someone to pick out what they need when it comes to organizing.  I would  share this posting and tips with them, so that they know about the products and sale. I love Storables and their awesome staff! 

I have mentioned the Weck Jars in previous postings but ... I love them!
It is worth mentioning again.  In the Seattle area you can find them at Crate & Barrel but you can also find store locations in your area by going to the Weck Jar website. I use them for everything! They just look so nice and when you put homemade treats in them ... they are a great gift!


Happy Gluten Free Foodies Holiday Shopping!
xo 
Lisa

Gluten Free Spiced Sweet Potato Cardamom Cookies

December 6th, 2011 at 12:01 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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This is an old favorite spiced cookie with a bit of a taste makeover! I recently discovered that I am a big fan of cardamom when I had a bad headache.  Ironically, I drank some Chai that had Cardamom in it and the headache disappeared.  I don't know if the Cardamom fixed it but the flavor was just what I needed to warm me up - I am a fan! I also love making treats that are good for you too.  Sweet Potato adds fiber, iron, calcium and has a low glycemic level to stabilize blood sugars. The Sweet Potato flour does double duty - it makes the cookies a beautiful - golden burnt orange hue and gives the cookie a soft moist bite.

These cookies are inspired by happy headache free days, 
taking breaks with your feet up and enjoying with a favorite hot drink! 
Gluten Free Spiced Sweet Potato Cookies with Cardamom 
are easy to make and can be made non-dairy too!


Dry Ingredients

2 tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg, ground
1/4 tsp clove, ground
1/4 tsp ginger, ground
1/4 tsp cardamom, ground
Wet Ingredients
8 tsp butter, room temp - to make non-dairy use Earth Balance 
1 egg
1 cup dark brown sugar
1/4 cup light brown sugar

* 1/2 cup raw sugar or decorating sugar for the tops of the cookies
* 1 additional egg for making the cookies shinny, optional

Tools
baking sheet
parchment paper
self sealing freezer bag
cookie cutters
rolling pin
small spatula
whisk
standing mixer
silicone or flat baking spatula
small bowl for decorating sugar
silicone baking brush


Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl with a whisk to break up any clumps.  Set the bowl aside.
In a standing mixer, cream the sugar and butter. Add the egg and vanilla. Slowly add the dry ingredients, 1/4 cup at a time. Mix well. Scrape the sides and bottom of the mixing bowl and make sure all ingredients are incorporated.  Take the dough out of the bowl and place it on a piece of parchment paper. Form the dough into a roll or log for slice and bake cookies.  For cut out cookies form the dough into an oval flat disc shape.  Wrap the dough in the parchment paper and put it into a freezer bag.  Chill for at least 2 hours.  The longer you chill the dough, the more time the flavors have to meld.  Overnight is best and will keep up to 3 days in the refrigerator.

Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. 
To bake, take the dough out of the refrigerator and unwrap and leave on parchment paper.  Let the dough warm up just a tad, and place a piece of parchment paper over the dough to roll it out in a rectangular shape, 1/4 inch thick.

TIP - these cookies are perfect thick or crispy thin! You decide or make both! 


Use your favorite cookie cutter, using all the dough to cut out the cookies.  I like the like the scalloped edge cookie cutter in 3 sizes. I also make thick and thin for a variety of desires.  Place the cutout cookies on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

In a small bowl, add the raw or decorating sugar.  I like to add one of the spices from the cookie to the sugar - cinnamon or cardamom are favorites.  I also like to keep some of the naturally spiced flavored sugar in a container ready to use. The longer it sits, the flavor has time to absorb into the sugar. I actually have a small box made out of cinnamon tree bark that I keep my raw sugar in and it absorbs the cinnamon flavor from the bark!

Brush the tops of the cookies with the egg wash to make them shiny, optional. Then sprinkle the tops of the cookies with the sugar. If you don't use the egg wash, the sugar will still bake in and stick, with a matte cookie finish. Bake for 12-13 minutes, turning the pan half way at 6 or 7 minutes. 

Let cool on a baking rack before serving.
Make your favorite hot drink, call your best friend to come over and put your feet up in front of the fire.

If there are some leftover cookies ... store in a tight sealing jar.
Makes great homemade gifts too! 




It's Gluten Free Spiced Sweet Potato Cardamom Cookie time!
Enjoy!
Lisa 

Gluten Free Foodies Holiday Shopping Guide 2011 – Cookbooks

December 2nd, 2011 at 7:32 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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This season I am going to give you my suggestions of gifts that I love.  When ever I need inspiration, a new flavor, treats or just want to play in the kitchen these are all of my favorites this holiday season. 
The countdown begins today ...

COOKBOOKS


I recently attended a private book party for the Fabulous Beekman Boys.  You know the ones on the Planet Green TV. I just love them - Brent and Josh, their goats and Farmer John! Such cutie pies! 
Well they have a fabulous new book out called The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Cookbook.  It is such a lovely cookbook.  So much thought and detail ... some might think it not necessary but the details in creating this book are all intentional, thanks to Brent's perfection syndrome.  The paper, the frosted paper dividers, the placket, the photographs and the best and most unique thing ... the pages with the pockets! The pockets are there so that you can put your hand written recipes into the book to add to the traditions.  Oh wait! there's more ... there is a space to the side of each recipe in the book to write your own notes ... a perfect place to make Gluten Free conversions! The recipes are all favorites from their own recipe box - how they live today and heirlooms from their family and friends.  This cook book is a gift in every sense and is meant to be left out on the counter and used like a scrapbook. I treasure my book!



 by Kelli and Peter Bronski
So easy to follow their recipes, great ideas and will always love cupcakes! 
I can't wait to make Snickerdoodle, Gingerbread and Cannoli Cupcakes for the holidays!


by 
Jeff Hertzberg and Zoe Francois
I love this book! Pizza and Flatbread! It has my name all over it! All of Jeff Hertzberg and Zoe Francois cook books are awesome because they include Gluten Free variations to their recipes using their preferred Gluten Free flour blend. This book is particularly good because it includes all of those recipes that you really want and probably miss - Injera, Stovetop Pizza and Breakfast Pizza, Naan and Pitas caught my eye! 
I checked this book out from the library and it is on my wish list for the holidays too! 


Owner of The Meadow, James Beard Award winning Expert and Author - Mark Bitterman 
 explains in great detail everything you ever wanted to know about SALT!
Over 50 recipes using Salt and a detailed reference guide on over 150 salts from around the world.
So much to learn about salt ... who knew? 
Mark Bitterman does and it is a great learning adventure to read his book as big as a bible! 


609 pages of traditional Spanish food including tapas, drinks and sauces.  
I love Spanish food and this book has a huge space in my heart and my kitchen. 
Most of the recipes are naturally Gluten Free, using no flour, with simple authentic ingredients. 
I would suggest substituting the new 
for the recipes that call for all purpose flour.


by Sharon Tyler Herbst
and 
Ron Herbst
Want to know more about cheese, tea, kitchen tools, techniques or quince ?
This is the book that will have all of the foodie info to learn more or at least impress your friends during the Jeopardy - Foodie knowledge round ...
Over 6700 entries with beautiful line drawn illustrations.
I think it is just a fun book to have on hand and I actually use it quite often.




This past weekend I saw a double show of Baking with Julia on my local Seattle PBS station - her guest was Martha Stewart and it was just lovely to watch them make an Almond Wedding cake.  
Unfortunately, this show isn't on this DVD set but you can watch Alice Medrich, 
Nancy Silverton, Gale Gand, Leslie Mackie and so many more ...


Additional books not pictured - not necessarily just Gluten Free but good reading and great inspirations to convert to Gluten Free.
Quick Fix Gluten Free by Robert Landolphi
Food Lover's Guide to Seattle by Keren Brown
At the Kitchen Table by Greg Atkinson
Girl in the Kitchen by Stephanie Izard and Heather Shouse

I hope you enjoy my Gluten Free Foodies Holiday Shopping Guide 2011- Cook Books - 1st on the list and more ideas on the way! The selections above have been chosen as my favorites and I do not receive monetary incentives for suggesting anything on this list.
I truly love them!

Happy Shopping ...
Lisa
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Learning to live Gluten Free is a challenge. Gathering with like minded people while exchanging ideas, life experiences and gluten free food is more interesting! So I created, Gluten Free Foodies, to support people with Celiac Disease, Gluten Intolerant and other Food Sensitive people by gathering at events and celebrating the foods that we can eat! Do you have a Gluten Free question you want the answer to? Feel free to send me an email at glutenfreefoodies@gmail.com Original blog - GlutenFreeFoodies.co After all, didn't Erma Bombeck once say ... "I am not a glutton, I am an explorer of food."

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