Gluten Free Dairy Free Oatmeal Quick Bread | Bob's Red Mill

Oatmeal Quick Bread- Gluten and Dairy Free

by Sarena Shasteen in Gluten Free, Recipes

Who says you can’t have bread just because you can’t eat gluten? Not this girl for sure. Let’s just say I make a lot of bread around here for a family that’s gluten free. The breads I make range from kind of complicated to really easy. Today, I’m sharing a really easy recipe with you. I came up with this jewel out of a need for a quick hearty bread to go with our Sunday brunch, as well as, needing something easy that my husband can throw together when he’s needing bread with dinner. This oatmeal quick bread goes really well with a salad or bowl of soup. It has an amazingly crunchy crust on the outside with a beautifully dense chewy interior highlighted by a wholesome nutty flavor from the oatmeal. For brunch, we served it with butter and a drizzle of honey. It was delicious!

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Gluten and Dairy Free Oatmeal Quick Bread

(makes about a 1 pound loaf)

In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, oatmeal, baking powder, salt and baking soda. Mix well with a fork. Next add the cold butter to the flour mixture and cut it in with a fork until thoroughly combined and the mixture resembles a course meal. Next add the milk, eggs and vinegar to the flour mixture using a fork or a rubber spatula. Stir until well combined. Refrigerate the dough for 10 minutes while you preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. When the oven is ready, using the rubber spatula, form the dough into a ball and then dump it onto the parchment paper. Using the spatula, even out the dough ball to for a circle. Cut a cross into the dough and then sprinkle the top with the reserved oatmeal. Bake for 40 to 60 minutes or until slightly browned and the crust sounds hollow when tapped. Allow to cool for at least 20 minutes then slice and serve.

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Sarena Shasteen: The Non Dairy QueenSarena Shasteen has been an avid health food and fitness enthusiast from an early age. She holds a degree in Culinary Arts from The Art Institute of Atlanta, a certification in Fitness Nutrition and is a certified Fitness Trainer from International Sport Science Association (ISSA). Becoming a Personal Trainer and Specialist in Fitness Nutrition has been a lifelong goal of hers. Sarena enjoys helping others reach their health goals by teaching them that health and fitness are not only achieved in the gym, but also through fun everyday activities. Now a food writer, recipe developer, personal chef,  Personal Trainer and Specialist in Fitness Nutrition, she enjoys sharing with others that healthy living can be fun and delicious. Keep up with her at The Non Dairy Queen and on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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Flours: A Primer

by Sarah House in Gluten Free, Recipes, Whole Grains 101

The world of flours seems to be growing year after year.  Long gone are the days of two options:  white flour and whole wheat flour.  By my count, Bob’s Red Mill carries fifty-four different flours and meals.  And these range from gluten-free to gluten-full, light to white to whole-grain, single grain flours and flour blends.  Is anyone getting overwhelmed yet?  How in the world does one pick a flour to use?

As many people are aware, there are flours that contain gluten (a protein found in wheat and similar grains and flours that are gluten-free (contain no gluten proteins but therefore aren’t able to create structure as easily as gluten-based baked goods).  Gluten-full grains provide great structure and delicious flavors that can be enjoyed by anyone who is not affected by Celiac disease nor has gluten intolerance.  Gluten-free grains may be enjoyed by anyone and provide many unique flavors, colors, and textures that many gluten-eaters haven’t yet discovered.

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If you aren’t affected by food allergies, eat any and every grain flour you can!  There is a whole wide and wonderful flour-full world out there.  Grains and flours that contain gluten include:  wheat & semolina, barley, Kamut®, rye & pumpernickel, spelt, and triticale.  All-purpose, bread, pastry, and cake flours are typically varieties of gluten flours with differing amounts of protein that correspond to their specific purpose.

If you maintain a more strict diet, don’t fret, your options are far more expansive than you can imagine:  nuts, beans and peas, amaranth, buckwheat, coconut, corn, flax, millet, oat, potato, quinoa, rice (white and brown and sweet), sorghum, soy, tapioca, and teff.  All of these products are inherently gluten-free but they are not always tested for or processed in certified gluten-free facilities, so if you follow a gluten-free diet, make sure to check the labels.

Most gluten-containing flours are available as whole-grain flours (meaning they contain the bran and germ along with the standard endosperm) and white or light versions.  Classifying flour as “white” or “light” indicates that all or most of the bran and germ have been removed.  Why choose one over the other?  Whole grain flours contribute rich flavor and color to a baked item as well as affects the texture (and don’t forget about all the fiber and vitamins and nutrients!).  The gluten and starches in the grains’ endosperm create wonderfully pillowy structures that give us our much-loved sandwich breads, ciabattas, baguettes, cakes, and cookies.  The bran and germ, when included (or not excluded), cut into the endosperm’s structures, thereby creating items with a bit less height and a more defined texture.

The best way to pick your gluten flour is to think about the finished texture.  The lightest and most delicate items should be made with Super-Fine Cake Flour or Unbleached White Pastry Flour.  Hearty heavy-duty breads work best with whole-grain flours like Organic Ivory Wheat Flour and Organic Dark Rye Flour.  Most other items fall right in the middle and can use blends of any light, medium, or heavy flours.  Coarse meals like Organic Pumpernickel Dark Rye Meal and Graham Flour can be added for extra texture and a coarser crumb.

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Super Light

Light

Medium

Heavy

Extra Special Add-Ins

If you are new to whole grain flours or just aren’t in the mood for 100%, try swapping out a portion of your standard white flour for some whole grain.  An easy exchange is 25%.  Use a blend of 75% Unbleached White Fine Pastry Flour and 25% Whole Wheat Pastry Flour in you next pie crust, or try Spelt Flour as a quarter of the flour in your next sandwich bread.  Or just go for it and whip up a batch of whole wheat chocolate chip cookies!  (see recipes below)

Just because you may not follow a gluten-free diet, don’t turn your back on all those gluten-free flours or you will be missing out.  Gluten-free flours run the gamut in terms of flavors and textures.  Gluten-free flours rarely work as stand-alone flour and the typical flour blend consists of two gluten-free flours and one starch.  A good jumping off point is 1/3 of each, but as you become more comfortable and familiar with gluten free baking, you’ll run across and be able to create blends that better suit your personal tastes (more info is available here

Including links about how to use binders).  To incorporate gluten-free flours with gluten-full, swap out the same 25% as you would whole-grain flours.

The most popular gluten-free flours are made from rice and sorghum and rice is milled as both whole grain and white.  These grains contain enough protein to aide in structure and have mild flavors that don’t detract from the ideal finished product.   For yeasted breads, bean flours are often used due to their high protein contents.  Be forewarned, some people may notice a distinct bean flavor and aroma in raw doughs but it will dissipate after baking.

Using gluten-free flours are a great way to change up flavors and textures.  Amaranth and quinoa add savory grain flavors while buckwheat, corn, millet, and oat can walk the line between both sweet and savory.  Teff, buckwheat, and green pea and black bean flours can change up the color along with incorporating unique flavors.

Almond, hazelnut, and flaxseed meal, and coconut flour are all unique ingredients that require a bit more practice and information.  All can be added as an extra addition and almond and hazelnut meal work well as stand-alone flour in certain applications (think macarons, flourless chocolate cakes, and paleo-centric baking).  Flaxseed meal and coconut flour are a bit tricky.  Flaxseed meal combined with water makes a gel-like substance that is a great substitute for eggs when used as binders and is wonderful to add to any baked good for a fiber boost.  Coconut flour is extremely high in fiber and using it as the main ingredient in an item will call for using unique recipes unlike any traditional bakers have seen before.  Adding a tablespoon or so of coconut flour to your recipe will help with liquid absorption and will add a delicate coconut undertone to the flavor.  Before you go adding any more than that, check out some recipes designed especially for coconut flour.

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Creating a Gluten Free Flour Blend:

  • For an all purpose flour blend use a ratio of 1/3 light flour and 2/3 heavy and/or medium flour.
  • For a pastry flour blend use a ratio of 2/3 light flour and 1/3 heavy and/or medium flour.

Substituting Gluten Free Flours for one another:

  • As a general rule, substitute gluten free flours within the same “weight” group cup for cup.
  • By substituting flours, you may experience a change in flavor and texture.

Heavy Flours

Medium Flours

Light Flours

Gluten free flours are classified based on their protein content. Heavy flours assist in creating the structure of your baked goods, as do medium flours. Light flours aid in binding and moisture retention.

These recommendations should help you set out on your foray into whole grain baking.  As you become more comfortable and as you investigate other resources, more and more ideas and flour blends will come your way.  Some excellent new whole grain baking books have come out in the last few years, some even earing award nominations!  Pick up a bag of whole grain flour that piques your interest and start baking!

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Pineapple Upside Down Cake

by Cassidy Stockton in Recipes

If ever a cake was to be called moist, it would be Pineapple Upside Down Cake. Baked upside down, then inverted, this cake is far easier than it looks. Just look at that picture, all that gooey goodness around the edges? That’s the gold right there. It’s kind of a mix between sweet, crunchy, and sticky—just pure sugary nirvana!

According to KitchenProject.com, upside down cakes were born out of a desire for a cake that did not require an oven. Fruit and sugar were placed in the bottom of a cast iron pan, covered with a simple cake batter and cooked over a fire. Inverting the cake was the natural conclusion to serving it. Pineapple became a traditional version in the early 1900’s when canned pineapple rings became a common place ingredient and maraschino cherries were added to bring pop and color to the cake. You can add cherries to this version, if you like, but we highly recommend using maraschino cherries that are on the natural end of the spectrum.

Make this gluten free with our Gluten Free 1-to-1 Flour or bump up the whole grains with our Whole Wheat Pastry Flour.  We love this decadent Pineapple Upsidedown Cake!

Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

Contributed by:  Sarah House for Bob’s Red Mill Test Kitchen

Prep Time:  20 minutes | Cook Time:  45 minutes | Yield: 12 – 16 servings

Topping

Cake

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°F.  Lightly spray a 9- to 10-inch round springform cake pan.

Step 2

In a small saucepan, heat ¼ cup butter and ¾ cup Bob’s Red Mill Cane Sugar until melted and deeply golden, stirring often, about 5 – 7 minutes.  Immediately remove from heat and pour into the bottom of the prepared cake pan.  Arrange the pineapple over the sugar layer in a decorative pattern.  Set aside while the cake batter is prepared.

Step 3

In a small bowl, sift together Bob’s Red Mill Pastry Flour, baking powder, and salt.  Set aside.

Step 4

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or by hand with a spoon, cream 1 cup Bob’s Red Mill Cane Sugar and ½ cup butter until light and fluffy, about 10 minutes.

Step 5

Add the vanilla extract and eggs, one at a time, scraping down the sides of the bowl between each addition.

Step 6

Add the dry ingredients, alternating with the reserved pineapple juice, until smooth.  Pour the batter over the sugar and pineapple layer in the prepared cake pan.

Step 7

Bake until set and golden, about 45 minutes.  Let cool 5 – 10 minutes then unmold onto a serving platter.

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Italian Easter Pie | Bob's Red Mill

Italian Easter Grain Pie: Two Ways

by Sarah House in Gluten Free, Recipes

Easter, and springtime in general, is known as a season of rebirth, renewal, and growth.  When it comes to food traditions, Easter is one of the most popular and ancient holidays to celebrate at the table with classic dishes.  Many cultures have their own specific dishes made during the season and Italy is definitely a standout for quantity and diversity of Easter foods.

Italy takes its baking seriously (hello pizza, ciabatta, and cannoli!) and Easter-time is no exception.  While casatiello and its ilk are savory dishes filled with everything from prosciutto, mozzarella, and spinach to macaroni, ricotta, and hard boiled eggs, pastiera is the sweet alternative.  Just as every region in Italy has its own version of casatiello et al (pie, cake, or yeasted bread) with a myriad of fillings, so too is pastiera subject to local ingredients and customs.  Recipes will constantly disagree with each other:  chocolate or no chocolate, almonds or pine nuts, how about some rice?  Four things, however, are constant: eggs, grains, ricotta, and oranges.  And how unique to include whole wheat berries (or whole sorghum grains in our gluten-free version) in a sweet dessert dish?

Italian Easter Grain Pie | Bob's Red Mill :: gluten free

While some recipes take extra steps and call for a pastry cream to be cooked on the stove first and then mixed with ricotta and wheat berries and THEN fold in whipped egg whites before being baked in the oven, the recipes below make this delicious dish much easier to prepare.  Make a pie shell, whip up the filling, and bake (just remember to cook those grains ahead of time).  While an overnight rest (or even a few days in the fridge) will help the flavors mingle and intensify, there is no shame in enjoying a slice after a thorough cooling.

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Italian Easter Pie

Prep Time: 15 minutes | Cook Time: 3 hours | Inactive Time: 1 hour to overnight

Yield: 8 – 10 servings (one 9-inch pie)

  • ½ cup Bob’s Red Mill Soft White Wheat Berries
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 4 cups Water
  • One 9-inch prepared Pie Shell, unbaked (plus extra dough for an optional lattice crust)
  • ¾ cup Granulated Sugar
  • 3 Eggs
  • 3 Tbsp Cornstarch
  • ½ tsp ground Cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • 1 lb Ricotta Cheese
  • 1 Tbsp Orange Zest
  • 2 Tbsp minced Candied Orange Peel (optional)
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • ½ tsp Orange Flower Water or ¼ tsp Orange Extract

Step 1

Combine Bob’s Red Mill Soft White Wheat Berries, ½ tsp salt, and 4 cups of water in a medium pot.  Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer, partially covered, until grains are soft, about 90 minutes.  (Soaking overnight in water to cover will shorten the cooking time.)  When grains have softened, drain off all cooking liquid and allow to cool while the rest of the filling is assembled.

Step 2

Preheat oven to 350°F.  Whisk granulated sugar and eggs in a large bowl until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes with an electric mixer on medium speed.  Meanwhile, combine cornstarch, cinnamon, and salt and mix until evenly combined.

Step 3

In a large bowl, mix together cornstarch mixture, ricotta, orange zest, candied orange peel (if using), vanilla extract, and orange flower water or orange extract.  Add to egg mixture and mix until combined, about 2 minutes.  Fold in cooked and cooled wheat berries.

Step 4

Pour filling into prepared pie shell and top with a lattice crust if desired.  Bake until filling is puffed, golden, and set, about 90 minutes.  Let cool completely before serving.  Pie is better when chilled overnight and served at room temperature.

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Italian Easter Pie {Gluten Free}

Prep Time: 15 minutes | Cook Time: 3 hours | Inactive Time: 1 hour to overnight

Yield: 8 – 10 servings (one 9-inch pie)

  • ½ cup Bob’s Red Mill Sorghum Grain
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 4 cups Water
  • One 9-inch prepared Gluten-Free Pie Shell, unbaked (plus extra dough for an optional lattice crust)
  • ¾ cup Granulated Sugar
  • 3 Eggs
  • 3 Tbsp Cornstarch
  • ½ tsp ground Cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • 1 lb Ricotta Cheese
  • 1 Tbsp Orange Zest
  • 2 Tbsp minced Candied Orange Peel (optional)
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • ½ tsp Orange Flower Water or ¼ tsp Orange Extract

Step 1

Combine Bob’s Red Mill Sorghum Grain, ½ tsp salt, and 4 cups of water in a medium pot.  Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer, partially covered, until grains are soft, about 90 minutes.  (Soaking overnight in water to cover will shorten the cooking time.)  When grains have softened, drain off all cooking liquid and allow to cool while the rest of the filling is assembled.

Step 2

Preheat oven to 350°F.  Whisk granulated sugar and eggs in a large bowl until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes with an electric mixer on medium speed.  Meanwhile, combine cornstarch, cinnamon, and salt and mix until evenly combined.

Step 3

In a large bowl, mix together cornstarch mixture, ricotta, orange zest, candied orange peel (if using), vanilla extract, and orange flower water or orange extract.  Add to egg mixture and mix until combined, about 2 minutes.  Fold in cooked and cooled sorghum grains.

Step 4

Pour filling into prepared pie shell and top with a lattice crust if desired.  Bake until filling is puffed, golden, and set, about 90 minutes.  Let cool completely before serving.  Pie is better when chilled overnight and served at room temperature.

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Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Sugar Cookies

Gluten Free Sugar Cookie Cut-outs

by Cassidy Stockton in Gluten Free, Recipes

Who says Santa is the only one who deserves a plate of cookies? These delicate sugar cookies are perfect for Easter cut-outs and we’re sure the Easter Bunny will be delighted to take a nibble. They’re pretty easy to make and can be decorated as simply or as intricately as you prefer. This is a great rainy-day activity for families. Kids will love to help with mixing, cutting and decorating these cookies, not to mention eating them. Maybe you have a gluten free friend who could use a little pick-me-up or a coworker who just went gluten free? Maybe not, but we’re positive you know someone in your life who would appreciate a plate of pretty cookies. Show them how much you care, by baking them something from the heart.

Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Sugar Cookies

Gluten Free Sugar Cookies

Prep Time:  30 minutes | Inactive Time:  90 minutes | Cook Time:  15 – 18 minutes

Yield: 24 – 36 cookies

Cookies

Icing

  • 1 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1 – 2 Tbsp Milk
  • Food coloring, as desired

Colored Sparkling Sugar

Step 1

In a small bowl, combine Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside.

Step 2

In a large bowl, mix butter and sugar until combined.  Add egg and vanilla extract and mix until thoroughly combined then add flour mixture and mix until fully incorporated.

Step 3

Shape dough into a ball, wrap in plastic wrap, and chill for at least 1 hour.  Meanwhile, preheat oven to 325°F.  Line baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.

Step 4

Remove dough from refrigerator and discard plastic wrap.  Place cold dough between two pieces of parchment paper and roll out to 1/8-inch thickness, removing and replacing parchment paper as needed.  Cut out desired shapes using lightly floured cookie cutters and place on prepared baking sheets, about 1-inch apart.  If necessary, chill dough for 20 – 30 minutes after rolling and before cutting out cookies.

Step 5

Bake cookies until edges are slightly golden, 15 – 18 minutes, rotating sheets halfway through baking.  Let cool completely (about 30 minutes) before decorating.

Step 6

While cookies bake, prepare icing and colored sugar.  For colored sugar, divide sugar into ¼ cup portions.  Add 1 – 2 drops of food coloring per portion and mix thoroughly to distribute color.

Step 7

To prepare icing, combine powdered sugar and milk in a bowl and whisk until smooth.  Adjust consistency as needed with extra milk.  If desired, divide icing into separate containers and color with food coloring.

Step 8

Ice cooled cookies with prepared icing and immediately decorate with colored sugar.

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Coconut Bunny Cake: Step by Step

by Cassidy Stockton in Recipes

Bunny cake- what’s not to love about a fluffy white cake shaped to look like a bunny? Kids absolutely love it, it makes a beautiful (and fun) centerpiece for Easter brunch and, thanks to Sarah House’s step-by-step directions, it’s easy to make, too. This fabulous bunny starts with a basic white cake recipe featuring our superfine cake flour for a light cake with a tender crumb. Then, we frost it with a gorgeous butter cream and cover it with coconut. Assembly is a piece of cake (yep, we went there), but your guests will think you slaved over it.

You can toast the coconut for a bit more contrast or dye the cake for a fun surprise. Add a nose and eyes, if you like, or just leave it as-is and enjoy the sly smiles you are sure to receive from your adult guests (never mind the children who will lose their minds). Because that’s the funny thing about a bunny cake- even if it’s kind of kitschy- most of us have a fond memory of this cake from our youth and seeing that fluffy bunny just makes us happy. And isn’t that what it’s all about anyway? Making people happy? We think so. Happy Baking!

If you need a gluten free version, check out this amazing version from The Recipe Renovator or simply swap in our gluten free 1-to-1 baking flour in place of the superfine cake flour. 

Coconut Easter Bunny Cake: Step By Step | Bob's Red Mill

Coconut Easter Bunny Cake

Prep Time:  90 minutes | Bake Time:  25 – 30 minutes | Inactive Time: 60 min

Yield: 8 – 12 servings

Cake

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°F.  Line a 9-inch round cake pan with parchment paper or oil and flour pan well; set aside.

Step 2

Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 7 – 10 minutes.  Meanwhile, combine milk, egg whites, and vanilla extract in a small bowl and set aside.  Sift together Bob’s Red Mill Super-Fine Cake Flour, baking powder, and salt and set aside.

Step 3

Add 1/3 of the flour mixture to the butter and briefly mix to combine, followed by ½ of the liquid.  Continue to alternately add remaining flour and liquid and mix until combined, taking care not to over-mix the batter.

Step 4

Transfer batter to the prepared cake pan and spread to evenly fill pan and smooth top.  Bake until set and a tested inserted in the center comes out clean, about 25 – 30 minutes.  Let cool thoroughly, at least 1 hour.  Meanwhile, prepare frosting.

Frosting

Step 1

Combine powdered sugar and soft butter and mix on low for 1 minute to combine.

Step 2

Increase speed to medium and mix until light and fluffy, 3 – 5 minutes.

Step 3

Add vanilla extract and milk or cream (if needed to adjust consistency) and mix until combined, about 1 minute more.  Set aside frosting and Bob’s Red Mill Shredded Coconut until ready to assemble cake.

Assembly

Step 1

Divide cake in half down the center.Coconut Easter Bunny Cake: Step By Step | Bob's Red Mill

Step 2

Spread a generous layer of frosting on one half of the cake.Coconut Easter Bunny Cake: Step By Step | Bob's Red Mill

Step 3

Flip the unfrosted half over onto the frosted half so the halves line-up evenly.Coconut Easter Bunny Cake: Step By Step | Bob's Red Mill

Step 4 & 5

Cut out a small (about 1-inch) notch about 1/3 of the way up one end of the body and about 1/3 of the way into the cake towards the center.Coconut Easter Bunny Cake: Step By Step | Bob's Red Mill

Coconut Easter Bunny Cake: Step By Step | Bob's Red Mill

Step 6

Flip the removed notch over and attach to the opposite end of the cake with outer crusts touching to create a tail.Coconut Easter Bunny Cake: Step By Step | Bob's Red Mill
Step 7

Frost entire cake, adding extra frosting to the sides of the bunny “body” to form a rounded shape.Coconut Easter Bunny Cake: Step By Step | Bob's Red Mill
Step 8

Sprinkle Bob’s Red Mill Shredded Coconut over the cake, pressing in lightly to secure.  Add paper ears and a tiny pink nose, if desired.Coconut Easter Bunny Cake: Step By Step | Bob's Red Mill

Coconut Easter Bunny Cake: Step By Step | Bob's Red Mill

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Whole Wheat Carrot Cupcakes | Bob's Red Mill @bobsredmill

Whole Wheat Carrot Cupcakes

by Cassidy Stockton in Recipes

Recently, I was aghast to learn that some people do not like carrot cake. Who are these people? How can anyone not like carrot cake? Kidding aside, I’m a big fan of carrot cake and I know a certain someone whose face graces all of our packaging that would say this is his favorite kind of cake- without raisins of course. Obviously, we’re firm believers in everyone’s right to like or dislike carrot cake (and raisins) as they see fit, but, at Bob’s Red Mill, we love our carrot cake!

The warm, slightly spicy flavors of moist carrot cake under a layer of tangy cream cheese frosting is just the thing we crave this time of year. I absolutely love this version for two reasons- one, it’s for cupcakes, which means it’s easier to make and easier to serve; two- this recipe uses whole wheat pastry flour. Not only does the whole wheat flour offer a denser cake with a nuttier flavor, but I feel less guilty eating one of these and that, my friends, is what I call a win-win.

If you need a gluten free version, we recommend using our Gluten Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour in place of the whole wheat pastry flour. 

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Whole Wheat Carrot Cupcakes

Prep Time:  30 minutes | Bake Time:  25 – 28 minutes | Rest Time:  60 minutes

Yield: 12 standard cupcakes

Cake

  • 1 ½ cups grated Carrot (from 1 – 2 carrots)
  • 8 oz canned Crushed Pineapple, drained
  • ½ cup chopped Walnuts
  • ½ cup Oil
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 ½ cups Bob’s Red Mill Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
  • 1 ¼ cup Bob’s Red Mill Coconut Sugar
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • ¾ tsp Baking Soda
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 1 ½ tsp ground Cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground Nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp ground Ginger

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°F and line a muffin tin with paper liners.

Step 2

In a large bowl, mix together grated carrots, crushed pineapple, chopped walnuts, oil, eggs, and vanilla extract.  In a separate smaller bowl, combine whole wheat pastry flour, coconut sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and spices.

Step 3

Add the dry to the wet and mix with a rubber spatula to combine.

Step 4

Evenly portion mixture into the prepared muffin tin.  Bake until a tester inserted into the center cupcake comes out clean, 25 – 28 minutes.  Let cool thoroughly (about 1 hour) before frosting.

Frosting

  • ½ cup Butter, soft
  • 1 cup Cream Cheese, soft
  • 4 cups Powdered Sugar, sifted
  • ½ tsp Vanilla Extract

Step 1

Cream softened butter and cream cheese until smooth and evenly combined.

Step 2

Add powdered sugar and vanilla extract and mix until light and fluffy.  Store chilled but must be at room temperature for use.

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Hot Cross Buns (Gluten Free) | Bob's Red Mill

Hot Cross Buns {Gluten Free}

by Sarena Shasteen in Gluten Free, Recipes

Tradition…I grew up with a lot of Easter traditions, but hot cross buns was really not one of them. To be perfectly honest, when I made these hot cross buns, the only frame of reference I had was from when I was in culinary school (and that is far longer away than I would like to discuss – hence the lack of taste recollection). So, I turned to the tasting expert who grew up on these slightly sweet, yeasty buns filled with the perfect a hint of spice…my husband. Since he happened to grow up with these as a part of his Easter tradition, I knew he would be able to give me his good, honest opinion on the subject. Now that I have his stamp of approval, I am sure these will fill your need for a gluten and dairy free version of hot cross buns for this Easter season as well.

Hot Cross Buns (Gluten Free) | Bob's Red Mill

Don’t let this ingredient list scare you. These really are easy to make and if you make enough, you can enjoy them for a few days (if they stick around that long)! These little buns also soften up beautifully when heated for a few seconds in the microwave.

Hot Cross Buns (Gluten Free) | Bob's Red Mill

Gluten and Dairy Free Hot Cross Buns

Makes 12 rolls

Dry Ingredients:

  • 2 cups White Rice Flour
  • 1 cup Potato Starch
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Corn Starch
  • 1/2 cup Hazelnut Meal
  • 2 TBSP Rapid Rise Yeast
  • 4 tsp Xanthan Gum
  • 4 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp Cream Of Tartar

Wet Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Warm Water
  • 1/4 cup Dairy Free Butter
  • 1 cup Egg Whites
  • 3 TSBP Apple Cider Vinegar

Add Ins:

  • 1/2 cup Raisins

Icing:

  • 2 cups Powdered Sugar
  • 1 to 3 TBSP Almond Milk

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a hook attachment, combine the dry ingredients and mix until well combined. Next add the wet ingredients to the dry mixture and allow to knead for 4 minutes. Add the raisins and knead for another minute. Spray a 13 x 9 pan with nonstick spray. Using a large scoop* evenly scoop 12 buns into the pan. Spray a sheet of plastic wrap with nonstick spray and place it over the rolls. Set the rolls in a warm place and allow to double in size (1 to 1 1/2 hours). Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Remove the plastic wrap from the pan once the buns are done rising. Using scissors, cut a cross into the top of the buns. Place the buns into the preheated oven and bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown. Allow to cool slightly before glazing.

Combine the powdered sugar and a tablespoon at a time of the almond milk. You want to be able to pipe it onto the buns. Place the glaze in a piping bag fitted with a large circle or slit tip. Pipe the glaze on top of the cross on the buns. Enjoy!

*Since gluten free doughs need to be slightly wetter than their gluten counter parts, I use my large cookie scoop when I need to scoop out even sized things like rolls or tortillas. It keeps things a little cleaner and insures that I can bake things evenly through.

Sarena Shasteen: The Non Dairy QueenSarena Shasteen has been an avid health food and fitness enthusiast from an early age. She holds a degree in Culinary Arts from The Art Institute of Atlanta, a certification in Fitness Nutrition and is a certified Fitness Trainer from International Sport Science Association (ISSA). Becoming a Personal Trainer and Specialist in Fitness Nutrition has been a lifelong goal of hers. Sarena enjoys helping others reach their health goals by teaching them that health and fitness are not only achieved in the gym, but also through fun everyday activities. Now a food writer, recipe developer, personal chef,  Personal Trainer and Specialist in Fitness Nutrition, she enjoys sharing with others that healthy living can be fun and delicious. Keep up with her at The Non Dairy Queen and on Facebook and Twitter.

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Hot Cross Buns | Bob's Red MIill @bobsredmill

Hot Cross Buns

by Cassidy Stockton in Recipes

Sweet, dense hot cross buns are a classic Easter treat typically consumed on Good Friday. There are many superstitions around hot cross buns, but our favorite is the goodwill between two friends who share a hot cross bun. The saying goes, “Half for you and half for me, between us two shall goodwill be.” If that’s not a lovely sentiment, I don’t know what is. These challah-like buns have roots back to early Christianity and have long since become part of Easter traditions all over the world.

If you haven’t had a hot cross bun, they’re dense, sweet rolls with warm spices and bits of dried fruit. They are perfect served for breakfast or eaten in the afternoon with a cup of hot tea. You can add the icing cross or omit it, the buns will be delightful no matter what you choose. Whatever you do, share them with a friend or loved one in the spirit of lasting friendship and you’ll be so glad you did.

[Note: If you’re gluten free, check back tomorrow for our gluten free version.]

Hot Cross Buns | Bob's Red Mill @bobsredmill

Hot Cross Buns

Contributed by:  Sarah House for Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods

Prep Time:  30 minutes | Rest Time:  2 – 3 hours | Cook Time:  25 minutes

Yield: 12 servings

Buns

Wash

  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Tbsp Water

Icing

  • 2 cups Powdered Sugar
  • 2 Tbsp Milk
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract

Step 1

Combine warm milk and yeast in a large mixing bowl.  Let sit for 5 minutes while yeast dissolves.  Meanwhile, combine 3 cups Bob’s Red Mill Unbleached White All-Purpose Flour, salt, and spices in a bowl and set aside.

Step 2

Add melted butter, egg, vanilla extract, and flour mixture to the yeast.  Mix until a shaggy dough forms, about 2 minutes with a dough hook in a stand mixer or 4 – 5 minutes by hand.

Step 3

Add currants and knead until a smooth and elastic dough forms, about 9 minutes in a stand mixer at medium speed or 10 – 15 minutes by hand.  Add remaining ½ cup flour only if needed to make a workable dough.  Shape dough into a ball. 

Step 4

Place dough in a large bowl lightly coated with oil; turn once to coat both sides.  Cover and set aside in a warm place to rise until doubled in size 60 – 90 minutes.  Meanwhile, line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

Step 5

Turn the risen dough out onto a lightly floured surface and divide into twelve equal pieces, about 2 oz of dough per piece.  Shape each piece into a tightly formed bun and place seam-side down on the prepared baking sheet.  When all buns are formed, cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 45 minutes.  Meanwhile, preheat oven to 375°F.

Step 6

For the wash, combine egg and water and mix well.  Once buns have doubled in size, gently brush the top and sides of each bun with egg wash.  Bake until buns are deep golden and the interiors have reached 190°F, about 25 minutes.  Let cool at least 30 minutes before icing.

Step 7

For icing, combine all ingredient and mix until smooth.  Drizzle a cross over each cooled bun.

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Sweet Potato and Sage Pull Apart Rolls from Bread & Butter by Erin McKenna | Bob's Red Mill @bobsredmill |gluten free, vegan

Sweet Potato and Sage Pull-Apart Rolls (GF) {Giveaway}

by Cassidy Stockton in Featured Articles

Bread & Butter is the third book from renowned gluten free, vegan baker Erin McKenna of Erin McKenna’s Bakery (formerly Babycakes NYC). This book is exactly what you’d expect from Erin McKenna- beautiful recipes with fun, bright photography. Bread & Butter is a full course of gluten free bread baking with a side of pastries. Basic breads like “rye” bread (say what??) and sandwich bread abound next to more unusual fare like these pull-apart rolls and spicy vegetable cornbread. There are so many awesome recipes in this book, we can’t begin to name them all.

Bread & Butter by Erin McKenna | Bob's Red Mill  @bobsredmill

We see a lot of cookbooks around here and what we like about this book is that it’s relatively small, so you’re not thumbing through 500 recipes, and it’s full of rather unique recipes. Plus, we know from personal experience that Erin’s recipes are reliable and delicious. We absolutely adore Erin’s writing style and her easy-to-follow recipes. Bonus: all of the recipes are vegan, making this ideal for anyone with both gluten and dairy restrictions.

Random House has generously offered us three copies of Bread & Butter to giveaway. We’ll pair each copy with a bag of our gluten free oat flour, cornmeal, potato starch and xanthan gum so you can get started baking right away. To enter, follow the prompts at the bottom of this post. We’ll select three winners at random from all who enter by 11:59 pm on 3/29/15. If you just can’t wait, look for this book at your favorite local bookseller.

Sweet Potato and Sage Pull Apart Rolls from Bread & Butter by Erin McKenna | Bob's Red Mill @bobsredmill |gluten free, vegan

Sweet Potato and Sage Pull-Apart Rolls

Makes 12 rolls

  • ¼ cup (33 g) cornmeal, for the baking
    sheet
  • 1½ cups (339 g) warm rice milk (about 100°F)
  • 3 tablespoons (66 g) agave nectar
  • 2½ teaspoons active dry yeast
  • ¹⁄³ cup (70 g) melted unscented coconut oil
  • ½ cup (165 g) canned sweet potato puree (at room temperature)
  • 3 cups (300 g) gluten-free oat flour
  • ½ cup (96 g) potato starch
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1½ teaspoons xanthan gum
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • ¹⁄³ cup (9 g) sage leaves, chopped

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, dust with cornmeal, and set aside.

In a small bowl, combine the warm rice milk, agave nectar, and yeast. Stir once and set aside to proof until it bubbles, about 10 minutes. Whisk in the oil and sweet potato.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the oat flour, potato starch, baking powder, baking soda, xanthan gum, and salt. Pour in the yeast mixture and, using a rubber spatula, stir until it is the consistency of a sticky dough. Fold in the sage.

Using a ½-cup measuring cup, scoop heaping portions of batter onto the prepared baking sheet and shape into squares. Leave no more than ½ inch between each roll on the pan. Cover the baking sheet with a dish towel and let the rolls rise for 1 hour.

Preheat the oven to 400°F.

Bake the rolls for 10 minutes, and then rotate the baking sheet 180 degrees. Bake until the crust is golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 6 minutes. Let the rolls cool on the pan for 10 minutes before serving.

Recipe from Bread & Butter (c) 2015 Erin McKenna

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