Gluten and Dairy Free Roasted Peach Cobbler | Bob's Red Mill

Roasted Peach Cobbler (GF, DF)

by Sarena Shasteen in Gluten Free, Recipes

Here’s the deal. I was given a challenge to use Bob’s Red Mill’s new gluten free 1 to 1 baking flour in an old family favorite recipe. I normally mix my flours to achieve certain textures with my gluten free baking, but this flour is a new product by Bob’s Red Mill that is supposed to relieve me of that stress. It definitely did that!

Gluten and Dairy Free Roasted Peach Cobbler | Bob's Red Mill

I had a few ideas, but the first one was biscuits and, well, they already have that recipe on the bag for us. So, I talked with my guys and the first thing they said was Peach Cobbler. I couldn’t argue with this. I mean come on! I’m a Southern girl. I LOVE my cobblers! I grew up with a cup a cup a cup cobbler recipes. You know, a cup of flour, a cup of sugar and a cup of fruit with the juices. I have since, made my own version with a little less sugar, but still the concept is the same. I added a little extra milk to my recipe since I was using fresh fruit. Fresh fruit cobblers are a favorite here now  during the summer time and well, as you all know from my other posts here, I’m a Georgia peach girl through and through. So, we had a plan.

Gluten and Dairy Free Roasted Peach Cobbler | Bob's Red Mill

I put a different spin on my usual peach cobbler this time and decided to roast the peaches. Oh my, the flavor from the fresh roasted peaches added such an amazing depth of flavor to our usual cobbler. I also cut the sugar a bit and added vanilla stevia to the mix. It adds the extra sweetness and the hint of vanilla without the sugar calories.

Now, the cobbler…it was soooo good! The flour blend was perfect! This cobbler has the perfect custardy fruit filled bottom covered in a cakey topping. Served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream makes it a perfect summertime treat!

Gluten and Dairy Free Roasted Peach Cobbler | Bob's Red Mill

Gluten and Dairy Free Roasted Peach Cobbler

  • 2 large Peaches, quartered and sliced about 3 cups
  • 1 Tbsp Dairy Free Butter
  • 1 cup Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1-to-1 Flour
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Baking Powder
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 1-1/4 cups Almond Milk
  • 2 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 20 drops Vanilla Stevia (or 4 tsp more Sugar)
  • 1 Tbsp Sugar, for topping

Preheat the oven to 375ºF.

Place the sliced peaches and butter in an 8 x 8 baking dish. Bake the peaches for 30 minutes, stirring once at 15 minutes.

In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Mix with a wire whisk. Next add the almond milk, apple cider vinegar and stevia to the flour mixture. Mix until just combined. Make sure the peaches are evenly distributed in the dish. Spray the sides of the baking dish with cooking spray to prevent the batter from sticking to the dish. Pour the batter over the roasted peaches and bake for 1 hour. Serve warm or cool.

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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NEW Gluten Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour {Giveaway}

by Cassidy Stockton in Contests, Gluten Free

Do you ever just wish someone would make gluten free baking easier? That there was a simple product swap that could replace wheat flour without having to keep 5 different flours and starches on hand? That you could just take the guesswork out of how much xanthan gum to use? Good news! We are excited to say that our newest addition to our gluten free product line can do just that.

Introducing…

Gluten Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour

Gluten Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour | Bob's Red Mill

endless possibilities, one easy solution

I think all of our gluten free products are winners, but this one is my new favorite. It’s so easy to use- just swap wheat flour with this blend cup for cup and follow the original recipe as instructed. You will bake some pretty stellar baked goods and tasters will be hard pressed to tell the difference. We even did some blind taste tests around with none the wiser. That’s a pretty good test, in my opinion.

This flour combines finely ground brown rice flour, sweet white rice flour, whole grain sorghum flour, potato starch, and tapioca flour with a touch of xanthan gum—just enough xanthan gum to create chewy cookies and springy muffins. The protein in the sorghum flour helps give baked goods an almost wheat-like texture and aids in browning, for those times you need a perfectly golden brown chocolate chip cookie.

We hope you will enjoy this new product as much as we do. To celebrate our newest addition, we’re giving away a package of this blend to five lucky winners. Follow the prompts below to enter. We’ll select five winners at random from all who enter by 11:59 pm on 7/6/14. We’re working to get this product on shelves as soon as possible, so if you don’t see it at your local store, ask them to bring it in. In the meantime, you can grab a bag at bobsredmill.com for $4.95.

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Almond Butter and Strawberry Coulis Pancakes

by Alisa Fleming in Featured Articles, Gluten Free, Recipes

Pancakes are one of those “perfect” foods in my book. They can be made thin like crepes or puffy like little cakes (my personal choice); they can be sweet or savory; they freeze well (yes, toaster pancakes!); they are easily made without dairy, gluten, or other top allergens (more forgiving than waffles); they are quick to make; and they can be dressed with an assortment of different toppings.

Almond Butter and Berry Coulis Pancakes | Bob's Red Mill

I recently had some fun coming up with new ways to serve my husband delicious stacks of pancakes using Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Pancake Mix. The beauty of a mix is it allows me more time to focus on the toppings, and since my husband eats gluten-free, I don’t have to worry about measuring a plethora of starches and flours. Of course, you can use your favorite Bob’s Red Mill pancake mix (I highly recommend Organic High Fiber and Organic 7 Grain, which are both made without dairy) if wheat isn’t an issue for you.

As for those toppings, all of the ideas I’ve tested thus far are sweet and wholesome, but there are some savory versions on the horizon. In the meantime, enjoy these easy dairy-free pancake topping recipes:

Cinnamon Peaches and Cream Pancakes (dairy-free and gluten-free)

Cinnamon Peaches n Creme Pancakes | Go Dairy Free

These cinnamon-spiked pancakes sandwich layers of vanilla coconut whip and are topped with a tasty fresh peach puree and some chopped peaches for good measure. Recipe here: http://www.godairyfree.org/recipes/cinnamon-peaches-and-cream-pancakes  

Chunky Monkey Pancakes (dairy-free and gluten-free)

Chunky Monkey Pancakes | Go Dairy Free

Displaying the magic of frozen pancakes (just pop them in the toaster!), this toppled stack has a chocolate drizzle (2 options), quick nutty syrup, sliced almonds or chopped walnuts, and diced bananas. Recipe here: http://www.godairyfree.org/recipes/chunky-monkey-pancakes

Almond Butter and Berry Coulis Pancakes | Bob's Red Mill

Almond Butter and Strawberry Coulis Pancakes (dairy-free and gluten-free)

The following recipe is a healthier, fresh riff on the traditional flavors of peanut butter and jelly.

Servings: 4 | Prep time: 20 minutes | Cooking time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

Method:

  1. In a medium bowl, gently stir the strawberries with 1 tablespoon honey, until well-coated. Set aside to macerate for 20-30 minutes (or longer if making ahead).
  2. Reserve 1/4 cup of the chopped strawberries. Place the remaining chopped strawberries in your blender with the chia seeds. Puree until smooth. If needed, blend in additional sweetener (your choice of type). The amount you need will depend on the sweetness of your strawberries. For medium sweet berries, I add around 10 drops of vanilla stevia. Stir the reserved chopped strawberries into the puree, and let sit while you prepare the pancakes and almond butter.
  3. Make 1 batch of the pancakes (dollar-size), according to the directions.
  4. As the pancakes cook, whisk together the almond butter, coconut oil, and 2 teaspoons honey. Heat the mixture in the microwave for 15-20 seconds if it is too thick.
  5. Plate 1 pancake on each of 4 plates. Top with a little of the almond butter mixture, followed by a 2nd pancake, gently pressing down. Repeat with more almond butter mixture and another pancake. Top each stack with the chunky strawberry puree. Dollop with any remaining almond butter mixture.

 

Alisa Fleming, Go Dairy FreeAlisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Senior Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa has three new books in the works, and is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry. Her dietary specialty is dairy-free, but she also has expertise in gluten-free and allergy-friendly.

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Bob's Red Mill & Pacific Foods bring you #CeliacBreakfast : a match made in GF/DF heaven.

Celiac Awareness Month with Pacific Foods

by Cassidy Stockton in Contests, Featured Articles, Gluten Free

May is National Celiac Disease Awareness Month and we’ve partnered with our friends at Pacific Foods to help raise awareness and have a little fun in the process. Together, we have created a few fun (and easy!) breakfast ideas that are both gluten free and dairy free to make breakfast a little easier and delicious. Join the fun all week as we share our recipes, give away some wonderful prizes and host a Twitter chat.

Bob's Red Mill & Pacific Foods bring you #CeliacBreakfast : a match made in GF/DF heaven.

Pacific Foods is an Oregon-based company with an extensive non-dairy beverage line, as well as quite a variety of soups, broths, sauces and meals for every occasion. We are excited to be partnering with them on this campaign to show you how easy a GF/DF breakfast can be and give you a chance to win a breakfast prize pack containing:

For more of the nitty-gritty details click here.

Bob's Red Mill & Pacific Foods bring you #CeliacBreakfast : a match made in GF/DF heaven.

There will be EIGHT chances to win over the next few days. Our week kicks off with a Twitter chat tomorrow (5/7) at 11 am PT. We’ll be using #celiacbreakfast and hope you’ll come and share your ideas for a healthy and delicious GF/DF breakfast.  Get inspired with our Pinterest board and end the week armed with breakfast ideas to keep you busy all May!

Want more info? Head over to Pacific Foods and find out all about the products we’re featuring and the fun we have planned!

 

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NEW Natural Almond Meal + Almond Chocolate Chip Cookies {Giveaway}

by Cassidy Stockton in Featured Articles, Gluten Free, Recipes

We are pleased to launch a new, wholesome Natural Almond Meal for all of your baking needs. Whether you follow a paleo, grain-free, or gluten free diet or simply like using almond meal to add extra richness to your baking, this flour is a must-have.  Milled from whole almonds with their skin intact, this flour can be used in recipes for cookies, cakes, breads, pancakes and more! It even makes a wonderful low-carbohydrate coating for chicken, fish and other proteins.

Natural Almond Meal

The skins contribute a lovely caramel color to baked goods without affecting the flavor. And let me tell you, the flavor of almond meal is phenomenal. I can’t imagine anyone reading this hasn’t tried an almond, but if you’ve not baked with almond meal, it’s truly superb. You can replace up to 25% of the flour in your recipes with almond meal for a richer, more decadent baked good. Or, if you’re trying to watch carbs or gluten (for whatever reason), there are loads of fabulous recipes online now that use almond meal exclusively for everything under the sun.

Try these chocolate chip cookies for a real treat. This recipe is a great way to indulge without feeling guilty. I made these before a big trip last summer and they were perfect. They held up well, provided a punch of protein and a touch of sweetness while we slogged through airports and kept us from snacking on the over-priced junk food on the road. (P.S. I know the picture doesn’t exactly sell these cookies—they’re not lookers, but they are so good!)

Almond Choc Chip Cookies GF DF Paleo | Bob's Red Mill

Almond Chocolate Chip Cookies (GF, DF)
Recipe by Sarah House

  • 3 cups Bob’s Red Mill® Natural Almond Meal
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • ½ tsp Sea Salt
  • ¼ cup Coconut Oil
  • ¼ cup Maple Syrup
  • 1 whole Egg
  • 2 Egg Whites
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract (optional)
  • ¼ tsp Almond Extract (optional)
  • 1 cup Dark Chocolate Chips
  • ½ cup toasted Sliced Almonds*

Preheat oven to 375°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Combine almond meal, baking soda and sea salt and set aside. Mix coconut oil and maple syrup in a mixer or by hand until creamy but not fully incorporated, about 5 minutes. Add whole egg, egg whites and extracts (if using) and mix for 2 additional minutes. Slowly add dry ingredients to egg mixture and mix briefly. Add chocolate chips and toasted almonds and mix until well combined. Place large rounded tablespoons onto prepared baking sheets, about 1-inch apart. Flatten slightly, to approximately 1-inch thickness. Bake until set and golden, about 15 minutes.

Makes 25 – 30 servings.

*To toast almonds, spread in an even layer onto a baking sheet. Toast in a 375°F oven for 7 – 10 minutes, stirring at least twice during baking for even browning.

Win it! 

I’m giving away a package of our new natural almond meal to five lucky winners. Everyone had such success with our giveaway last time, that we’re going to keep using this new app. Just follow the directions below to enter. If you have any problems, post it in the comments. We’ll select five winners at random from all who enter by 11:59 pm on 12/22. That’s only a few days away, so better enter fast!

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Everyday Classics from Lexie’s Kitchen {Giveaway} + Saturday Pancakes

by Cassidy Stockton in Contests, Featured Articles, Gluten Free, Recipes

If you’re not familiar with Lexie’s Kitchen, let me introduce you. Alexa Croft is an imaginative cook who creates recipes that are gluten, dairy, egg and soy free that anyone can enjoy. Inspired by her son’s dietary needs, she has created hundreds of recipes at Lexie’s Kitchen that are, quite frankly, astoundingly beautiful and delicious. A few weeks ago, she released her first cookbook Everyday Classics, a book filled with 68 tasty and essential recipes free from gluten, dairy, eggs and soy.

Everyday Classics from Lexie's Kitchen

These are really simple, basic recipes for everything you need in your allergy-free aresenal- sandwich bread, cakes, cookies, pancakes, pizza, pie, and more! Lexie even includes things like how to make your own nut milks and dairy-free sauces. Everyday Classics goes beyond basics like bread and includes recipes for main dishes, breakfasts and desserts. This book would be perfect for anyone getting started on a special diet, though the recipes are so beautiful that an old pro would enjoy it, too.

Lexie has generously provided us with a copy to giveaway to a lucky reader and we’re pairing it with a bag of our Gluten Free All Purpose Flour and Organic Golden Flaxseed Meal (GF) to help the winner get started. To enter, simply follow the steps in the app below. We will pick a winner from all who enter by 11:59 pm on 12/12/13.

If you don’t win, you can snag a copy of Lexie’s book here or on Amazon. On top of all that, Lexie is hosting her own amazing giveaway at Lexie’s Kitchen. Head over to check it out and enter to win a prize set worth over $400!

To give you a feel for her recipes, Lexie has shared Saturday Pancakes with us. Just in time for Saturday, am I right? Enjoy!

GF Saturday Pancakes from Every Day Classics | Bob's Red Mill

Saturday Pancakes

Ingredients:

  • 1-1/3 cups warm water
  • 2 tablespoons white chia seed meal
  • 1/4 cup melted honey
  • 3 tablespoons melted palm shortening
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free All Purpose Flour 
  • 1/2 heaping teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Directions:

Preheat oiled griddle to 350-375˚F.

In a large mixing bowl whisk together water and chia seed meal. Set aside 2-3 minutes to thicken.

Whisk in honey, shortening, and vanilla extract.

Add flour and salt and whisk until smooth.

Add baking powder and baking soda. Whisk just until incorporated.

Using a 1/4-cup measure gently scoop batter onto griddle to form 4-inch pancakes. Cook until bubbles appear and begin popping on surface.

Flip and cook 1-2 minutes more. Best enjoyed hot off the griddle.

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Meatless Mondays: Chana Dal with Zucchini

by Cassidy Stockton in Featured Articles, Gluten Free, Meatless Mondays, Recipes

How about a warm, comforting meal for dinner tonight? The warmth of ginger, turmeric, and coriander, combined with green chilies and a dash of cayenne bring a taste of India to your table. The creaminess of Chana Dal contrasts nicely with crisp zucchini for a dish that you’ll want to snuggle up to on these cold winter nights. Serve this hearty, heart-healthy dish with some warm Naan for an easy, satisfying dinner.  chana dal vegetarian

Chana Dal with Zucchini

This recipe is adapted from Complete Book of Indian Cooking by Suneeta Vaswani.

  •      1 cup Chana Dal Beans
  •     2 Tbsp Oil
  •     1-1/2 Tbsp Ginger Root, peeled and minced
  •     2 tsp Green Chilies, minced
  •     1 cup Onions, finely chopped
  •     3 cups Zucchini, chopped
  •     1 tsp Coriander powder
  •     1/2 tsp Salt (or to taste)
  •     1/2 tsp Tumeric
  •     1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  •     14 oz canned Tomatoes, diced (with juice)

Directions

Soak chana dal in 2 cups cold water for 20- 30 minutes. Rinse and drain.

In a small sauce pan, heat oil over medium- high heat. Add ginger and chilies

and sauté for 1 minute. Add the onions and sauté until soft and translucent, 6 to 7 minutes.

Add zucchini and mix well. Cover and cook for 5 minutes. Add the coriander, salt, turmeric, and cayenne. Mix well and cook, stirring, 3 to 4 minutes making sure not to burn the spices.

Add the tomatoes with juice and chana dal with 2 cups water. Stir well. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to a simmer, covered. Stir every 10 minutes, until chana dal is soft. This should take 20-25 minutes depending on how old you chana dal is.

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Enjoying Gluten-Free Life: Tropical Escape Mini Muffins (Gluten, Grain, and Dairy Free, Fruit Sweetened, SCD)

by Guest in Featured Articles, Gluten Free, Recipes

Flavors of the tropics – coconut, pineapple and banana – blend together in this muffin. Perfect with a cup of tea or hot chocolate for breakfast, or as a relaxing afternoon treat when you come home from holiday shopping, these little muffins bring a luxurious sensation to a chilly December day. After the holidays, when days become darker and winter’s frozen temperatures bring on fantasies of escaping to a destination with palm trees and warm, sandy beaches, these muffins may make it seem you’re already there. Sweetened only with the tropical fruits and dates, they’re also a healthy treat.

While almond flour whispers quietly in the background, allowing other flavors to be dominant, hazelnut flour steps to the forefront and shouts. This is a flour that wants to make a bold statement so other ingredients have to be carefully chosen to compliment it.

I knew chocolate would work with hazelnuts (think Nutella) but wanted a challenge, something different, so I tested recipes using various fruits and spices. What I discovered was that hazelnut flour absolutely adores fruit but doesn’t work well with spices. I’m a huge fan of cinnamon and wanted to make something with a sweet, spicy flavor but the flavors didn’t pair well. The banana in the mix brings a hint of the tropics but also gives the illusion of another flour in the muffins – the hazelnut flour without it was too dense.

These mini muffins can, of course, be made as regular size muffins, but in this compact size each bite has a generous portion of the top’s toasted coconut. I don’t have a muffin top pan, but that should also work quite well. I offer the weight of the banana and dates because bananas come in many sizes and dates are sticky and difficult to measure. Weighing isn’t necessary, though.

Tropical Escape Mini Muffins

  • 1-½ cups Hazelnut Meal/Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • ½ tsp Sea Salt
  • 3 Eggs
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 3 Tbsp Coconut Oil, melted
  • 1 medium Banana, well mashed (approx. 105 grams)
  • 1/3 cup + 3 Tbsp Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
  • 8 oz. can Crushed Pineapple, drained
  • ½ cup Dates, chopped and packed in cup (approx. 90 grams)

Step 1:

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line mini muffin pan with muffin wrappers.

Step 2:

Mix flour, baking soda and sea salt in a medium bowl and set aside.

Step 3:

In a large bowl, beat the egg, vanilla, banana and coconut oil several minutes, until frothy. Press the remaining liquid out of the pineapple (you want the flavor not the liquid) then add it and 1/3 cup coconut to the liquids.

Step 4:

Press the remaining liquid out of the pineapple (you want the flavor not the liquid) then add it and 1/3 cup coconut to the liquids. If using a stand mixer, mix to combine using it. If using a hand mixer, switch to a spoon to stir here and in Step 5.

Step 5:

Chop the dates finely so that their sweetness will be evenly spread through the muffins, then add them to the dry mixture. Using clean hands, break up the dates and mix them thoroughly with the flour. Add the dry mixture to the wet and mix just to combine.

Step 6:

Fill mini muffin cups about ¾ full and sprinkle the remaining three tablespoons of coconut over the tops. Bake about 10 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Makes 32 mini muffins.

Shannon Brown of Enjoying Gluten-Free Life wants to help others enjoy their gluten-free life. Since she limited the refined sugar she’s eating, she’s been creating recipes that are fruit sweetened but still delicious. A writer by profession, she loves research and interviews so she brings you not only recipes she’s created but interviews with authors, companies such as Bob’s Red Mill and other bloggers.

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Learning to Bake Allergen-Free: Mixed Berry Crumble {Giveaway}

by Cassidy Stockton in Contests, Featured Articles, Gluten Free, Recipes

Learning to Bake Allergen-Free by Colette Martin is a crash course in baking without gluten, dairy, eggs, soy or nuts. This book is a packed with tips and tricks for making delicious baked goods without allergens and without compromising taste and texture. What I love about this book is the educational piece- this isn’t just a recipe book. You learn why eggs are important to recipes, then you learn how to substitute them and why you might choose one substitute over another in different applications. As anyone with food allergies or dietary restrictions can attest, one substitution solution rarely works for all recipes. Martin teaches you about the different gluten free flours available and how to mix your own flour blends or choose a premade mix that will work for your needs.

No cookbook would be complete without mouth-watering recipes and gorgeous photography, however. Martin delivers on both fronts with recipes for a variety of baked goods from flat breads and yeast-risen breads to cookie and tarts. Mixed throughout each recipe section are additional crash courses in things that pertain to those particular recipes- different sweetening options, how to proof yeast, the simple way to decorate a cake, etc.

This book is a great resource for those who want to know more about allergen-free baking. It’s not a simple cookbook, but more akin to a text book with wonderful explanations for why you should chose one ingredient over another and how to perfect (or simply fix) a certain type of dough.

{Giveaway}

The kind folks over at The Experiment Publishing sent us a copy of this book to giveaway to one lucky reader. To sweeten the deal, we’re adding in some essential ingredients for getting started with this book. In addition to this lovely book, we’re adding a package of our Gluten Free Quick Cooking Rolled Oats, a package of our Gluten Free All Purpose Flour and a package of our Gluten Free Xanthan Gum.  This would be a great thing to win if you like baking and make for a wonderful gift for someone just getting started.

To enter: Leave a comment here on the blog and tell me what your biggest challenge has been living with food allergies or diet restrictions (if you don’t have a food allergy yourself, tell me about someone you know and a challenge you’ve faced with cooking for or eating with them). We’ll pick a winner from all those who comment by 11:59 pm on 8/1/12.

Congratulations to Donna Barney!!

Mixed Berry Crumble

During the summer, fresh berries are plentiful in the Northeast; if you live near a pick-your-own farm, this is the time to stock up on berries. I freeze what I can’t use in the summer for winter pies. It really doesn’t matter which berries you choose to mix in this crumble—any combination of soft berries (e.g., blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries), or even a single berry, will do. Serve this with your favorite dairy-free ice cream.

The beauty of a crumble is that is can be served in a bowl—no need to worry about a pie crust breaking before it reaches the plate. It’s just easy and suitable for kids of all ages.

{ Makes 8 to 12 servings }

  • 5 cups Mixed Berries (see tip)
  • 2 Tbsp Fresh Lime Juice
  • ¼ cup Granulated Sugar
  • ¼ cup Corn Starch
  • ¾ cup Light Brown Sugar
  • ¾ cup Gluten-Free Quick-Cooking Oats
  • 4 Tbsp (½ stick) Earth Balance Natural
  • Shortening, cold
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray a 9-inch square baking dish with cooking oil.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the fruit and lime juice, by hand.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together the sugar and corn starch. Sprinkle it over the fruit mixture and toss to coat the fruit. Set it aside.
  4. In a large bowl, combine the brown sugar and oats. Break up any lumps of brown sugar.
  5. Cut the shortening into tablespoon-sized pieces. Use a pastry cutter or pastry fork to cut the shortening into the oat mixture.
  6. Spread the fruit mixture evenly in the baking dish.
  7. Sprinkle the oat mixture on top of the fruit. Use the flat side of a spoon to lightly pack the topping.
  8. Bake at 350°F for 30 to 35 minutes, until the fruit is bubbling around the edges.

Tips

  • If you are using strawberries, be sure to remove the stems and chop them (in half or thirds) so they are about the same size as the rest of your berries.
  • If fresh berries are not available you may use frozen (unsweetened) berries. Thaw and drain them before using.
  • This is best warm. Keep leftovers in the refrigerator and reheat for 30 seconds in a microwave.

Recipe from Learning to Bake Allergen-Free: A Crash Course for Busy Parents on Baking without Wheat, Gluten, Dairy, Eggs, Soy or Nuts, copyright © Colette Martin, 2012. Reprinted by permission of the publisher, The Experiment. Available wherever books are sold.

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Getting Started with Gluten Free/Casein Free Baking

by Cassidy Stockton in Featured Articles, Gluten Free

It’s no easy feat getting started with baking gluten and casein free. A great way to start off your baking adventures is to use some of the handy gluten free, casein free baking mixes available at your local store. A basic bread mix, pancake mix, pizza crust mix and dessert mix of some variety, will get you going in no time. These mixes are great when you or your child has no further restrictions beyond gluten and casein. They are wonderful when you’re not confident of your baking prowess. Mixes are also endlessly helpful when you’re short on time. Box mixes are not for everyone, however.

To help make GF/CF baking easier, we’ve compiled some great tips and tricks for getting started with scratch baking.

Start with a recipe. When just getting started, a developed recipe is the best way to have success. There are many different recipe sites and blogs dedicated to every kind of GF/CF baked good from sweet to savory these days, so why reinvent the wheel? Some wonderful sites are Gluten Free Goddess (most dairy free), Fat Free Vegan (all GF), and The Sensitive Pantry.

Find a good all-purpose GF/CF flour blend. Start simple with an all-purpose blend if you can find one that will work for your family’s needs. You will find two general types in the market- those that contain Xanthan or Guar gum, and those that do not. There are advantages to both, but we recommend buying your gum of choice separately so you can control how much you need with each recipe.

Build a small collection of flours. If a premixed blend won’t work, or you’ve graduated beyond a premixed blend, build a small collection of your most-used GF/CF flours- such as white or brown rice flour, sorghum flour, tapioca flour and potato starch. Once you get going with recipes, you’ll find you use the same flours over and over again.

Do some research before skipping ingredients. Wondering what Xanthan gum is or scratching your head over guar gum? Do a little online research into the roles played by these ingredients, and any others that you don’t recognize. See what they do before skipping them in the recipe. Some you may not need, but others might be the key to your success.

Learn your substitutions. Learn what makes great substitutes for commons sources of casein (and eggs if you need to avoid those too). There are many, many vegan sites dedicated to substituting for milk products- use them. They’ll save you time and headaches. Bob’s Red Mill also has many info sheets on how to substitute flours and dairy products, call 800-349-2173 for a copy.

Don’t give up. Even the best chefs make mistakes and have failed recipes. Just because you didn’t get that cake to come out just right doesn’t mean you never will. Accept that there are bad recipes out there and there will be times when even the best recipe comes out poorly. Don’t give up!

Some Basic Recipes for the GF/CF Diet:

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