We are big fans of Silvana’s Kitchen around here, so we were delighted when she told us about her new book, Silvana’s Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free Kitchen. Silvana and food go way, way back to her days as the founding editor of Every Day with Rachel Ray Magazine and time spent in the Food & Wine test kitchen. When her son, Isaiah was diagnosed with an intolerance to both gluten and dairy, Silvana put her food skills to good use and has developed recipe upon recipe that can easily fool the harshest critics. Now you can make those recipes in your own kitchen and take all of the glory for yourself. It’s hard to argue with a book that promises bagels, English muffins and puffy breadsticks. I admit to getting really excited about the Fake-Out Takeout recipes that include Baked Honey Barbecue Popcorn Chicken and Pretzel-Crusted Mini Crab Cakes with Dijon Dipping Sauce. This book is full of classics like these blueberry muffins and more exotic dishes like Moo Shu Vegetables with Sesame Pancakes. Most recipes are accompanied by beautiful photos and all are broken down into easy-to-follow steps.
Silvana has generously offered a copy of this book for one lucky winner and we’ll pair the book with the ingredients needed to make her gluten free all purpose flour referenced below (white rice flour, tapioca flour, potato starch and xanthan gum). To enter, simply follow the prompts below. We’ll select one lucky winner at random from all who enter by 11:59 pm on 11/6/14. If you just can’t wait or want to give this gorgeous book as a gift, head over to Amazon and grab a copy for $18.00.
Blueberry Swirl Muffins
Makes: 12 muffins • Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 25 minutes
- 1¼ cups plus 1 teaspoon Sugar
- Finely grated zest of 1 Lemon
- 2 cups fresh Blueberries, divided
- 2¼ cups Silvana’s Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour
- 1 tablespoon Baking Powder
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- 2 large Eggs, at room temperature
- ½ cup Canola Oil
- 1 cup Homemade Cashew or Almond Milk or store-bought
- 2 teaspoons pure Vanilla Extract
- In a small bowl, stir together ¼ cup of the sugar and the lemon zest. Set aside.
- Preheat the oven to 425 ̊F with a rack in the middle. Spray a 12-cup muffin pan with cooking spray.
- In a small saucepan over medium heat, bring 1 cup of the blueberries and 1 teaspoon of the sugar to a simmer. Cook, mashing occasionally, until thickened, about 5 minutes. Let cool to room temperature, about 10 minutes.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. In a medium bowl, beat together the remaining 1 cup sugar, eggs, oil, milk and vanilla until smooth. Add to the flour mixture and stir until just combined. Fold in the remaining 1 cup blueberries. Pour the batter into each prepared muffin pan cup until two- thirds full. Spoon about 1 teaspoon of the blue- berry compote into each muffin batter center and, using a fork, swirl. Sprinkle generously with the lemon sugar. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 16 to 18 minutes. Let cool on a rack before serving. (The muffins can be frozen in an airtight container for up to 1 month.)