Roasted Beet and Tomato Salad with Burrata and Toasted Pepitas  Believe it or not, as extravagant as this salad may look it’s absolutely extremely easy to make, after all the only thing you are cooking are the beets and tomatoes.  Once those two things are done, it’s simply about accessorizing your salad with delicious greens, cheeses, seeds and nuts. // @BobsRedMill @ChefBillyParisi

Roasted Beet and Tomato Salad

by Billy Parisi in Recipes

There are so many things that I absolutely love about this Roasted Beet and Tomato Salad with Burrata and Toasted Pepitas.  It’s the total package of all the seasons worth of vegetables smothered in insanely delicious flavor.  From the roasted beets, to the goat cheese, to the sweet roasted tomatoes sprinkled with toasted pumpkin seeds, this salad is where it’s at.  Not to brag, but both my assistant and my wife told me it was the best salad they’ve ever eaten 😊.

Roasted Beet and Tomato Salad with Burrata and Toasted Pepitas  Believe it or not, as extravagant as this salad may look it’s absolutely extremely easy to make, after all the only thing you are cooking are the beets and tomatoes.  Once those two things are done, it’s simply about accessorizing your salad with delicious greens, cheeses, seeds and nuts. // @BobsRedMill @ChefBillyParisi

Believe it or not, as extravagant as this salad may look it’s extremely easy to make, after all the only thing you are cooking are the beets and tomatoes.  Once those two things are done, it’s simply about accessorizing your salad with delicious greens, cheeses, seeds and nuts.

Roasted Beet and Tomato Salad with Burrata and Toasted Pepitas  Believe it or not, as extravagant as this salad may look it’s absolutely extremely easy to make, after all the only thing you are cooking are the beets and tomatoes.  Once those two things are done, it’s simply about accessorizing your salad with delicious greens, cheeses, seeds and nuts. // @BobsRedMill @ChefBillyParisi

When roasting beets, you can either roast them in the skin and then when they are finished peel them, slice them and eat them.  The other method, which I prefer, is to peel them, slice them, coat them in olive oil and roast them to sort of caramelize them up a bit and expose some of those natural sugars and flavors.

Roasting the tomatoes is as easy as coating them in olive oil, seasoning them with salt and pepper and roasting them in the oven to blister them.  Make sure to cook them for a short period of time under high heat and remember you don’t want them to be mushy, there should be some bite there.

Roasted Beet and Tomato Salad with Burrata and Toasted Pepitas  Believe it or not, as extravagant as this salad may look it’s absolutely extremely easy to make, after all the only thing you are cooking are the beets and tomatoes.  Once those two things are done, it’s simply about accessorizing your salad with delicious greens, cheeses, seeds and nuts. // @BobsRedMill @ChefBillyParisi

For the delicious toppings that smother this Roasted Beet and Tomato Salad with Burrata and Toasted Pepitas I chose kale microgreens because they are booming in season along with some of the leftover beet greens, some long chopped chives, candied pecans, goat cheese, burrata, reduced balsamic vinegar and of course Bob’s Red Mill Pepitas. Raw pumpkin seeds are also know as pepitas, the Spanish culinary term “little seed of squash”. Pumpkin seeds have been a favored ingredient in Mexican cuisine for centuries and they remain a popular food today in many places around the world.  Bob’s Red Mill selects only the finest Pumpkin Seeds to please your discriminating palate.

Roasted Beet and Tomato Salad with Burrata and Toasted Pepitas  Believe it or not, as extravagant as this salad may look it’s absolutely extremely easy to make, after all the only thing you are cooking are the beets and tomatoes.  Once those two things are done, it’s simply about accessorizing your salad with delicious greens, cheeses, seeds and nuts. // @BobsRedMill @ChefBillyParisi

For the reduced balsamic vinegar, you can either buy it from the store or you can simply cook balsamic vinegar in a pan until it reaches 226°, from there remove it and chill it.  Also, because I’m Italian I suppose, I served it alongside some toasted bread.  It is my recommendation to do this simply because you can smother all of those amazing ingredients from the salad onto the bread and eat it like bruschetta.  DO IT!!

This salad is gorgeous, delicious and one that is sure to be a favorite of yours once you try it.  Happy cooking!!

–>Get the recipe for Roasted Beet and Tomato Salad with Burrata and Toasted Pepitas <–

Roasted Beet and Tomato Salad with Burrata and Toasted Pepitas  Believe it or not, as extravagant as this salad may look it’s absolutely extremely easy to make, after all the only thing you are cooking are the beets and tomatoes.  Once those two things are done, it’s simply about accessorizing your salad with delicious greens, cheeses, seeds and nuts. // @BobsRedMill @ChefBillyParisi

Chef Billy Parisi // billyparisi.comHello, I’m Billy Parisi, but to some I’m known as “Chef Billy Parisi.”  I do a little bit of this and a little bit of that, but for the most part I’m a Food & Content Creator, Sometimes TV Host, Digital and Social Strategist, Influencer, Picture Taker, Coffee Drinker, Daddy, Husband, College Sports Enthusiast, Fashionisto, Film & Music Lover!

I’ve been in the kitchen since I started washing dishes in a restaurant at the age of 13, and during that time I knew immediately that I wanted to be a chef.  I graduated from Arizona’s Scottsdale Culinary Institute and the University of Missouri, and have logged several years as line cook, sous chef, and executive in some of the Midwest’s finest restaurants.  I currently live in the city of Chicago with my wife Lindsay and daughter Olivia and cook up new inventions, mash-ups, fusions and twists on old classics.  I’m incredibly spontaneous and outgoing, and run 2 small businesses BPMVC, and my latest venture 5 Loaves 2 Fish! 

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8 Tried and True Coconut Flour Recipes

by Cassidy Stockton in Recipes

With the rising popularity of the Paleo diet, Coconut flour is popping up in all sorts of recipes. Have you tried coconut flour yet? If you have, you know it’s a tricky ingredient to bake with and it’s a challenge to substitute into a recipe. I often tell people to try coconut flour with a tried and true recipe first, before setting off into unexplored territory. Coconut flour is not cheap and can be very temperamental. A bad experience with it will be enough to turn most of us off. Coconut flour is a wonderful ingredient, though, and is worthy of a home in your kitchen.

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Coconut flour is extremely high in fiber, which means it absorbs a lot of liquid during baking. This makes it critical to follow the recipe exactly without making additional substitutions. Dough will often be much thicker than expected when baking with coconut flour. Don’t worry too much, just keep going. To help you try this unique ingredient, we’ve rounded up 8 of our best coconut flour recipes. These are tried and true!

P.S. If you want to know more about coconut flour, check out our post all about what it is and how to use it.

Coconut Flour Brownies are tried and true and a great way to dip your toes in baking with coconut flour. // @BobsRedMill

Coconut Flour Brownieschewy and chocolaty, these brownies are a great foray into baking with coconut flour.

Coconut Flour Wraps- are tried and true and a great way to dip your toes in baking with coconut flour. // @BobsRedMill

Coconut Flour Wraps are great for crepes or using as tortillas. Photo courtesy of Vitacost.

Coconut Curry Muffins

Coconut Curry Muffins – a fun and flavorful muffin.

Coconut Layer Cake - is tried and true and a great way to dip your toes in baking with coconut flour. // @BobsRedMill
Coconut Layer Cake – a beautiful cake that takes coconut to the next level.

Vanilla Almond Sugar Cookies- are tried and true and a great way to dip your toes in baking with coconut flour. // @BobsRedMill
Vanilla Almond Sugar Cookies – one of our favorite and easiest coconut flour recipes.

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Coconut Crusted Mahi Mahi – Yes, you can use coconut flour as a breading, as proven here by Eat Well with Janel

Coconut Flour Pancakes- are tried and true and a great way to dip your toes in baking with coconut flour. // @BobsRedMill

Fluffy Coconut Flour Pancakes – so easy and so delicious!

Double Chocolate Coconut Brownies - Bran Appetit

Double Chocolate Coconut Flour Brownies – double the chocolate and double the deliciousness from Bran Appetit.

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Sunflower Crackers-A healthy grain-free snack that pairs well with cheeses, dips or just on its own!  // @BobsRedMill // grain free, paleo friendly, vegan, gluten free

Sunflower Crackers

by Cassidy Stockton in Gluten Free, Recipes

I will admit that I really enjoy a good cracker. I’ve shared several here before—Nooch Crackers, Cornmeal and Cheddar Crackers, Pea, Parmesan and Rosemary Crackers—all wonderful and delicious options. Today, though, I have this recipe for Sunflower Crackers that I’ve been anxious to share, but have been waiting for the right time. These crackers are very easy to make, super tasty (is it bad to admit I ate half the batch in one go??) AND they’re gluten free, vegan and paleo-friendly.

Often, we think of gluten free foods as flavorless and compare them to recyclable materials, like paper and cardboard. Don’t let me fool you, there are some truly bad gluten free foods out there. Recipes where no matter how much sugar/salt/fat you throw at them, they taste like sawdust. The landscape is really changing, though. With a greater focus on fresh, local foods and a whole heap of recipe developers seeing ‘gluten free’ as a creative challenge (rather than hindrance), recipes are getting better.

Sunflower Crackers-A healthy grain-free snack that pairs well with cheeses, dips or just on its own!  // @BobsRedMill // grain free, paleo friendly, vegan, gluten free

There are more high quality ingredients available and folks are exploring things they previously hadn’t. Ingredients like oat flour and quinoa flour are showing up more and more often. Chickpea (aka Garbanzo Bean) Flour is increasingly popular for making pizza and crackers. Arrowroot and Tapioca Starch are showing up places they previously had not. Add to this, the focus on grain-free eating that the Paleo Diet has brought to the forefront and you have a huge variety of delicious, reliable recipes for nearly everything under the sun.

Now more than ever, gluten free recipes are becoming so good that people truly cannot tell the difference. This cracker that is somehow gluten free, paleo-friendly and vegan, is a perfect example. Here is a cracker you can serve at a party without mentioning which diet it’s accommodating and folks will gobble them up (trust me, I watched this happen at the office).

Sunflower Crackers-A healthy grain-free snack that pairs well with cheeses, dips or just on its own!  // @BobsRedMill // grain free, paleo friendly, vegan, gluten free

Our test kitchen has combined sunflower seed meal (made by pulsing sunflowers in a food processor) and tapioca flour to create these crisp, flavorful crackers that everyone will enjoy. Here, we’ve topped them with mashed avocado and sliced kumquats. Sure, it sounds weird, but it’s surprisingly delicious. They’d be wonderful with a charcuterie plate, topped with a nice cheese, dolloped with a fruit spread, or just devoured plain. If you’ve decided to accept that crackers just cannot be a part of your gluten free diet, think again.

Get the recipe for Sunflower Crackers

Sunflower Crackers-A healthy grain-free snack that pairs well with cheeses, dips or just on its own!  // @BobsRedMill // grain free, paleo friendly, vegan, gluten free

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Gluten Free Pizzelles- turn these beauties into ice cream sandwiches! // @bobsredmill.com

Gluten Free Pizzelles

by Sarena Shasteen in Gluten Free, Recipes

Warm weather has arrived here in Georgia and with that comes the season of ice cream!!! I won’t lie, I love a good frozen treat and I never let the fact that I can’t have dairy stop me from enjoying my beloved ice cream. Having to go gluten free made things a little bit tougher though. There is nothing better than walking by an ice cream shop that makes their own waffle comes. That smell…ah, that sweet sweet smell of vanilla, sugar and “butter”. It’s so heavenly.

Gluten Free Pizzelles- turn these beauties into ice cream sandwiches! // @bobsredmill.com

Now, I don’t normally encourage the purchase of a kitchen appliance that really only has one use, but a pizzelle maker is a must. Trust me. These slightly sweet cookies make perfect ice cream sandwiches and are equally delicious on their own. We like them a little less sweet here, but you can easily add a little more sugar to make them sweeter. We frequently eat them plain or filled with ice cream or peanut butter and chocolate. The great thing about the non-chocolate version is that you can also make them savory. See, a pizzelle maker is a must for us gluten free folks. The savory version with herbs make the best crackers!

Gluten Free Pizzelles- turn these beauties into ice cream sandwiches! // @bobsredmill.com

Ok, these ice cream sandwiches take a little time and are a bit of a process, but they are so worth it when I see how excited my kids get when they can enjoy a good old fashioned ice cream sandwich!

The flavor possibilities are endless with this recipe. Use whatever flavored chip you wish. I used chocolate and salted caramel on these. I also used peanuts, but really any nut would work or sprinkles are fun too!

Gluten Free Pizzelles- turn these beauties into ice cream sandwiches! // @bobsredmill.com

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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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Gluten Free Dutch Baby with Fresh Berries- No one would ever know this Dutch Baby was gluten-free, I mean no one. // @bobsredmill @chefbillyparisi

Gluten Free Dutch Baby with Berries

by Billy Parisi in Gluten Free, Recipes

I have been absolutely dying to make this Gluten Free Dutch Baby with Fresh Berries, Mascarpone Whipped Cream and Lemon and have finally found some time to do so.  It really required my wife and daughter to leave because their insatiable sweet toothes would never allow me to plate this up in time to take a picture, so needless-to-say they were not around for the making of this.  This may sound weird but I’ve literally been wanting to make this for 20 years.

Gluten Free Dutch Baby with Fresh Berries- No one would ever know this Dutch Baby was gluten-free, I mean no one. // @bobsredmill @chefbillyparisi

We had an exchange student from Ulm, Germany while I was a freshman in high school and she used to tell me how German pancakes, or Pfannkuchen’s, were the absolute best.  While she never got around to making them for us, I’ve been waiting for the perfect opportunity to do it myself.  In the past few years I have been seeing Dutch Baby’s, or German Pancakes, show up in every food newsfeed I subscribe to.  This has brought back tons of great memories with our exchange student Anke, so I figured I would give it a whirl.

Gluten Free Dutch Baby with Fresh Berries- No one would ever know this Dutch Baby was gluten-free, I mean no one. // @bobsredmill @chefbillyparisi

I wanted to experiment using Bob’s Red Mill® Gluten Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour because I’ve heard some amazing things about it from a few strict gluten-free friends who are phenomenal bakers.  I have to say that I was absolutely blown away at the results.  No one would ever know this Dutch Baby was gluten-free, I mean no one.  I’m pretty sure my gluten-free friends wouldn’t even believe me the results are so similar to that of the original recipe.  When it says 1 to 1, it is literally that which makes it so convenient to convert any baking recipe to gluten-free.

Gluten Free Dutch Baby with Fresh Berries- No one would ever know this Dutch Baby was gluten-free, I mean no one. // @bobsredmill @chefbillyparisi

Now that I know how easy it is to make these Dutch Baby’s I’m a little annoyed our exchange student never attempted them.  You mix the dry, mix the wet and combine them and bake.  I mean seriously what in the world is so hard about that?

Gluten Free Dutch Baby with Fresh Berries- No one would ever know this Dutch Baby was gluten-free, I mean no one. // @bobsredmill @chefbillyparisi

Once the batter is made set it in the refrigerator to rest for 10 minutes, and in the meantime place your cast iron skillet into the 375° pre-heated oven to get it nice and hot.  When it’s time to bake, take the pan out place some butter in it, and after it has melted pour the batter in and bake it.  You’ll notice the batter will start to rise around the outside of the pan while the center of it will stay relatively even.  Don’t worry it won’t spill over.

Gluten Free Dutch Baby with Fresh Berries- No one would ever know this Dutch Baby was gluten-free, I mean no one. // @bobsredmill @chefbillyparisi

Once the Dutch Baby is done cooking you can let it sit and cool slightly before serving.  For the mascarpone whipped cream simply whip some cold heavy whipping cream in a standing mixer on high speed with sugar until stiff peaks are formed.  Next, whisk in some mascarpone and vanilla and you are good to go.  I finished off the Dutch Baby with some mixed fresh berries, the mascarpone whipped cream and some fresh lemon zest.  This thing is seriously amazing, it is a must try and for all my gluten free friends out there, you’re welcome.

Get the recipe for Gluten Free Dutch Baby with Fresh Berries, Mascarpone Whipped Cream and Lemon.

Gluten Free Dutch Baby with Fresh Berries- No one would ever know this Dutch Baby was gluten-free, I mean no one. // @bobsredmill @chefbillyparisi

Chef Billy Parisi // billyparisi.comHello, I’m Billy Parisi, but to some I’m known as “Chef Billy Parisi.”  I do a little bit of this and a little bit of that, but for the most part I’m a Food & Content Creator, Sometimes TV Host, Digital and Social Strategist, Influencer, Picture Taker, Coffee Drinker, Daddy, Husband, College Sports Enthusiast, Fashionisto, Film & Music Lover!

I’ve been in the kitchen since I started washing dishes in a restaurant at the age of 13, and during that time I knew immediately that I wanted to be a chef.  I graduated from Arizona’s Scottsdale Culinary Institute and the University of Missouri, and have logged several years as line cook, sous chef, and executive in some of the Midwest’s finest restaurants.  I currently live in the city of Chicago with my wife Lindsay and daughter Olivia and cook up new inventions, mash-ups, fusions and twists on old classics.  I’m incredibly spontaneous and outgoing, and run 2 small businesses BPMVC, and my latest venture 5 Loaves 2 Fish! 

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"May the Fourth be With You" Wookiee Cookies: chocolaty, chewy, a little rough around the edges, just like our favorite Wookiee. // @bobsredmill.com

Wookiee Cookies

by Sarah House in Recipes

As May 4th began to approach this year, we realized that it was a holiday we hadn’t yet thrown much weight behind and, as you might guess, we’re big Star Wars fans around here.  How could we celebrate May the Fourth Be with You and include a Bob’s Red Mill twist?  And could we develop a recipe that would allow for a cute and catchy rhyme in the title?  Thus, Wookiee Cookies were born.

"May the Fourth be With You" Wookiee Cookies: chocolaty, chewy, a little rough around the edges, just like our favorite Wookiee. // @bobsredmill.com

When we decided to use Chewbacca as inspiration for a cookie, I immediately began to think of all things Chewy:  hairy, hard to understand if you didn’t speak Shyriiwook, probably not the most well-groomed and likely with some detritus caught up in that coat (hey, I NEVER saw a hair brush or comb on the Millennium Falcon; did you?).  Okay!  So earthy, spicy, and a bit rough around the edges it is.

"May the Fourth be With You" Wookiee Cookies: chocolaty, chewy, a little rough around the edges, just like our favorite Wookiee. // @bobsredmill.com

I decided to roll with the popular spice trio of cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg, and I included the double-chocolate of cocoa powder and chocolate chunks because why not?  Please note that the recipe calls for chocolate chunks, not chips.  Being a 7 foot tall, fully coated being among us (relatively) short and hairless humans really stands out like a chocolate chunk.  An errant mouthful of Wookiee fur, I imagine, would be not unlike a mouthful of shredded coconut.  And since I imagine Chewbacca, in particular, as being a bit brusque, I opted for a flour blend that uses Graham Flour.  Graham Flour is a coarsely-ground whole grain wheat flour that imparts a hint of texture to breads, cakes, and cookies.

"May the Fourth be With You" Wookiee Cookies: chocolaty, chewy, a little rough around the edges, just like our favorite Wookiee. // @bobsredmill.com

Add them all up, and graham flour, shredded coconut, chocolate chunks, and spices equal my ideal wookiee:  a bit rough, a bit surprising, and someone I want to hang around all the time.

Get the recipe for Wookiee Cookies and May the Fourth Be With You!

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6 Quick and Easy Mother’s Day Brunch Ideas

by Bob's Red Mill in Health, Recipes

 

Nothing says Mother’s Day quite like brunch with a whole spread of food, friends, and family. When preparing brunch for a spring holiday like Mothers Day, you want light, fun menu options for your guests. While every hosts wants to offer a diverse spread,it’s important to find recipes that are quick to prepare so you don’t end up spending your entire day in the kitchen. Brunch may be a Mother’s Day must, but difficult and time-consuming recipes don’t have to be.

Here are 6 easy Mother’s Day brunch ideas to get your menu started:

 

Mixed Berry Crepes

Mixed Berry CrepesLight, airy, healthy, fruity, sweet, and easy to make: what more could you ask for? These yummy crepes from Skinny Mom are great as a breakfast or dessert dish at your brunch and only 115 calories. Get seconds and thirds without having to feel guilty about it.

 

 

Lemon Poppyseed Waffles

Lemon Poppyseed Waffles

These fluffy waffles from Spabettie are gluten free, vegan and a bright addition to your Mother’s Day brunch. The poppy seeds and lemon make this recipe much lighter than heavy waffles soaked and butter and syrup most people are used to. Blogger Kristina Sloggett recommends Daiya’s Blueberry Greek Yogurt Alternative, which is both dairy and soy free, as a topping for these waffles. This simple recipe makes brunch that much healthier and better.

 

Cream of Broccoli Soup

Cream-of-Broccoli-1If you are looking for a healthy lunch option to throw into the mix, soup is the perfect fit. The great thing about this soup from Somewhat Simple is that it is a great, light starter. With only five ingredients and taking only about fifteen minutes to prepare, it is incredibly easy, but your guests will think you went the extra mile and it will serve as a great addition to your spread.

 

Thai Chicken and Quinoa Casserole

thai_chickenThis savory dish from The Gingered Whisk is a brunch must and knocks the myth that casseroles can’t be healthy. Filled with quinoa, chicken, beans, peppers and lots of seasonings this recipe is much different then your traditional heavy and creamy casserole. Minimal prep and only 30 minutes to bake makes it quick and easy too!

 

 

Sweet Potato Breakfast Bowls

Sweet Potato Breakfast BowlsSpoon University blogger Jordan Gottlieb created this recipe in her dorm room—making it one of the most simple dishes on this list. All you need is a microwave, four ingredients, and the toppings of your choice! This creative recipe allows your guests to get involved and have fun as they create and build their own bowls. Let everyone self serve the sweet potato, banana, cinnamon, and milk of your choice mixture and provide fruit, granola, coconut flakes, almond butter, and granola so each person can pick and choose what they want. Easy, fun, and healthy this breakfast bowl is sure to be a hit.

 

 

What are your favorite go-to brunch recipes? Feel free to share in the comments below.

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Haroset: Serve this sweet fruit and nut paste at your Passover Seder, or as a tasty side to grilled meats or roasted veggies, or as dessert with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. // @BobsRedMill

Haroset

by Sarah House in Recipes

Some of my favorite things about food are the history and traditions that lead to the creation and preservation of so many dishes.  Many iconic foods stem from religion and the Jewish faith has many traditional dishes, each with massive significance to the culture.  Passover is one of the largest Jewish celebrations and food plays a central role.

The Passover Seder table includes several foods of import.  To name just a few:  bitter herbs to symbolize the bitterness of slavery, unleavened matzah as “poor man’s bread”, salt water for tears shed, and haroset (or charoset) to represent the mortar used by Jewish slaves in their work.  Haroset is a sweet paste of fruits and nuts eaten with bitter herbs on matzah.

Haroset: Serve this sweet fruit and nut paste at your Passover Seder, or as a tasty side to grilled meats or roasted veggies, or as dessert with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. // @BobsRedMill

While all haroset contains fruits and nuts, the types of fruits and nuts often differs according to the cook’s location.  Europeans often use items like apples and walnuts while those in the Middle East incorporate local fruits like figs and dates.  With local variations in mind, I set out to create a haroset that was both traditional, encompassing, and includes some local Oregon fare.

I wanted to include some fruits and nuts often found in traditional haroset recipes.  Middle Eastern flavors are some of my favorites so I chose chopped walnuts, dried dates and figs, and (a personal favorite) pomegranate molasses.  Pomegranate molasses is made from the juice of pomegranates, sweetened and reduced into a thick syrup.  It’s sweet, it’s tangy, it’s perfect.

Haroset: Serve this sweet fruit and nut paste at your Passover Seder, or as a tasty side to grilled meats or roasted veggies, or as dessert with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. // @BobsRedMill

Many traditional haroset ingredients are native to Oregon.  Oregon is known for its grapes and wine.  Raisins impart sweetness while wine adds great depth of flavor and just the right amount of liquid to plump and infuse the dried fruits.  Mount Hood is ideal tree fruit country and our apples reach grocers around the US.  Pumpkins are a successful Oregon crop and hazelnut orchards (real Oregonians call them filberts, FYI) are all over the Willamette Valley!

A bit of chopping and a 15 minute steep is all it takes to whip up a batch of haroset.  If you won’t find yourself around a Seder table this year, there’s no reason not to make a batch, anyway.  The fruit and nut blend works the meal, from an accompaniment to grilled meat or roasted root veggies, to a simple tart filling or topped with vanilla ice cream.  Or, like me, holding the fridge door open, eating right out of the container.

Get the recipe for Haroset at BobsRedMill.com

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Caramel Apple Hand Pies- flaky, portable, gluten free and oh-so-worth it! // @BobsRedMill

Gluten Free Caramel Apple Hand Pies

by Sarena Shasteen in Gluten Free, Recipes

Apples are probably my all time favorite food. I will admit, when it comes to apples, I am a huge snob. I like a crisp, slightly sweet apple with a tiny hint of sour. I know, I’m an apple-y snob, I told you I admit it.

Caramel Apple Hand Pies- flaky, portable, gluten free and oh-so-worth it! // @BobsRedMill

Rarely will an apple go beyond it’s raw eating state in my home, but sometimes, I will sacrifice my favorite food for a treat. I have to say, it’s totally worth it in these apple hand pies. This buttery, flaky hazelnut pie dough combined with the creamy caramel apple filing…yeah, this is definitely worth sacrificing my apples for a treat!

Caramel Apple Hand Pies- flaky, portable, gluten free and oh-so-worth it! // @BobsRedMill

Let me talk about this pie dough for a minute. This is my go to pastry dough for savory and sweet. To use it for chicken pot pie, leave out the powdered sugar. It doubles and halves perfectly to suit your needs. Also, almond flour is a great substitution for the hazelnut flour without changing the integrity of the final product. Another great thing about this pie dough, it is so incredibly easy to work with! You can’t beat that, right?!Caramel Apple Hand Pies- flaky, portable, gluten free and oh-so-worth it! // @BobsRedMill

This recipe is amazing and worth the trouble, but you have to bring a couple of things to the workstation when you start. You need everything to be very cold. The grating of the butter and freezing it really helps get all that buttery goodness distributed evenly, as well as, keeps things everything cool while you work. The other thing, you need is patience. Baking is not always easy, but I find it extremely rewarding when you come up with a final product like this. Definitely try this and please, enjoy the process. I promise, you will be rewarded!

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Gluten Free Caramel Apple Hand Pies

makes 9-10 hand pies

Crust

Filling

  • 1/4 cup Dairy Free Stick Butter
  • 3-4 Medium Green Apples, about 4 cups sliced and then dice to about an inch
  • 2 Tbsp Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 tsp Apple Pie Spice
  • Pinch Of Salt
  • 6 Tbsp Cornstarch

Topping

  • 2 Tbsp Cashew Milk
  • Coarse Sugar

In a large food processor, combine the hazelnut flour through salt. Mix until blended. Next add the the frozen butter to the flour mixture and pulse to form a coarse meal. Add the egg and pulse until the dough forms a ball. Place the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to use. Keep the dough cold during each process.

In a bowl, mix the diced apples with the lemon juice. Melt the butter over medium heat. Add the apples, brown sugar, apple pie seasoning and salt to the butter. Cook for about 10 minutes, until the apples are soft, stirring occasionally. Next sprinkle a tablespoon at a time of the cornstarch over the apples stirring constantly until the mixture thickens. Allow the mixture to cool completely before using.

When everything is cool, lay the dough on plastic wrap covered with powdered sugar. Sprinkle extra powdered sugar over the dough and cover with another piece of plastic wrap. Roll the dough to a rectangle. Cut dough into the shape you desire and refrigerate for 15 minutes. Preheat the oven to 375°. Place half the cuts on a parchment lined baking sheet. Top with 2-3 tablespoons of the apple filling. Don’t add the caramel to the pies, reserve it for serving. Using some of the cashew milk, moisten the edges of the dough. Top each of the pies with the remaining cuts of dough. Wet your fingers with the cashew milk and press the edges of the dough to seal the edges. Brush the tops of the pies with cashew milk and sprinkle with coarse sugar.

Bake 25 to 30 minutes until the edges are golden brown. Serve warm with remaining caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream or at room temperature straight from your hand.

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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This flourless chocolate cake is light and spongy with a terrific chocolate-almond flavor.  Great on its own or as layers of a frosted cake. // @BobsRedMill // passover

Flourless Chocolate Almond Cake

by Sarah House in Gluten Free, Recipes

Eggs play an integral role in baked goods, from lightening texture to binding structure to creating loft to adding fat and flavor.  For restricted diets like grain-free, eggs can be a meal-saver.

Grain-free dishes are so hot right now, but people forget that grain-free confections have been a norm in several cuisines for the mere fact that eggs + nuts + a little something sweet equal an excellent dessert!  Just because you still eat and enjoy grains like wheat, rice, and quinoa, don’t think all these fancy “new” nut products aren’t for you.  This cake is a perfect example.  Pulling heavily from traditional European patisserie methods, this unleavened chocolate cake is great for any special occasion, or just because.  And since there are no leavens at work (no baking powder, baking soda, or yeast) this cake is a swell choice for Passover, too!

This flourless chocolate cake is light and spongy with a terrific chocolate-almond flavor.  Great on its own or as layers of a frosted cake. // @BobsRedMill // passover

Some bakers may be intimidated creating a cake without any of the standard butter, sugar, or flour components.  And you do need to be aware of what you are doing to ensure a perfect cake.  To help you avoid the inner shame of knowing you kinda maybe messed up the cake you’re about to serve, here are a few tips to ensure a rich and fluffy outcome.

  1. Chocolate is sensitive.  Chocolate doesn’t like high heat or it will burn.  Chocolate does not like water or it will seize.  And there is no coming back from either of those.  Some bakers like to melt chocolate in the microwave but I prefer to have an eye on my chocolate the whole time.  Instead of microwaving, there are two great choices to carefully melt chocolate:  a double-boiler or straight on the stove-top.Double-boilers are super easy to put together.  Place about an inch of water in a pot and bring it to a gentle simmer over medium-low heat.  Find a clean metal bowl that fits neatly over the pot, like a lid.  Put the chocolate in the bowl, put the bowl over the simmering pot, and stir gently until all the chocolate is melted.  The only word of warning I have is to not let that water get too hot.  A faster boil produces more steam which can turn into condensation droplets in your bowl.  And remember, chocolate does not like water.  Any type of water.  So keep it to a simmer.

    If you are a bit more confident with your ability to keep an eye on things, throw that chocolate into a small pot and place it right on the stove over very low heat.  If you remember to check it frequently, and stir it just as often, you’ll come out with perfectly smooth and melted chocolate.  Trust me.  And yourself.

    This flourless chocolate cake is light and spongy with a terrific chocolate-almond flavor.  Great on its own or as layers of a frosted cake.

  1. Eggs are interesting beasts.  Half forgiving and down for anything, half sensitive and prone to over-reaction.  Yolks are the forgiving team.  Toss them in a bowl and start whipping and they’ll get light and fluffy and lemony-yellow as the dawn.  You can even toss stuff in with them, like honey in this instance, and they won’t mind.  True now, if you left them mixing for too long, they’ll lose some volume.  But why would you do that?  If you get called away from cake baking for more than 5 minutes, you’re going to turn off the mixer, right?  (Right.  You WILL do that.)Whites, on the other hand, need some babying.  Stop paying attention to them and they’ll go from liquid to Styrofoam in a hot second.  And don’t you dare let anything in that bowl with them, other than maybe some cream of tartar or some sugar if you are making meringues.  Let some water sneak into the bowl, or a noticeable amount of egg yolks or fat, and you find yourself cracking a whole new set of eggs, plus rewashing and thoroughly drying your utensils.

    So make it easy on yourself.  When you are whipping egg whites, keep the egg whites clean and away from water, and use thoroughly cleaned and dried bowls and whisks.   I once worked for a chef who insisted that whipping egg whites be started on the slowest speed in our mixer and to then increase the speed very gradually over time so the proteins could slowly untangle themselves from each other and then hook back up again much later.  It took about 20 minutes.  I found that ridiculous.  Start slow so you don’t slosh egg whites all over.  But don’t be afraid to crank up the speed.  Just watch what is happening in the bowl and be ready to stop when the right volume and peak is reached.

    Also, these whipped egg yolks and egg whites are providing a lot of the structure and bind and height here, so be gentle when folding and when transferring the cake batter into the pan.  Don’t squish it down.  Gently spread it around.

    This flourless chocolate cake is light and spongy with a terrific chocolate-almond flavor.  Great on its own or as layers of a frosted cake.

Paying attention to what you are doing is the best and simplest way to make a perfect cake 100% of the time.  This holds true for all baking.  It’s not necessarily that the recipe is complicated, it’s just that some ingredients require a watchful eye.  But, heck, if it all goes south and the cake comes out flat, the rich chocolaty flavor and tender almond crumb will still be there, so just call it a torte and call it a day.

Get the recipe for Flourless Chocolate Almond Cake at BobsRedMill.com

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