Tuesday, July 28, 2009

French Bread (GF)

Goodness ! This bread is unbelievable ! Omygodomygodomygod ! I truly hope the next batch of these will turn out as well as these, they were yummy ! Soft, not dry, not sticky, very tasty, ... Succes !

French Bread

• 1 cup quinoa flour
• 1 1/2 cup potato starch
• 1/2 cup tapioca starch
• 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1 tablespoon sugar
• 1 1/2 tablespoon instant yeast
• 1 tablespoon olive oil
• 3 large egg whites
• 1 teaspoon cider vinegar
• 1 cup warm water

Combine the dry ingredients. Add the olive oil and egg whites and mix. Add the vinegar and the water. Mix for 2 minutes, adding some water if needed to make a soft dough.

Spoon the dough onto a baking form. You can brush the top with some beaten egg white. Place the baking forms in a cold oven on a middle rack. Turn the oven on to 220°C and bake for 30 – 35 minutes. Cool the loaves on a wire wrack before slicing.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Picknick (GF)

This is my post for this month's "Go Ahead Honey, It's Gluten Free!". This is a blogging event, started by Naomi Devlin. Each month has a different host and a different theme. July was hosted by Shirley of Gluten Free Easily, and she picked a quite original theme: Make me a happy camper.

Now I'm not really a camper - actually I don't think I have ever gone camping for real. But I do enjoy picknicks. This is the first summer I'm gluten-free and I found it a bit hard to think of little snacks to take with us on a picknick. But I managed. And we had fun :-)

I have to say I look forward to the round-up of this theme. You see, we'll probably go camping next year, and all tips and recipes are welcome, I'm a novice !

Now, what to take to a gluten-free picknick. Ofcourse, lots of vegetables (carrots, cauliflower, cucumber, corn, ...) and fruit (apple, grapes, pineapple, ...) We also had - let's think - hard boiled eggs, small sausages, rice salad and salmon rolls.

These were a hit. Very easy, and tasty. Just bake some crêpes with buckwheat, spread them with cream cheese (like Philadelphia - I used a variety with herbs), and top with smoked salmon. Roll the crêpes up tightly, et voila.

Buckweat Crêpes

• 200g buckwheat flour
• some salt (to taste)
• 2 eggs
• 350ml milk

Mix all the ingredients until you get a smooth dough. Bake thin crêpes and let them cool. Spread with toppings of your choice.

My boyfriend really liked the rice salad too. So I'd add a recipe for that too, but actually I just throw some things together...

Rice Salad

• Cooked rice (I used whole grain rice)
• Paprika (I used yellow and red)
• Corn
• Asparagus
• Apple
• Fried egg
• Brie
• Herbs and dressing to taste

Sunday, July 12, 2009

GF Chocolate Muffins

I had a pack gluten-free flour that was reaching it's expiry date - a perfect excuse to bake ;-) My boyfriend wasn't really in the mood for waffles, so I had to think of something else. I decided to try a recipe for chocolate muffins.

These are quite good. Not as good as regular chocolate muffins, I have to admit. But, well, I can't eat the regular ones, and I can eat these. My boyfriend thinks they're yummy, so I guess they're quite alright :-)

Gluten-free Chocolate Muffins

• 210g gluten-free flour mix
• some baking powder
• 40g cocoa powder
• a pinch of salt
• 150g brown sugar
• 2,5dl milk
• 60g butter (good quality)
• 120g coarsly chopped chocolate

Preheat the oven at 180°C.
Mix the flour with the baking powder, cocoa, sugar and salt. Make a hole in the middle. Melt the butter (I add the butter to the milk, and heat the milk). Pour the milk and butter in the hole. Stir the mixture. Add the chopped chocolate and mix it through the dough. Fill your muffin-forms with the dough and bake in a preheated oven for about 20 minutes.