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Donna Hay – gluten free bakes

I have slowed down the number of recipes I cut from magazines to bake lately.  After three years of gluten free baking, I have found ‘good’ and ‘suitable’ gluten free recipes as substitutes for old favourites.

BUT I couldn’t help but notice Donna Hay’s three gluten free biscuits in the Sunday Mail two weeks ago: Choc-chip Hazelnut Cookies, Lemon Crackle Cookies and Orange and Almond Florentines.

A quick search highlighted a number of recipes on Donna Hay’s website. Her Jam Drops using buckwheat flour and almond meal has caught my eye as did the Flourless Carrot Cake. *

With a family luncheon in a few week, I think I have the perfect reason to bake a few new gluten free recipes.

You can find the Choc-Chip Hazelnut Cookies Recipe on Donna Hay’s website and I have included her other two recipes below.

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Happy Gluten-Free Baking

Lemon Crackle Cookies

2 cups (240g) almond meal

1 cup (220) caster sugar

1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda

1 tsp finely grated lemon rind

1 tbsp lemon juice

2 egg whites

1 cup (160g) icing sugar sifter

Preheat oven to 160C. Place the almond meal, caster sugar, bicarbonate of soda, lemon rind and juice in a large bowl.  Place the egg whites in a separate bowl and whisk to soft peaks.  Gently fold the egg whites into the almond mixture until smooth. Toll 1 tbsp dough into a ball.  Repeat with remaining dough.

Place the icing sugar in a small bowl.  Toss the dough balls in the icing sugar to coat.  Place on lightly greased baking trays lined with non-stick baking paper leaving 5 cm between each to allow room for spreading.

Cook for 14-16 minutes for until lightly browned and cooked through.  Allow to cook slightly on trays before transferring to wire racks to cook completely.  Makes 14.

Orange and Almond Florentines

50 g unsalted butter, chopped

1/4 cup (55g) caster sugar

1/4 cup (90g) golden syrup

1 tbsp finely grated orange rind

1 cup (140g) slivered almonds

1/2 cup (100g) rice flour

Preheat oven to 160C. Place the butter, sugar and golden syrup in a small saucepan over medium heat.  Bring to a simmer and cook for 2 minutes or until thick and syrupy.

Place the orange rind, almonds and flour in a large bowl and mix to combine. Pour over the butter mixture and mix until well combined.

Place tablespoons of mixture on lightly greased baking trays lined with non-stick baking paper, leaving 8 cm between each to allow room for spreading.

Cook for 8 – 10 minutes or until golden.  Allow to cool slightly on trays before transferring to wire racks to cool completely. Makes 12.

*Post Script: The Flourless Carrot Cake was moist, dense and scrumptious and would have been even better had I remembered to include the sunflower oil… I was distracted…I put the cake in the oven and then realised why the bottle of sunflower oil was on the bench… oh dear….but my guests still enjoyed the cake. And yes, I will make it again.

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Gluten Free Triple Chocolate Cookies

Buckwheat Triple Choc

Another good reason to love the blogging community

None of us like waste, so when you make a dessert that only uses egg yolks, one must also make something to use up the egg whites.  If you need 1/2 cup Buttermilk, then you go looking for another recipe using Buttermilk.

I take this approach with a number of ‘gluten free’ ingredients I keep in the pantry and Buckwheat is one of these ingredients.  I like making Buckwheat Bread but because a small quantity of buckwheat is used, I look for other recipes using Buckwheat. More importantly, I try to limit the number of single origin gluten free flours in my pantry so as to limit waste.  In the main I use a blended plain and self raising gluten free flours and also keep almond meal, cornmeal and buckwheat flour in the pantry.  Unless you are baking on a large scale or unless you are in the catering industry, then I think it is more practical to keep things simple.

Thank you Amy from Buckwheat for your Health who posted a link to HayleyEatsBlog for Nigella’s Triple Chocolate Cookies  because I now have another great reason to use buckwheat  flour.  So many great reasons  to  love the blogging community.

Here are just a few recipes using buckwheat…

  1. Nigella’s Triple Chocolate Cookies   A brownie come cake come biscuits and absolutely yummy and decadent
  2. Galettes 
  3. Buckwheat Bread
  4. Buckwheat Blinis
  5. Gluten Free Crackers
  6. Jam Drops by Donna Haybuckwheat jam drops (1).JPG

 

 

Twilight Picnic – A Gluten Free Challenge

It is school holidays and my teenager  had arranged a rendez-vous with a special  friend.  Movie?  Cafe Meal?

No, he had gone out on a limb and suggested that he would organise a picnic basket for a twilight meal overlooking the ocean.

The Strand, Townsville

The Strand, Townsville

Not sure what a teenager’s picnic basket would normally contain, I feebly ran a couple of items past him.  For one, I didn’t think introducing gluten free sandwiches to his friend would be a wise move. Crackers and a pesto went through my head, but my son had not really found a gluten free cracker to his palate’s liking so we didn’t think it wise to let someone else do a taste testing.  I suggested ham and salad wraps until he told me that his school friends call them “those strange crepes” when he has them for lunch.

Strawberries, he suggested… we were on a roll so strawberries and pineapple pieces made a good start.  A tick for healthy.

Something savoury became cheese and ham Pizza Scrolls and something sweet were Jam Drops.

For Pizza Scrolls I use Live Free Gluten Free Pastry Mix and recipe. I buy this product on-line together with their Chicken Seasoning.

For Jam Drops I use the White Wings Gluten Free Jam Drops recipe though depending upon how hot the day is and how quickly the butter softens/warms, I sometimes have to add extra flour to the mixture.

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So we, the coeliac teenage sous chef and his ‘gluten free cooking’ mum have ticked off another first.

I am not sure what the next gluten free challenge will be but together we make a great team and we will be ready and waiting.

Twilight on The Strand

Twilight on The Strand