Monday, June 20, 2011

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars (Congo bars)

If you don't need the GF version, Bakerella has a fabulous one here. But, if you need a fabulous, you'd never-know-they-were-gluten-free recipe, you've come to the right place.


(I cut them whilst they were warm because it is so very, very impossible to wait... Hence the gooey goodness.)

Without further introduction, from the pantry you'll need to fetch:

1 cup brown rice flour
1 cup sorghum flour
3/4 cup tapioca starch or potato starch
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp guar gum or xanthan gum
2 cups brown sugar
2/3 cup coconut oil or butter, softened
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups chocolate chips
1 cup nuts of choice. I've used peanuts, walnuts and cashews alternately.

Mix brown sugar, oil/butter and eggs with mixer. Add in remaining ingredients and mix or stir by hand. Spread into a 9x13 greased pan and bake at 350 for about 30 minute until the batter is set and nicely golden brown. If you resist the urge to dig right in, then do. If not, then a nice cold glass of farm milk is a fine accompaniment.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Pretty Amazing gluten free English Muffins

One thing we've been missing the most in our culinary experiences as of late is a chewy textured bread with crustiness and a crunchy bite to it. And then I made these. They can be made vegan with an easy milk substitution.


Pretty Amazing English Muffins

From your pantry you'll need to fetch:

1 cup brown rice flour
1/2 cup buckwheat flour
1 cup potato starch
2 tsp xanthan gum
1 tsp sea salt

In a separate bowl mix together:
1 cup warm (not hot) water
1/2 cup milk (dairy or non-dairy)
2 1/2 tsp yeast
2 tsp sugar or honey

Stir these and let the mixture sit until it begins to bubble slightly, about 5-10 minutes. Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients thoroughly, cover bowl with a cloth and let sit in a warm place for an hour.

Lightly grease your muffin rings and a cookie sheet. After the dough has risen for an hour, set the rings on the cookie sheet. Sprinkle the pan inside the rings with a bit of corn meal if you like. Fill each ring halfway with dough. When the dough in the rings has risen (maybe ten minutes more), put them in a hot (450 degree) oven for about twenty minutes or until they are slightly toasty looking on top. Slice while warm with a fork or bread knife and spread with your favorite English muffin accompaniment. Mine is thick and creamy yellow butter from happy grass eating cows.