Saturday, April 27, 2013

Awesome GF cookbook

Out of all the GF cook books I own, this has become my bible. Everything I've made with it has turned out delicious! I don't know this woman, just love her recipes! By far one of the best GF cook books I've come across! A lot of the recipes, you can't even tell they are gluten free.

My son comes home from University and bakes for me...yes he's on a gluten free diet. He tells me we need to buy this cook book for the dorm cafeteria to teach them how to make good gluten free food.

I might just do that!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

I'm a sucker for chocolate!

I came across this delicious looking recipe on Pinterest. So I made it tonight and ate it right out of the oven. Well, I did let it cool down a bit! It is gluten free but I'm sure it could easily have the GF flour mix substituted for wheat or whatever flour you wanted. We ate it without ice cream and it was delicious!

You can see in the photo that the sauce is peeking through in a couple of places. It's kind of a messy cake to make but totally delicious. I think you could probably use just about any GF flour mix...there are so many recipes to make from scratch or premade mixes to buy ready to go.

Here's the link to the recipe:

Cake recipe link


Monday, April 22, 2013

Gluten free Mini Chocolate donuts

That new mini donut maker has been begging for me to use it. I started with these two recipes:

GF buttermilk donuts

Chocolate Chip donuts

The first recipe is a roll out donut recipe and I need a dough that is thick but fluid for my mini donut maker. What I used from this recipe is the gluten free flour mixture. I will doctor up the recipe in the coming weeks to put into my mini donut maker, but for now, I am using the mixture for my new donut recipe.

The second recipe I made with white wheat flour and took it to work for the guys for coffee in the morning. They said they were good but a bit on the dry side. So I substituted greek yogourt for the milk and added a bit of rice milk so I could pipe it from a baggie into the mini donut maker. Success!

All my recipes, I substitute the fat (ie butter, margarine, sunflower oil) for extra virgin olive oil that comes in a dark glass container. I've read that if you buy the olive oil in a clear glass container it goes rancid. Olive oil is a healthy fat and so I can make the donuts a bit healthier by doing this.

So here is my GF tweaked donut recipe:

GF Chocolate Mini Donuts

1 1/2 cups of GF flour mix
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
9 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
3/4 cup sour cream or yogourt or soya yogourt
1 egg
3 heaping teaspoons of cocoa
1/2 cup of rice milk or almond milk or cow's milk

Start heating your mini donut maker.

Mix all together in a bowl until well moistened, do not over mix. Pour mixture into a plastic bag, I use a large baggie. Cut off the corner of the baggie (small cut) so that you can use it to pipe the batter into your mini donut maker. Open your heated mini donut maker and spray with cooking spray sparingly. Pipe your batter into each mini donut mold and fill almost even with the bottom half of the mold. Close the lid and put your timer on for 6 minutes.

Once done, remove from the machine and pipe in the next batch.

This recipe makes 24 mini donuts. Time from start to finish, 35 minutes.

Chocolate icing can be added and the recipe is in the second link, the Chocolate Chip donuts recipe.

We ate the first two batches of warm freshly dipped donuts. They were awesome! As soon as the donut maker cools off, I will wipe it clean and dry it with a soft cloth ready for the next time!

It's gotta taste good!

When changing your diet due to allergies or food intolerances, that first thing that goes through your brain is that you are missing out. Wheat and milk are in almost everything we eat. So one of the first things I changed was going from puffed wheat to puffed rice. There are also other cereals that are puffed such as millet, so there is actually a bit of a choice. I found the follow recipe for the syrup coating that works with any puffed cereal. It's made with honey and I like that.

Puffed Squares

4 cups of puffed cereal, any kind or combo thereof

1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup honey
1/3 cup brown sugar, packed
2 heaping tablespoons of cocoa powder

1) Measure puffed cereal in a large bowl and set aside.
2) In a saucepan, mix together the remaining ingredients and cook over high heat until it starts to boil. Turn down to simmer and let the chocolate mixture simmer for 2 minutes.
3) While the chocolate mixture is simmering, spray with cooking spray an 8 X 8 glass cake pan.
4) Take the syrup mixture and pour over puffed cereal. Mix quickly and pour the cereal mixture into the glass cake pan, pat down with a spatula.
5) Let cool and cut into squares.

One can also add dried fruit, nuts, pumpkin or sunflower seeds, mini marshmallows to vary the square.

We've also been known to eat it warm right out of the pan! Enjoy!

I can't remember where I've picked up this recipe, been using it a long time in our house!

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Welcome to my new blog, Total Deliciousness! I have wanted to start this blog for a long time. I love food. I love making food for those I love. 

This blog will carry recipes that I've tested for allergies and gluten free along with the regular recipe for those who just plain love food. Having people with allergies in my household has really broadened my scope of loving food. Today, there are wonderful cookbooks out there that take the work out of going allergy and gluten free. So many options and the ingredients are much more readily available then when I began this journey almost 15 years ago. 

I want to share with those of you on the same journey as well as those that are not, so both versions of the recipes will be presented in each post.

Welcome and Bon Appetit!