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Finally Pie I can Eat! (gluten-free, dairy-free option, egg-free crust, soy-free)

Screen Shot 2014-10-10 at 4.38.57 PM  Thanksgiving is probably my favourite holiday.  I love turkey and all the fixin’s including pumpkin pie.  I cooked my first turkey when I was 8 and after that It became my holiday.
Last week I was able to finally perfect a gluten free/vegan pie crust.  My oldest son loves pumpkin pie so first on the agenda is to finally be able to bake my famous (well famous in my family) pumpkin pie completely gluten free, Yay!

PIE CRUST

  • 2 1/2 cups AS all purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cups coconut oil chilled (I also used butter)
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk or sour cream(Full fat, NOT light coconut milk or light sour cream)(If you use coconut milk chill the can in the fridge for a couple of hours.  Drain off the liquid and use only the fat)
  • 1 tsp salt (If using salted butter you can omit)

METHOD

1) Place the cubed coconut oil or butter in a bowl

2) In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, salt

3) Sprinkled the cubes of coconut oil/butter over the flour. Use a pastry cutter to blend the coconut oil into the flour. Work the CO into the dough until you have what resembles a coarse meal

4) Add the coconut fat/sour cream to the flour oil/butter mixture. Use a fork to incorporate into the mixture.

5) Work pastry dough together into a large ball.  cut the ball in half. Form into disks. Place one disk between two pieces of plastic wrap, parchment paper or wax paper.  Roll out to desired thickness .  remove top layer of plastic wrap, place pie plate upside down on rolled out dough.  Using the bottom layer of plastic wrap flip pie plate over and let dough fall into pie plate.  Use your fingers to pat dough into place and pinch edges of dough around pie plate. Place in refrigerator until ready for the filling

FILLING

  • 2 cup pumpkin puree
  • ½ cup packed light brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • ¾ cup coconut milk or evaporated milk
  • 1 ½ tsp finely grated fresh ginger
  • ¾ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2  tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp salt

    Directions

    1) Preheat the oven to 400 F.

    2) Whisk the pumpkin purée, brown sugar and eggs together, then whisk in the  milk, ginger, cinnamon, clove and salt. Pour this into the chilled pie shell.

    3) Place the pie onto a baking tray and bake the pie for 10 minutes at 400 F, then reduce the oven temperature to 375 F and bake the pie for another 35 to 40 minutes, until the pumpkin filling is set, but still has a little jiggle to it in the centre. Cool the pie to room temperature, then chill completely, about 4 hours, before serving.

    4) Pumpkin pie is best serve chilled and topped with any allergen friendly whipped cream of your choice

At Last a Fluffy Gluten-free Potato Gnocchi (egg-free, optional)

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Ingredients:

  • 2 lb. russet potatoes or sweet potatoes (about 4 medium), peeled and cubed
  • 1-1/2 cups Allergic Solution All Purpose Flour Mix, more for kneading and rolling
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten (optional)

Boil potatoes until tender, drain and rinse in cold water. Blend potatoes until smooth set until completely cooled.

Meanwhile place flour in a bowl and mix in salt, when potatoes are cool add egg and mix well.

Add potato mixture to flour. Mix together until all combined. (this step is easier if you use your hands)

Transfer it to the floured surface and wash your hands.

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Knead gently until the flour is fully incorporated and the dough is soft, smooth, and a little sticky, 30 seconds to 1 minute. (Don’t over-mix it, or the gnocchi will be tough; the dough should feel very delicate.) Move the dough to one side, making sure the surface underneath it is well floured. Cover it with a clean kitchen towel.

Cover two large rimmed baking sheets with parchment and sprinkle lightly with flour.

Remove any lingering bits of dough from your work surface and lightly re-flour the surface. Tear off a piece of dough about the size of a large lemon and put the towel back on the rest of the dough so it doesn’t dry out.

With the palms of both hands, roll the dough piece on the floured surface into a rope about 3/4 inch in diameter.

 

With a sharp knife, cut the rope crosswise every 3/4 inch to make roughly 3/4-inch-square gnocchi. Arrange the gnocchi in a single layer on the parchment-covered baking sheets, making sure they don’t touch. Repeat until you run out of dough, re-flouring the work surface as needed. When all the gnocchi have been cut and spread out on the baking sheets, sprinkle them with a little more flour. You can freeze the gnocchi to use later, put the baking sheet in the freezer until they are frozen then transfer to a zip lock freezer bag. If you are cooking right away they can stay out on the counter for 2 to 3 hours.

To cook drop gnocchi into boiling water and cook until they have all risen to the top. Serve with your favorite sauce.

 

 

Holy Crap this bread has a ton of fibre!

High fibre and delicious

High fibre and delicious

  I fell in love with Holy Crap© Skinny B cereal a couple of years ago.  Ever since it has been a staple of my diet.  I have it with some coconut milk in the morning, throw some in my yogurt and add it to cookies I make for the kids (shhhh! Don’t tell them).  I love the fibre and find it keeps me regular always a happy place to be.  Here is a list of the benefits of Holy Crap©; non-GMO, organic, gluten free, kosher,  lactose free, sugar free, salt free, nut free, all natural, vegan, raw, very high in fiber, high in iron, source of calcium, source of omega-3 and omega-6, no cooking required.

I also ended up with a ton of apples after a day of apple picking in September which I decided to slice up and dehydrate.  After dehydrating them I put them in the VitaMix© and made an apple granola.

Now what a treat to add some apple granola to my Holy Crap© and toss in my yogurt! Very Yummy!.

So I decided to see what it would taste like if I tossed it in our Yeast Free Bread mix.  Well the result was great tasting bread that is really high in fibre, approximately 5.7g of fibre per slice!

I made a sandwich using chicken salad and it was truly a fantastic tasting sandwich.  The bread has a very faint apple flavour and just a hint of sweetness.  It is very moist and held together nicely in a sandwich.

I think this will be my new favorite bread recipe.  Enjoy!

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Holy Crap/Apple YEAST-FREE BREAD

Makes one loaf of bread

  • 2 tbsp ground Chia seeds or ground flaxseed
  • 3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1/3 cup virgin olive oil or oil of your choice
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 package of Allergic Solution Yeast Free Bread
  • ¼ c chopped dried apple
  • 2 Tbsp Holy Crap Skinny B cereal

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F and grease bread pan.
  2. In a large bowl, add ground Chia/Flax, vinegar and 1/4 cup of warm water.
  3. Stir and let sit for 1 – 2 minutes.
  4. Add  honey and mix well
  5. Add oil and 1 cup of water to bowl and stir until combined.
  6. Add entire package of AS-YFB  and stir until completely combined.
  7. Mix in Holy Crap and Apple
  8. Pour into bread pan and gently shake until evenly distributed.
  9. Bake for 1 hour and 5 minutes.
  10.  Allow to cool for approximately 30 minutes.

*Note, once it has risen (about 10 min in oven) cover with foil so it does not brown too much.  Honey can make the crust very dark

 

Holy Crap Cereal can be purchased from  the Gluten Free Smart Store 

 

 

 

 

Savoury Biscuits (Gluten, egg, nut, corn and soy free. Dairy-free optional)

Just in time for  Canadian Thanksgiving!   I made these savory biscuits a couple of ways this week.  They are tasty without cheese but I  also tried adding parmesan cheese to a batch and they were very tasty too.  If oregano is not your favourite herb then try thyme but you can use whatever savoury spices and seasonings you love.

You can also create a dessert biscuit by adding a couple of of tablespoons of coconut sugar and some cinnamon. This would make a  nice base for some fresh berries and whip cream. 

Savoury Biscuits

Savoury Biscuits

Biscuit Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Allergic Solution Pancake/Waffle Mix
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable shortening or coconut oil
  • 2/3 cup Rice Milk
  • 1 tsp dried oregano or seasoning of your choice
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 3 tbs parmesan cheese (optional)

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375F.
2. Mix together pancake mix and seasonings.
3. Cut in shortening or coconut oil until mix resembles coarse cornmeal.
4. Add rice milk, a little at a time, until a soft dough forms.
5. The dough will be very sticky, drop about 3 tablespoons onto greased cookie sheet.  Dip fingers in water and form into patty about ½ inch thick.
6.  Bake 8-10 minutes until done (keep an eye on them, they’ll burn fast!)

Chocolate Orange Cake (gluten, egg, dairy, nut, soy, corn free)

Chocolate Orange Cake

Chocolate Orange Cake

My favorite combination of flavours is orange and chocolate. Our Vanilla cake is very versatile when it comes to flavours which is what makes it so fantastic.  You can add whatever flavours you have on hand.  The only flavour it doesn’t seem to work with is lemon.  I love adding orange zest to the cake for a really vibrant orange flavour.  Unfortunately when I set out to bake today someone ate the last orange I was saving for the cake.  The perils of living with two teenage boys with hollow legs!

The icing on this cake was a great discovery I found online when I was searching for a chocolate pudding recipe made with avocado.  This recipe is from Katrina Kehoe at Kehoe’s Kitchen. Katrina is a  mom who follows the GAPS diet and creates many wonderful recipes.  I was so glad to come across her site and recipes, most which are allergen-free.

I have to say this is the best dairy-free, sugar-free icing I have ever had!  It can also be made with carob powder if you have a chocolate allergy.

I have to say my mouth was definitely watering when I was taking the pictures of the finished product, could hardly wait to dig in and have a slice.

Enjoy!

Orange/Vanilla Cake with Chocolate Icing

Cake

Make cake according to the directions on the package.  To the liquid  add the orange extract and orange zest.  Bake according to directions on package.

Icing (from Kehoeskitchen)

1/4 c .virgin coconut oil
1 large ripe ripe avocado
3 tbsp cacao powder
1/3 c. raw honey

In the food processor mix all ingredients together on high until smooth and creamy. Spread on the cooled cake and store in refrigerator.

 

 

Fruit and Seed Bars (gluten, egg, dairy, nut, corn, soy free)

This recipe was created by Lisa Cantiker of glutenfreefind.com.  Her recipe was posted in the LA Times last week so it is just a little bit famous.   I have modified the original to be allergen-free.

Fruit and Seed Bars

Fruit and Seed Bars

This is a great recipe to make ahead, cut into squares wrap up individually and store in the freezer.  Pull out of the freezer in the morning and put in lunches.  Makes a great nutrient rich treat to keep you going through out the day.

Gluten-Free Fruit and Nut Bars

  • 2 Tbsp ground chia seed
  • 6 Tbsp water
  • 1/2 cup seed butter (I used sunflower butter)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup Pancake/Waffle Mix
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 3 tablespoons chopped pumpkin seeds
  • 1/3 cup pitted dates, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons raisins
  • 3 tablespoons dried cranberries

Directions

Preheat oven to 350′ degrees. Spray an 8-inch square pan with nonstick cooking spray.

In a large bowl mix the chia seeds and 6 tbsp water together until it has an egg like consitancy. Add seed butter, maple syrup, brown sugar, salt and water to combine.

Stir in flour (waffle pancake mix), oats, pumpkin seeds and dried fruits, and mix well.

Pat dough into prepared dish and spread evenly. Bake about 17 minutes, until the edges brown.

Allow to cool completely before cutting into squares.

Mediterranean Bread (gluten, egg, dairy, nut, soy, corn free)

I think the thing I missed most after going gluten-free was really good artisan bread.  I used too buy this bread at a bakery near my apartment eons ago!  It was a nice crusty bread with olives, sun dried tomatos and herbs.  I really, really miss that bread!

Med bread

Mediterranean Bread

I never thought I would ever find a gluten free bread that would compare.  After developing my Yeast Free Bread mix, I decided to start experimenting on how I make it a bit more ‘sexy’, after all how sexy can gluten-free bread be?

This has become my favorite bread, great for a dinner party even if your guests are not gluten-free.  I cube it, throw it on a serving platter with a bowl of olive oil seasoned with Bragg seasoning and sea salt for dipping.  No one has ever asked me if it was gluten-free and so far everyone I have made it for loves it.

Soo good hot out of the oven!  You really should let it cool as not to have the slices fall apart but I usually can’t wait that long.  Enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 1 package of Allergic Solution Yeast Free Bread
  • 2 tbsp ground chia seeds (you can also use flax seed)
  • 3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/4 c water
  • 1/3 c extra virgin olive oil*
  • 1tbsp Italian seasoning or oregano or whatever your favorite herbs are (dried not fresh)
  • 1/2 c sliced black olives
  • 1/2 c diced sun dried tomato

* if you use sundried tomatoes packed in oil you can use some of that oil in place of some of the olive oil

Make Yeast Free Bread according to package directions.  Sprinkle the herbs in to the wet ingredients . Before finishing combine all the flour into the wet ingredients, add the olives and sundried tomatoes.

Put into a greased loaf pan and bake according to package directions

Pizzelle Suntella Ice Cream Sandwiches – YUM! (gluten, dairy, nut, corn, soy FREE)

My kids are half Italian and grew up with Nonna making them Nutella sandwiches when they came home from school.  I always cringed at the white bread and Nutella loaded with sugar.  (Ingredients for Nutella – Sugar, Vegetable Oil, Hazelnuts (13%), Skim Milk Powder (8.7%), Fat-Reduced Cocoa Powder (7.4%), Emulsifier (Lecithins) (Soy), Flavouring (Vanillin).). Not really what I wanted my kids consuming!

After Nonna died the kids never got to have Nutella sandwiches because Mom refused to buy it. I was able to come up with a compromise which has stopped the mumbling about me being an abusive mother because I won’t let them eat Nutella (sorry guys!).  Another staple for a Nonna is Pizzelle.  If you have never had a pizzelle, you have to try them at least one.  They are like a very thin crunchy waffle type cookie.  My youngest son would eat a plate of Nonna’s home made pizzelle, he would eat them as fast as she could make them.  I was thrilled when I figured out how to make GF Pizzelle because I could finally enjoy pizzelle again.

This recipe is a great marriage between Nutella and Pizzelle but allergen friendly.  You can add the ice cream or leave it out, my guys love pizzelle smeared with Suntella (my version of Nutella).  The ice cream just makes it extra special when the weather is hot and sunny.

Enjoy!

 Pizzelle

Pizzelle Cookies

  •  3 large eggs
  • 1 cup organic cane sugar
  • 1/3 cup virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract (or anise extract if you want them the Nonna way)
  • ¼ cup rice milk

1) Spray pizzelle iron with oil and preheat on medium setting.

2) Place eggs, sugar, oil, vanilla extract and rice milk in a large mixing bowl.

3) Using an electric mixer, mix on medium speed until sugar is dissolved.

4) Gradually add entire contents of pouch and mix on medium speed until completely combined and batter is smooth.

5) Scoop ½ tsp of pizzelle mixture into each cookie grid (pizzelle maker) and cook for 1 minute.

6) Gently lift out each cookie and place flat on cooling rack.

Makes 36 – 40 pizzelle

 Suntella

  •  1/2 cup sunbutter
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder or carob powder

Spread a generous amount of Suntella on each pizzelle.  Top one pizzelle with a scoop of your favorite ice cream, I used a chocolate chip coconut ice cream.  Place another pizzelle ontop, squeeze together gently.

You can wrap these in foil wrap and keep in freezer for a couple of weeks.