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Millet Chia Bread & Variations

It’s the first Wednesday of the month and you know what that means don’t you?  It’s Ratio Rally time again!!

This month’s Ratio Rally host is Karen of Cooking Gluten Free.

If you jump over there you can check out all the other bread offerings for this month’s rally.  I will also have all the links at the bottom of this post.

When I started eating gluten-free, I first bought most of my gluten-free baked goods at the store.  One taste of one particular gluten-free bread and I decided I would rather NOT eat bread than that… stuff.  Ugh.

Muffins and brownies were successful pretty much right off the bat.  I didn’t buy many of the gluten-free mixes as they are far too expensive!

Then I discovered Rudi’s bread at Costco.  Yes, my Costco carried it as a test… but it didn’t last.  Not enough folks buying it to warrant Costco freezer space.  Sigh.

After some months something changed.  I don’t know if Rudi’s changed their formula or if it was a change to my taste buds but all the Rudi’s breads now had an off fish-y taste.  ARHG!

I dabbled a bit with making homemade bread, but was meeting with limited success.

In comes Udi’s bread.  So far they taste fine, but… it is the ingredients I object to.  The corn is not listed as non-GMO, they use organic canola oil but it is not good for you,  there is corn syrup in the mold inhibitor, yadda, yadda, yadda.  Then there is the $5 price tag for a miniscule loaf of bread.  The loaf isn’t even a whole pound in weight!

They did have an interesting ‘new’ bread though.  Millet Chia Bread, and it boasts a much nicer nutrient profile than the very starchy ‘white’ breads.

Still can’t get past the non-GMO corn thing though.

So I decided that a Millet Chia Bread would be an excellent thing to recreate for the Ratio Rally!  I have had a hankering for some bread with texture, tooth, fiber even.

My first loaf I used too much flax-seed meal.  I guess I really shouldn’t have made a Flax Chia Bread.  Ick.  Bread texture was fantastic though not “toothy”, the taste (other than too much flax-seed which I am not fond of) was really good.  It had a beautiful rise & “real bread” holes too!  This bread was moist and stayed that way for at least a week left out on the counter.

Yes, you did read that correctly… left out on the counter!

This bread also toasted very nicely too!!

Yes that is a real pat of butter melting on that slice of toasted gluten/dairy free bread.  Due to some healing (which will be another post) I am having much less “digestive problems” when I eat dairy!  I promise I will get to that post soon.  Subscribe to my feed so you won’t miss it.

My next loaf I tried using a bit less of the guar gum and… WOW!  Great taste, great rise, better nutrient profile, great toast-ability, easy!

Then there is the Pumpernickel variety that just came out of the oven.  I have had a request from the Patriarch for some Pumpernickel bread.  Since today is our 25th Wedding Anniversary I thought this would be an excellent bread for today’s Ratio Rally.

Sourdough and Pumpernickel breads are really the only ones I still miss.  This rally didn’t offer enough the time to play with a sourdough like I want to try, but I think I have hit on Pumpernickel almost-heaven!  Not with the “tooth” I would like but the taste is terrific!  Even the non-gluten free Patriarch said the taste was great.

My ratio?  Um…

Ruhlman’s bread ratio is 5 parts flour 3 parts water plus yeast and salt.  I think my ratio is close to that with the addition of eggs.

Millet Chia Bread

recipes developed by Aunt Mae of Honey From Flinty Rocks, all rights reserved

makes one  1 – 1/2 pound loaf

Weigh out in the bowl of a stand mixer:

1 ounce quinoa flakes

1 ounce Montina supplement (purchase & nutritional info at end of post)

½ ounce inulin (I buy mine at Walgreens)

1 ounce milled chia seeds (I bought mine from Azure Standard)

1 ounce whole millet

4 ½ ounces brown rice flour

3 ounces sweet rice flour

½ – 1 tsp guar gum

In heat safe measuring cup, weigh out:

4 ounce filtered water, heat to 100 degrees.

Add:

1 TBSP evaporated cane juice

1 TBSP yeast.

Mix well and allow to proof until foamy. About 5 – 10 minutes.

While that is proofing, mix liquids together:

5 ounces filtered water or milk

2 – 3 TBSP Extra Virgin Olive Oil (use more oil if not using milk)

2 tsp raw apple cider vinegar

2 – 4 TBSP honey

2 large eggs

Pour the liquids and the proofed yeast mix into the mixing bowl.

Mix completely on low.  Beat on high for 3 minutes.

Clean off beaters and remove.

Cover bowl with a clean tea towel and let sit for 45 minutes.

Reinstall beaters and beat on high for 3 minutes.

Pour & scrape batter into a greased 4 ½ x 8 ½ glass bread pan.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Cover with tea towel, set in draft free place and let rise for 30 minutes.  Bake for 10 minutes.

Cover with foil to prevent over-browning and bake for an additional 35 – 45 minutes.  It should be firm to the touch when pressed… you’ll “see” what I mean when you take it out of the oven and it… ‘isn’t firm’.

Insert a thermometer into the bread, it should read 200 degrees.

Let cool in pan for 15 minutes.

Remove from pan and allow to cool on cooling racks completely before slicing.

Store in a plastic bag on the counter. Will last at least a week.  On.  The.  Counter!

Pumpernickel Bread Variation

makes one  2 pound loaf

In the flour mix add:

2 TBSP unsweetened cocoa

zest of one large navel organic orange (1 TBSP?)

2 tsp caraway seed

1 tsp minced dried onion

½ tsp dill weed

In the liquid mixture, replace the honey with molasses.

When you grease your bread pan, “flour” the pan with organic corn meal and sprinkle the top of the batter with corn meal before baking.

What is “Montina” Pure Baking Supplement you ask??  It is a baking supplement that adds fiber and protein.  In a “serving size” (3.5 ounces.2/3 cup) contain 24g insoluble fiber and 17g protein with NO fishy taste!  In a search to help Montana farmers and find an alternative to wheat and barley they rediscovered the Native American Indian ricegrass plant.  I’m loving this stuff!  I did not use a whole serving size in one loaf of bread, so my bread’s fiber & protein profile will not be as high, but will be higher than a standard rice flour bread.  Inulin is a fiber supplement.

In the course of learning to bake good gluten & dairy free bread I have learned a few things.

1) Gluten free bread will never be “big”.  The size bread pan I have stated above is just about the largest one you can use with success.  You can go longer, but not wider.

2) When a recipe is developed and the bread is baked using a specific pan, you will NOT get the same results if you use a pan made of different construction or size.  If you have steel, ceramic, cast iron or aluminum pans you will have to experiment with baking times.  But that still does not guarantee the same results…

3) Beating on high seems to ‘change’ the batter.  It becomes ribbon-y or rope-y, for lack of a better descriptive.  I tried to capture “it” in photos.  It seems to me that it develops “cohesion” of some kind.  Like gluten would develop if we were using gluten.

4) There really isn’t an “all purpose” gluten free bread.  If you want a sandwich bread, that will be quite different from a toast-able bread.  Gluten free sandwich bread, when toasted, is… well… quite  d-r-y [cough].  Toast-able bread doesn’t make good sandwiches as it is moist-ish.  So… these recipes are for toast-able bread!  ;-)

Blessings, ~Aunt Mae (aka ~Mrs. R)

Other gluten & dairy free posts that may be of interest to you:

Cinnamon Rolls

Breakfast Mix

Lemon Lavender Muffins

Almond Fig Scones

Classic “Cream” Scones – gluten & dairy free

Williamsburg Orange Cake

Rice Flour Muffins

Rice Flour Muffin Variations

The Bread Ratio Rally Links:

Adina | Gluten Free Travelette  Seedy Sandwich Bread
Angela | Angela’s Kitchen  Our Family’s Basic Gluten Free Dairy Free Bread
~Aunt Mae (aka ~Mrs. R) | Honey From Flinty Rocks  Millet Chia Bread
Brooke | B & the boy!  Buckwheat-Oat Bread

Caleigh | Gluten Freek Quinoa Naan
Charissa | Zest Bakery  Cherry Pecan Pot Bread, Gluten Free 
Claire | This Gluten-Free Life  German Vollkornbrot (Seeded Bread)
Erin | The Sensitive Epicure English Sandwich Bread (gluten-free & egg-free)  
Jenn | Jenn Cuisine  Gluten Free Boule
Jonathan | The Canary Files Gluten-Free, Vegan Mediterranean Soda Bread
Karen | Cooking Gluten Free!  Gluten Free Sandwich Bread/Gluten Free Naan
Meaghan | The Wicked Good Vegan  Vegan Gluten-Free Bread
Meg | Gluten-Free Boulangerie  Ciabatta (gluten-free, egg-free/vegan)
Monika | Chew on This!  amaranth skillet flatbreads, amaranth mini pita rounds
Morri | Meals with Morri No Knead Sun-dried Tomato & Basil Flatbread (yeast free/grain free)
Pete & Kelli | No Gluten, No Problem  Gluten-Free Challah
Rachel / The Crispy Cook  Gluten Free Chickpea Sandwich Bread
TR | No One Likes Crumbley Cookies  Gluten Free White Bread
Tara | A Baking Life  Gluten-Free Sandwich Bread & Boule

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Fudgy Coconut Flour Brownies – Gluten & Dairy Free

Fudgy Coconut Flour Brownies with Raspberry Chipotle Sauce

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

5 ounces coconut flour (1 cup) {I buy mine through Azure by the case)

3 – 4 ounces cocoa (2/3 cups)

8 ounces grapeseed oil (1 cup)

8 ounces eggs (4 large)

8 ounces water (1 cup)

8 ounces agave syrup (1 cup)

8 ounces evaporated cane juice (1 cup)

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 TBSP vanilla

Spread batter in a 9×9 inch pan.  Bake for about 30 minutes.  Let cool completely before cutting.  These get fudgier as they sit!  I left some uncovered on the counter for over a week and they were still moist, fudgy and delicious!

This recipe is on the dark chocolate, UN-sweetened side.  If you like a sweeter brownie, add more sugar to taste!

Raspberry Chipotle Sauce (Costco sells this right now… it’s seasonal though!)  If you have missed out on this season’s Costco sauce you can always add a little ground chipotle to some seedless raspberry jam… YUM!

The other way we indulged with these brownies was with a scoop of raspberry sorbet on top and with a glass of red wine.  A perfect match!

Blessings, ~Mrs. R (aka Aunt Mae)

Other posts you may enjoy:

Black Bean S’More Brownies

Williamasburg Orange Cake

Mock Apple Pie

Lemon Lavender Muffins

Rice Flour Muffins

Rice Flour Muffins Variations

Popovers

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Black Bean S’More Brownies – Gluten & Dairy Free

Brownies…. Who doesn’t love those  chocolaty squares of goodness?!!

Of course there is the age-old quandary… cake-y or fudgy?

We here like the fudgy style, which is what I have tried to recreate with a bit of a twist towards healthier ingredients.

A ratio  is a specific ratio if ingredients and sometimes a particular mixing method to bring about gluten-free baking success.  The Rally is a group of gluten-free bloggers who create recipes using ratios around a specific baked-good theme each month.  The bonus with ratios is those funny gums are not needed!

This month’s brownie bonanza is being hosted by Mary Fran at FrannyCakes, check out her site for links to all the other lovely offerings!

My ratio wound up being 1.3 beans | 1 egg | 1 oil | 1 cocoa | 2 sugar with 1 part being equal to 8 ounces.

One thing I discovered in baking my first batch… you can only go so far in reduced sugar for a fudgy brownie.  Reduced sugar makes a cake-y brownie.  And , um… if you don’t add enough sugar… they taste like… cocoa.  Not the best of flavors all by itself!

You can only go so far in making a brownie “healthy”.  Which is why I wanted to use beans for my base, adding fiber & protein to my treats!

Black Bean S’More Brownies

Yield: 16 – 2″ x 2″ brownies

9 – 10 oz black beans, cooked & cooled (or 1 can of black beans,rinsed & drained)

8 oz eggs (4 large)

8 oz grape-seed oil (1 cup)

8 oz cocoa (1 cup)

16 oz evaporated cane juice (2 cups)

1 TBSP vanilla

1 tsp salt if using home cooked beans, NONE if using canned

S’More Topping:

4 cups mini marshmallows

1/3 cup dairy-free mini chocolate chips (I use Enjoy Life brand)

7 gluten-free graham-style crackers, broken into small pieces (I use Kinnikinnick S’Moreables)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Lightly grease an 8×8-inch square baking pan.

Weigh eggs, oil, and beans right in blender container.  Blend until smooth.  Pour into a bowl and weigh out cocoa, evaporated cane juice, vanilla and salt if using.  Stir until completely combined.

Bake in preheated oven until the top is dry and the edges start to pull away from the sides of the pan, about 30 – 40 minutes.  Test with cake tester.  A few fudgy crumbs should stick to tester.

Sprinkle mini marshmallows over top of baked brownies then the chips & graham-style cracker pieces.  Put under broiler for 2 -3  minutes until marshmallows are golden brown.  WATCH CAREFULLY so the marshmallows & graham crackers do not burn!!

Let cool completely before cutting into 2-inch pieces.  Using a wet knife blade and cleaning the blade between each cut makes this easier.

This recipe was created to be on the not-too-sweet side on order to balance the ultra sweet s’more toppings.  If you intend to make these plain, reduce the cocoa to 4 ounces and proceed with rest of the recipe.

Blessings, ~Mrs. R (aka Aunt Mae)

Other gluten & dairy free posts you may enjoy:

Fudgy Coconut Flour Brownies with Raspberry Chipolte Sauce

Rice Flour Muffins

Almond Fig Scones

Classic Cream Scones

Rice Flour Muffin Variations

Mock Apple Pie

Williamsburg Orange Cake

Here is a list of all the other Ratio Rally participants and their brownie creations!

Adina from Gluten Free Travelette made Chocolate Brownie Pie with Orange Zest
Angela from Angela’s Kitchen made Gluten & Dairy Free Cream Egg Brownies
Brooke from B & the boy! made Triple Chocolate Brownies
Caitlin from {Gluten Free} Nom Nom Nom made Peppermint Brownie Bars
Caleigh from Gluten Free[k] made White chocolate and marshmallow brownies
Caneel from Mama Me Gluten Free made Triple chocolate brownies
Charissa Luke from Zest Bakery made Slutty gluten-free brownies
Claire from My Gluten Free Home PB&J Brownie Whoopee Pies
Claire from This Gluten-Free Life made St. Patty’s Day Marshmallow Swirl Brownies
Erin from The Sensitive Epicure made Mexican Cocoa Brownies with an Almond & Pepitas Crust
gretchen from kumquat made Salted Caramel Brownies
Heather from Discovering the Extraordinary made Nutmeg Blondies
Irvin from Eat the Love made Blueberry Citrus Marble Brownies
Jean from Gluten-Free Doctor Recipes made Blue Ribbon Brownies
Jenn Cuisine made Grain free brownies with no-bake ricotta cheesecake cream
Jonathan from The Canary Files made Vegan Marbled Banana Walnut Brownies
Karen from Cooking Gluten Free! made GF Chewy Crackled Top Brownies with Raspberry Puree
Mary Fran from FrannyCakes made Gluten-Free Hazelnut (Nutella) Brownies
Morri from Meals with Morri made Oaxacan Brownies & Mesquite Cacao Blondies
~Mrs. R from Honey From Flinty Rocks made Black Bean S’More Brownies
Pete and Kelli from No Gluten, No Problem made Caramel Mexican Chocolate Mesquite Brownies
Rachel from The Crispy Cook made Co-Co Nut-Nut Blondies
Shauna from Gluten-Free Girl made Gluten-Free Brownies
Tara from A Baking Life made Mint Chocolate Flourless Brownies
TR | No One Likes Crumbley Cookies Gluten Free Berry Fudge Brownies 

Crepes – Spinach & Dessert – Gluten & Dairy Free!

Crepes.  Yes, this month’s ratio rally is all about crepes.  I have cooked crepes for decades.  Not once I had to eat sans gluten though.  I was looking forward to making these again!!

It is so easy to cook up a batch.  They are extremely versatile!  You can fill them with anything… well except a liquid!!  ;-)

This month’s ratio rally hostess with the most-est is  T.R. at No One Likes Crumbly Cookies.  Please check out her page for all the links to all the great crepe recipes for this month!

In case you are new to the ratio rally – we are a group of gluten free bloggers who create gastronomic delights using a ratio for a particular food item.  This month it is crepes.  Cooking & baking by ratio is using a specific ratio of ingredients in order to produce consistent yummy results in the kitchen.

Who doesn’t like consistency in the kitchen??!!!  Yummy consistency makes it that much more special!

Most of us grew up cooking and baking with measuring our ingredients with cups and spoons.  This works well with gluten-full items.  But the weights of various gluten-FREE flours is vastly different from each other AND from wheat flour.  I know I have had my share of gluten-free disasters in the kitchen!  Using specific ratios and weighing out ingredients make gluten free cooking & baking so much easier!

The bonus to weighing and ratios – consistently edible gluten free food coming from MY kitchen!  This can be your success as well.  Trust me on this one.  Another bonus to all this is being able to substitute flours and expect to have generally the same results, though not in taste of course.

I wanted to make a dinner crepe and a dessert crepe for this rally.  And I did!

Rhulman’s crepe ratio is 1 liquid : 1 egg : 1/2 flour and my ratio is very close to that with a slight decrease in the liquid to about 3/4.  This is basically a very thin pancake batter with no leavening agent.

Basic Crepes

1 & 1/2 ounces brown rice flour

1 ounce brown teff flour

1 & 1/2 ounces sweet rice flour

8 ounces eggs (4 large)

4 ounces almond milk (or other non-dairy milk)

2 – 3 ounces coconut milk beverage (or other non-dairy milk)

1/2 teaspoon salt

coconut oil for greasing the skillet, use sparingly

Weigh out all the flours into a stand mixer bowl.  Zero out the scale and weigh out the eggs.  Zero out the scale again and weigh out the almond milk (or any other non-dairy milk of choice).

Mix together with the paddle until there are no lumps.  Let batter sit a minimum of 30 minutes and up to overnight.  The flours need to hydrate for better cooking results.

I used an 8-inch cast iron skillet to cook my crepes.  It worked beautifully!  Preheat your skillet on a low to medium-low heat.  Make sure the pan is completely heated before you start cooking the crepes.

Add a small amount of coconut oil to your heated skillet.  Just a thin coating on the bottom and up the sides.  Too much and your crepe will be greasy and heavy.

The technique for cooking crepes is in the wrist action.  Immediately after adding 1/4 – 1/3 cup of batter into your pan you need to rotate the pan so that you coat the bottom of the pan completely with a thin layer of batter.  The operative word is THIN layer of batter!  :-)  I made a double batch and only had to re-grease my pan twice.  I think I got a total of 24 – 26 crepes… sorry I forgot to count them and they are now… gone.

Set the pan back onto the burner for a minute or two.  The edge of the crepe will pull away from the pan, indicating it is ready to be turned.  I coax a thin spatula under the edge of the crepe and then flip it.  Set back on burner for another minute and transfer onto a plate.  Repeat with all the batter.  You can see my plate of crepes at the top of this recipe.  Your crepes should be slightly browned (freckled) but not crisp.  These need to remain flexible to roll around something yummy!

OPTIONS:

for dinner crepes you can add chives, or spices to compliment your filling.  for dessert crepes add to the batter: 2 – 4 Tablespoons sugar depending on your taste and 1 teaspoon vanilla, cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg or allspice or a combination equal to 1 teaspoon.

For our dinner I made Spinach Crepes.

Spinach Crepes

8 (8-inch ) crepes

1/4 cup chopped onion

1/4 cup Earth balance soy-free buttery spread

2 Tablespoons organic lemon juice

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1 cup thick cream sauce (I make mine with 2 TBSP Earth Balance, 4 TBSP rice flour, 1 cup dairy free milk, 1 teaspoon chicken bullion)

3 eggs, beaten

2 (10-ounce) packages frozen spinach, thawed & drained

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In large saucepan, cook onion in Earth Balance until transparent; stir in lemon juice, salt, pepper, cream sauce and eggs.  Cook and stir about 5 minutes.  Stir in spinach; heat thoroughly.  Place about 1/2 cup spinach mixture on each crepe; roll up and place seam side down in 13 x 9 baking dish.  Bake 10 – 15 minutes or until hot.

Serves 4.

Dessert crepes are laughably easy but look so elegant on the plate!  I used warm applesauce in the crepe and sprinkled them with powdered sugar.  You can do the same thing using jelly, jam or preserves.  You could also use a pie filling, pudding, or mousse!  You can use a chocolate or  fruit sauce instead of the powdered sugar.  For breakfast we will have warmed crepes with huckleberry jam and sprinkled with powdered sugar.  These would also be great to serve with tea at tea time!!

You can store the leftover crepes in the refrigerator and reheat briefly in the oven, toaster oven (don’t crisp them!) or a skillet on the stove.  These also freeze well.  Place wax paper between each crepe, thaw or reheat in oven or in a skillet.

Blessings, ~Mrs. R (aka Aunt Mae)

Here is a list of all the other crepe creations!

Adina ~ Gluten Free Travelette ~ Breakfast Crepes Three Ways
Caitlin ~ {Gluten-Free} Nom Nom Nom ~ Buckwheat Crepes
Caleigh ~ Gluten Free[k] ~ Banana Cinnamon Crepes
Claire ~ My Gluten Free Home ~ Victory Crepe Cake
Ginger  ~ Fresh Ginger ~ Sweet ‘n Savory
gretchen ~ kumquat ~ nutella crepe cake
Heather ~ Discovering the Extraordinary ~ “Southwestern” Crepes
Karen ~ Cooking Gluten-Free! ~ Gluten Free Crepes Savory or Sweet
Mary Fran ~ FrannyCakes ~ Gluten-free Peanut Butter Crepe Cake
Morri  ~  Meals with Morri ~ Russian Blini for Two
Pete and Kelli ~ No Gluten, No Problem ~ Key Lime Crepes
Shauna ~ gluten-free girl ~ Gluten Free Buckwheat Crepes
T.R. ~ No One Likes Crumbley Cookies ~ Brownie Crepes with Strawberry Wine sauce
T.R. ~ No One Likes Crumbley Cookies ~ Basil Tomato and Feta Crepes
T.R. ~ No One Likes Crumbley Cookies ~ Fresh Fruit Crepe
Tara ~ A Baking Life ~ Breakfast Crepes with Eggs and Kale
Jonathan ~ The Canary Files ~ Vegan Crepes for Filipino Spring Rolls
Rachel ~ The Crispy Cook ~ Raspberries and Cream Crepes
~Mrs. R ~ Honey From Flinty Rocks ~ Crepes – Spinach & Dessert
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Popovers – Gluten & Dairy Free – Ratio Rally

It is time yet again for another episode of…

Yeah!!!  Sing with me boys and girls… oh boy de hee, oh girl de dee, we are baking for you an’ me!

What is a ratio in baking?  It is keeping the ingredients to specific proportions.  Why weigh your ingredients?  To keep that ratio balance!  Gluten free flours are vastly differing weights size for size.  By keeping to a specified ratio for a particular baking item AND weighing out your flours and other ingredients you can count on consistently successful results!  So what’s NOT to like about that?!!  But a rally…??  It is a group of gluten free bloggers who will all work on developing a gluten free ratio recipe based on the chosen baked-good-of-the-month.  This month is… Popovers.

Did you ever wonder how a blog or blogger got to be the host for some kind of rally or contest among a group?  Well let me tell you a secret… shhh… all a blogger has to do is unthinkingly um with fear and trepidation do what the Patriarch says the Navy taught him to NEVER do… volunteer yourself!

Yet I volunteered to host… [g-u-l-p] AND of all the silly things for something I have never baked in my life.  Popovers.

Then I discover that I will be out of town for an entire week near the end of the trial baking month!!  With tons of pre-trip preparations that NEED attending to before I can think about baking a popover.

Can you say panic boys and girls?

So what is a popover and how do you serve it or what do you serve it with anyway??  So I went to find out.

First I learned that the best pan for baking popovers is… cast iron.  I ♥ my cast iron pans!  The best cast iron popover pan is from Griswold.  So I purchased one on eBay.  Isn’t it pretty?!!

In case you need to know how to properly season a cast iron purchase you can read the science behind all that here.  I do NOT endorse any other content on her blog.  But this cast iron seasoning science is spot on!  My purchase was already nicely seasoned, but I am so glad I have this information!!

Since I was out of town for a week and trip preparations took much longer than they should have, I was not able to even bake my first popover until… 4 days ago.

My first batch was a complete flop.  The popovers didn’t even peek over the edge of the pan!  They did rise… but they did NOT have that tall, rounded, dome top.  I believe it is because I used my whole grain mix for part of the flours.  Despite adding additional starchy flours the whole grains kept them from rising much.  Add to the non-risen pop’unders’, I tried making spiced ones and didn’t get enough spice on my first go around.

My second attempt was last night and I met with terrific success!  I relied upon my trusty 1963 Joy of Cooking cookbook for the method, using Gisslen’s ratio with more eggs.

Ruhlman’s Ratio – 2 : 1 : 1 / liquid : egg : flour

Gisslen’s Ratio used more eggs – 2 : 1.25 : 1/liquid : egg : flour

My ratio – 2 : 1.5 – 2 : 1 / liquid : egg : flour

Had I baked them for about 5 additional minutes they would have had a bit crispier outside and not deflated, but they tasted great!  The Patriarch said they were a bit egg-y, so next time I would use 3 eggs instead of 4.  But I have 8 dozen eggs in the fridge!!  He also  said that they would be great with a scrambled egg mixture served inside of them.  Maybe in the morning??!!

POPOVERS – Gluten & Dairy Free

makes 12

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.  Place your cast iron (or other) pan in the oven while it heats up.  You want your pan or pans to be HOT when you pour in the batter.

8 ounces coconut milk beverage

4 eggs, at room temp (I place mine in a bowl and fill it with hot water).  My eggs are free-range, cage-free, organic and those yolks are such a deep golden yellow!  And the color of the shell is determined by the variety of chicken.  There is no nutritional difference between a brown or white egg.

1 ounce Earth Balance, soy free buttery spread

2.5 ounces rice flour, superfine (I get mine at the Asian store)

1 ounce tapioca flour

1/2 ounce organic non-GMO corn starch

1 tablespoon evaporated cane juice (or sugar)

1/2 teaspoon salt

Weigh your non-dairy beverage of choice and pour into Vitamix blender.  Add warmed eggs and Earth Balance.  Turn Vitamix on  Variable 1, then turn to 3 for 30 – 40 seconds until completely blended.

Weigh out rice & tapioca flours, corn starch, evaporated cane juice  and salt in a bowl.  Whisk or stir to combine, add to blender.  Select variable 1, then turn to 3 for another 30 – 40 seconds.  Stop Vitamix and use a rubber scraper to scrape down any flours stuck to the side of the blender container.  Resume blending at variable 3 for 30 – 40 more seconds until well combined and there are no longer any lumps.

Take your popover pans from the heated oven.  Make sure to close the oven door as quickly and safely as possible so you don’t release too much of that heat taking out the pans.  Oil pans with grape-seed oil, olive oil, coconut oil or other oil that will take high heat.  I CAREFULLY used grape-seed oil on a paper towel.  BEWARE!!  Those pans are very hot!!

Carefully pour the batter into the popover pans about 1/2 – 2/3rds full.  The batter should be the consistency of cream.  Return the pans with batter back into your oven, trying to keep the oven door open as little as possible.

Bake for 15 minutes at 450 degrees.  Then reduce heat to 350 degrees and continue baking for another 20 – 25 minutes.  Do NOT open the oven door during baking!!  You will NEED the heat to produce the steam to get those babies to “pop over” your pan!  Err on the side of a little more baking time instead of opening the oven door to ‘check for done-ness’.

Along with the steam needed to make them rise, your popovers will need a crispy shell in order to hold themselves up and not fall.  I will also let you know that the cast iron pan worked GREAT!  One tiny bit of help and each popover slipped right on out of that pan!  Not so with the ramekins shown above, despite pre-heating and greasing.

I served mine with butter (or non-dairy buttery spread for me) and jam at dinner along with my homemade soup.  The guys loved them!Another benefit to baking by ratio and weighing out all your ingredients… you can EASILY half or double the recipe!  In my first popover baking attempt I discovered that the recipe made more batter than I had popover pan space.  I could easily have baked 12 if I had 2 popover pans.

Blessings,  ~Mrs. R (aka Aunt Mae)

Here are the links for other Ratio Rally Popovers!

Brooke | B & the boy! – Chocolate & Sweet Potato Popovers – http://bellwookie.blogspot.com/2012/02/ratio-rally-popovers.html

Charissa | Zest Bakery – Lemon Vanilla Popovers with Minnesota Raspberries – http://www.zestbakery.com/fruit/lemon/lemon-vanilla-popovers-with-minnesota-raspberries

Claire | My Gluten free home – Chai Popovers – http://www.myglutenfreehome.net/2012/01/popovers-3-claire-0.html

Erin Swing | The Sensitive Epicure – Popovers – http://thesensitiveepicure.blogspot.com/2012/01/popovers.html

Ginger Bardenhagen – chive and black pepper; toasted onion and aleppo pepper – http://freshginger.org/2012/01/27/the-gluten-free-ratio-rally-popovers/

gretchen  |  kumquat – strawberry cream cheese popovers – www.kumquatblog.com/2012/02/gluten-free-ratio-rally-strawberry.html

Heather | Discovering the Extraordinary – Basic Popovers – http://www.discoveringtheextraordinary.blogspot.com/2012/02/basic-popovers-for-the-gf-ratio-rally.html

Jenn | Jenn Cuisine – Chocolate Popovers – http://jenncuisine.com/2012/02/gluten-free-ratio-rally-popovers

Jonathan  |  The Canary Files – Cinnamon & Star Anise Popovers – http://thecanaryfiles.blogspot.com/2012/02/ratio-rally-gluten-free-dairy-free.html

Mary Fran | FrannyCakes – Gluten-Free Honey Coconut Popovers  – http://wp.me/p1HfLM-l4

Morri  |  Meals With Morri – Little Bitty Popover Bites – http://mealswithmorri.blogspot.com/2012/02/little-bitty-popover-bites.html

Rachel/The Crispy Cook – Corny Popovers – http://wheat-free-meat-free.blogspot.com/2012/02/pop-on-over.html

TR | No One Likes Crumbley Cookies – Sweet Cherry Popovers – http://tcrumbley.blogspot.com/2012/02/gluten-free-popovers.html

My Other Ratio Rally Posts:

Williamsburg Orange Cake


Turkey Pot Pie With Herb Biscuit Topping

Can you believe it is time for yet another ratio rally??!!??

Baking by ratio is simply keeping your ingredients to a specified ratio thus ensuring consistent results when following the recipe.  How many times have your tried a recipe that sounds & looks terrific only to find your own end-result to be much less than desirable??  I have – - – far too many times than I would like to admit.  Especially once I started baking gluten free… it is a whole new baking world!  Ratios are your answer to consistent success!  And who has money to throw botched recipes away?  Some botchings are just NOT redeemable…  :-(

This month’s  ratio rally features biscuits and is hosted by Gretchen at www.kumquatblog.com/2012/01/gluten-free-ratio-rally-sweet.html.  I discovered something new about Gretchen this month… her dear husband serves in the US Military!  Gretchen, please extend our gratitude to your husband for his service to our country!!!  And as a retired-military wife I know full well YOUR OWN sacrifice for our country. Thank you so much for your service as well!

This brief interlude was made possible by the sacrifice of the  men and women of the finest military in the world – The United States Armed Forces.  God bless you and protect you!

Now on to the recipes…

Biscuits… I have always loved those baked beauties.  When we lived in Florida I used to get cinnamon raisin biscuits at Hardee’s.  Then there are the cheese biscuits at Red Lobster, the standard biscuits served everywhere in the south, biscuit topping for cobblers, and my favorite… sausage biscuits!   Yes, you could ruin it with an egg… but I like mine straight.  :-)  I never had a problem making really good biscuits… until I had to eat gluten free.  Sigh.  I miss tall, flaky, tender biscuits… split open and topped with butter and jam…

Rhulman’s ratio is another 3-2-1, just like a pie crust.  In fact biscuits are really a pie crust with leavening agents.  They are mixed together the same way and need the same handling.

I have baked numerous batches of biscuits this past month with varying degrees of success.  My first batch turned out well but spread too much and looked like… well cookies with cracked tops.  Hm.  Another batch tasted rice-y and were doughy/gummy after baking… flour ratio bomb to be sure!  A previous batch looked great but crumbled apart when I tried slicing them to  make Sausage Biscuits out of them.  Sigh.  Is this really THAT hard…?  Prior to this rally I did fine with biscuits, even the gluten free ones… well as long as I made them drop style.  One day I hope to find the secret to cut out biscuits that will rise up tall!  I know they will never be as tall as a gluten biscuit… but can I have a little height… please?

OK, back to the drawing board!

Biscuits lessons learned…  I have discovered that:

* too high a percentage of starchy flours will result in a gummy biscuit.

* if you use rice flour (whole grain) AND sweet rice flour (starch) as the major portion of the biscuit mix it will result in a rice flavored biscuit.  :-(

* if you use too much shortening your biscuits will spread too much. (just like cookies)

* not enough starchy flours will result in a v-e-r-y crumbly biscuit.

* if I wanted to use my “whole grain flour mix” I needed to add some more starchy flour to balance out the whole grain for a biscuit you can slice AND won’t fall apart while trying to eat it.

So I fell back to my standard drop style biscuit… with a little twist.  :-)

I started out by using a whole grain blend we all have really liked the flavor of.

Aunt Mae’s Whole Grain GF Flour Blend

thanks to the gluten free girl for the blending guidelines

132 grams millet flour

206 grams certified gf oat flour

462 grams brown rice flour

105 grams quinoa flour

60 grams garbanzo bean flour

35 grams brown teff flour

388 grams tapioca flour

214 grams sweet rice flour

Measure each flour out into a large airtight container.  Place lid on, make sure it is secure and shake to mix well.  For those of you who live near enough to a Costco business center, they have some very large (6 qt I think, they are the ones with the red lids), square plastic containers that are perfect for mixing a large quantity of a gluten free flour blend into… and storing it there if you like.

This is my second batch of this basic blend.  We have loved it in pancakes, waffles, biscuits, and I plan to use it in much more!

But after a month of rolled & cut biscuit results that were not what I was looking for… what should I make for the ratio rally???  Hm, I do have some turkey leftover from our New Year’s Eve dinner.  Hey!!  I know!!  I can make a Turkey Pot Pie with an Herb Biscuit Topping!!

And I did.

Everyone loved it.  Phew.  :-D

The basis for the pot pie recipe was this one from Silvana Nardone.

I like to think of this as… are you ready for this?

Gobbler Cobbler.  :-)

Turkey Pot Pie with Herb Biscuit Topping

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Have 1 – 2 quart baking dish ready.

FOR FILLING:

2 – 4 tablespoons coconut oil, melted in large skillet over medium to medium low heat.  Make sure you get the pan hot BEFORE you add the oil, let the oil melt and heat BEFORE you add the vegetables.  (Why a hot pan? See Here!)

1 medium onion, diced small (for dicing help go here)

2 stalks celery, sliced

1/2 of 1 large carrot, washed and shredded (or diced)

4 ounces sliced mushrooms

1 teaspoon summer savory

1 – 2 cups leftover, cooked green beans

2  cups cubed, cooked turkey

2 cups leftover turkey gravy

FOR HERB BISCUIT TOPPING:

Place stand mixer bowl onto scale.  Weigh all ingredients right into bowl!

4 ounces butter, earth balance, or shortening

8 ounces Aunt Mae’s Whole Grain GF Flour Blend

3 1/2 ounces tapioca flour

1/2 ounce non-GMO corn starch

3 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

8 ounces (by weight) milk, coconut milk beverage, or other non-dairy milk.

DIRECTIONS:

Saute onion, celery, carrot and mushrooms in coconut oil.

While vegetables are cooking prepare the herb biscuit topping.

Weigh out the fat into your stand mixer bowl.  Zero out the scale and weight out the flours.  Add in baking powder and salt.  Using the stand mixer paddle, ‘cut in’ the shortening until it resembles small peas.  They do not need to be uniform in size.

Next, pour in part of the liquid and start mixing.  You want the dough to form a ball around the paddle.  You may need more or less liquid depending on you humidity and flour mixture.  I seem to have consistently needed a little less than the full 8 ounces.

Take about 1/3 of the dough and place into a separate bowl.  Add 1/8 – 1/4 teaspoon poultry seasoning or to taste to the 1/3 portion and mix in well.  Set aside.

When onion is translucent sprinkle with summer savory and stir to incorporate throughout dish.  Add green beans, turkey gravy and diced turkey.  Stir to combine.  Heat completely.  If dry, add some water to make a thick bubbling gravy.  Transfer to baking dish.

Drop the herb biscuit dough by medium scoops or tablespoons onto the top of the hot turkey & vegetable filling.  Put into hot oven and bake at 425 degrees for 25 – 30 minutes.

With the remaining biscuit dough, scoop out onto a freezer safe plate.  I use a large scoop.  Place plate of dough balls into freezer and freeze until hard.  Place frozen biscuit dough balls into a plastic bag or airtight container.  Bake frozen biscuits in a 450 degree pre-heated oven for 25 – 30 minutes.  You can bake as few or as many as you need.

Serve immediately.  Serves 4.

The moment I knew we were featuring biscuits on the Ratio Rally I KNEW I needed to find a version of this song to post here for y’all to enjoy!!  If you want to SEE this performed by the Sons of the Pioneers you will have to get the Roy Rodgers DVD “King of the Cowboys”.  

Here is a listing of all the other participants in this month’s rally and the links to their biscuit creations!

Amanda | Gluten Free Maui – Classic Biscuits and Gravy - http://www.glutenfreemaui.com/?p=1225

Amie Valpone | The Healthy Apple – Gluten-Free Wasabi Parsley Biscuits - http://wp.me/p1k0fh-3iJ

Caleigh | Gluten Free[k] – American Style Biscuits - http://gluten-freek.blogspot.com/2012/01/not-biscuits-but-biscuits.html

Caneel | Mama Me Gluten Free – Whole Grain Pecan Drop Biscuits - http://mamameglutenfree.blogspot.com/2012/01/whole-grain-pecan-drop-biscuits.html

Charissa | Zest Bakery - Egg Nog Biscuits with Freshly Grated Nutmeg - http://www.zestbakery.com/drink/cold/eggnog/eggnog-biscuits-with-grated-nutmeg/

Erin Swing | The Sensitive Epicure - Scallion Biscuits with Sausage Gravy – http://thesensitiveepicure.blogspot.com/2012/01/scallion-biscuits-with-sausage-gravy.html

gretchen | kumquat – sweet buttermilk biscuits – www.kumquatblog.com/2012/01/gluten-free-ratio-rally-sweet.html

Heather | Discovering the Extraordinary – Almond Coconut Tea Biscuits – http://www.discoveringtheextraordinary.blogspot.com/2012/01/almond-coconut-tea-biscuits.html

Jean  | Gluten-Free Doctor Recipes - Jammers – http://www.gfdoctorrecipes.com/recipes/jammers-were-jammin.html

Jonathan | The Canary Files – Vegan Sesame Shiso Biscuits – http://thecanaryfiles.blogspot.com/2012/01/ratio-rally-vegan-sesame-shiso-biscuits.html

Karen | Cooking Gluten Free! – Biscuit Template with Dairy Free Substitutions – http://cookingglutenfree.com/2012/01/biscuit-template-with-dairy-free-substitutions/

Lisa | Gluten Free Canteen – Fluffy Biscuits, Gluten Free – http://glutenfreecanteen.com/2012/01/01/fluffy-biscuits-gluten-free/

Mary Fran | FrannyCakes – Gluten-Free Espresso Orange Biscuits – http://frannycakes.com/recipes/gf-ratio-rally-biscuits/

Mrs. R | Honey From Flinty Rocks – Turkey Pot Pie with Biscuit Topping – Gobbler Cobbler  lol – http://honeyfromflintyrocks.wordpress.com/2012/01/04/turkey-pot-pie-with-herb-biscuit-topping

Rachel/ The Crispy Cook – Hummus in a Biscuit - http://wheat-free-meat-free.blogspot.com/2012/01/hummus-in-a-biscuit.html

Silvana Nardone | Silvana’s Kitchen – Gluten-Free Sausage-n-Cheddar Bialy Biscuits – http://silvanaskitchen.com/2012/01/gluten-free-sausage-n-cheddar-bialy-biscuits

TR | No Ones Likes Crumbley Cookies – Lemon Basil Biscuits – http://tcrumbley.blogspot.com/2012/01/gluten-free-biscuits.html

Ya know what?  I love poetry.  Oh, I think I may have told you that before… one time or another.  :-)  And w-a-y back in this blog I told you about my favorite cookbook, my 1963 hardback copy of ‘Joy of Cooking’.  Did you know there is poetry in there?  Yup.  My version has poetry!  That is not why it is my favorite cookbook, but it is the icing in top!!

The poem in the cookbook is about biscuits.  No really it is!  Honest!  This poem was my also first introduction to the Reformed faith.  I loved this poem so much I went searching for the whole book.  What an absolute treasure!!  Oh, you want the poem and title of the book?  Are you sure?  OK.

Bandanna Ballads by (Maria) Howard Weeden

Beaten Biscuit
Of course I’ll gladly give de rule
I meks beat biscuit by,
Dough I ain’t sure say you will mek
Dat break de same as I.


‘Case cookin’s like religion is–
Some’s ‘lected, an’some ain’t
An’ rules don’t no more mek a cook
Den sermons mek a Saint.


Well, ’bout de ‘grediances required
I needn’t mention dem,
Of couse you knows of flour and things,
How much to put, an’ when;


But soon as you is got dat dough
Mixed up all smoove an’ neat,
Den’s whenyour genius gwine to show,
To get dem biscuit beat!


Two hundred licks is what I gives
For home-folks never fewer,
An’ if I’m ‘spectin’ company in,
I gives five hundred sure!

Blessings,    ~Mrs. R (aka Aunt Mae)

My Other Ratio Rally Posts:

Mock Apple Pie – Gluten & Dairy Free

Here we are again with another Ratio Rally offering.

This month is being hosted by Lisa of Gluten Free Canteen and is one of my favorites… pie!   Go there to see all the other great gluten-free pie offerings this month!  UPDATE: I have links at the bottom of this post too!

Baking by ratio… is really keeping a more exact proportion of ingredients in a recipe so that it always turns out.  Measuring ingredients can give a widely varying weight ‘cup for cup’ and in gluten free baking too much isn’t a good thing!  Once you try weighing your ingredients you will find it so much easier.  Really!!

Pie dough has to be the easiest ratio ever… as simple as 3 – 2 – 1!  3 parts flours to 2 parts fats to 1 part water.  The amount of water can change based on the fat used.  If using butter, it is partially water, so a little less water will be needed.  I am pretty sure there is water content in the Earth Balance Soy-Free Buttery spread I used, which accounted for a little less than the full 1 part of water needed in my recipe.

My mom always used lard to make her pie crusts.  Once I started making pie for my own family I used lard initially.  It does make for a very flaky crust but I dislike the lard taste.  I eliminated ALL hydrogenated oils from my kitchen years ago and switched to using palm shortening instead of the hydrogenated cottonseed oil called Crisco… eeewwww.

Did I say that I really like pie?  I think that the crust is one of my favorite parts of the pie.  I would take the extra bits of dough, roll them out, sprinkle them with cinnamon & sugar and bake until just starting to turn golden brown… crust cookies… YUM!!

Once I needed to eat gluten free it was pie and pie crust that I missed the most.  I have tried those boxed, gluten free pie crusts, but they left an odd aftertaste in the mouth, were crumbly more than flaky, rolling them out was disastrous… and try to make my pinched crust edge??  Forget it!  The crust just broke.  Though repairing tears and holes was super simple.

Until today.  Today I came to closest to gluten free pie crust perfection as I have ever come, or tasted… anywhere!

Now that I have made my own pie crust without any of those funny gums…and my crust did not have that ‘odd’ taste… I am wondering if it is those gums that leave that odd taste behind…

Of course that near perfect gluten free pie crust needs a show stopping filling doesn’t it?  And why, oh why would a woman who lives in the Pacific Northwest – better known as “Apple Country”… make a “MOCK” Apple Pie pray tell???

Why to use up those giant, baseball-bat-sized zucchini of course!  lol  We can only make so much zucchini bread and zucchini chocolate cake in one season.  Let’s try something new for a change – - – - – let’s make pie!!

Mock Apple Pie

1 recipe pie dough for a double crust pie (below)

1 – 2 large, hard, zucchini, peeled, de-seeded & sliced to equal 5 – 6 cups

1/2 cup sucanat

1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/8 – 1/4 grated nutmeg (I buy the whole nuts and grate as needed)

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 tablespoon organic cornstarch

tiny splash of vanilla extract (use the real stuff!)

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.  Place zucchini, sucanat, cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon juice, cornstarch, and vanilla into a mixing bowl.  Stir until well mixed and zucchini slices are coated with the sucanat & cinnamon mixture.

Pour into prepared pie shell.  Top with second shell and seal.  Pierce top shell to make vents for steam to escape.  Cover fluted edge of crust with foil or a pie crust shield.  Place pie in pre-heated oven and bake for 10 – 15 minutes.  Turn heat down to 350 degrees and continue baking for 30 – 40 minutes until zucchini is tender.  Let rest out of oven for 15 minutes before slicing.

Slice.  Eat.  Enjoy!Why claim only ‘near’ perfection…?  The fluted edge didn’t hold it’s shaped as well as I would have liked in the heat of the oven.  I will have to try using a little less shortening next time to test out that… otherwise this one’s a keeper!!

Pie Dough

Take your mixing bowl and set it on your scale.  Turn on the scale.  Weigh out ingredients.  This is the EASIEST way to measure out shortening ESPECIALLY!!  No muss, no fuss, no mess, easy peasy!  Try it, you’ll love it!!

5 ounces sweet rice flour

2 ounces sorghum flour

3 ounces tapioca flour

1 ounce organic corn starch (make sure this is NON-GMO!!)

1 ounce millet flour

4 ounces Earth Balance soy-free buttery spread

4 ounces palm shortening

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup sugar

Weigh out all the ingredients into mixing bowl and cut the fats into the flour mix.  I used my kitchen aid stand mixer for this.  Cut in the fats until it resembles coarse crumbs.

Mix 1 beaten egg with 1 teaspoon vanilla and add to mixing bowl.  Add 1 – 2 ounces of cold water, 1 teaspoon at a time until the dough forms a ball.  Place the dough into a plastic bag and pop into the freezer for 15 minutes or the fridge for 30 minutes.

Divide dough into two equal pieces.  Roll one out between sheets of plastic wrap using a rolling pin to the diameter of your pie plate plus 2 inches.  Keep the second piece of dough in the freezer or refrigerator.  Once the dough is the proper diameter,  remove the top piece of plastic wrap and lift the rolled out dough using plastic wrap to lift and place into pie plate, remove the other piece of plastic wrap.  Use the same pieces of plastic wrap to roll out top crust.  Place sliced zucchini mix into crust lined pie plate.  Place crust on top of pie plate, using plastic wrap to lift rolled out dough.  Make fluted edge to seal top and bottom crusts.  Cut decorative vent holes.

Makes enough for one 9-inch double-crust pie or two single-crust pies.

The guys really liked this pie.  The Patriarch said the crust was wonderful, and he isn’t overly fond of gluten-free items normally.  He even had seconds.  Arrow gave this pie the thumbs up.

The best part… Neither one of them could tell that this was not made with apples!  :-)

Blessings,  ~Mrs. R

RATIO RALLY PIE LINKS:

TR from No One Likes Crumbley Cookies Chocolate Mousse Pie

Jean Layton from Gluten-Free Doctor Cheese Crusted Apple Pie

Irvin from Eat the Love Double Butterscotch Apple Pie

                                                        Charissa from Zest Bakery                                                   Apple Galette with Pisco Soaked Golden Raisins

Kate from katealicecookbook Kale & Zucchini Tart

Jenn from Jenn Cuisine Sweet Potato and Duck Pot Pie

Caleigh from Gluten Free[k] Leek and Potato Pie

Rachel from The Crispy Cook Maple Walnut Pie

gretchen from kumquat deep dish chocolate bourbon pecan pie

Claire from Gluten Freedom Autumn Pumpkin Spice Pie

Morri from Meals With Morri  A Pie Crust to Remember

Silvana Nardone from Silvana’s Kitchen Chicken Potpie

Caneel from Mama Me Gluten Free Green Tomato Pie

Meredith from Gluten Free Betty Blueberry Pie

Shauna from Gluten-free Girl and the Chef Fresh Pumpkin Pie

                                Meaghan from The Wicked Good Vegan                                    Vegan Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie with Pumpkin Seed and Ginger Topping

Erin from The Sensitive Epicure Chess Pie 

                                        Mary Fran from frannycakes                                            Pumpkin Mousse Pie and Apple Maple Cream Cheese Pie

Brooke from B & the boy! Pot Pie

Lisa from Gluten Free Canteen Frangipane Apple Tart

My Other Ratio Rally Posts:

This post is also linked to Kim at InAShoe.com

Pizza! – Gluten & Dairy Free

When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie… that’s amoreeeeee!

I love really, really like pizza.  As a young adult I used to go to a pizza place in Minnesota called “My Pi Pizza”.  No matter when you arrived there was a l-o-n-g waiting line.  But most people didn’t even think of getting out of that line and miss eating some of the best deep dish pizza anywhere.  This was a Chicago-style deep-dish pizza and the original pizza place is still open in Chicago.  Hmm… to taste that heaven once again…  YUM!  Alas that can never be, and I have been on a quest to find a decent gluten-free crust.

On our Friday Family Nights I try to make something easy, and often it is pizza.  But the Patriarch doesn’t like the gluten-free Udi’s crusts.  I do, though they are expensive and have no whole grains, just all starches.

This month’s ratio rally is Pizza and is being hosted by Karen at Cooking Gluten Free.  This is also where you can get the links for all the other great recipes for this month’s rally!

I first tried to use Michael Rhulman’s pizza dough ratio exactly as written but substituting gluten-free flours (1/4 starches and 3/4 whole grains).  Alas, it was ultra-dense, doughy, and just plain… inedible.  The Patriarch ate it anyway.  I scraped off the toppings and threw away the doughy pizza ‘bottom’.  I hesitate to call it a “crust” and thereby give all true pizza crusts a bad name.  :-(

Still our “ratio rally group” had not posted a ratio.  Sigh.  And I was expecting company for the last week and a half of this ratio… knowing I would have NO more time to experiment.

A couple of other ratios were posted and I chose one of them to make pizza one more time.  This ratio was a 10 parts flour: 1 part olive oil: 4 parts water ratio.  It is good.  Not exactly what I was looking for, but edible none the less.

Pizza Dough – Gluten & Dairy Free

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F.  Get out 2 pizza stones or two baking sheets covered with parchment paper.

240 – 260 grams water, divided

2 tsp yeast

1 tsp sugar

1 – 15 ounce can tomato sauce

2 tsp no-salt pizza sauce seasoning (I get mine from Azure Standard)

I used a 1/3 starch – 1/3 rice – 1/3 whole grain combination for my entire 600 grams of flours.

35 grams tapioca flour

150 grams potato starch

15 grams sweet rice flour

200 grams brown rice flour

50 grams each almond meal, sorghum, quinoa and millet flours

1/2 tsp salt

50 grams grapeseed oil

Pizza toppings of your choice.

While oven is heating, heat 1/2 cup of the water to 110 degrees.  Add yeast and sugar, stir to combine.  Set aside to proof for 10 – 15 minutes.

Mix the no-salt pizza seasoning into the can of tomato sauce and set aside.

Measure all the flours and salt into the bowl of a stand mixer.  Whisk to combine.  Add the weighed grapseed oil, the proofed yeast water and using the paddle start the mixer on low.  Add more water until the dough looks like a thick cake batter.  You may use more or less than the total amount depending on the humidity of your home, the temperature, and the kinds of flours you use.  Mix on medium speed for 3 – 5 minutes.

Spread out half the dough into a circle about 1/4 – 1/2 inch thick.  Use the thinner amount if letting the dough rise and the thicker if baking immediately.  You can see the difference in the photos at the very bottom of this post.

Place one stone into the pre-heated oven for 20 minutes.  Remove the partially baked crust and put second pizza stone into the oven.  While the second crust is baking, top the first one with some of the seasoned tomato sauce and toppings of your choice.

On each of the pizzas I made 1/2 pepperoni and black olives and the 1/2 pineapple and black olives.  I used Applegate Farms natural pepperoni, sliced black olives, drained and dried, fresh pineapple cut very small drained and dried.  For the guys I used regular mozzarella cheese.  On mine I use the Daiya brand dairy free mozzarella style shreds.

When the second crust is done par-baking, return the first crust with toppings to the oven with the heat turned up to 475 degrees F.  Bake an additional 15 – 18 minutes until toppings are heated through and the cheese is browned.  While this is baking, top the second crust with desired toppings.  Bake the second crust once the first one is removed from the oven.  Cut and eat!

We like our pizzas topped with crushed red pepper flakes.

The raised crust has more of a cake like crumb, but is firm enough to actually eat a slice by hand.  The un-raised crust is denser.  Both were tasty.

Enjoy!

Here are all the links… I hope…:

Jenn of Jenn Cuisine is making Moitié-Moitié Sausage & Chanterelle Pizza
Meg of Gluten-Free Boulangerie created Pissaladière (Provençal flatbread w/ olives & anchovies)
TR of No One Likes Crumbley Cookies baked a Teriyaki Chicken Pizza
Erin Swing | The Sensitive Epicure Stuffed Pizza Pie: Spinach, Mushrooms, Sausage
Charissa | Zest Bakery sauteed onion and sausage grilled pizza with basil
Pete and Kelli | No Gluten, No Problem Grilled Pizza
Caneel / Mama Me Gluten Free Pizza crust by ratio (choose your toppings)
Morri | Meals With Morri Everything Peace Pretzels & Pizza Blanca
Meredith / Gluten Free Betty Pizza
gretchen | kumquat Mozzarella Pizza with Pine Nuts, Currants & Arugula
Brooke Lippy /B & the boy Dessert Pizza
Karen/ Cooking Gluten-Free! GASP! Garlic, Artichoke,Sun-Dried Tomato, Pesto Pizza
Lisa at Gluten Free Canteen Rum Raisin Apple Pizza Pie, Gluten Free, Dairy Free 

Blessings,  ~Mrs. R

Raised Pizza Crust

Pizza Crust not raised

 

 

 

 

My Other Ratio Rally Posts:

Williamsburg Orange Cake – Gluten & Dairy Free

UPDATE:  Now WITH the photos!  :-)

We are here again for another ‘Gluten Free Ratio Rally’!  This month is white/yellow (NO chocolate allowed!) cake and is being hosted by Kate at Gluten Free Gobsmacked.  Go there to see all the other great cakes that were baked up this past month.

This month’s rally has ‘perfect timing’.  It is The Patriarch’s birthday this month and he is always reminding me that he is not a choco-holic as Arrow and I are.  Hm, how could anyone not love a good chocolate cake??  Or chocolate anything for that matter!  lol

So, I decided I would make him a Williamasburg Orange Cake.  Making it gluten and dairy free for Arrow and me.  We have been studying that time period and well, this just seemed to be so fitting somehow.  I have never made one but have looked at the recipe in my “very old 1970′s” Betty Crocker cookbook.  I tried to do some research on the history of this cake, but came up with a big blank.

I also wanted to tackle “canning cake”.  What!!  You’ve never heard of that before??  In our preparedness efforts I have seen commercially canned cakes and wondered if it was possible to do at home.  I did find a small bit of information on the internet about canning cakes and pies.  So why not give it a try?  I found the cutest little 4-ounce, quilted,  straight-sided canning jars at a local fruit stand and gave them a good washing.  They were filled too full of cake batter which left no room for any frosting.  So I will have to see if I can “can” cake with frosting another time.

I have never been very fond of homemade yellow or white cake.  I grew up with the standard boxed cakes and they always turned out tender, moist and tasty.  Yes, all that despite the unnatural ingredients in the box…  My homemade ones never turned out well.  Chocolate I could whip out, but any other… and they were dry, dry, dry and dense.  I just gave up baking yellow and white cakes and stuck with the chocolate ones that always turned out for me.  I would read the recipe then proceed to just throw everything into the mixing bowl and mix it all together.

I read up on cake ratios in Michael Rhulman’s Ratio cookbook to prepare for this rally.  Was I ever SURPRISED!  Well shocked actually.  Truly shocked.  Right down to my toes even.  I didn’t realize what a lazy, haphazard baker I was until reading about cake ratios.

Cakes are in the ‘batter’ section of the Ratio book.  A batter is a dough you can pour.  Yup, even I understand that.  It was the second paragraph that blew me away.  He went on to say that the order the ingredients are combined and the way they are combined is what makes the difference between them!  Oh.  THAT is why those recipes stated to do this and then this…  oops.

Batters are organized by the mixing method used, creaming (pound cake), foaming (standard butter cake), straight mixing (crepes, pancakes, muffins) or  some combination or variation resulting in a variety of cakes).  I was trying to make a pancake/muffin have the consistency of a cake but without using the cake method of mixing the ingredients!

So for this ratio it isn’t JUST the ratio that will be important but HOW those ingredients are combined… and when.  Panifica Emptor!!

Cake ratio – - 1:1:1:1 (eggs, flour, fats, sugar)

Also, you should have your ingredients mise en place.  A fancy French term that means have all your ingredients “all in place” and ready to go… before you start mixing!  I weigh out each steps ingredients into bowls, one for the flours, stirred, one for the oils and ‘extras’, and  the eggs and sugar right into my stand mixer bowl.  I LOVE weighing out my ingredients!!

Williamsburg Orange Cake – Gluten & Dairy Free

makes 1 9×2-inch layer & 4 – 6 4-ounce cakes-in-a-jar

8 ounces eggs (4 large eggs plus 1 large yolk) at room temperature

8 ounces evaporated cane juice

1 teaspoon Pink Himalayan salt

2 teaspoons vanilla

4 ounces Earth Balance buttery spread, softened (I use soy free)

4 ounces grape-seed oil

1/3 cup natural applesauce

2 ounces quinoa flour

2 ounces brown rice flour

1 ounce coconut flour

3 ounces sorghum flour

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 cup raisins

2 teaspoons orange zest from an organic orange

1/4 cup chopped walnuts (or nut of choice)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Grease cake pan.  I use palm shortening.  I didn’t grease my canning jars.

Combine the room temperature eggs, sugar, salt, and vanilla in the bowl of a stand mixer.  Using the whisk attachment whip the eggs and sugar on high until the eggs have tripled in volume, a few minutes.  [I was AMAZED at how fluffy it all became...]

Stir to combine all the flours with the baking powder with a whisk or in a food processor with a few pulses.  Remove the bowl from the stand mixer.  Fold in the sifted, stirred flours until you can’t see it anymore, then fold in the Earth Balance/Grape-seed oil, raisins, orange zest and chopped nuts.

Pour batter into prepared pan (and jars).  Bake for 30 – 45 minutes for a layer and 20 – 25 minutes for canning jars, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.  Let cool for 10 minutes in pan, then remove to serving plate.  Cool completely.  Frost with Williamsburg “Butter” Frosting.

My 4-ounce jars were done in 20 – 25 minutes.  I let them cool for 10 minutes then put on the seals and rings.  Oh, how I love to hear that “pop” telling me my jars have sealed!  :-)

Williamsburg “Butter” Frosting – Dairy Free

1/4 cup Earth Balance

2 1/4 cups confectioners’ sugar

2 – 3 TBSP orange juice

2 teaspoons orange zest

Blend Earth Balance and sugar.  Stir in orange juice and zest; beat until smooth.

This is quite tasty!  Not as moist as I would have liked, but that is probably from the coconut flour.  I thought the applesauce would compensate, but it did not.  Not as much as I would have liked.  I didn’t have time to do more experimenting.  I learned SO MUCH with this cake ratio rally.  I am looking forward to baking many more yellow/white gluten free cakes!

The bonus in all this…  Not the revelation I learned in proper mixing methods for cakes.  Not the delight in trying to “can” my own cake – and succeeding.   Not the pleasure in making a Willimasburg Orange Cake that I have wanted to make for decades AND have it turn out.

It was the joy in hearing the guys declare this cake good!  THAT is what I do this for.  :-)

Blessings, ~Mrs. R

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Why I Am Gluten Free

It all started when I was trying to determine the cause of the rash The Patriarch has suffered with for about 6+ years now.  I stumbled upon some photos of Dermatitis Herpetiformis.  It looked just like The Patriarch’s rash!  Then I saw the underlying cause… gluten.  As I continued to research celiac I found this list of 300  symptoms.  In reading through the list I realized I had many of them.  I marked all the ones I suffer with…

The one overriding item for me was the vitamin A deficiency.  Many years ago, when Peter Rabbit and Cottontail were small I read a book about raising healthy children despite your doctor.  It said if your child suffered with boils, giving vitamin A would help.  I used to have a terrible time with periodic boils with many scars as evidence of my problem.   I would take Beta Carotene when I felt one coming on.  Sure enough they cleared up very quickly.  A few times I was even able to prevent an eruption if I caught it early enough.  I was not good about taking them daily, but always kept beta-carotene on hand.  I didn’t want to over do the dosage, so used the precursor to the vitamin.  And a deficiency in vitamin A leads to eye problems.  I am the only one in my immediate family who had to wear glasses – starting at 10.

So I decided that I would try eating gluten free to see how I did.  Within two weeks I had a tremendous lessening of all joint pains!  Even the sacroiliac joint injury from the early 90′s.  Joint pains were not worth that piece of bread of bite of cake.  So I made my entire kitchen gluten free and started looking into leaning to bake gluten free foods my family would love.

After thinking about all those symptoms I then realized that my maternal aunt was diagnosed as celiac back about 30 or more years ago when she was in the hospital and almost died.  I also remembered that she ate gluten free.   They didn’t call it celiac then, but have since applied that label.

Then there was “the photo”. 

A little background for clarity…  My maternal grandfather’s first wife committed suicide.  There were three children from their marriage, 2 boys and a girl.  My grandfather later married my grandmother and they proceeded to have five more children, all girls.  My mother is the baby of the family.  I saw a recent photos of some of my cousins, a grouping with some female cousins from both of my grandfather’s wives.  It was very striking to see a great difference in the overweight factor between the two sets of progeny.  None of the ladies from the first wife, though old and a little heavy, are obese (the ones wearing black).  All of the ladies from the second wife are quite large (the one in the white and the one in the red).  All of them including the daughters!  All except the aunt who was diagnosed celiac so long ago.  She’s the only trim one of the lot of us.

Then there are the medical problems: diabetes, diverticulitis,  arthritis, kidney stones, cavities, eye problems, menstrual problems, fertility problems, emotional problems… and the list goes on and on.  All in one family!  Hmm, and celiac is hereditary… hmmm.  It just seemed to me to be the wisest course for me to eliminate gluten from our regular diet.

That is my celiac/gluten free story in a nutshell.  I didn’t have “obvious” celiac symptoms.  I don’t get immediately sick if I eat gluten.  But I have not had a boil in over a year and I have not had to take extra beta-carotene.  I have had a significant reduction in my join pain.  Those two alone are enough to convince me that gluten is not ‘my’ friend!

Please do not misconstrue this post to be medical advice for you.  It is not.  Check out the complete list of celiac symptoms, do your own research, and check into the blood tests that are available and consult with your medical practitioner.  This is my story.   If it helps someone else, so much the better.  But it is still only my gluten free story.

Blessings,  ~Mrs. R