Rice Flour Muffins – Gluten Free & Dairy Free

I love it when the Lord provides for me well before I need it.  Many years ago, in a galaxy far, far away… when I worked outside the home, a friend gave me a cookbook she never used.  It was a 1962 paperback copy of Joy of Cooking by Irma S. Rombauer & Marion Rombauer Becker.  I used that cookbook well after it had separated into two halves, right down the middle of its paperback spine.  I spent years looking and waiting for a very good condition hardback copy to become available.  I finally found one a few years ago!

1962 Hardback Copy

Not only did the Lord provide a terrific cookbook with a few gluten-free recipes in it, but this gem also has some ‘unique’ entries along with being a general all around great cookbook.  This cookbook is where I had one of my earliest exposures to Reformed theology.  No it’s true!  In THIS cookbook!  And in the biscuit section too.  Gotta love that!!  It is a poem by Howard Weeden and you know how I love poetry!!  Every time I go to use this cookbook, I find something else in it to crow about!

For starters they use symbols to help you in your food preparation & storage, indicating freezing, altitude cooking, blender, and other.  One of the best parts are the “pointers for success”!!  I have yet to make anything from this cookbook that has not been very well received by my friends and family.  And because of these tips, they turn out great.  Every single time!  And what homemaker wouldn’t be happy with regular cooking success?!  This is the cookbook I tend to grab first.

One reason for repeated success when using this book is one of my favorite features – the “Abouts”.  These areas give special information on each food type so you can successfully careen around problem areas each type might pose and special tips to ensure optimum presentation at the table.

Two other features were new in this edition; Know Your Ingredients and The Foods We Heat.  In the first section you learn in detail about the properties of the materials commonly combined in cooking, how and why they react as they do, and when feasible, how to substitute for them.  The second section gives the most through explanations on how to cook using any and all cooking methods available under the sun.  It is this section that shows me how to set up a camp oven, how to build a hunter’s fire, how to position the various outdoor cooking tools, how to dig a pit to cook for a crowd and much more!

If (or when) TEOTWAWKI comes THIS cookbook will be with me.   And if it isn’t TOETWAWKI, than this would be just the ticket to have on hand during this upcoming economic “downturn” we are headed for.  On top of showing me how to cook with a wide variety of outdoor cooking methods, and tips for success no less, there are sections on how to skin a squirrel or rabbit AND how to prepare them.  Then there is the section on best methods for preparing an opossum and even what to serve with it!  Oh and let’s not forget the ever popular skewered small birds or directions on fixing dove or pigeon.

This 812 page cookbook covers nearly everything!  To top it off, there is also an exhaustive 40 page  index!  There are no photos in this tome, though directions are further enhanced by well done yet simple drawings.

Have I peaked your interest in this cookbook yet?  All the recipes use real fats and real ingredients.  The limitations on this would be a lack due to its age.  In 1962 the average homemaker did not have access to coconut oil, palm shortening and the like.  And this cookbook was written for the average homemaker!

When I went gluten-free in March 2010 I discovered a gem of a recipe in this, my favorite cookbook.  I was SO excited!!  Rice Flour Muffins.  I tried them and my family loved them!  Here is my dairy-free version of this 1962 gluten-free gem of a recipe.  And NO gums were ever used in this recipe.  The muffins are tender & tasty with just a hint of sweetness.  They mix up quickly and are ready in a snap!

Rice Flour Muffins

makes about two dozen 2-inch muffins

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.  Have all ingredients at about 75 degrees.

Measure into a bowl:

1 cup rice flour (I use brown rice and in the “about” she specifies not to use sweet rice flour)

1/2 teaspoon salt (I use Pink Himalayan, it’s what I have on hand)

2 teaspoons double-acting baking powder

(1 to 2 teaspoons sugar)


2 tablespoons shortening (I use grapeseed oil)

and when slightly cooled, add it to:

1 well beaten egg

1 cup milk (I use So Delicious brand coconut milk beverage or almond milk with equally excellent results)

Mix the dry ingredients well and then with a few light strokes combine with the liquid mixture.  About 10 strokes is all that is necessary.

The muffins are less crumbly if you add to them before the dry ingredients are completely moistened:

1/2 cup raisins or 2 tablespoons orange or pineapple marmalade (I use orange marmalade)

If you add the marmalade omit the sugar.

Bake 12 to 15 minutes and serve at once.UPDATE:  I do leave my muffins in the pan for about 5 minutes before serving them.  Once I take them out of the oven, I finish getting the rest of the breakfast ready.  I remove them just before we sit down to eat.  Also, the batter is quite runny.  Thinner than a cake batter.  So don’t be surprised when you make these!

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

Other posts of interest:

Rice Flour Muffin Variations

Lemon Lavender Muffins – GF DF

Apple Cinnamon Muffins – GF DF

Classic “Cream” Scones – GF DF

Almond Fig Scones – GF DF

This post also linked here: Musings of a Housewife


10 responses to “Rice Flour Muffins – Gluten Free & Dairy Free

  1. I love the Joy of Cooking! Never once have I considered looking for GF recipes in it! Thanks for the tip! I got my first paperback copy 25 years ago (which is now split down the middle, with pages falling out) when I went to Honduras with the Peace Corps. It has recipes for exotic cuts of meat, fruits and vegetables. It has been a #1 best-seller for many years. Here is some history: http://www.thejoykitchen.com/about.lasso?menu=two

    • Hello Susan,
      I loved this cookbook so much that I went looking for the very first one that was put out. It had lots of the history behind how they even got a cookbook in the first place. Apparently Joy of Cooking was the first published cookbook for the everyday homemaker with recipes for everyday foods. Now THAT’S my kind of cookbook!! Then when they include all those exotic cuts of meat and strange fruits and vegetables… well who wouldn’t want to try something new!!

      I also really enjoy reading the ‘quaint’ blurbs at the beginning of many recipes. You know the ones where she talks of their cook always made this, or some such. Gives a perspective on her and the time period.

      Should I admit that I actually take this into ‘the throne room’ and read this for pleasure? No, I better not tell y’all THAT!
      ~Mrs. R

  2. I had to just *run* to check my 1953 edition! Mine doesn’t have the recipe yours has, but it does have three I’d not noticed, one called “Rice Muffins” which uses leftover rice, one called “Flourless Oatmeal Date Muffins”, and I also “Cooked Oatmeal Muffins”. All three gluten free! Thanks for your post, as I would never have thought to check Joy of Cooking for GF baked goods! But I am going to pout . . . no poetry in my biscuit section 😉

    • Hello Kimberly,
      Oh, I am so sorry your edition is missing the poetry! It is priceless. I eventually hunted down a copy of the book the poem came out of. Howard Weeden is actually a woman and not only did she write some terrific poetry, but she was a fantastic portrait artist as well.

      I did see that muffin recipe using cooked rice but hadn’t tried it yet. If you do, please let us know how it turns out!

      If I find more gluten-free gems in this cookbook I will be sure to post those too!
      ~Mrs. R

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  4. Do I absolutely need double acting baking powder???
    Thanks! These look delish!


    • Hello Wendi,
      No you do not have to use a double acting baking powder. The only thing with using a single acting one in any recipe is that it would be imperative to get the batter into prepared pans and into the oven very quickly. Just for folks who might not know, a single acting baking powder starts is leavening (release of gas) action immediately when it gets wet. A double acting powder does release some gas when added to the batter, but the remainder happens when activated by the heat of the cooking.
      ~Mrs. R

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