Monday, July 23, 2012

Nutella Swirl Cookies

Nutella is everywhere. It seems as if everyone loves it. I've had more than a few pieces of gluten free toast spread with a generous dollup of Nutella. I've seen cupcakes, cookies, cheesecake, Nutella mole, you name it.

Today felt like a Nutella cookie kind of day. I give you...

Nutella Swirl Cookies

1 c. gluten free flour (1/3 c. each sorghum & brown rice flour, potato starch, pinch xanthan gum)
1/8 t. salt
1/4 t. baking soda
1/3 c. brown sugar
1/4 c. butter, softened
1 egg
1/4 t. vanilla
1/3 c. Nutella

Preheat the oven to 350. Combine all dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, beat the sugar and butter until well-mixed and a little fluffy. Beat in the egg and vanilla. Stir in the dry ingredients.

Once everything is mixed, smooth out the cookie dough inside the mixing bowl. Spray the measuring cup with cooking spray before measuring the Nutella, then drizzle it over the top of the dough. Using the spoon, swirl it into the dough, being careful not to over-mix.

It helps to refrigerate the dough before baking, as they spread a little. 

Drop by spoonfuls onto a greased cookie sheet, and bake for about 10 minutes, or until the middles look set. Let them cool a few minutes before removing them from the pan.

Nom your face off.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Corn meal chicken nuggets

I've made a lot of chicken, and I've made a lot of chicken nuggets. So far, all nugget attempts have turned out so-so.

These nuggets were discovered on a random trip to my sister's place. I asked if she had any food, and she said she had some leftover chicken. Even cold from the fridge, this chicken is awesome. I was immediately hooked and I've made it about 5 times now.

It's ridiculously easy. The corn meal gives it a good flavor and a better texture than floured nuggets. Definitely a winner.

Corn meal chicken nuggets

1/4 c. corn meal
1 t. each salt and pepper
chicken breasts, cut into nugget-sized pieces
1 t. olive oil

Preheat a skillet to medium-high heat. Add the chicken to the corn meal, salt, and pepper. I find it easiest to put it in a tupperware container and shake it around.

Once the chicken is coated, add the oil to the pan and toss in the nuggets. Turn the heat down to medium. Cook on each side about 6 minutes, or until cooked through.

That's all it takes!

Best served with tator tots and ketchup. :o)

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Strawberry muffins

I'm not going to lie, I make a pretty darn good gluten free muffin, and this is one of my favorite recipes.
Great with coffee or tea, and just sweet enough.

Strawberry muffins

1 c. gluten free flour (1/3 c. each sorghum & brown rice flour, potato starch, pinch xanthan gum)
1/2 T. baking powder
1/8 t. salt
2 T. brown sugar
1 egg, beaten
1/2 c. milk
2 T. oil
1/4 c. strawberry jam or preserves
dash of cinnamon

Mix the dry ingredients together. Mix the wet ingredients together, then combine. Bake at 350 for 12 minutes or so. (Or, use your Xpress Redi Set Go and bake for 5 minutes)
They will be done with a toothpick comes out clean.

Makes 6 muffins

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Gluten free cinnamon roll waffles

Thanks to pinterest, lately I've been seeing recipes for cinnamon roll waffles. Basically you take a pre-made cinnamon roll and cook it on a waffle iron. Everyday genius, but not so fun for us gluten free folk who can't just pop open a tube of cinnamon rolls.

As with most things of this nature, we have to make a little more effort.

Thankfully, not much more.

This recipe is no more involved than making a regular batch of waffles. You get cinnamon roll taste without the labor of cinnamon rolls, and you don't have to worry about heating the whole house up with the oven. It's pretty much a win-win situation.

Cinnamon Roll Waffles: Makes 6

2/3 c. brown rice flour
2/3 c. sorghum flour
2/3 c. potato starch
1/8 t. xanthan gum
1/4 t. salt
1 t. baking powder
1 t. vanilla
2 T. oil
2 eggs, beaten

1 3/4 c. milk, warmed
1 pkg fast-rising yeast

Cinnamon/ sugar mixture:
1/3 c. brown sugar
1 1/2 t. cinnamon

Add 1 t. of sugar to the warmed milk and add the yeast. Let it get bubbly while you mix your dry ingredients with a whisk. Mix the wet ingredients in a separate bowl, and mix the dry ingredients into the wet. It should be pourable, but not too runny or thick.

Give the waffle iron a good coating with cooking spray in-between each batch. Pour ~1/4 c. of batter into a preheated waffle iron. Spoon some of the sugar mixture on top, and top with more batter. You're basically sandwiching the cinnamon/sugar into the middle of the waffle. Cook for a few minutes- I check to see if they're done when the steaming has calmed down.

Eat them with no embellishments, top them with a dusting of powdered sugar, drizzle them with syrup- or if you're really feeling the sugar rush- cinnamon roll glaze:

1 c. powdered sugar
1/2 t. vanilla
1/2 t. cinnamon
2 T. milk
1/8 t. salt

Or a cream cheese frosting:

4 oz room temp cream cheese
1 c powdered sugar
1/2 stick unsalted butter room temp
1/2 tsp vanilla

Now that we've gotten way too involved with the toppings, I should note that they are fantastic with just a little bit of butter spread on top.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Gluten is poison

I love this speech posted by a fellow Celiac, over at Gluten Hates Me...

I felt like she really explained everything well. It's often what I find myself trying to say, but can never explain it right. So go check it out:

Gluten Hates Me- Gluten is Poison