Oatmeal Multigrain Yeast Bread

20170303_092409I found this recipe in Gems of Gluten Free Baking by Wendy Turnbull and enjoyed the first version of the original recipe I made, but of course keep tweaking it the more I learn.  This is the latest version. (As of August 2, 2017)

2cup GEMS flour blend

1/2-3/4c tapioca flour (or a blend of tapioca/potato/white rice – whatever you have)

1/2cup-2/3c blend of ground flax and seeds etc. again – whatever you have. I use a mix of ground chia, ground flax, oat bran, millet seeds.

1/2c – 2/3c gf oats (I like a mix of quick and old fashioned)

2Tbsp psyllium husk. (ground or whole is fine)

2 tsp salt

1- 1 1/2Tbsp yeast (I’ve been playing with the amount to see what works for me – I usually use less)

2c lukewarm water

2Tbsp oil

1/4c sugar (can use molasses if desired – very yummy)

Have your water warm to touch – but not hot, and stir in about a teaspoon of sugar. Add yeast, stirring gently until the yeast is all moistened. Let sit until bubbly – about 5 minutes.

Mix all dry ingredients together.  When yeast is ready, add it along with the oil. Beat with electric mixer until it’s a thick oatmeal like texture. If too wet, add a little flour, – psyllium husk will absorb some moisture as it rises.  You need the dough to be slightly tacky. If dough is too damp, it’s likely to fall when baking.

Spread into a greased or parchment lined loaf pan (8″x 4″), and let rise for 30-45 minutes (I’m still figuring out how long is optimal).

Preheat oven to 400.  Bake bread for 10 minutes, then lower to 350 and bake for about 45-60minutes. Crust should be golden. Internal temperature when done should be 200degrees using a meat thermometer.

Yeast flat bread/pizza base

20161202_181431.jpgOriginally, this recipe is from the GEMS of Gluten Free Baking as Focaccia Bread. But, I’ve tweaked it to be mine and so it’s a great pizza crust, can be put around hot dogs and baked… or focaccia bread or even buns… you choose. It likes to spread out, so don’t expect a high rise. Pictures is of my gf/df pizza with Daiya mozza cheese.

1 1/2c. GEMS flour

1/4c tapioca or potato starch (or potato flour)

1 1/2tsp sugar

3/4tsp salt

1 1/2 tsp instant yeast (if you’re using regular yeast, proof as usual, then add to dry ingredients)

1Tbsp psyllium husk

2Tbsp oil

1 1/4c – 1 3/4. lukewarm water

In a mixing bowl, blend dry ingredients together, and add wet ingredients, stirring and adding water until it looks like thick, creamy oatmeal. Don’t expect it to look like regular yeast dough – it should look almost like a thick pancake batter.

Let sit 20 minutes, then pat into 2 8″ pans for pizza crust. (line with parchment paper and a bit of oil – as much oil as you wish). Add toppings, let rise another 5-20 minutes, then bake 15-20 minutes at 400 degrees.

Fudge Oatbars..

20160609_091826Someone on facebook shared a knock-off recipe for Starbucks’ Oat Fudge bars, and it looked so yummy, I had to try to tweak the recipe.  But, my one attempt at making dairy free sweetened condensed milk burned, and I didn’t have time to try again, so I tried it without and Hubby says he’d like to eat the whole pan. I think that means he likes them.

Melt together

  • 1/2cup coconut oil (or shortening)
  • 2cups chocolate chips
  • 3/4cup dairy free milk of choice

When smooth, add in 1 tsp of vanilla and set aside to cool.

Meanwhile, cream together

  • 3/4c white sugar
  • 3/4c brown sugar
  • 1c coconut oil (or shortening)
  • 1tsp vanilla

Stir in:

  • 1c fluff flour (equal parts any combination of tapioca, potato starch, white rice flour, arrowroot or cornstarch. – I usually pick 3)
  • 1c GEMS flour (or whole grain gf flours of choice.
  • 1tsp baking soda
  • 1tsp salt
  • 1 tsp guar or xanthan gum
  • 3c gluten free oats
  • 2Tbsp flax meal  (optional )

Spread 2/3 of the mixture in the bottom of a 9×13″ baking pan. Top with chocolate mixture. Sprinkle remaining third of the oat mixture overtop.

Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes, or until golden.

Hazelnut chocolate chip cookies for Jordan

 

I tweaked a recipe I had for my Hubby’s favourite cookies, and this was the result. My honourary nephew says they’re “just like normal cookies – but they’re not!”

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Cream together:

1cup butter substitute (I used shortening) with 2cups sugar

Add:

1tsp vanilla and 3 eggs – beat until very light and fluffy.

 

Stir in:

1 1/2cups Gems flour (or a good whole grain all purpose flour)

1/2cup each (total of 1.5cups) – white rice flour, tapioca flour and potato starch (can sub other fluff flour as needed)

1tsp guar gum

1tsp each baking powder and baking soda

2cups ground hazelnuts (or other nuts) (maybe a bit more if you think it needs it)

chocolate chips until it looks right. 1-2cups

 

Next, you can roll the dough into logs and wrap in wax/parchment paper and refrigerate overnight, OR, refrigerate the bowl of dough overnight, and then roll into balls.

Bake at 375 for 12-15 minutes.

 

ALTERNATE

Sub 3/4cup of fluff flour for 3/4c. cocoa… yummy!

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Quinoa Breakfast muffins

I love the quinoa chocolate cake idea, made by blending cooked quinoa, and decided I wanted to try a savoury version. Very yummy – and so versatile.

 

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you need

2cups cooked quinoa

4eggs

1/2cup milk of choice

1/2-3/4cup oil of choice (olive or coconut both work)

1/4-1/2cup sugar (depending on your preference)

1 cup flour of choice. (I used GEMS flour)

2tsp baking powder

1/2tsp baking soda

1/2tsp salt

dash of pepper

optional add ons: spices (italian is yummy), diced peppers, ham, bacon, spinach, cheese. the possibilities are endless.  (note if using something with a high fat content like bacon or cheese, decrease the amount of oil used in the recipe)

Put cooked quinoa, eggs, oil and milk into blender and blend until smooth. Stir in remaining ingredients, and pour into lined muffin tins. Bake for 20-30 minutes, at 375, or until they are golden. Enjoy!

 

Almond Biscuits

Going thru a learning curve as I cannot tolerate any rice or potato products during pregnancy, I came up with this version of my regular biscuits.

Blend together:

1 1/2 cups almond flour (not meal)

1 cup fluff flours (i.e. a blend of tapioca & corn starch, or potato starch)

1Tbsp baking powder

1/2tsp guar gum

1/2tsp salt

1Tbsp sugar (optional)

Cut in:

1/4c-1/2cup butter or shortening

 

Beat in:

2 eggs

1/4-1/2cup milk of choice – until batter is mildly sticky.

Pat into biscuit shapes on a cookie sheet and bake at 375 until golden – about 15-20 minutes.

Strawberry Rhubarb Muffins

A twist on a recipe I have that is quite yummy  🙂

Blend dry ingredients together?

3/4cup GEMS flour

1/4 hazelnut flour

2Tbsp flax meal

1/2cup oats

1/4c. tapioca flour

1Tbsp baking powder

1/2tsp baking soda

1/2tsp salt

1/2tsp guar gum

1/4tsp cinnamon

2/3cup brown sugar

Mix the wet ingredients together, then add to dry ingredients:

1/4cup vegetable oil

1egg

6Tbsp milk of choice

1 1/2tsp cider vinegar

1tsp vanilla

Mix 1cup chopped rhubarb and 1cup chopped strawberries gently into the dry ingredients, then gently stir in wet ingredients. Spoon into muffin tins, and bake for 20 minutes at 350.

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Strawberry Popsicles

Growing up, my Mom always made those Jello & Kool-aid popsicles that were so yummy.  As an adult I discovered the Strawberry Frutare bars. But they have more sugar than I like, and are more than I want to pay for a treat. Hubby says these taste just like the real thing, so I’m happy 🙂

Boil together until berries can be mushed:

1cup water

1/3cup sugar (optional if using fresh/sweet berries) (I’m sure you could use the sweetener of your choice here)

3ish cups of strawberries (I used frozen, so put in a generous 3 cups)

Blend/puree in 1pkg of Jello (flavour of choice) until strawberries are as smooth or chunky as desired.

Pour into popsicle molds, insert sticks (I used disposable spoons, since that’s what I had) and freeze. Enjoy 🙂

Sourdough bread

First off you need to make the starter:

Combine in a glass container:

1tsp traditional yeast, 1 tsp sugar, 1 1/4c warm water (use boiled & cooled – must be just warm to touch or you will kill the yeast). Let sit and bubble for about 10 minutes.  Add 1/2cup each of of sorghum and brown rice flour.  Cover with a light towel or cheesecloth. Let sit in a warm corner on the counter.

Daily- stir in 1/4cup of alternating brown rice flour and sorgum flour and 1/4cup warm water. Do this for 4-7 days (until you have the time to bake the bread)

The day before you want to bake bread, add 1/4cup EACH brown rice and sorgum flour, plus 1/2cup warm water.

After you take out the starter you need for the bread, add your usual 1/4cup flour & water

To make the bread

Add 1 1/2tsp yeast, 1Tbsp sugar with 1/2cup warm water. Let sit until bubbly.

Blend in:  1 1/2c starter, 1 egg, 2Tbsp oil.

Beat in 1cup GEMS flour, 1tsp salt, 2tsp xanthan or guar gum, 1/4cup sorgum flour, 1/4cup white rice flour

, 1/4c potato starch and 1/4c tapioca starch. Beat with hand blender if possible until thick and creamy.

Line a 8-9″ round baking tin with parchment paper (or grease the bottom and sprinkle with corn meal)

Smooth dough into a rounded shape, cover with a towel. Let rise for 30 minutes-2 hours, it won’t necessarilydouble, but it will rise about 1/4-1/2 of what it was when you started.

Preheat the oven to 425degrees for 15-20 minutes. Bake for 20 minutes, then turn the temperature down to 350degrees and bake for another 20-30 minutes, or until it sounds mostly hollow.  Let cool in pan.

Enjoy.

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Sweet or Savoury biscuits

I tweaked a biscuit recipe I found till I liked it, then discovered I could do sweet or savoury!

1/2cup brown rice flour

1/2cup GEMS flour

1/4cup tapioca flour

1/4cup potato starch

1 Tbsp  baking powder

1/4tsp salt

1/2tsp guar gum

1/4c butter or shortening

2/3cup milk of choice

if sweet – add 1Tbsp sugar,

will also need 2Tbsp melted butter, 1/4c brown sugar & 1 1/2tsp cinnamon for filling

If savoury – Add 1/2cup grated cheese, and/or 1Tbsp each chives & parsley

Preheat oven to 450. Blend flours & dry ingredients, cut in butter. Stir in milk & remaining ingredients so that mixture forms a ball. Pat into 1″ thick on a floured surface (a silicone pastry sheet or parchment paper works great) and cut into biscuit circles using a cookie cutter or drinking glass. For cinnamon rolls, pat into a 1/2″ thickness and spread with melted butter. Sprinkle with 1/4c brown sugar blended with 1 1/2tsp cinnamon. Gently roll up into a roll, and slice into 1″ thick rounds. Place on baking sheet (or for cinnamon buns – in muffin tins) and bake at 450 for 15 minutes. I’ve also made a cinnamon roll log – bake for approx 20 minutes Can also blend in bits of meat with the savoury option and top with a bit of pizza sauce.