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Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Makes  2 dozen cookies 250 calories each

Ingredients
1 cup unsalted butter
2 1/3 cups of my special gluten-free baking flour mix (see ingredients substitutions page for recipe)
1 teaspoon xanthan gum
1 teaspoon kosher saltCookies with chocolate chips
1 teaspoon gluten-free baking soda
¼ cup white sugar
1 1/4  cups brown sugar
1 large egg
1 egg yolk
2 tablespoons whole milk
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 ½ cups semisweet chocolate chips
Directions
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Melt the butter in your microwave at lowest temperature for one minute. When you take it out, just stir whatever is not yet melted, and it will dissolve.  Pour into the bowl of a stand mixer.

In a separate bowl, sift together all the dry ingredients except for the sugars, and set aside.

Add both of the sugars to the bowl with the butter and using the paddle attachment, cream together on medium speed for 1 minute. Add the whole egg, egg yolk, milk and vanilla extract and mix until well combined. Slowly incorporate the flour mixture until thoroughly combined. Add the chocolate chips and stir until combined.

Chill the dough in the refrigerator for 1 hour. Shape the dough
into 2-ounce balls and place on parchment-lined baking sheets, 6 cookies per sheet. (They will spread out as they bake) Bake for 14 minutes, rotating the pans after 7 minutes for even baking. Check at the twelve minute mark because some ovens will bake faster. They should barely start turning golden around the edges. Barely! Remove from the oven and let cool for a few minutes before moving onto a wire rack to continue cooling. Store cooked cookies in an airtight container—that’s if you have any left over to store. 😀

I feel so guilty for neglecting you all for the last few weeks, that now I’m trying to make up for it by baking up a storm. My poor husband. He’s trying to lose weight and I am not helping.

Chocolate CakeA chocolate cake fit for the Queen of Sheba

Don’t be overwhelmed by the instructions, the recipe is simple enough and so, so worth it. This cake is divine. It will take an hour and half from start to finish. About 1 hour of preparation and almost half an hour of baking. Much as I’d love to, I can’t take credit for it. All I did was adapt this classic Julia Child recipe to a gluten-free diet.

Serves 8 at 330 calories each (Maybe you can jog off those calories later)

  1. 3 ounces semisweet chocolate, plus
    1 ounce unsweetened chocolate
    2 tablespoons dark rum or 2 tablespoons strong coffee
    1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
    1/2 cup granulated sugar
    3 egg yolks
    3 egg whites
    1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
    1 pinch salt
    2 tablespoons granulated sugar
    1/3 cup almond flour or almond meal
    1/4 teaspoon almond extract
    1/2 cup of my all-purpose flour mix

1 teaspoon zanthan gum
Directions:

1
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Set the oven rack in lower middle level.
2
In a saucepan over low heat, melt the chocolate in the rum or coffee. Set aside. In a mixing bowl, cut butter into.
3
pieces and cream it. When soft and fluffy, add sugar and beat 1 minute. Beat in egg yolks until well blended.
4
In another bowl, beat egg whites until foamy. Beat in cream of tartar and salt and continue beating until soft peaks are formed. Gradually beat in 2 tablespoons sugar and continue beating until stiff, shiny peaks are formed. Blend melted chocolate and coffee or rum into yolk mixture, then add almonds and almond extract.
5
Stir a quarter of the egg whites into the chocolate using a rubber spatula. Scoop the rest of the whites over chocolate and, alternating with sprinkles of flour with the zanthan gum already mixed in, rapidly and delicately fold in the egg whites. Turn batter into buttered and floured 8-by-1 1/2-inch round cake pan, tilting it in all directions up to the rim all around. Set in preheated oven. Bake 25 minutes.
6
Cake is done when puffed to the top and a toothpick inserted 2 to 3 inches from edge comes out clean. The center should move slightly when the pan is gently shaken. Remove pan to a rack and let cool 15 minutes. Unmold onto rack. Let cool 2 hours before storing or icing.

 

Good Old Fashioned Scottish Shortbread Cookies

MAKES 48 COOKIES 145 calories each

This post is for the fan whose note I accidentally deleted. I hope you write again. I promise not to delete you this time. All I saw before it disappeared, was a request for cookie recipes for her grandmother. What better than one that reminds me of my own beloved grandmother.

One of my all-time favorite cookies is shortbread. It is simple yet delicious. It is versatile and easy to make. It can be dressed up with chocolate chips, a dash of cinnamon and raisins, or for the holidays with colored sugars. One of my favorite versions is with almonds and the tiniest dash of almond flavoring. And the best news is that tsprinkle cookies on a platehere is no need to chill the dough before rolling out.  And they freeze very well.

Ingredients:

1 pound unsalted butter or vegetable shortening or margarine (Butter does taste better)

1½ cups granulated sugar

2 large eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla

3¼ cups white rice flour + ½ cup for dusting counter

1½ cups cornstarch

1¼ cups potato starch

2 tsp. salt

1 teaspoon xanthan gum

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

2. Using a mixer with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar on medium speed   until light and fluffy. Scrape the bowl with a spatula.

3. Add the eggs one at a time. Mix for 1 minute. Add the vanilla. Mix for another minute.

4. In a separate bowl, combine 3¼ cups flour, cornstarch, potato starch, salt and xanthan gum. Add ½ butter and sugar mixture and mix for 1 minute. Add the second half and mix until ingredients are combined.

5. Form the dough into 3 balls. Set two aside.

6. Dust your counter with flour. Press the ball flat with your hands first. Then roll dough out to just over ¼-inch thick. Using your favorite cookie cutter, cut out cookies and place them on prepared cookie sheets about 1 inch apart.

7. Bake in preheated oven about 15 minutes, checking frequently because some ovens will bake faster. Cookies are done when the edges just start to get golden. Remove from oven and let cool completely.

Hello everyone,

sorry I’ve been away for so long, but I have very good reasons.

1) My husband and I are preparing the house for sale. That means every little item we don’t absolutely need must be chucked out. OH MY GOD!!! What a job. It will take months.

2) My camera download cable is in hiding. I just hope it isn’t in one of the boxes of stuff I’m donating. So, until I find it, I will have to post recipes without the pics. I promise to add them as soon as I find the cable.

 

Almond Flour Bread (Gluten-Free)

One of the problems with many gluten-free breads is their dry-crumbly texture. The following recipe is the closest to wheat bread that I’ve ever tasted.  It is moist, without being gluey, and has a chewy texture much like regular wheat breads.

Dry Ingredients:
1 cup of brown rice flour
1 cup almond flour
¾ cup white rice flour
¼ cup tapioca flour
2 ½ teaspoons guar gum or xanthan gum
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons instant yeast

Wet Ingredients:
2 eggs
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons melted butter
1 teaspoon vinegar or lemon juice
1 ¾ to 2 cups warm water

Before mixing your dry ingredients, stir yeast in 1 ¼ cups warm water along with honey. Set aside until the mixture foams.

Mix dry ingredients in bowl and stir at low speed until well mixed. Add the wet ingredients and when the yeast mixture is foamy, add that too. Stir at medium speed for about five minutes. Mixture should have the consistency of soft cookie dough or of slightly firm cake mix. You may have to add more water little by little.

Pour into greased pan and set aside in warm spot until it rises to almost double. Do not preheat the oven. Place in oven, turn heat on to 350F and bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean—approximately 30 minutes.

Variations:

If you like raisin bread, add ½ cup of soaked raisins – (5 min in hot water) and 2 teaspoons of cinnamon. Delicious

For walnut bread, add ½ cup of chopped walnuts.

For pizza, spread the dough onto a cookie sheet using lots of olive oil to press it down. Bake at 400F for 10 minutes. Add toppings and cook another 10 minutes.

 

RiceIf you have Celiac Disease, as I do, you are probably eating considerably more rice than the average person. This could potentially be dangerous. We already know that rice contains high levels of arsenic and that we should wash it thoroughly before cooking. Even better, we should cook rice in double the amount of water suggested and then drain out the extra water. This helps remove some of the arsenic from the grain. Now, there is even more reason to be wary of eating rice. Researchers have discovered dangerous levels of lead in white rice, 30 to 60 times higher than the FDA’s provisional total tolerable intake (PTTI) levels. For us Celiacs, who eat three times more than the average person, this can be disastrous to our health.
Of all tested, the rice from Taiwan and China had the highest levels of lead. However that is not to say that rice from anywhere is safe. It therefore becomes extremely important to find other sources of cereal to replace rice in our diet. Just when we thought we’d found something safe to eat. :-(