Saturday, February 27, 2010

GF Cinnamon Rolls

I am continuing my obsession with "Healthy Bread in 5 Minutes a Day" and cinnamon rolls.  Oh boy, are these cinnamon rolls delicious!  Actual, honest to goodness gooey rolls that you can sink your teeth into.  If you want to know more about the cookbook, click here to see my previous blog posting.

Again, I'm not going to share the recipe because I want to to check out the book, but I will say, I did change a few things here.  First, I don't like icing so I had to figure out a way to make these delicious rolls slightly more moist.  Butter, it turns out, is the perfect choice.  After rolling out the dough I brushed on melted butter before sprinkling on the filling.  Second, I wanted slightly bigger rolls so I sliced the roll into 8 pieces instead of 12.  That's about it though!

Check out the book and enjoy!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Gluten-Free Pizza

Gluten-Free Pizza

Would you believe this pizza is gluten-free?  And rolled-out instead of spread with a spatula?  And cooked on a pizza stone?  Well, it’s all of these things, and I have it from a bona fide wheat-eater that you can’t tell the difference between this pizza crust and a regular gluten crust!

How did I make such a wonderful, delectable treat you ask?  To answer that question, I have to tell you about my new obsession, Healthy Bread in 5 Minutes a Day by Jeff Hertzberg and Zoe Francois.  These are the same fabulous chefs that brought us Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day.  Healthy Bread in 5 Minutes a Day is not a gluten-free cookbook, but it contains several GF recipes—and they’re amazing!

I can’t tell you how often I’ve mourned not being a part of the “secret bread bakers’ society” that has dough just sitting in their fridges, waiting to be baked.  I can pre-mix my GF flours and pretend to have bread seconds away from the oven, but it just isn’t the same.  But now (insert trumpet sound here), we GF people can join the artisan bread bakers’ guild and produce lovely loaves to accompany soups, stews or succotash at a moment’s notice.

The best part about this technique is that these breads are soooo tasty.  In fact, I made 3 loaves of the Crusty Boule last week and ate them so quickly that I took no pictures!

But back to the pizza.  The crust was made with dough from the crusty boule (which I already had sitting in my fridge), and it was almost as easy as sitting back and ordering a pizza.  You can get the recipe for the crusty boule here, but if you want instructions for the pizza, I’m going to insist that you go read Healthy Bread in 5 Minutes a Day. 

Try their crusty boule recipe from the website.  Check the cookbook out from the library, or buy it and support these bakers-turned-gluten-free-gods (in my eyes at least). 

Do it.  Do it now.


Thursday, February 4, 2010

Gluten-Free Scones!

Don’t these scones look luscious?  I made them for a brunch I served and the guests didn’t even know they were gluten-free.  In fact, my mouth is watering just a little bit while thinking about them!

This recipe comes from my new favorite cookbook, Gluten-Free Baking by Rebecca Reilly.  This has wonderful recipes like biscotti, filo, and cream puffs!  I mean, really, GF cream puffs!  They were (of course) the first recipe I made, and I ate them so quickly that there are no photos to show for it. 

Gluten-Free Baking isn’t for the novice baker, so beware.  But, if you have even a little experience with GF recipes, give it a whirl and see what you think.  I don’t think you'll be disappointed.

And no, I’m not going to post the scone recipe--it's Rebecca’s creation, and I want to you to read her book!