Saturday, October 31, 2009

Gluten Free Pancakes

So I made pancakes yesterday! Nobody should have to go without pancakes. So I scoured the internet looking for a decent one, and ended up finding one that worked pretty well, but I made some adjustments to suit my liking.

See, here they are! And they tasted pretty good too!



Adjustments you say? Yep, they where too thin, with not enough sugar or baking powder in them, and they used sugar substitute, milk powder and water, which I really didn't like, so I fixed that right up. I also had to cut the recipe in half, because I'm the only one eating these, and even at that, they will last me for 3 or 4 breakfasts :)

So here we go, my improvisation of the recipe.

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Gluten Free Pancake Recipe


Ingredients:

1/2 cup rice flour
1 1/2 tablespoons tapioca flour (or starch)
2 tablespoons potato starch
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum
1 egg
1 1/2 tablespoons canola oil
1 cup buttermilk

Directions:

In a bowl, mix or sift together all dry ingredients. Stir in egg, buttermilk, and oil until few lumps remain.
Heat a medium sized oiled skillet. Spoon the batter one table spoon at a time into the skillet, I did about 3 or 4 tablespoons for 5 inch pancakes.

This makes approximately 10 5 inch pancakes. They are nice and fluffy, and with butter and syrup, I hardly noticed they where gluten free.

You can use brown or white rice flour, I made them with brown rice flour once, and white rice flour the second time. I think I liked the brown rice flour better!

Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Amazing Caramel Sauce

This is the most amazing caramel sauce ever! Our favorite way to use it is a dip for apples, but you can use as a glaze for ice cream, or even make caramel squares. The recipe is for caramel apple dip, but I will explain how to adjust the recipe for glaze or squares.
It is smooth and creamy, and it tastes even better than the caramel squares you get from the store.





Caramel Sauce

1 cup butter (you can use margarine)
2 cups brown sugar
Dash of salt
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
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Directions

Melt butter in a 3-quart sauce pan. Add sugar and salt, stir well.
Stir in corn syrup, mix well.
Gradually add milk, stirring constantly.
Cook and stir over medium heat to thread stage (215˚-235˚), 10 to 15 minutes. Be careful to stir VERY well while it is cooking, otherwise the brown sugar will "flake up" when it starts boiling, and it will look like there are little brown flecks in it. It won't taste bad, it's just not very pretty.

Remove from heat, stir in vanilla. Pour into buttered pan (I use a casserole dish).
Allow to cool slightly before dipping your apples into it!

Variation for caramel glaze for ice cream.

Basically you need to make the caramel thinner so it won't become too chewy on contact with the cold ice cream.
I add 1/4 cup more of butter, and use only 1/4 cup of corn syrup instead of 1/2 a cup. Then I heat it to a little less than the thread stage (about 200˚) . Otherwise, follow the recipe, with these changes.

Variation for caramel squares.

Now you need your caramel to be much more chewy, so you can cut it into squares. use 2 1/4 cups of brown sugar, instead of just 2, and use a whole cup of corn syrup, instead of 1/2.
Otherwise everything else is the same, but pour your caramel into a buttered 9X9X2 inch pan, cool and cut into squares.
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Have fun with the caramel!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Photo Session with the Castille Family

I'm finally getting around to showing you some pictures that I did for some friends recently, the Castille family.
So with the help of my 2 umbrella lights (I would be lost without them!) and my awesome Nikon D80 camera, I got some pretty nice shots for my portfolio, and some happy customers.

It's was quite fun, and I learned a lot about my lights and posing people!

Here are some of my favorites. I think they are all excellent posers!

Mr. Castille and his grandson, Evan.


I really like the warmth in the coloring I was able to obtain in the living room photos. Gives them a nice cozy feel.



Mr Castille, with Christy, Rachel, Sean, and Even behind him.


...and this time with Mrs. Castille!



...and now outside with the barn for a nice background.



Anyone else need some portraits? I'm more than happy to oblige! My D80 and I enjoy working with people!


Sunday, October 18, 2009

A new adventure

Some of you may or may not know that I have begun a new adventure...a gluten free adventure. After studying my symptoms, (which I have struggled with for some time) and after doing lots of research, I have decided that gluten is most likely the problem.

It really isn't a for sure thing, but in a few months, say, another 6 months, I should know for sure. The reason it will take so long for me to be positive is because it takes a long time to cleanse the gluten out of your system, and then it takes time to heal once the gluten is gone.

After that I should really be able to tell.

So, meanwhile, I've been experimenting with cooking gluten free! So far it hasn't been too bad. The first thing I tried was cinnamon rolls. I hadn't had any bread products for some time, and I was really hungry for cinnamon rolls.

They look absolutely beautiful! They didn't taste quite as good as they look, but they still tasted pretty good for being made with rice flour, tapioca starch, potato starch, and corn starch. Yeah, they did taste a little on the starchy side, but I was glad to have them!



And then I tried the chocolate cake in a mug...awesome! Apparently rice flour isn't half bad when it comes to chocolate cake, because I quite enjoyed this. Maybe I'll dump some ice cream on top of that next time we have it! You just throw a few ingredients into a mug and cook in the microwave for a couple of minutes.



And next I made bread, also with rice flour and potato starch. Ok, this one really made me miss wheat! It really wasn't too bad, but still not nearly as good as wheat, so I definitely need to work on this one. Partly I think I didn't let it rise enough, but I'll be making it again before long, so I'll be able to try again.



I plan on posting recipes in the future. At the moment I'm getting many of my recipes from thebakingbeauties.blogspot.com I've got my eye on some pretty yummy looking stuff there.

I also plan on posting more information about gluten sensitivity and it's symptoms, so stay tuned if you want to hear more about that.