gluten free muffins: spiced pumpkin

gluten free muffins: pumpkin spice.

I was aiming for dairy free, gluten free pumpkin muffins but the resulting treats were so cake-like, I thought, “Maybe I’ve serendipitously come up with a recipe for gf pumpkin cupcakes?” Then again, I wanted to eat them for breakfast – and I just can’t let myself start eating cupcakes for breakfast. “So,” I decided, “they need a new name, something that encapsulates their light-yet-hearty crumb and spicy, sweet taste.” My first attempt was “muffcake”… but Geoff said that just didn’t seem right. In the end, I went with my next oh-so-creative idea: “cupffins.” Confused? Give them a try and you’ll see what I mean.

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gluten free Dad’s cookies!

gluten free dad's cookies. gfandme.comDo you miss those crispy, spicy prepackaged Dad’s cookies? Geoff certainly did. This recipe for gluten free Dad’s Cookies is the culmination of a long process of trying to get just the right flavour and texture of those little marvels in the bright yellow bags. One result was posted here earlier under the title Coconut Oatmeal Cookies. They were good, but too tender and too spicy to be truly called a Dad’s cookie copycat! These, however, come very close to the real thing, so go ahead, eat them by the handful, dunk them in your milk, or dip them in your coffee. Yummmm.

Note: Not everyone who has celiac disease can tolerate oats and oat flour, even when they are certified gluten free. If you have questions, talk to your physician or dietitian.

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gluten free bread sticks

These gluten free bread sticks have a crispy crust, soft sweet doughy crumb, and a salty, buttery taste. And since they’re whipped up in your mixer, they are no trouble at all to throw together! Try them with your next salad or gluten free pasta dish – or all by their one-sy dipped in butter. Nom nom nom…  gluten free bread sticksThis recipe is based on our earlier recipe for gluten and rice free buns. The dough for these is so pliable, you can shape it into almost anything! Hmmmmm … maybe pretzels next time??????

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gluten free buns or rolls –

gluten free buns from also rice and egg free and can be dairy free as well. These gluten free buns are salty and crispy on the outside with a soft, sweet, doughy centre, and they have none of that bitter gf flour flavour. They’re also rice and egg free and can be made without dairy. And because you knead the dough with an electric mixer, they’re also pretty easy to throw together. Unlike many gluten free bread doughs that tend to resemble cake batter, this recipe results in a dough that can be worked with and shaped, making it quite versatile.  Try using it to make gf bread sticks!

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gluten free cream cheese tarts

gluten free tartsThese gluten free tarts would be the perfect treat for a gluten free Mother’s Day! The pastry is based on our conversion of my grandmother’s recipe for Danish pastries. Flaky and versatile, the dough can be used for everything from tarts and galettes to turnovers and  danishes. Give it a try… Here it is shaped into tart shells and filled with layers of cream cheese and apple pie filling, but these little tarts would be fantastic filled with cherry, blueberry, or lemon – whatever you can imagine. And these are even better the second day.

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gluten free cream cheese pastries

This recipe came about through desperation. Geoff and I were recently on a vacation to one of those holiday destinations where bakeries and treats abound, but, as usual, there was next to nothing that was gluten free. Sure we could go to the grocery store and buy prepackaged gluten free cookies, but it’s just not the same as biting into something sweet and crispy and oh-so-dreamy from the bakery case! Other than that, though, our vacation was great (read: warm and without snow). It also turned out to be inspiring because when we got home we decided to create a recipe that would look and taste as good as all those confections on display. I think we nailed it! gluten free cream cheese pastries. gfandme.comThese cream cheese pastries are crisp and flaky on the outside and soft and creamy and sweet in the middle. Geoff says they are better than anything he’s had in a longgg time! And they are versatile: make them with your favorite fruit pie filling – cheery, apple, blueberry … whatever you can imagine. Drizzle them with glaze or melted chocolate, dust them with icing sugar, or just leave them plain, which is the way we like ’em. (Scroll down for the recipe.)

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lightly lemon gluten free white cake – geoff’s new favorite!

Lightly Lemon Gluten Free White Cake. Perfect for layer or birthday cakes. gfandme.comThis gluten free white cake is Geoff’s new favorite cake! We have been trying to come up with a great white cake recipe for a couple of years now, and I think this is it. The lemon is very mild – just enough to add the smallest hint of citrus – so what you are left with is a moist, airy not-too-sweet vanilla cake. If you follow this blog, you know I am not much of a cake decorator (this is about as fancy as I can get) but if you are so inclined, this would be a fantastic recipe to use for a birthday cake or a gf layer cake. Sandwiched on either side of a layer of lemon custard or raspberry jam, it would be to die for!

Great tasting white cake, like white bread, is hard to make gluten free. Unlike, say, a chocolate cake, there’s just nothing in a white cake to hide the unfamiliar aftertaste that some gf flours leave behind. In this recipe, though, the combination of the almond flour and the lemon does just that, but without taking over from the delicate vanilla. We’ll be making this one again…and again…and again… (Scroll down for the recipe.)

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gluten free slow cooker bread

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gluten free sponge cake: ready in 90 seconds

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gluten free dinner rolls: whole grain or white

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