Monday, January 9, 2012

Gluten-Free Raisin Pancakes

This recipe has become a new favorite around here.  It's one of the few recipes that EVERY family member loves.  I'm not a huge fan of making pancakes (I don't enjoy standing over a hot stove), but once in awhile we'll have "breakfast for dinner" and enjoy these pancakes with eggs (scrambled in coconut oil) and some totally un-breakfasty vegetable like collard greens.  They may not go with pancakes, but hey, we need to get our green veggies in every day, so sometimes this results in some odd meal combinations.

4 tablespoons melted butter
2 1/2 cups milk
4 beaten eggs
6 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons baking powder
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup coconut flour
1 cup cornstarch or tapioca starch (or 50:50 mix)
3/4 cup brown rice flour
1/4 cup millet or quinoa flour
1 cup raisins

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl, stirring well to remove any lumps.  Pour 1/4 cup of batter at a time onto a skillet and cook over medium heat for 2-3 minutes on each side or until golden brown.

Enjoy with maple syrup, honey, or even just plain...these are delicious!

Gluten Free Bread Machine Bread

Gluten Free Bread Machine Bread

Let me just start off by saying that you DO NOT need a bread machine to make gluten-free bread.  In fact, gluten-free bread is pretty darn easy to make without it.  Since there is no gluten, there is no need to knead (in "regular" bread, kneading activated the gluten). 

That said, using a bread machine can save at least 1 bowl and having to mix ingredients, and well..I'm all about doing as little work as possible.  So, if you are in a major rush, or just majorly lazy (like I am) and have a bread machine...give this recipe a try.  It's well worth it!

I was recently given an old bread machine by a neighbor, so I've been experimenting with it and come up with a pretty darn good recipe that is super easy.  It makes a FABULOUS sandwich bread..doesn't fall apart and pretty tasty. 

1 3/4 cup HOT water
1 package or 2 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
1 teaspoon sugar
1/4 cup melted butter
2 eggs (room temperature)
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup cornstarch or tapioca starch
1 cup brown rice flour
1 cup millet or quinoa flour (I prefer millet because it is cheaper)
2 teaspoons xanthum gum
1 teaspoon salt.

Combine hot water, yeast and 1 teaspoon salt in bottom of bread machine loaf pan.  Let sit for 10 minutes or until the yeast is very frothy.    Add rest of ingredients in the order listed, and proceed as if you were baking a regular loaf of wheat bread (the actual settings you will use will depend on your individual machine.)

Enjoy your gluten free bread machine bread!  I LOVE this bread.  It is so easy to make, slices well and thinly and makes great sandwiches.