Tag Archives: Baking

Cooking with Coconut Oil – Includes Bonus Sweet Surprise Cherry Pie Recipe

gluten free coconut oilI first became introduced to coconut oil when I purchased the BabycakesNYC cookbook. Not only does coconut have a great flavor, but it’s a great substitute to make egg-free french toast and easily substitutes in exchange for canola oil when baking.

While I am no nutrition expert, I’m a nutrition guru, who loves to learn about the health benefits of different foods.  After all, you are what you eat, right?

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Gluten-Free Hamburger Bun Recipe with Hot Dog Bun Tips

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Gluten-Free Hamburger and Hot Dog Buns Photo 2010 © Teri Lee Gruss

Tired of eating juicy grilled burgers on a heavy, dry, flavorless gluten-free buns? This gluten-free hand-shaped bun recipe makes soft, yeasty authentic looking hamburger buns. It’s adapted from a recipe by Donna Washburn and Heather Butt which appears in their cookbook 125 Best Gluten-Free Recipes.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Makes 6 Buns Read More »

Gluten Free Baking FAQs

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Hello to everyone! I’d like to take this opportunity to share with you what I’ve learned about baking gluten-free quick breads, such as Pumpkin Cornbread Squares, after 10 challenging months of adapting wheat flour recipes and experimenting with gluten-free flours, starches, and gums.  Here are some of the questions I asked myself and the answers that I found.


Q: Why would I bake gluten-free when I can now buy a variety of gluten-free products at a grocery store?

A: You may enjoy baking and want to continue.  Or you may want to save money and not buy packaged foods.  Perhaps, you’re not happy with the quality or taste of what’s available.

Or perhaps you’re like me.  I’m not only gluten-sensitive (recently diagnosed), but also lactose-intolerant and on a forever diet to keep Type 2 diabetes at bay. The result is that Read More »

10 Quick Gluten-Free Baking Tips

Cashew Apricot Quick Bread from GFDF Cooking Made Easy

Here are ten quick baking tips that will help make your next loaf of gluten-free bread, pie or cake a success! 

  1. Maintain a gluten-free pantry to avoid cross-contamination if you have gluten-containing products in your kitchen.
  2. Avoid flopping in cakes when using egg whites. In making cakes that use egg whites for structure, be careful when whipping whites. If over-whipped, they will deflate as the cake cools. Read More »

Red Lobster Gluten Free Cheddar Bay Biscuits 8 Pack

Red Lobster Gluten Free Cheddar Bay Biscuits, 11.36 Ounce (Pack of 8)

Inspired by the buttery flaky, tasty goodness of the original Secret Red Lobster recipe, these biscuits are a perfect way to bring that same warmth and freshness when you dine with us into your home for the whole family to enjoy. And now they’re gluten-free!

  • Same buttery, flaky, delicious flavor you’ve come to expect from red lobster’s Cheddar Bay biscuits
  • Just add water, butter and shredded Cheddar cheese
  • Each box makes 12 biscuits
  • Certified Gluten-free
  • Red lobster’s legendary Cheddar Bay biscuits are now Gluten-free! Read More »

Karo Corn Syrup Is Gluten Free and Allergen-friendly

Karo Corn Syrup Photo: www.karosyrup.com

Karo corn syrup is gluten-free.  There was some confusion about Karo since it contains caramel coloring.  A few of my readers were concerned about the coloring and here is what the manufacturer of Karo Syrup has to say.

“All Karo Syrup products are free of gluten, soy, milk, egg, peanut and tree nuts. The syrup production facility does not contain ingredients with these allergens, so cross contamination is not an issue. While some caramel colorings Read More »

A Beginner’s Guide to Gluten-free Baking: Easy Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Chocolate_Chunk_Cookies_lizschauThese chocolate chunk cookies are so simple to make and decidedly less involved than many gluten-free baking recipes. They bake up thin, crispy, and perfectly chewy. These cookies contain no flour or starches, which means they are lower in carbohydrates and, since they are made with cashew butter, are loaded with protein. And, should you choose to use dark chocolate, they’re also dairy-free. As always, be vigilant and check labels — especially when purchasing chocolate, as some contain wheat and gluten.

Easy Gluten-Free Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Ingredients:
(Makes 8-12 Small Cookies) Read More »

Gluten-Free Chocolate Truffle Cookie Recipe

Gluten free chocolate truffle cookies

Gluten-free Chocolate Truffle Cookies Image 2012 (c) Teri Lee Gruss

What makes these gluten-free cookies so good? They are moist and delicious and taste like brownies! But what really sets this recipe apart is the small amount of flour, sugar and butter called for, especially compared to most cookie recipes.

Based on a recipe for “Chocolate Truffle Cookies with Sea Salt” from Ghirardelli Chocolates, our recipe calls for a healthy measure of chopped walnuts and we’ve omitted the additional sea salt called for in Ghirardelli’s original recipe.

After baking be sure to let the cookies cool on the baking sheets for at least 10 minutes before using a spatula to remove them to a wire rack. Place the cooled cookies in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for an extra chewy brownie-like texture and Read More »

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Zucchini Mini-Muffin Recipe

Gluten free chocolate chip zucchini mini muffinsZucchini is a veggie that you can easily add to just about anything, and that’s pretty much what I’ve been doing with it. Grated, it makes a wonderful “raw” pasta substitute, I love it lightly stir-fried with other veggies, it’s delicious sauteed and added to salads, omelets, or whatever else is cooking, and then of course there’s always zucchini bread. My grandmother used to make it every summer. She would bake it in loaves, and then sandwich softened cream cheese between thin slices. It tasted like cake, and I suppose it practically was the way she made it. YUM.

I started looking online for gluten free zucchini bread recipes, and I came across some zucchini mini muffins with chocolate chips over on Elana’s Pantry. I love that website, and I have her Gluten Free Almond Flour cookbook, which I use regularly. She now also has a Gluten-Free Cupcakes book, which is now on my wish list, if anyone is feeling generous.

But I digress. Here is the original Gluten Free Zucchini Chocolate Chip Mini Muffins recipe, and the only things I changed were my typical substitutions using Read More »

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