Gluten-free Any Fruit Muffins

July 19, 2012 § 9 Comments

I’ve been eating gluten-free for a little while to see if it might make any difference to my Hashimoto’s Hypothyroid condition. (I’m not yet sure if it has ) Inflammation is a big part of Hashimoto’s and gluten is a known cause of inflammation for many diseases so I thought I would give it a try.  If nothing else it has forced me to really take a look at what I eat.  I’ve also cut back on sugar and added more fruits and vegetables into our meals.  That in itself is a good thing regardless of the gluten issue.  I’m also allergic to eggs, so I substitute a flax seed slurry most of the time for eggs.

An adaptation of this rhubarb muffin recipe from Gluten-Free Girl was the beginning. Then, a few times I either had ingredients I needed to get rid of or I was out of ingredients that forced more experimentation. And let me just add that once you cut back on sugar, everything suddenly seems WAY too sweet. So if you are used to eating sugar, then these muffins will taste bland to you.  Also, I forgot to sprinkle the turbinado sugar on top this time. It just adds a little crunchy zing to the muffins.

Other adaptations I made… I replaced the eggs with a flax seed slurry… 1 part ground flax seed & 3 parts warm water mixed until thickened. I usually grind 1/4 cup flax seeds, add 3/4 cup warm water and store in the fridge for muffins, pancakes and other things.  Then one day I had some older jam in the fridge and I wasn’t enjoying it any more. So I left out the sugar and just added the jam for sweetener.  The muffins were definitely less sweet than the original recipe, but I’m beginning to like having less sugar in everything. And when I do end up having a bite of something with sugar it tastes unreasonably sweet. One time we were at a coffee shop and I found a gluten-free oat bar. Wow! Really sweet!

Then I decided to try out different kinds of fruit. I originally made rhubarb muffins like the original recipe because it was in season. Then raspberries came along.  And now blueberries are a good price in the grocery store. I have loved every variation. You can match the jam flavor to the fruit you use.  Or not. Either way it is good.

And now that you think I’m completely crazy… here’s my version of the recipe…

Gluten-Free Any Fruit Muffins
– makes 12 muffins

280 grams (about 2 cups) all-purpose gluten-free flour ( I have found that the rice & bean flours make a more grainy texture & have started mixing my own flour blend based on Gluten-Free Girls’ 70% flour, 30% starch ratio at the end of her muffin post)
140 grams (about 1 cup) teff flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp guar gum
1/2 cup oil
2 eggs (or 2 tbsp flax seed slurry)
1 cup sour cream or yogurt
1/2 cup jam
1  cup fruit
Turbinado raw sugar to sprinkle on the top

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

2. Combine all the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl.

3. Combine all the wet ingredients in a small bowl.

4.  Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix just until blended.

5. Fold in the fruit of choice.

6. Scoop into a muffin tin. You really don’t need the muffin papers unless you have messy fruit. I like using them for raspberries & blueberries. But the dough is rather stiff and doesn’t seem to stick much so the papers aren’t really needed.

7. Bake the muffins for 22-25 minutes or until done.  They should feel a bit firm to the touch.

8. Cool, then eat or freeze. I freeze them for future afternoon snacks.

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9 Bobbins Later…

September 12, 2011 § 4 Comments

Next up: Binding

It’s finally time for the binding. Whew! Maybe this thing will finally be finished by the end of the week…  Crossing my fingers!

Drink your fruits & veggies

On another note… We bought a juicer.  These fruits & veggies above became this juice below.  My sister-in-law inspired me.  She fixed up some juice for us the last time we were visiting.  She likes to keep the green veggies together and the red/orange veggies together. Otherwise if you mix green & orange veggies you end up with brown juice. And that’s not very appetizing!

Juiced!

This juice was made from 1 golden beet, 2 carrots, 2 stalks of celery, 1/3 of a cucumber, a piece of ginger, 1/4 of a lemon, and a yellow apple.  The cucumber skin made it a little less orange than normal.  All that made 2 glasses of juice.  Citrus fruit needs to be peeled because the thick skin can’t go through the juicer. I’ve been saving the leftover pulp and made 6 cups of veggie stock with just few days worth of juicing pulp.  I’m getting ready for you, soup season!

After struggling with insomnia and wacky hormones this last year, I’ve come to the conclusion that changing my diet might help. And, it’s always been a challenge to get the recommended daily servings of fruits & veggies. This definitely solves that problem!  And it tastes good. One sweet fruit mixed with the veggies takes away quite a bit of that grassy, veggie flavor. It still tastes a little veggie-like, but in a good way.

Star Anise

January 13, 2011 § 7 Comments

Star Anise

I am not a fan of anything that tastes like black licorice, but my husband is.  We were shopping at World Spice Merchants last weekend. As my hubby & I were sniffing spices, he asks me if I like tarragon and I promptly and firmly say no. This invites one of the employees to extol the virtues of Star Anise, which has a licorice-like flavor.  I’m not buying it, but my hubby gets all excited. Then the other employee says he likes to put it in his oatmeal. That cinches it. We have to buy some for my hubby.

One of the suggestions they gave us is that it tastes great with carmelized onions. Tonight I am making Turkey Tetrazzini, so I thought, what the heck. Let’s give it a try.  It’s not supposed to be ground, but steeped in the dish, like bay leaf.  I’m hoping that it will give a deeper, more interesting flavor without tasting like licorice.

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I just realized that I never put an end date on the flannel scraps give-away.  But I think everyone who is interested has had a chance to leave a comment.  So let’s pick a winner!  Mr. Random Number Generator chooses the very last comment!  (I’ve never seen the first or last comment ever win. Cool!)

Congratulations Lynne!   She says that she is going to take a quilting class with her daughter.   Welcome to the world of quilting, Lynne!

It came, it went, and it was fabulous!

November 26, 2010 § 10 Comments

chopped
browning
ready for the wine
2.5 hours later
Boeuf Bourguignon
Rustic Dinner Rolls
Dinner!
Happy Thanksgiving!

Ever since we first saw Julie & Julia we have been dying to make Boeuf Borguignon.  And since it was just the two of us this year for Thanksgiving we decided to pass on the turkey and give it a go.  Actually we did the turkey dinner a couple of weeks ago with a turkey that had been in the freezer for awhile. By the way, I LOVE leftover turkey!  And now we are stocked up.

So, we started the night before by watching Julie & Julia again.  I absolutely love Meryl Streep in this movie!  Then we set out to make Boeuf Borguignon.  And may I say, it was pretty tasty. It does take some time in the kitchen. And one definitely needs to cook mise en place. There are lots of little steps. Like simmering the bacon in water first. Why? I’m not sure. To remove some of the salt and fat?  There was no hint of bacon flavor when the dish was finished.  We rounded out the meal with simple boiled potatoes and Rustic Dinner Rolls from Cook’s Illustrated.  I am in love with those rolls!  But then, bread is my weakness.  It was a nice, quiet, and satisfying holiday.

Are any of you out shopping the Black Friday deals?  I am not a big fan of Black Friday shopping.  I’ll be shopping the Internet from here on out.  For instance, I got an email from the Interweave Store and they are offering free shipping on orders over $30 for the weekend. I can’t find it advertised on the web site, so maybe you need to click through the email?

Anyway… Let the holidays begin!

Preserving

August 23, 2010 § 5 Comments

dill pickles & peach salsa

Whoops! A whole week just flew by and I barely even noticed!  Yes, I’ve been sewing… and knitting… and canning…

I miss the summer gardens of my childhood where the tomatoes were brought into the house by the bucketful and sweet corn was sweet & fresh & eaten at just about every meal.  It feels like cheating when we now have to go to the farmers market and buy a couple of bags of cucumbers just to produce a few nostalgic jars of pickles.  We have tried to grow a garden but I think our house sits in a pocket micro-climate of cold. We never seem to get much, if anything, from what we plant. So we have given up.  I know, I know… all of you have it all coming out of your ears by now.  Wish we lived closer… I’d gladly take some of it off your hands.

So, last week I got the canning bug and we made dill pickles and peach salsa.  The blackberries that grow wild out here are just about ready and I can’t wait to make some jam.  Anyone have a killer tomato salsa recipe? (my husband is not very fond of the fruit salsa ~ I’ll have to share it with my girlfriends)

I’ll try to come back a little sooner with some quilting progress. Pinky swear.

Baking Day

December 19, 2009 § 8 Comments

Pumpkin Gingerbread

Pumpkin Gingerbread

Seven mini pans of Pumpkin Gingerbread minus the Orange Glaze. We were running out of steam and had no energy for the orange glaze after a batch of Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies, Orange Cappuccino Chip Cookies (substituting Cappuccino Chips & candied orange  peel for the semi-sweet chips), and Rum Balls.  And then there were the seven small pans of Cinnamon Rolls with Cream  Cheese Frosting (just the frosting recipe) last week.

I’m thinking about making Cranberry & Fig Clafoutis for Christmas dinner.  What are you baking?

Start Cooking’

December 9, 2009 § 9 Comments

Pioneer Woman Cooks

I recently picked up this cookbook to give to a friend and I was quite impressed with it.  The Pioneer Woman Cooks is written by Ree.  She cooks, she blogs and she takes the most amazing photos of life on a real working ranch.  She even took all the photos in the cookbook!  No stylist and team of photographers for her!  I want to be like her when I grow up.

Mocha Brownies

The recipes are just good down-home cooking.  And there are step-by-step photos for each task.  In between the recipes are the same amazing photos that you find on her blog. It’s really a nice cookbook.

Chicken Fried Steak

I’m sure you are wondering where I’ve been. Have I given up on blogging?  No, not really. But I am still wrestling with the funky color on my computer.  I’m trying to learn more about color calibration.  It’s a frustrating subject to venture  into.  There’s hardware, and software, and terminology, and it all takes time to absorb.

And I’m wrestling with the furniture in our computer/family room.  We are still in the process of converting computers to wireless and connecting the TV to the Internet.  Monday was spent pushing furniture around and cleaning piles. There are still a plethora of piles to clean.

Also, this time of year is bad for taking  progress photos. The sun rises around 7:30 and sets around 4:00.  That leaves a window from about 10:00 to 2:00 to take photos…  if it’s not raining. All of that to say that all those things add up to a less than encouraging environment for blogging.  I don’t mean to whine and complain.  Just sayin’…

Our annual Christmas decorating is scheduled for this weekend. It’s tradition to decorate on or around December 13th.  Last year I did a virtual countdown to Christmas.  And I’m sorry to say that I am no further along on the Advent Garland than I was last year. Maybe next year?  Ha!

December blizzard 2008

Here’s my favorite photo from last year to help us get into the holiday spirit.  We had a whopper of a snowstorm last year, not likely to be repeated for some time.

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