Monday, April 06, 2009

Delicious Gluten Free Biscuits!

I've been Gluten Free for one week today & I'm feeling great! I've only had a few moments of utter frustration trying to prepare dinner or find ingredients. I don't recommend trying to make GF pizza dough while someone is eating a delivery pizza right in front of you as your first baking experiment. Otherwise I can't complain too much.

This morning I made my first GF biscuits and I'm happily surprised with how good they are. I followed the recipe exactly, except I substituted flax seed meal for the xanthan gum. I was a bit worried that I would have hockey pucks or have to throw them out but they were light and fluffy and had a really nice slightly sweet taste. I ate mine fresh from the oven with peanut butter. Yum.

The recipe is from the Canada/Kiwi Bed and Breakfast Site.

Gluten-Free Biscuits

1/4 cup brown rice flour
1/2 cup white rice flour
1/4 cup corn starch (or potato starch)
1/2 cup tapioca flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon xanthan gum
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
2 eggs
1/3 cup vegetable oil (avoid olive oil)
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup grated cheese (optional, and if using cheddar cheese, use white cheddar, as other cheddars are not necessarily GF)

Mix all dry ingredients together well. Add other ingredients. Mix well. Drop on lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake in 400 degree F oven for 10 to 12 minutes. Makes 6 large or 12 small biscuits.

If you want to substitute flax seed meal use equal amounts (1 teaspoon in this recipe) and let the entire mixture stand for 10-20 minutes before you scoop onto the cookie sheet.

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Pay It Forward Contest Winners!

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It's time to announce the winners of the Pay It Forward contest! There's a bit of an April Fools twist to it though..

The three of us (I had my mom help out too) liked every story so much that we decided to make everyone a winner! So congrats to fauxtograph, Melissa, Karley, Claudine, bipolarbear, spazspun, lesliecooper, corrinekenner and Taina! You will all be receiving the card case of your choice. I'll be contacting everyone throughout the day.

I want to thank you all for sharing your stories with us, and for giving a little bit of yourself to someone else. Even the smallest gesture can make a huge impact! Thanks also to everyone who tweeted and helped me promote my contest and left comments - it was appreciated and it inspires me to know I've helped inspire others.

I've decided to have another contest in May for a bookshelf bird, so keep up the good work guys! :)

ps: If I haven't contacted you yet, please email your address to ohsoretro AT gmail dotcom! I wasn't able to track down every through their blogger profiles. Thanks!