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Irish Soda Bread

In celebration of St Patrick’s Day this weekend {by the way how can it already be halfway through March?!} I decided to make some Irish Soda Bread.

 

Irish Soda Bread 
 

And let me tell you it is amazing.  Ah-mazing.  No doubt this bread will become a staple in my household.  Regardless of whether it is St. Patty’s or not!  
 

 
 

FYI, the Irish totally know how to make bread.  Don’t pass this one up!
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Cranberry Nut Bread

   I love making no-rise breads like banana, pumpkin, or zucchini bread.  So simple.  Throw ingredients in a mixer.  Plop it in a loaf pan.  Bake and savor the flavors!  

   I discovered a new bread that would be a perfect compliment to any Thanksgiving dinner or at any time of the year for that matter: Cranberry Nut Bread!  Bake yourself a batch today… it is so moist and light with just a hint of tang and sweetness.

Ingredients
        2 cups flour mix 
                  (2 parts rice flour, 2/3 parts potato starch, 1/3 part         
                   tapioca flour)
        3/4 cup sugar
        2 tsp baking powder
        3/4 tsp xanthan gum
        1/4 tsp salt
        1/2 tsp baking soda
        1/4 cup shortening
        2/3 cup orange juice
        1 lg egg
        2 cups fresh chopped cranberries (I used frozen ones 
                  from last November!)  
        1/2 cup chopped walnuts        

Method              
1)   Preheat oven to 350 F.

2)   Mix together dry ingredients.

3)   Blend shortening in with dry ingredients until batter looks like coarse sand.  Then add egg and orange juice until well blended.
4)   Fold in yummy chopped cranberries and walnuts!  Baker’s hint: batter is delicious at this point!  🙂

5)   Plop mixture in a greased 9×5 loaf pan.
Isn’t it gorgeous already?!!
ps– my hubby thinks this looks like mystery meat lol!

6)   Bake in oven for one hour.  Cool and enjoy!

mmmm a little butter never hurt anyone!

Gluten-Free Wednesdays



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I Ate A Bagel This Morning

and it was glorious!  

   I haven’t had a bagel since I started limiting my gluten intake when I was a senior in college.  However, I really envied my husband who gets to eat one in the morning… toasted… with cream cheese… mmm!  So, yesterday I finally decided to try my hand at making my own homemade g-free bagels.  And let me tell you they won’t disappoint you!


   I used Annalise Roberts’ recipe for “Egg Bagels,” which requires her special concoction of flour measurements.  

                                      1/3 part millet
                                      1/6 sorghum  
                                      1/6 cornstarch
                                      1/6 potato starch 
                                      1/6 tapioca starch

1)   Mix all dry ingredients together:
              2 & 3/4 cup plus 2 Tbs flour mixture
              2 Tbs sweet rice flour
              2 Tbs sugar
              2 tsp xanthan gum
              3/4 tsp salt
              1 Tbs yeast

2)   Then add the wet ingredients:
              2/3 cup plus 1 Tbs very warm water
              1 lightly whipped egg
              2 Tbs vegetable oil

3)   Mix bagel mixture on high speed for 3 minutes

4)   Liberally spread rice flour on working surface.  Drop sticky dough onto surface and roll into a ball (should be lightly covered in flour).  Divide into 8 equal parts, roll each into a ball then make a hole in the center forming it into a bagel shape.  
5)   Place bagel dough on greased cookie sheet and let rise for 1 hour to 1 & 1/2 hours underneath a light cloth.

6)   Preheat oven to 425 F.  Boil 8 cups water and 1 Tbs sugar in a large pot.
7)   Boil bagels for 2 minutes on each side then place on paper towel and dry before placing back onto greased cookie sheet.
8)   Brush tops of bagels with whipped egg whites.  Then sprinkle with flavorings of your choice (I used dehydrated onion, garlic salt, and cracked pepper).  Lightly spray bagels with baking spray.
Please excuse the sideways picture… computer refuses to flip it!

9)   Bake bagels for 10 minutes then lower oven temperature to 400 F and bake for 15 minutes more.


10)   Cool and enjoy!!!!
Mmmmm cream cheese bagel this morning for breakfast!!
   Who wants to join me for breakfast tomorrow morning?