Gluten-free Rice-Free Dairy-free Wholegrain Naan Recipe

August 2nd, 2013 yum Posted in Baked Goods, Bread, Buckwheat, Dairy Free, Indian, Indian Flatbread, Rice Free, Sorghum, Soy Free 2 Comments »

Hello there, readers! I know it has been a ridiculously long time since I’ve posted, but I’ve been cooking, especially once the first trimester passed. Most of my energy has been spent on bentos for Kid Yum, but I’ve also baked, and recently I’ve been making a lot of spicy international food. I don’t know what it is about pregnancy, but I always crave spicy things. With Kid Yum, I craved kimchi. This time around I’m a fanatic for Ethiopian food (I found a gluten-free friendly ethiopian restaurant in the South Bay, Walia), and most recently, Thai green curry. Recently I’ve been playing with some Indian recipes, such as the Cook’s Illustrated recipe for Indian-Style Curry with Potatoes, Cauliflower, Peas and Chickpeas. I don’t particularly recommend that recipe, unless you have a really stellar curry powder. With a mediocre curry powder, like the Trader Joe’s version I used, the recipe is bland and can’t compete with an authentic recipe using individual Indian spices. However, it was reasonably tasty and called out for a side starch. For dinner last night I made Rice and pea pilaf but used a brown rice blend with wild rice, leaving out the chilies and simmering a good sight longer. Rice doesn’t always agree with me, though, so today I wanted to make a rice-free side to enjoy with my curry. I visited an old friend, my dairy-free wholegrain naan recipe but adapted it to use flours that agree with my tummy more.

*Note: Baby Yum 2.0 is due on August 9, so I’ve switched to a dairy-free diet hoping to head off any allergic issues with breastfeeding. Wish me luck! However, as a result my recipes from now on will be consistently dairy-free unless I developed them prior to July 9.*

This recipe turned out beautifully. Lately I’ve been loving a mixture of sorghum and buckwheat flours for the flavor and nutritional value. They worked well. FYI, I had used about 1/2 cup of the coconut milk (not cream) the night before so my 1/2 cup of non-dairy milk blend was primarily almond milk. The flatbread was delicious with a little soy-free margarine and salt, as well as with a curry. The bread would also be quite delicious with an herb olive oil.

I’d love to catch you all up on our life over the past few months- we had a rainbow-themed birthday party for Kid Yum, who is now four, we adopted baby chicks and have our own chickens and coop in a side yard, and as usual we’ve been growing some gorgeous organic heirloom tomatoes in our garden.

But for now… here’s a recipe, and love from the South Bay to you.

Gluten-free Dairy-free Rice-free Wholegrain Naan recipe
Ingredients
1 cup sorghum flour
1/2 cup GF buckwheat flour
1/2 cup tapioca starch
3 tbsp. blanched almond flour
1 teaspoon xanthan gum
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon gluten free baking powder
2 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons dried active yeast
1 can full-fat coconut milk WITHOUT thickeners like Chaokoh (chilled but NOT shaken)
scant 1/2 cup almond or other non-dairy milk
1 egg, whisked

coarse kosher salt

Directions
Prepare a round pizza pan by lining it with parchment paper. If you have a pizza stone, place it in your oven. Preheat oven to 500F.
Combine dry ingredient in a medium-large bowl from brown rice flour through baking powder, and whisk to combine.

Collect the coconut CREAM that has risen to the top of the chilled coconut milk can first in a liquid measuring cup. I use a large spoon but you may also have good luck with a small spatula. For the last bit I poured the milk through a fine strainer and collected the cream remained on top of the strainer. I had about 3/4 cup coconut cream in my can. Combine thin coconut milk with hazelnut milk or other non-dairy milk (if additional is needed) to form 1/2 cup of liquid.

Warm the thin liquid in a microwave until barely warm. If you heat it so that it is hot rather than warm, just let it sit until lukewarm. Whisk sugar into your warm dairy-free milk and then add your yeast. When it foams, pour into your bowl with the dry ingredients. Then add your coconut cream and whisked egg and fold together. You should have a fairly thick, bread-like batter that is not runny but not quite firm enough to pick up and shape.

Spoon out half of your dough in three to four large rounds of dough onto your parchment paper about 4 inches in diameter and 1/2 inch high. (Or smaller, to your preference. Larger may be difficult to manage.) Dampen your hands with water and pat out the dough to shape and make the tops really silky and smooth. Sprinkle generously with coarse kosher salt. Move the parchment sheet with the first batch of naan to the top of your pizza stone if you have it. Otherwise you can simply move the pizza pan.

Bake in the oven on 500F until golden brown. In my rather freakish gas oven, it took about 15 minutes but yours may take less time so watch carefully. Check bottom of naan. If it hasnt browned, you can remove them from the parchment paper and place them flat on the pizza stone in the oven so that the bottom is browned and crunchy.

Notes
Can be refreshed by being toasted in a toaster oven or toaster.
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Gluten-free Dairy-free Chunky Apple Muffin Recipe

April 2nd, 2013 yum Posted in Bread, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Vegan Option, apple, corn free 12 Comments »


Our in-laws are visiting, and Kid Yum had the day off from preschool so I had an unusually leisurely morning that inspired me to bake up some treats for our visitors. I asked Kid Yum what sounded good to her— suggesting carrot muffins or banana muffins. She thought for a minute and declared, “Apple Muffins!” She does love apples, and since we had a big package of organic Fuji apples I thought that sounded like an excellent idea. It made me remember a sweet apple muffin streudel recipe I made some time ago, using dairy, but I wanted to make it dairy-free for my lactose-sensitive father-in-law. I also wanted to cut down on the sweetener considerably to make it a more sensible as a breakfast choice. I made two batches- one egg-free for a friend who recently got out of surgery, and one batch using eggs. The recipes turned out well, and I could tell they were a success when the DH gobbled not one but two in rapid succession. We’ll be making these again! One note: they are very delicate (a touch crumbly) when hot out of the oven but they firm up as they cool.

Another thing… You may have noticed how infrequent my posts have become. I’ve wanted to post, honestly, and I feel terrible for letting last month’s adopt-a-gluten-free-blogger event slide (post coming soon), but there have been a few things keeping me busy.

For one thing…

I’m pregnant! We’re expecting our second Baby Yum in August. The first trimester hit me hard, leaving me tired, nauseous, and uninspired by food. Thankfully once I got into the second trimester I’ve felt much more like myself, but I also feel the tick-tock of the clock and the necessity of finishing my dissertation. Basically while Kid Yum is at preschool I work on my dissertation work like crazy, and then when she gets home, I make dinner and we try to spend some quality family time together. We go to bed early, though, and household chores like laundry end up getting done at the end of the day, just when I used to habitually blog.

Actually… laundry is piled on the edge of the bed as I type this.. and I’ll have to fold it before we go to sleep. Ah life is so glamorous here at the House of Yum…

But, I do think of you guys and this blog, and I frequently type in new recipes that I intend to post, and write up recipe notes and take photos, especially of Kid Yum’s bentos. I just need to figure out how to work in blogging, being a mommy, writing a dissertation, and living life all at the same time.

And by the way… we found out late last month…. the new Baby Yum is a boy! We can’t wait to welcome him to our family. Don’t worry, we’ll introduce you guys too. You’ll just have to wait until August, along with us.

I shared this with the fabulous Simply Sugar and Gluten-free Slightly Indulgent Tuesday and Wellness Weekend.

Dairy-free Chunky Apple Muffins with walnut topping
Ingredients
Apple Pie Base:
1 tbsp. grapeseed oil
3 or small apples, peeled and sliced
2 tbsp raisins
1/4 tsp dried lemon peel (optional)
1/2 lemon, juiced
1 tsp. vanilla
heaped 1/2 tsp or more cinnamon

Muffin batter:
3/4 cup sorghum or brown rice flour
1/4 cup almond flour
1 cup tapioca starch
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 large egg or Ener-g foods egg replacer egg
1/2 cup applesauce
1/4 to 1/3 cup honey, maple syrup or agave nectar
1/3 cup coconut cream from canned full fat coconut milk
1/3 cup coconut milk from above canned coconut milk
1/4 cup grapeseed oil

Topping:
1/4 cup walnuts
light sprinkle of brown sugar, date sugar or coconut sugar

Directions
Preheat oven to 375f. Place muffin tin liners in a muffin pan.

Heat a nonstick pan on medium and add your grapeseed oil. Just as it starts to brown, throw in your apples and raisins and sprinkle them with optional lemon peel. Let them begin to brown, and then turn and add lemon juice and vanilla. As the second side browns, add your cinnamon and turn one more time.

In a large bowl, combine all the dry ingredients for your muffin from sorghum flour to the nutmeg. Whisk together to combine.

Put your egg or ener-g egg in a small to medium bowl and whisk together. Add applesauce, honey or other liquid sweetener, coconut cream and coconut milk and oil together and whisk until combined. Make a well in the dry ingredients and pour your combined liquid ingredients into the well. Fold in your liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients.

Assemble your muffins by putting a small layer of batter in the muffin tin. Then put a layer of the apple pie filling over the batter. Cover it with a layer of batter. Place a few chopped walnuts on top of the muffins and sprinkle very lightly with brown sugar or other powdered natural sweetener.

Bake for 25-35 minutes or until muffins are a nice golden brown and separate easily from the muffin tin. Leave them in the muffin tin for a few minutes or separate muffins from the pan gently with a butter knife. Put on a wire rack to cool.

Notes
Very delicate muffin until it cools, at which point it becomes less prone to crumbling. Three glutenoids (two not accustomed to gluten-free eating) gobbled them up and pronounced them yummy.
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