Baking – ohh, how I have missed you. Ever since earlier this year when we learned my youngest son Beckett had food allergies (the most serious being gluten), I’ve put my baking on hold. Weekends used to mean homemade muffins and pancakes and biscuits, but trying these things without regular flour was more hassle than I felt like dealing with. It was unknown territory, and frankly with the baby, I didn’t have much time for experimenting. But a few weeks ago I wanted real pancakes and so I googled “how to substitute gluten free flour for regular flour” and was amazed by what I found – it’s actually pretty simple. Add xanthan gum and egg to almost any recipe and voila, you have gluten-free baked goods that don’t taste gluten-free. They rise and they have the same consistency. So with a new found excitement and hope about eating normal again, I’ll be baking – hallelujah, I’ll be baking! I’ll be testing out my old recipes and seeing how it goes. I’ll share my successes, and hope that if you are also gluten impaired that you’ll too be able to enjoy some of your old favorites again.
Gluten Free Banana and Chocolate Chip Muffins
3 very ripe bananas
1 1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup vegetable or canola oil
1/4 cup buttermilk
1 1/2 cup gluten free all purpose flour
1/2 cup gluten free oats
1 tsp xanthan gum
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup mini chocolate chips
1.) In a large bowl, whisk together bananas, brown sugar, oil, buttermilk and eggs until well combined (banana chunks are OK).
2.) In a small bowl, stir together flour, oats, xanthan gum, baking soda and salt. Slowly stir into wet ingredients and fold in chocolate chips. Stir until just combined – do not over-stir.
3.) Pour batter into lined muffin tins (I use a scoop), and bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 21 minutes.
This morning I decided on a little impromptu muffin making because I was seriously craving some blueberry muffins. I wanted a little tartness to go along with the blueberry, so I added sour cream, buttermilk and lemon zest (a little trick I learned from Ina Garten). Aside from the fact that I couldn’t manage to get equal amounts of batter in my muffin liners (despite using a scoop!), they turned out really, really good. Beckett and I ate 4 of them right out of the oven in about 10 minutes. And I’d like to blame it all on Becks, but this girl ate some muffins. They turned out light and tangy and were exactly what I was craving.
1 stick butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp lemon zest
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
2 cups flour
1/4 cup sour cream
3/4 cup buttermilk
2 cups blueberries
1.) Preheat oven to 375 and line muffin tins with 18 liners.
2.) Using an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar until smooth, continue beating and add vanilla, eggs and lemon zest. Next add salt, baking soda and baking powder, and then pour flour in very slowly while mixing on the lowest setting. Add sour cream, and buttermilk and beat until batter has a silky consistency. Stir in blueberries.
3.) Fill each muffin liner 3/4 full and bake for about 20 minutes, or until tops are slightly browned.
Yields 18 muffins
*I topped each muffin with sugar and lemon zest, but next time I make them I will leave off the zest. It got too brown while baking and didn’t add much flavor.
Pumpkin and chocolate – the perfect combination. I made these muffins for breakfast this morning and between the smell of these fabulous things baking in the oven and fresh brewed coffee, my house smelled like a pumpkin spice latte. Yum. This is the perfect muffin to kick off the fall with – moist and sweet with the perfect amount of both pumpkin and chocolate, a totally decadent treat. Happy fall y’all!
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
2 1/2 cups sugar
1 14.5-oz can pumpkin
3/4 cup oil
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp cloves
1 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
1.) Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line muffin pans.
2.) Combine flour and baking powder and set aside.
3.) Whisk together eggs, sugar, pumpkin, oil, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and cloves until smooth.
4.) Slowly whisk in flour mixture until just combined. Stir in chocolate chips.
5.) Fill each muffin liner almost full of batter. Bake for 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let cool on a wire rack. Yields almost 24 muffins (I like to fill the cups extra full so they rise above the paper, therefore, I only got 22 muffins out of the batter).