Thursday, October 28, 2010

POTM: Blackberry And Apple Pie

So POTM stands for Pie Of The Month...Yes, I will be attempting a cupcake and a pie every month. Oh wish me luck. The choice was easy this month. Hubby and I watched Jamie Oliver last night and hubby was drooling over this pie. It's funny how watching the cooking channel, makes you want to get into the kitchen and work. But it was 10pm last night and pie was not happening last night. But we got up and cleaned the kitchen.

So after dinner tonight I got started on the pie. I used Cybele's Pie Crust this time around. It is in her book so I won't post the recipe here. I have to say I wasn't too thrilled with it. Great pastry. Can't complain, I think the issue was our kitchen was really warm. So I will try her crust again down the road. I have another crust in mind for next months pie.

This is the filling, doesn't it look nummy?

Look I covered the pie in one piece!
This is what happens when hubby thinks he can bake? It's covered in coconut oil, sugar and cinnamon.

One baked Blackberry and Apple Pie. Are you drooling yet?

Blackberry and Apple Pie
From Jamie Oliver

1/4 cup butter (coconut oil)
1/3 cup sugar
6 apples, peeled and sliced
1 heaping tablespoon chopped ginger
5 ounces blackberries

Put the butter and sugar into a saucepan and, when the butter has melted, add the apples, ginger and a tablespoon of the ginger syrup (OK cheated here, I for the life of me can not find ginger without corn syrup. I bought ginger and sliced it up myself and when I saw syrup I just put in a spoonful of coconut oil). Slowly cook for 15 minutes with a lid on, then add the blackberries, stir and cook for 5 more minutes with the lid off.

Well this was cooking I got the crust all ready. I then dumped the mixture into the pie crust and topped with second pie crust. Make sure you have holes, or sliced in your top crust to let steam out. Hubby topped with coconut oil, sugar and cinnamon. When I bake my pies, I bake them either on a cookie sheet or a cookie sheet next shelf down to catch drops.

Bake at 350 degrees for 55-60 minutes. Enjoy!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Joke For You

What do you get when you cross this?

And This?

You get this....

And my kids ate them! And they came back for more! Joke is on them...Well it's in them!

Beany Tomato Cupcakes

1/8 cup coconut oil
1 cup sugar
1 flax egg set aside
1-15 oz can pinto beans
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/4 cup gf flour mix
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup diced tomatoes

1. Cream coconut oil and sugar.
2. Add flax egg and mix well.
3. Mix in mashed beans and vanilla
4. In a small bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and cinnamon.
5. Add dry mixture to wet mixture. Do not over mix.
6. Stir in diced tomatoes.
7. Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full.
8. Bake at 350 for about 20 minutes.

Recipe thanks to Cupcake Project love that site! Subs are mine through.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Gluten Free Mama Is In Town!

We were just at GF Joe's getting our books signed. Ethan LOVED the bread. So now I have to make it and serve it with our butter he says. If you have not gotten your hands on her new cookbook, then you should. It's a great book. Check it out here
Well off to the kitchen I go.....

Friday, October 22, 2010

Cupcake of the Month

I'm starting something new on my blog, and in life. I'm forcing myself to get into the kitchen and find my love of baking again. Before Ethan got so sick, I use to love to bake. And the the Celiac and allergies hit and you have to throw everything you know about baking out the window and start all over again. Well it has been three years. And I bake here and there, not as much as I use to.

But starting today that is changing. I have googled and found some very nice looking recipes, the issue is these are filled with yucky stuff. So I will be converting them. Some will be winners, and some will flop I'm sure.

I want to show those on this "diet" and in life not to be afraid of food. It's just food. I want to explore, pumpkin, cranberry's, cocoa. I want to explore new to me flours. I want to get into my kitchen and have fun again.

My Grandmother use to be a baker, and oh boy how I use to love to bake a cake and decorate it. I could do a mean fondant. I could butter cream like no ones business. But since Ethan I have only decorated one or two cakes since. That will be changing also. So look forward to those creations.

So starting tonight I did just that. I found a recipe for Chocolate Pumpkin Cupcakes. Well after changing nearly every ingredient I think what I have is a pretty good cupcake. The big problem here is I don't eat my baking. I have never liked cake, cupcakes, bread, tons of sugar, for-get-about-it.

So I have to rely on my kids and husband to let me know how they taste. These got a thumbs up.

First up, have your music up loud, this really helps. Make sure you sing loudly and dance around the kitchen. Have fun well you are baking.

The first Mixing.
Added the flour...Looks so good.
Fresh out of the oven. Hey, I heard that, Squares? Where do you get squares? Um, Target. I LOVE them.

Waiting for them to cool.

Frosted and they have cocoa powdered sugar on it. This is where you need to explore, just a scoop of powdered sugar, I add in a few small spoonfuls of cocoa and mix up. No measuring. Often I don't measure. I am a dump and pour kind of baker.

Looks good enough to eat, doesn't it?

Heavenly Chocolate Pumpkin Cupcakes
1 1/2 cups flour mix (below)
1 teaspoon cinnamon (Instead of using these four, I used 2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice)
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup pumpkin puree
1 flax egg (pre-mix and set aside)
1/2 cup canola oil
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup melted enjoy life chips
Please read all the instructions first.
1. Whisk together flour, spices, baking soda, and salt. Very important to do this step first.
2. In the mixer combine the sugar, pumpkin, and flax egg. Beat until smooth.
3. Mix in the oil, orange juice, and melted chocolate.
4. Add in the flour mix, and you move fast before the chocolate hardens.
5. Once mixed, pour into a cupcake pan and fill about 3/4 full.
6. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes.
Pumpkin Pie Spice Frosting
1/2 cup melted coconut oil
1 1/2 cup powdered sugar (Trader Joe's carries a corn free version)
4 teaspoon vanilla paste (I used 2t regular vanilla, I didn't have paste on hand)
2 teaspoon rice milk
I used 2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice mix or you can use
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1. Beat coconut oil, and sugar until light and fluffy.
2. Mix in vanilla, and milk.
3. Mix in spices.
I have a new flour mix (I know, I know!)
I usually use Cybele's
4 Cups Brown Rice Flour
1 1/3 Cups Potato Starch
2/3 Cups Tapioca Starch
I am now doing;
3 1/2 cups Brown Rice Flour
1 1/3 Cups Potato Starch
2/3 Cups Tapioca Starch
1/2 Cups Sweet Rice Flour


Friday, October 15, 2010

Pumpkin Patch

So this was my 152ND trip to the Pumpkin Patch. This is a pre-school field trip and this is my third child. Although this is my first time only taking one child. I thought it would be easy-breezy, one child how hard could this be?


Cole LOVED the tractor ride. He LOVED the pumpkin patch. But the hay maze is another story. I saw him go in the first time and when I realized he was probably lost, I went in looking for him. Where I got lost. I finally got to the end and there he was waiting for me. Lord Help Me!

Cole then went down the slide 102 times.

On the last trip in, I didn't see Cole go into the hay maze by mistake. When I realized he probably went into the hay maze door and not the slide, I went up to the walkway so I could look over into the hay maze and another mom asked if that was my child. Her kids found him crying and were helping him out.

Dang it, I have one child and I lost him twice. After we found each other again, we called it a day. I was exhausted!

Cole on the tractor there.

This is the pumpkin Cole choose.
This is Cole and Lovely on the tractor ride back.

The slide!

One happy boy!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Bread...Real Bread...

So I have been working on my newest bread for about a month now. I keep tweaking and playing with it until one day my hubby said it was perfect and I better not tweak anymore. It's a really easy recipe and I can usually have it in the bread maker in about ten minutes. Yes, I said bread maker. I have done it both oven and bread maker, bread maker is easier because I will forget something is rising until it runs everywhere.
So I was at a friends house last night and I made this loaf because I wanted new people to try my bread and to give me honest feedback. Well I hope it was honest? I will say the loaf was gone within minutes. I was in shock that everyone liked it so much.
This bread stands up, this is the bread I made the grilled cheese sandwiches with. I have had so much fun with this bread. There is still some tweaking to do but I am happy with the way it is right now. Now to come up with a great name for this amazing bread.
Flour Mix is Cybele Pascal's
4 Cups Brown Rice Flour
1 1/3 Cup Potato Starch
2/3 Cup Tapioca Starch
Bread Recipe
Egg replacer enough for two eggs, 1/4 cup sparkling water, warmed for about 20 seconds in the microwave, mixed together and set aside.
Now I just dump everything else into the mixer.
4 Cups Flour Mix
2 Teaspoons Sugar
1 Teaspoon Guar Gum
1 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
2 1/4 Teaspoon Dry Yeast
1 Teaspoon Gelatin
1 Cup Rice Milk Warmed about 30 Seconds in Microwave
1 Cup Water Warmed about 30 Seconds in Microwave
2 Teaspoons safe butter or Olive Oil (I have used both)
1 Teaspoon Rice Vinegar
Egg Replacer Mix
Mix in a stand mixer until it looks awesome, about three plus minutes or so. I then pour into a bread maker and put it on the gluten free cycle. Now my mixer in my bread machine sucks so I have to pre mix in my mixer first.
Now the important part, after the bread machine beeps that it is done, I take it out and put it into the oven at 350 for an extra ten minutes. Just placing it on a cookie sheet.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Emma Has A New Coat

Yes, I made Emma a coat. I tell ya my goats are spoiled, and they really are spoiled. Now Emma is our tiny baby, she is the smallest of the herd and so I really worry about her, being outside in the cold. Even through she has her momma, I don't think she weighs more then 20 pounds which isn't a lot when you are sleeping outside in the cold.

So Emma got a coat. Isn't it cute?

Um, now mom wants one, Great!