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Gluten Free Shortbread Biscuits

This recipe came to me via a friend and she thinks it was originally a recipe in Epicurious that was adapted…sorry for no clear ownership on this one. For the gluten free flour I used my Better Batter Gluten Free Flour mix. I have to say that I was a little nervous during the mixing process – seemed dry and unable to “stick”. However, the refrigeration made it easier to handle and they came out great. Just be sure you eat over a plate…or even better, a hearty bowl of chili to catch the crumbs! Super Bowl Sunday might be a good time to bring this one out….

makes 28 biscuits
Ingredients
1/2          cup           unsalted butter, room temp
1/2          tsp            salt
1/4          tsp            black pepper
                               pinch of cayenne pepper
8             oz            extra-sharp white Cheddar, finely shredded
1             cup          Gluten-Free flour mix
 
Procedure

  1. Combine butter with salt and both peppers in mixer on low until combined.  Don’t over-mix.
  2. Add flour and cheese and mix on medium-low until well combined and a ball forms. 
  3. Wrap ball of dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.  If you want to use the slice and bake method (so you don’t have to roll out your dough), shape dough into a log before refrigerating.
  4. Heat oven to 350° .  Line two sheet pans with parchment paper.
  5. Roll out dough to 1/4″ thick on a lightly floured surface, or slice rounds from log that are 1/4″ thick.  If rolling out dough (which is what we did), use 2″ round cutter and place each biscuit on sheet pan as you cut them out.  Biscuits hold shape well when baked, so you can use any cookie cutter you like here.  You can re-roll dough scraps.
  6. Bake until puffed up, golden on top, and browning on edges, around 18 to 20 minutes.  Store at room temp in an airtight container.

  As you can see, I went with the “roll” method..easier and no messy flour cut-outs. 

Gluten Free shortbread biscuits

Gluten Free shortbread biscuits

 Pre-baShortbread biscuits ked look…a couple fell apart…but luckily, I like eating raw dough (don’t knock it until you try it!)   Then finally, the finished product..Easy and Good…exactly what I was hoping for!    Shortbread biscuits

Chicken Breasts with Garlic & Parsley.

It’s “Hump Day”! Strange phrase, but always reminds me that the weekend is nearing! I was feeling adventurous in the kitchen yesterday and converted a recipe from one of my favorite chefs – Jacques Pepin. I have several of his cookbooks and have never had a flop…even me! This comes from his “Fast Food My Way” and I would recommend this cookbook. This recipe was easy to adjust – only changing to gluten free flour and butter substitute. Depending on your family’s restrictions, you can serve over couscous, gluten-free pasta, rice…etc. Go ahead, give Jacques a try!

Ingredients:                                                                                                 

Gluten Free Chicken Recipe

Gluten Free Chicken Recipe

3 bonless chicken breasts (1 1/2 in. cubes)                                                   

2 Tbl Better Batter Gluten Free Flour

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp black pepper

2 Tbl olive oil

1 Tbl chopped garlic

3 Tbl chopped parsley

2 Tbl unsalted butter ( or non-diary substitute)

1 lemon, quartered

Dry the chicken cubes with paper towels and toss with flour, salt & pepper. Heat oil in high heat skillet (but not smoking), add chicken and cook for approximately 3 1/1 minutes. While this is going, combine garlic & parsley then add butter and the parsley mixture to skillet. Saute with chicken for 1 minute, making sure to coat thoroughly. Serves 4, add lemon quarter to each plate.

Magic Candy..Really?!!!

Well, I can’t attest to the “magic” part, but I hear they are “magical” to the taste buds! This recipe was shared through a local Food Allergy support group and Jack’s Mom did some adjustments to make it “Jack Friendly” ( this is the term I use when I make food for him at my house). The adjustment for Jack was to use candy canes and not nuts. She also shared her picture of them. Here ‘ya go… make some holiday MAGIC!

Magic Candy

I used Unsalted Fleishman’s and Enjoy Life Chips.  You can use brown sugar for a toffee.  They are out of this world and better than rolling 2 dozen cookies. 

 Ingredients:                                                                                                                                Magic Candy

Saltines

2 sticks butter (if you want you can use less butter, you just have to use trial and error)

1 cup sugar or brown sugar

12 oz  bag chocolate chips (and or peanut butter chips, white chocolate chips etc.)

¼ – ½ cup chopped-crushed pecans, chopped candy canes, chopped candy bars etc.

*Note: remember to have your nuts and candies chopped ahead of time

1- Line cookie sheet (lipped cookie sheet) with non-stick aluminum foil or rubber cookie mat

2- Place saltines in a flat layer end to end, side to side covering the bottom of the cookie sheet

3- Melt butter in pan over burner, adding sugar. Turn heat up to med/high, stirring constantly until sugar starts to bubble up.  It will start to get small bubbles, keep stirring until the entire pot boils up.

4- Use a big spoon or Pour over crackers spreading evenly.

5- Bake in a 350 degree oven for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown.

6- Remove from oven and sprinkle chocolate chips over crackers. Wait about 5 minutes for chips to melt and spread chocolate (using back of a spoon or a spatula) evenly over crackers, then sprinkle chopped nuts or candies over top of chocolate.

7- Refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight.

Then break apart randomly and enjoy.