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Corn Bread from 123 Gluten Free

I was a “busy beaver” over the weekend and tried several new recipes. One of them was an Italian Beef Stew and to accompany this dish, I chose to make Corn Bread with a mix we carry in the store from 1-2-3 Gluten Free. This is one of our manufacturers who started their company after having to deal with finding gluten-free foods to accomodate their Celiac Disease. 1-2-3 Gluten Free makes some other great mixes – a Devil’s Food Cake Mix and the Southern Glory Biscuit Mix. All of their mixes are Free from Gluten, Wheat, Dairy, Casein, Peanuts, Tree Nuts, Sugar, Egg, Soy, Rice and Potatoes…whew, with all that’s missing, it’s amazing that they actually taste sooo good!

For the Southern Style Corn Bread mix I followed the package directions. Since I have no dairy restrictions, I used milk. The options are provided for using soy (milk substitute) and even making your own buttermilk ingredient alternative.  The same for the eggs that are called for…we carry an Egg Replacer from Orgran you could try as well.  Gluten and Casein Free Cornbread

These were wonderful and had good texture with a mild corn taste. If you wanted to add some “fire” ( I am from Texas you know!) you could try one of their own variations for Jalapeno Cheddar Corn Bread on the package directions too. This mix was quick, easy and goes really well with stews and chilis…which seems like it should be on the menu for you guys in the northeast….BBBBRRRRRR! Enjoy.

It’s cold out…and you know that means..Chocolate!

I guess this sounds like a broken record…cold weather doesn’t REALLY mean chocolate. But doesn’t a little chocolate dessert seem to make the conditions outside a little more bearable? On this vein, we will move forward and introduce you to another yummy dish from my friends at Chebe Bread. This recipe is called “Blondie”. Now, I have been called this as well…and only my hairdresser knows if that is accurate! Enjoy this blondie and stay warm!

Blondie Bars or Cookies by Chebe Bread                                                                                                                              

Blondie Bar Dessert Recipe

Blondie Bar Dessert Recipe

                   

Ingredients
1 Package Chebe Mix (add 1/2 tsp. Cream of Tartar and 1 tsp. Baking Soda to Chebe Original Bread Mix)
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter (or non-dairy alternative), softened
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
2 large eggs ( or use egg replacer)
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cup chocolate chunks, divided

 

Directions
Preheat oven to 350o F. Grease a 9 by 13 baking pan.                                                                            

Add brown sugar to softened butter and mix until combined. Mix in the eggs and vanilla extract until combined. Add 1 package of Chebe All-Purpose Bread Mix and mix on low until just incorporated. Fold in 1 1/4 cups chocolate chunks and transfer the mixture to the prepared pan. Sprinkle the remaining 3/4 cups of chocolate chunks evenly on top of the mixture and press lightly with wax paper to set into the dough. Bake for 25 minutes. Remove to a wire rack and let cool completely. Cut into 2-inch squares.  Makes 24 bars.

If you are in the mood for cookies: Mix all of the chocolate chunks into the dough and bake on a cookie sheet for 20-22 minutes at 350o. Makes 2 dozen cookies. Be creative and modify the recipe by adding your favorite chopped nuts, toffee bits, etc. in place of the chocolate – just keep the quantity to about  2 cups.

Feeling a little French?

Of course, I am a Texas native and “ya’ll” is my only foreign word. I took spanish in high school…but the old saying “Use or Lose it” applies! I am excited to offer this wonderful recipe from Chebe today. The president of Chebe Breads, Dick Reed, graciously shared this dish that he personally made in his kitchen. Chebe makes wonderful mixes and it’s great to see the company president trying new recipes with me as well. Let me know how you like it…and you don’t have to pronounce the name of the dish if you are unsure!!!

Filet de Boeuf en Croute  

                                         boeuf en croute

Filet of beef in crust (serves 4)

For the meat, use approximately 1.5 lbs. of filet mignon, tenderloin, or sirloin.  Trim any excess fat.  Make slits in various places in the meat.  Season with salt, pepper, rosemary, thyme and olive oil.  Keep refrigerated for two hours or overnight. 

To the mix add 1 tsp. of baking powder if not using Chebe Focaccia or Chebe All Purpose mixes.    If using an unseasoned Chebe mix, you may add rosemary, thyme, etc. to the mix before blending.   Prepare the dough according to the package directions, omitting cheese.

With a rolling pin, flatten to about 1/8” into a shape that will allow you to wrap the beef.  Facilitate the rolling by tossing food starch on the preparation surface and on the surface of the dough.

Place the beef in the center of the flattened dough.  Fold the dough over the top of the beef, trim the excess dough and crimp the dough edges.  Place the meat in a baking pan, turning it so that the crease in the dough is on the bottom.   With a knife, make two or three slits in the top of the dough.  Brush with olive oil and lay a sprig of rosemary over the top.

Bake uncovered in a preheated 400F oven for 30 minutes or until done.  For assurance, you may insert a meat thermometer through the dough and into the meat prior to placing in the oven.

Chocolate Cookies…Everyone’s favorite!

Me again…I just had to get this one to you today too! With the holidays just around the corner, you can probably use all the great cookie ideas you can get. This is another recipe that came to me from my friends at Authentic Foods. Please try it and let me know. Enjoy!                                                                           (p.s., I substituted the Enjoy Life Chocolate chips to give you a Dairy-free version)

Chocolate Peppermint Thumbprint Cookies

Chocolate Peppermint Thumbprints

Servings: 40 – 50

Prep Time: 25 Minutes

Bake/Cook Time: 13 – 17 Minutes

Ingredients:

Cookies

1 1/2 cups Authentic Foods Multi-Blend Flour

1/3 cup cocoa powder

1/2 teaspoon Authentic Foods Vanilla Powder or 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

3/4 teaspoons salt

1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips, melted in microwave for 1 minute

2 eggs, slightly beaten

 

Peppermint Icing

1 cup sifted confectioner’s sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract (place ¼ teaspoon if you do not want the peppermint flavor to be too strong)

1 1/2 tablespoons water

Directions:

Cookies

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a large cookie sheet. Set aside.

 

In a medium bowl, combine Authentic Foods Multi-Blend Flour, cocoa powder, Authentic Foods Vanilla Powder, and salt until fully combined. In a bowl of an electric mixer, cream the unsalted butter and granulated sugar together. Then mix in the flour mixture, the melted semisweet chocolate chips, and the eggs. Mix until a dough forms.

 

Make 1 inch balls out of the dough and place them on the cookie sheet about 1 inch apart. Then use your thumb to make a thumbprint in the center of each ball. Bake the cookies in the oven for 13 to 17 minutes or until the cookies are crisp on the outside. Let the cookies cool on a rack for at least 15 to 20 minutes. Then place a dollop of peppermint icing on the thumbprint of each cookie.

 

Peppermint Icing

Mix all ingredients together until smooth. Use a Ziploc bag with the corner cut off or a pastry bag to pipe out the icing onto the center of each thumbprint cookie.

Gingerbread Men Cookies

This wonderfulholiday recipe comes to us from the kitchen of Authentic Foods, one of our Allergiesandme.com manufacturers. See the recipe below.  This company makes great flour blends and I will definitely try this one before my next Holiday Cookie Exchange. Let me know how much your kids and family enjoy them!

Gingerbread Man Cookie 

 Servings: 48 cookies (with 3 inch cookie cutters)

Prep Time: 45 – 60 Minutes

Bake/Cook Time: 7 – 8 Minutes

Ingredients:

Gingerbread Cookies

1 3/4 cups Authentic Foods Multi-Blend Flour

1/8 cup Authentic Foods Multi-Blend Flour (optional)

1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger

1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

3 tablespoons molasses

1/2 cup butter, softened

2 large eggs, slightly beaten

Cooking spray

Icing

1 cup sifted powdered sugar

1 tablespoon water

Directions:

Gingerbread Cookies

In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine Authentic Foods Multi-Blend Flour, ground ginger, ground cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ground nutmeg and packed brown sugar. Use the paddle of the electric mixer to combine these ingredients together.

After about a minute, add the butter—increase the mixing speed to medium and mix until there is a course crumb consistency. Then add the molasses, followed by the eggs. The mixture should come together to form a dough. Make 2 balls out of the dough and wrap them in plastic wrap. Place the dough in the refrigerator to chill for about 1 ½ hours.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a large cookie sheet with cooking spray. Coat a baking mat and a rolling pin with flour. Then roll out each portion of the dough; cut the dough with your desired cookie cutters and place onto the greased cookie sheet (if the rolling pin continues to stick to the dough and if it is difficult to get the cookies off of the baking mat without breaking, then mix in an extra 1/8 cup of Authentic Foods Multi-Blend Flour into all of the dough). Make sure to place the cookies at least 1 inch apart. Bake the cookies for 7 – 8 minutes or until lightly browned.

Icing

Combine the powdered sugar and water together in small bowl using a spatula or electric mixer. Spoon the mixture into a Ziploc bag or piping bag. If using a Ziploc bag, use a spatula to push all of the icing to one corner of the bag. Then snip off a small hole on the corner where all of the icing is located. Decorate the cookies as desired.

Chebe Cinnamon Rolls…Rule!

Let’s get started on our “cooking adventure” with Chebe’s Cinnamon rolls. I decided to make them without any additional ingredients…but would suggest, depending on your dietary restrictions, adding some filling items. The rolls were great…texture and taste were good. If possible in your family kitchen, you could add maybe apples or nuts to give more flavors. These roll would be good for a breakfast/brunch or even dessert.  The package includes recipes for a pie crust, cinnamon crisps and the “oh so wonderful” version of Sticky Buns! I see these on your table for Christmas morning with a hot cup of coffee sitting by the fire. Living in Florida, I will have to run the airconditioner to enjoy my first fire…we all have our problems! Enjoy….

Chebe's Cinnamon Rolls

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