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Allergy Free and Gluten Free Hamburger Buns…A recipe for your Holiday Cookout.

Happy Pre-4th of July everyone!

 Hope you have lot’s of fun gatherings planned and many hours spent with family and friends. All of you out there with Food Allergies, Celiac Disease or Dietary restrictions feel the pinch when it comes to cookouts and family “food” times. Our friends at Better Batter have a wonderfully easy recipe for the “World’s Easiest Sandwich and Hamburger Buns” and I thought it was perfect timing to share it with you. Here in our allergy free store, we carry other Better Batter mixes, and this Better Batter Gluten Free All Purpose Flour is a popular product.  

Try this and let us know what a hit you are at the Barbecue! Have Fun!

Ingredients:

2 c Better Batter Gluten Free Flour

1 tsp salt

1/3 c sugar (sugar may be added to taste)

4 eggs

1.5 c milk or water

Instructions

It is very important to have a very hot oven for this recipe. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Grease 1 or two cookie sheets or muffin top tins.

In your electric mixer, beat the flour, salt, eggs, sugar and milk or water on high speed for 7-10 minutes. This should produce a batter with the consistency of soft butter-cream icing.

Working quickly, spoon this mixture by 1/2 cup portions onto prepared cookie sheets or muffin top tins. Wet hands and gently smooth and flatten mounds to a width of 3-4 inches and a depth of 1/4 to 1/2 inch.

If you desire a soft edge to the bun (as with commercial buns) use a cookie sheet and place mounds so that they touch slightly when flattened. For a crisper crust on all surfaces of the bun, use a muffin top tin or do not allow buns to touch on cookie sheet.

If desired spray with cooking spray – this will improve the finished appearance and texture of the cooked bun.

Place in hot oven and bake 15-20 minutes or until golden brown and puffed.

Allow to cool completely before slicing.

Wheat-Free Treats for the “Kids”

I’ve been reading alot about pet allergies…a by-product of all the research I do on food allergies. There is a growing understanding among vets that many dogs have allergic reactions to not only topical irritants, but food they eat as well. I am a dog lover..actually, every picture of me growing up had at least one four-legged friend in the shot! Allergiesandme.com featured a recipe this month from Judy at NewGrainRecipes.com for Wheat-Free/Vegetarian Dog Treats…and I was itching to try them with some of my ingredients. She did a wonderful job of shaping them into “people”, but the more I thought about it, my dogs eat everything so fast- any cute shapes would be missed by them! I made a couple changes to her recipe and it is posted below.

Ingredients:

1 medium yam, sweet potato or 3 medium carrots (note carrots take longer) I used sweet potatoes
1/2 Cup Peanut Butter
1/2 Cup cooking liquid from yam
1 Cup Rice flour (brown or white)
1 Cup Oat flour (use gluten free oats for gluten free dog treats)
(note: you can make oat flour by blending rolled oats in a blender or food processor.)
2 tsp. aluminum free baking powder

Instructions:
Cut yam, sweet potato or carrots into 1/2 inch pieces. Simmer in a small pan, in enough water to cover, until soft. Reserve cooking liquid and set aside. In large bowl, mash the yam. Add 1/2 C liquid back to the yam with the peanut butter. Mix the Baking powder together with the flour. Add to the Yam mixture mixing thoroughly.
It should all come together in a dough, pliable but not sticky. If too sticky to roll out, add more flour, if too dry, add more liquid – just a bit at a time – and work together with your hands until it is the right texture to roll out. A good texture is like slightly dry cookie dough.
Roll out on a lightly flour dusted surface. about 1/4 inch thick. Cut into small shapes with a cookie cutter, (bone and people shapes are fun). I took the “easy step” and put dough in plastic wrap, rolled into log shape and refrigerated until cool and set…then just cut off roll.

Place on cookie sheets. Bake at 375 for 30 minutes +/- or until medium golden brown. (The larger the cookie the longer the time.) Cookies will crisp up as they cool. Makes about 4 dozen small dog treats

Vegetarian Dog Treats

Now, don’t freak out…but I tried these myself and I liked them! Here are my official and unpaid ”taste testers”. Try making these for your Best Friend…they will thank you for it!

Thumbs up review with Lip Smack  and  Kitchen Monitor waiting for next tasting…                                                                                                

Rufus lip licking                       Kismet waiting

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