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Gluten Free Soft Pretzels

pretzelsI don’t frequently feel “left-out” when it comes to food.  I have come to turns with my gluten-free cooking and dining options and actually embrace the lifestyle.  I am convinced my family is healthier now that we are on a gluten-free diet.  But every once in a while, I miss some of my old favorites.  What I would give to walk into a store and buy a hot, fresh, soft pretzel.  Now I can make them at home – and it is actually easy!

One of the greatest product lines available to the gluten-free home cook is Pamela’s Products.  The bread and pancake mixes are so versatile.  You can use either of them in so many recipes and your products will be moist and delicious.  Their website www.pamelasproducts.com has many recipes for you to view and try.

Every year, Pamela’s Products holds a recipe contest.  This soft pretzel recipes is the winner from the winner from the 2008 Pamela’s Greatest Gluten Free Recipe Contest.  Elizabeth I. was the winner last year and here is her recipe.

Ingredients
2-1/4 cups warm water
2 TBSP brown sugar
1 bag Pamela’s Gluten-Free Bread Mix including yeast packet
2 TBSP olive oil
1 tsp baking soda

NOTE: These can be made to be sweet or savory,you’ll need to choose your option to decide your ingredients.

Option 1 – Savory:
olive oil spray
kosher salt to taste

Option 2 – Sweet:
1/4 butter or margarine, melted
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 tsp powdered cinnamon

Whisk together 1-1/4 cups warm water, brown sugar, and yeast in a small bowl. Allow to sit for a few minutes until bubbles begin to show yeast activity. Pour Pamela’s Gluten-Free Bread Mix into a large bowl. Stir in the olive oil and the yeast mixture until completely combined. Cover with a damp towel and allow to rise for one hour.

Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper. Divide dough into twelve pieces. With wet hands, roll each piece into a “snake” between six and eight inches in length. Lay the snake onto the parchment paper, then gently flatten the dough with wet fingers until about half previous height. Pick up one end of the snake, so that half of its length is lifted from the cookie tray. Twist the dough 360° and gently lay the end down again. Pick up the other end of the dough and give it a full twist in the same direction. Smooth any rough spots with wet fingers. Repeat with each section of dough, so that both cookie trays have six pretzel twists on them. Cover both trays with plastic wrap, and allow the dough to rest for another 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 450°. Mix remaining cup of warm water and baking soda. Using a pastry brush, gently paint the twists with the baking soda mixture.

Bake twists for 8 to 10 minutes until golden brown.

Savory: For a quick, classic pretzel taste, spray twists with olive oil and sprinkle with kosher salt to taste.

Sweet: For a sweeter option, use a pastry brush to spread melted butter or margarine on twists and the sprinkle with a mixture of sugar and cinnamon.

Try Lemon Thyme or Rosemary. Just toss in a tablespoon of fresh herbs at the very end of the mixing and proceeded as directed. Try your favorite fresh herbs, finely chopped, and you will be delighted with a great textured, low fat snack. For a really nice golden color, don’t forget the water and baking soda wash. For a smooth texture, try a egg yolk and milk (or water) wash.

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Top Ten Kitchen Gadgets for the Gluten Free Cook

lemon graterAs you know, I love my kitchen gadgets.  Here is a list of the items in my kitchen that I can’t live without.

1.  Mandoline – I use it to slice almost everything.  Fennel, carrots, radishes, garlic, pears, you name it, I slice it!

2.  Food Dehydrator – This week we dehydrated pears, apples, straberries, nectarines, beets and sweet potatoes.

3.  Microplane Grater – I use my grater for citrus zest, parmesan cheese and garlic. 

4.  Washable Cutting Boards – My boards ALWAYS go in the dishwasher. 

5.  Comfortable and sharp paring and chef’s knives.  You don’t need expensive knive, just ones that fit your hand well and that are sharp and can be sharpened regularly.

6.  Measuring cups and spoons.  I hate to measure anything.  I am a cook that just throws ingredients together.  But, when baking, I must measure.  I love my measuring cups and spoons that are metal and that I can wash easily in the dishwasher.

7.  Parchment Paper.  This is miracle paper that can be used over and over when baking.  You can line your baking pans or put it on a cookie sheet.  A true miracle!

8.  Good tongs.  My tongs are invaluable.  I use them to stir things, to lift things, as an extra oven mitt when I don’t have one handy.  I love my tongs!

9.  A gas grill.  When you need to cook in a hurry, there is nothing better than a gas grill.  It heats up fast and is easy to clean.  You don’t have a lot of messy dishes and everything always tastes great.

10.  Waffle maker.  There is something decadent about making really good gluten-free waffles on the weekend.  Try Pamela’s Products Pancake Mix on the Villaware Flower Waffle Iron for a great treat!

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Gluten-Free Clothing Sites

Photo courtesy of zazzle.glutenfreedt.com

Photo courtesy of zazzle.com/glutenfreedt

Well, the title sounds silly.  Obviously, most clothing is gluten-free, however many of the cookies and bread still seem to taste like an old shoe!

All jokes aside, there are a lot of websites that carry shirts and other apparel with cute gluten-free sayings. 

Here are a list of gluten free clothing sites.  Many also contain novelty items such as keychains, mugs and artwork.  Check out the The Gluten Free Travel Site for their zany shorts that say, “These Buns Are Gluten Free.”  A great gift for the newly diagnosed celiac!

http://www.zazzle.com/glutenfreedt

http://www.cafepress.com/clubceliac

http://www.glutenfreetshirts.com/

http://www.glutenfreemall.com/catalog/glutenfree-tshirts-c-52.html

http://www.glutenfreetravelsite.com/store.php

http://www.cafepress.com/glutenfreestuff

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New Gluten Free Products

Sorry it has been a week or so since the last entry.  I went to the Gluten Intolerance Group Conference in Seattle and then our family was sick. 
I found new products at the conference that you should know about.   It is such a good feeling to know that we can now go to a gluten-free vendor fair and have products that taste great!   

If you are in the Chicago area this August, make sure to come to the Gluten Free Cooking Expo Vendor Fair  on August 15-16.  We have over 30 gluten-free vendors with terrific products.  The vendor fair is open to the public and you can purchase tickets in advance or at the door. 

New Products from the GIG Vendor Fair in Seattle

1.  Zing protein bars – made by nutritionists and very delicious too!

 

2.  Kinnikinnick new square pizza crusts.  Same crust with a great new shape.

 

3.  Wow Baking Company cookies.  Try the peanut butter cookies!

 

4.  Sriracha Sauce with a touch of wasabi from Gifts of Nature.

 

5.  Beef Jerky from Gary West Smoked Meats

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GF Fried Zucchini

I was at the Thrive Allergy Expo last month and the very nice men from Choice Batters gave me a box of thier GF batter to try.  I have had it sitting on my shelf for a few weeks and today it was rainy and cold outside.  My kids wanted to “cook” and we had the choice of making dried apples or fried zucchini.  The fried zucchini won – and what a treat it was!

When you open the box of Choice Batters, it smells like celery seeds.  At first I thought we were going to fry apples, but the strong celery scent made me think I should fry a vegetable first.  Wrong – apples would have been delicious too.  The scent does not transfer when you are frying and I think this would be delicious on apples or pears.

To make the batter, I mixed 1/2 cup of the batter mix with 1/2 cup cold water.  It was very thick and adhered well to the zucchini slices.  I poured some canola oil in a saucepan (I was soaking my frying pan or I would have used it) and heated the oil.  We added the zucchini and for the first time in a very long time I enjoyed fried zucchini again.

My kids (very honest critics) both let out a big YUMMMM!  I can’t emphasize how much they liked this treat.  Not that we are going to be frying things daily, but it is so nice to know that we could have a “normal” fried food item again.  I can’t wait to try to make fried chicken!  Stay tuned…

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Waffles

waffle makerI think that every gluten free cook deserves a few neat gadgets in their kitchen.  After all, we have to be creative with our recipes and a few great kitchen appliances make me REALLY happy.

This week I found a VillaWare waffle maker at the discount store.  I thought it made regular shaped waffles and came with a flower attachment.  This was not the case.  It makes three beautiful waffles – one rose, one daisy, and one sunflower, but not regular shaped waffles.   That is just fine, because I am hooked on these adorable flower waffles. 

We used Pamela’s Products pancake mix and followed the recipe for waffles on their website.  They tasted great and looked beautiful. 

Other uses:  Take the sunflower shape and make strawberry shortcake.  You could also dip the daisy in cinnamon and sugar for a nice doughnut.  My husband wants me to use a savory batter and make appetizers using a cream cheese and salmon topping.   Lots of options and a lot of fun for your GF kitchen!

You can purchase the waffle maker at our website by clicking here.

Here are some other delicious waffle recipes:
I Am Gluten Free Recipe
GFCF Banana Walnut Waffles from Gluten Free Blog
Berry Buckwheat Waffles
Sorghum Waffles from AmityMama
Pumpkin Waffles from Baking For John

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2009 GF Cooking Expo Sponsors

I am very excited to report that the 2009 Gluten Free Cooking Expo Sponsors are

Better Batter Gluten Free Flours

Pamela’s Products

San-J International, Inc.

The best part about this news is that I truly love the products from these companies!   One of the worst parts about running an event is having to promote products that you don’t like.  Well, I lucked out!  All three of these companies have great product lines and the people at the companies are delightful to work with.  I don’t say that about everyone………

I will be highlighting my families’ favorite recipes with products from these companies.  As you have already read, I have been trying all of the San-J Asian products and my family has been thrilled.  I will report in all of my findings with photos and recipes.

Thanks Sponsors!  Jen

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