Showing posts with label gluten-free. Show all posts
Showing posts with label gluten-free. Show all posts

Balsamic Grilled Strawberry Shortcake! (Sugar-Free & Gluten-Free)

10 June 2013

It seems quite a few people in my life are going through really big dietary restrictions.  Food is one of the ways that I express love, so I really like to challenge myself to get out of my comfort zone and make food that makes other people happy.  This recipe is really a redesign for a classic favorite of mine that I absolutely love during grilling season.  All the tweeks were made for a specific diet in mind, so if you don't have the same needs, you can absolutely make changes to suit your likes!

This is a really lovely take on the classic strawberry shortcake.  The grilled berries just add an extra element of WOW and take the flavors up.  This recipe is gluten-free & sugar-fee and it could easily be made lactose-free with a whipped cream substitute.  There are a couple of parts to this recipe and each of them are a cinch to make!

Coconut Flour Biscuits
1/3 cup coconut flour
5 tablespoons butter or coconut oil, softened
4 eggs
2 tablespoons honey
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon shredded coconut (optional for texture)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Combine all ingredients using an electric mixer and blend until smooth.  Scoop about 8-10 small balls using your hands or an ice cream scoop.  Pat the top down with your hand to make about 1/2"-3/4" patties.  Bake for 12-15 minutes until golden brown.

Balsamic Grilled Strawberries
1 pint of strawberries, hulled
1/3 cup balsamic vinegar (I used basil balsamic from Blue Heron to add a bit more depth)
1/3 cup honey or agave (or sugar)
wooden skewers

Whisk the balsamic with the honey together and then pour over strawberries.  Cover and store in the fridge for at least 3 hours or overnight.  Soak wooden skewers in water for at least 30 minutes (to avoid having them catch on fire on your grill).  Put the whole marinated strawberries on your skewers - about 4-8 per skewered depending on the size of the berries.  Grill over high heat for about 10 minutes, turning halfway through.

Balsamic Grilled Strawberry Shortcake!  Gluten-free AND Sugar-free!

Once the strawberries are ready, assemble them on top of your biscuits   Top with fresh whipped cream or a non-dairy topping.  You could also just drizzle the whole thing with some extra honey or agave and skip the cream.

This recipe is easy to make and it's the perfect thing to enjoy strawberry season!

A Lovely Gluten-free Brunch : Coconut Pancakes & Crustless Mini Quiche!

25 April 2013

My friend Krissy (of Ponyboy Press & Plain Language Marketing) came over last week for a lovely spring brunch date.  She has recently went gluten-free, so I wanted to challenge myself to create something special for her.

I picked up some gf coconut flour from the bulk section of Winco and I was really excited to work with it for the first time!  It is very different than traditional flour, it absorbs liquid much quicker and needs a bit of help to get to the right consistency, but it ended up making some absolutely delicious pancakes!  I also made some mini quiches (because everything is better in miniature!)  that took advantage of asparagus season and also allowed me to make them up ahead of time.

Krissy brought these beautiful strawberries filled with lavender & black pepper cream cheese!  They were amazing and elegant and you should definitely go to her site and get the recipe!

Gluten-Free Coconut Pancakes! Yum!

Gluten-Free Coconut Pancakes

1/2 cup coconut flour
1/4 cup finely shredded coconut
1/2 teaspoon baking powder1/2 teaspoon baking soda
6 eggs
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons melted butter
1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1 cup milk (any kind you like)

Beat eggs with milk & cream.  Add remaining wet ingredients & then slowly incorporate dry ingredients.  Blend until you have a nice batter that can spread on it's own.  It will be a little thicker than a traditional pancake batter, but that is just fine.  You can add a bit more milk until you have the consistency you like.
Using an icecream scoop, portion batter onto a hot oiled skillet.  Give the skillet a bit of a turn (as you would with crepe batter) to help the thick batter spread more evenly.  Cook for a few minutes per side until both sides are browned.

Top with your favorite toppings!  I was lucky enough to have some amazing mango topping from the Portland Preservation Soceity canning swap and it was heavenly!  I also added some roasted coconut chips from Trader Joe's, but they would also be lovely with agave, jams or plain old maple syrup.

Gluten-Free Crustless Mini Quiche - asparagus, mushroom, & goat cheese!

Asparagus, Mushroom, & Goat Cheese Mini Quiche

6 eggs
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 cup goat cheese
3/4 cup chopped asparagus (about 7-10 stalks)
3/4 cup chopped mushrooms (about 3-4 large mushrooms)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees & grease a muffin tin with butter or oil.
Saute asparagus & mushrooms in a pan with a bit of oil until they soften up (don't cook them completely since they will still be going in the oven) - about 5 minutes. Beat eggs, cream, & salt in a bowl or an electric mixer. Cut the goat cheese into small pieces.
Assmeble quiche by dividing your vegetable mixture evenly into each cup of the muffin tin (about 1/2-3/4 tablespoon per tin), cover with egg mixture so that the tins are about 2/3 full, drop a few peices of goat cheese into each one.
Bake for about 20-30 until the middle of each quiche no longer has any jiggle to it.

This is a really great simple recipe because it can be altered to fit your tastes & it is also great to make ahead of time. I cooked the quiche up the night before and then put them in the fridge so I just had to get them reheated in the oven before my guest arrived. These would also freeze really well to have a special pre-portioned breakfast waiting for you any time you need it!

I really love being able to spend these lovely spring afternoons with the amazing people in my life and putting together a perfect table and meal for them just makes my heart soar.

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