Friday, March 26, 2010

Pregnant Glairegg

Alrighty, you know I'm preggers...I have yet to have a pregnancy while following the no gluten, no dairy, no eggs rule. Any tips for getting enough protein besides gnawing on beef jerky all day. Dairy was my saving grace, now I don't have that. Also, anyone know if there is such a thing as a gluten free/soy free/dairy free protein powder?

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Flour Power

I'm having flour issues. I hate brown rice flour and soy flour tastes like fresh cut grass. I like white rice flour, but it can be overpowering and I find sorghum works best with sweets. I was thinking about trying teff. Any thoughts? Your favorite flours?

Pizza! Pizza!

I've been experimenting with pizza lately. It's very important to our family. Thursday has been pizza night for... I don't even know how long and I vowed it would continue. I have been using Picazzo's, but it's kind of annoying to drive all the way down there, and it costs $5.50 a pop. I tried Bob's Red Mill mix but it. was. nasty. Even Declan refused to eat it. So I tried making my own... not bad!!! The flavor needs a little work but the texture was awesome! I'll keep you posted on the flavor thing (I have some ideas) but here's the recipe I used. Pretty easy (if you have a stand mixer). It's a french bread recipe, and the bread is not too bad, either. You just mold it into a pizza shape on an oiled nonstick pizza pan, cook for 15 minutes and then add toppings, cook for 5 minutes more, broil for a minute if you like.

Gluten Free French Bread (Pizza Dough)
1 cup brown rice flour (I like Bob's Red Mill)
1 cup sorghum flour
3/4 cup tapioca flour
1/4 cup corn starch
1/4 cup flax meal
3 teaspoons xanthan gum
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 cups lukewarm water
2 teaspoons yeast
2 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
3 egg whites, beaten slightly
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
melted butter, for brushing (optional)

1.In the bowl of a heavy-duty mixer, place flours, xanthan gum, salt and flax meal. Whisk to blend.
2.In a small bowl dissolve the sugar in the water, and add yeast.
3.Wait until the mixture foams slightly, then blend into the dry ingredients.
4.Add the butter, egg whites, and vinegar.Beat on high for 3 minutes.
5.To form loaves, spoon dough onto greased and cornmeal-dusted cookie sheets in two long French-loaf shapes or spoon into special French-bread pans.
6.Slash diagonally every few inches.If desired, brush with melted butter.
7.Cover the dough and let rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk, 20 to 25 minutes.
8.Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes.
9.Remove from pan to cool.

If you're not in the mood to cook, the Barro's on Mill and Baseline has a decent GF pizza, too. You can check your local Barro's to see if they have GF.