Sunday, September 21, 2014

Easy Gluten Free Challah ( batter recipe)




I made this gluten free challah is less than an hour and it looked and tasted fabulous!

Gluten Free Challah is one of those recipes that is usually a challenge to make because the challah dough needs to be kneaded and braided. Without the gluten , there is no elasticity and you really can't braid. My first attempt at making a gluten free challah tasted and looked more like a twisted dry pretzel than like a Challah!

I gave up until I found a challah recipe that is made with coconut flour batter. The catch is that you need to use a  special  challah mold  if you want it to look braided . The mold has bumps that make it look like a real challah after baking or you could just make the recipe in a loaf pan, but it would look braided.

When I saw how easy it was to make and how good it looked, I had to have the mold!




I was determined to make my own gluten free challah this year for the Jewish New Year. I ordered the  challah mold  and they shipped it so fast, it only took three days to get here. I made the challah right away, and we ate it right away. ( Will have to make another)

It was so so easy to make the batter ( I Just mixed it in a bowl) and then I poured it into the mold. Actually, I made it with my 3 and 6 year old grandkids. Does it get any easier? 


Little hands mixing the batter

To my surprise the finished product looked absolutely beautiful and tasted wonderful. I will be proud to serve my homemade gluten free challah this year at our holiday dinner for 20 !

  The recipe is gluten free, grain free and dairy free. Also read why commercial honey is mostly from China- I buy local only here's why 



Prep Time: 10 minutes
Bake Time: 40 minutes
Link to purchase a challah mold on Amazon or use a loaf pan( won't look braided, but still taste good)

if you purchase the large mold double the recipe; for ease I suggest the smaller mold . I found the big one too big and made challah for at least 8 because coconut flour is filling -  and I only filled the large mold half way with batter

Ingredients for one small loaf/mold; double  for the large mold but just fill the mold half way

6 large eggs, beaten
1 Tablespoon of raw honey ( or more if you like it sweeter)
1/2 cup coconut oil ( melted) or olive oil
1/2 cup coconut flour + 1 Tablespoon
1/4 tsp of sea salt
1 tsp baking powder ( aluminum free )

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl mix the eggs, honey, and oil. In a small bowl mix the coconut flour, sea salt and baking powder and sift. Add the dry ingredients slowly to the wet ingredients while mixing with a fork until smooth and no lumps. Pour into the mold and bake for 35-40 minutes when it feels firm.
Remove immediately from mold and allow to cool on a cookie sheet.

Adapted this challah recipe from Lindsey's recipe at The Homemade Mommy

Here are some Links to my other Jewish holiday Cooking:
                   Gluten Free Matzo Balls


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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Mini Jewish Apple Cakes ( GF )







If you love Jewish Apple Cake, you'll love these mini apple honey versions. It's a mixture of golden honey cake and a Jewish apple cake baked in muffin tins. These individualized little cakes ( not muffins)  make a pretty presentation. They have the look of a muffin with the taste of a light moist piece of cake. The chopped apple and cinnamon filling make them a special treat.

I love using coconut flour for baking because it is so creamy and silky. A bag of coconut flour goes a long way as most of my recipes call for a 1/2 cup or just 1 cup. Check out different brands as the prices vary or buy online  16 oz Bob's Red Mill Organic Coconut Flour I also use coconut crystals which are  low in glycemic index and low carb available at Trader Joe's or any health store.

Last year in honor of the Jewish New Year,  I made mini honey cakes that were absolutely easy to make and tasted divine. Made with coconut flour, they were light, moist, and creamy.

This year, I made these mini apple honey cakes with chopped apples, cinnamon, and my favorite spice, cardamom. You could add some chopped walnuts as well. I have to say that they are over the edge!

Jewish tradition dictates that we eat sweet foods on this holiday to welcome in a sweet New Year! It is customary to eat apples and honey, dates, pomegranates, figs and other fruits that are new to the season. Honey cake is one of the traditional treats!

This recipe incorporates honey, apples, cinnamon, and cardamom. A perfect Rosh Hashanah ( Jewish New Year) cake. Of course it's gluten free, dairy free, and grain free.

It serves as an outstanding breakfast cake with a cup of tea in the morning or a light after dinner dessert with some whipped cream or fresh fruit.

Make 9 - batter can be doubled to make 18

Ingredients:

6 large eggs, beaten
1/4 cup of honey ( I use local raw honey. Beware of commercial honey in the supermarket here's why) 
1 tsp. of pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup of coconut oil or olive oil
1/4 cup of almond milk or coconut milk
1/2 cup of coconut flour ( available at Health food stores- can't substitute in this recipe **)
1/8 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon of aluminum free baking powder
Optional: 1/4 teaspoon of ground cardamom

Filling:
1 apple ( of your choice) peeled and chopped
2 Tablespoons coconut crystals ( health food store)-
1 tsp. cinnamon


Directions:
Preheat oven to 400
Beat eggs and add all liquid ingredients and mix together.
In another bowl, mix and sift all the dry ingredients ( coconut flour, salt, baking powder) except the filling ingredients. Mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and stir until all lumps are gone( you might need to use a fork and mash some lumps against the bowl- coconut flour gets lumpy and you will need to work out the lumps- it takes an extra 2 minutes but worth it)

Filling directions
Mix chopped apple, coconut crystals and cinnamon and set aside.

In  greased muffins tins, pour batter half. ( recipe will make 9 muffins)
Add a 1/2 tsp of filling to each muffin and then cover with remainder of batter.
There will be 3 empty tins- fill 3/4 with water for even baking,
Bake for 10-15 minutes until muffins are golden on top and slightly brown around the edges.


It's almost fall and the flowers and pumpkins look so beautiful 


         You can buy  coconut flour online  One 16 oz Bob's Red Mill Organic Coconut Flour

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Gluten Free Peanut Butter and Jelly Mini Muffins


gluten free and dairy free muffins


Remember when you were a kid and you loved peanut butter and jelly sandwiches? Well now you can have a peanut butter and jelly muffin.  They are gluten, grain, and dairy free.

Looking for something that your kids will actually eat and enjoy for lunch? Muffins can be filled with lots of nourishing ingredients and are easy to eat and pack.

These muffins especially can be eaten as the entree for lunch because they have all the ingredients of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich as well as one additional secret  high protein nutritious ingredient that nobody would ever guess in in them. 

What is the additional high protein and fiber ingredient? 

This post is part of the Healthy Lunchbox 2014 Series organized and created by Sunny at a wonderful gluten free and dairy free blog called And Love It Too.  Click over to her blog where I posted this recipe. 

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