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Ginger Cookies

9 Nov

Look at me go – two posts in two days!

This is a pretty standard cookie recipe, but I’ve made it twice now….. well, kind of – I didn’t write it down the first time I made it, so they’re probably not exactly the same, but near enough….. anyway, I’ve made it twice now and they’ve actually held their shape BOTH times!  I have a real talent for “melting” gluten free biscuits(cookies), so much so that I usually pull them out of the oven half baked, scrape them in to a slice tin, put them back in the oven, then call it good.  Or I just give up and switch it to a slice recipe completely.

  • 125 g butter
  • 1 c sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 c all purpose gluten free flour (I used Orgran, but I’m sure any mix, commercial or home mixed, would work)
  • 1 Tb ginger
I forgot baking powder the second time and they still worked, and that’s the time I wrote down what I was doing – just to clarify that I haven’t missed the raising agent accidentally.
  1. Preheat oven to 180c/350f.
  2. Cream butter and sugar, add eggs one at a time mixing well with each addition, add flour and ginger, mix.
  3. I rolled mine into little balls, about a teaspoon of mix I guess, then flattened them a little as I put them on the baking tray.
  4. The one step I forgot to take note of was….. cooking time.  It would’ve been ten or fifteen minutes.  I just check the bottom of one to see if it’s golden brown, and pull them out if it is.  After a few minutes remove them from the tray to finish cooling.
These were a soft, melt in your mouth (which is much better than melting on the tray) cookie, not a crunchy crispy one.
I ate far too many.

Macaroons

4 Oct

I used four eggs, and got 28 macaroons.

Beat egg whites to stiff peaks, slowly add in caster sugar (that’s the really fine one) – 50g for each egg white.  Stir in dessicated coconut – 1/4  cup for each egg white.

Spoon onto baking paper, or if you’re not making them in a big rush because you need to take a plate to a baby shower in a few hours you could pipe them all fancy-like.

I went with a tablespoon.

A sampling toddler is optional at this point.

Bake about half an hour at 150c/300f, until dry but not brown.  Cool on the tray.

They’re yummy like that, but I melted a little chocolate for drizzling this time.  I used roughly 25 grams.

So to sum that up because I got a little rambly…..

Preheat oven to 150c/300f.  Line baking tray with paper.

For 28 macaroons use –

  • 4 egg whites
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 1 cup dessicated coconut
Beat egg whites to peaks, slowly add sugar, stir in coconut.  Spoon onto lined tray.  Bake half an hour, or until dry but not brown.  Cool on tray.  Drizzle, dip, or coat in chocolate if you want.
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Hassleback Potatoes

6 Sep

When I was having a look around at recipes, they are traditionally made with butter and breadcrumbs, so I decided to see what I could come up with.

Turn the oven on hot – 220c/430f

I used six potatoes.  First of all you want to slice the scrubbed spuds almost all the way through, at distances of a few mls.  The slices won’t necessarily spread at this point, it might happen during cooking.

 

Place the spuds in whatever baking dish you will use.

Next I crushed four cloves of garlic, mixed it with about 4 Tbs olive oil and 1 tsp salt (I totally forgot to measure), and spooned that over the top of the potatoes before putting them in the oven.  Bake for about an hour, and you are all done.   The sky is the limit with what you use as a topping, I definitely plan on making these again and mixing it up with the flavours. 🙂

My one caution would be, if you’re wanting a fancy looking dinner, don’t do these if it’s your first time.  I got a couple that looked right, but cut right through in a couple of places, and didn’t cut deep enough in others.  They were yummy for the family, but if I was doing them to impress others I would’ve gone through several more potatoes!

Proof:

 

They worked!

16 Feb

I mentioned I was going to try to make Valentine treats using this method, but obviously had to change the actual recipe for it to work for us.

First I used this recipe to make a sheet cake.  I figured it would work but hadn’t actually tried it before, I think I baked it half an hour on 150c/300f.  I popped it in the freezer to help it cool faster.

When the cake had reached room temperature I mixed this up (using gluten free flour, coconut milk, and just skipping the butter to meet everyone’s needs) and followed the original method.  One thing I did different, is I put a little mark on the bottom of the paper liner so I couldn’t lose track of where the front was.  Some of the hearts stayed down, while others floated, but that’s okay because I made a dozen and only needed seven.  In fact, for BT2 I chose a floaty one on purpose, I think they look just as cool.

Once the muffins were cooled I whipped up some icing.  (Cream 250g butter, add 250g icing sugar, colour with lots of strawberry jam…. LOTS.)

At this stage the kids were all happy, so I decided to melt a little bit of chocolate and drizzle it over the top.

BT2 doesn’t eat diary so I used one where the heart was visible (I had to cut a little batter off the top of it, but not much) and just drizzled the chocolate over it.

And a post-three-year-old-mauling shot:

They required more effort than I would usually put in, but for a treat they were lots of fun!

Vegetable Noodles – easy as can be.

15 Feb

Take one marrow, peel the skin and discard it.  While whatever sauce you are going to use cooks keep peeling and peeling.  Run the peeled ribbons under the hot tap, and there you have it.

I usually salt the water when I cook pasta, so I found these diluted the flavour of my sauce a little.  With a sprinkle of salt on them before topping with the sauce they would have been perfect.

(Editing to add this to Tasty Tuesday, check it out for loads of recipes.)

Oat Slice

26 Dec

  • 1 cup potato flour
  • 1/2 cup white rice flour
  • 1/2 cup tapioca flour
  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 250g butter
  • 2 Tb golden syrup
  • 1/4 cup water

Preheat oven to 180c/350f.

Mix dry ingredients, while butter and syrup are melting.  Stir butter mix in to dry ingredients, as much as you can.  Add water to finish wetting all the ingredients.  Place in dish (mine is oval, but at the widest points it’s 33cm long and 20cm wide, whatever you use make sure it has high sides because this boils).  Bake for 20 minutes.  I usually cut it when it has not quite finished cooling, and remove it from the dish once it is cool.

Crispy on the outside, soft on the inside... yum.

KFC Flavour Seasoning, and it’s gluten free!

21 Dec

It's yummy on wedges too!

  • 2 Tb salt
  • 1 cup rice flour
  • 2 Tb pepper
  • 4 Tb paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 Tb mustard
  • 1 Tb thyme
  • 1 Tb basil
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 Tb powdered ginger

Mix together.  TaDa!!

Okay, a few more details. 😉  For the ingredients that are not already powder I throw them all in the coffee/spice grinder and give them a quick whizz.  This makes lots, which suits me fine because that way I have it ready in the pantry.  For wedges I just shake it on the spuds before cooking.

For chicken….. it can just be sprinkled on, but for a more authentic KFC style…. where I got this recipe from originally it was for little cubes of chicken, I cut the chicken in to strips instead if I’m doing it this way.  Coat your chicken in flour (to make your egg stick), then coat it in a little whisked egg (to make the seasoning stick), then coat it in the seasoning.  Shallow fry the chicken in oil to set the seasoning a little, then pop the chicken in a moderate oven (on foil) until it’s cooked through.

Whenever I’ve used this on pieces such as drumsticks I have just shaken it on rather than doing the whole sticky egg routine, it gives it a nice flavour, but it’s not the same as KFC.  Dad-of-the-Tummies has done drumsticks in the KFC fashion, but I don’t know what he did because I hid from the kitchen.  In my defence, BT5 was only two days old, and we had spent the afternoon out taking photos of the kids at the spot we had our wedding photos taken because it was our tenth wedding anniversary, and the day before that had been BT2’s birthday…. I was a little tired.  Plus I needed to not over do things because BT2’s birthday party was the next day.  Anywhooo, I don’t know what he did, I just know he made a big mess and dinner was late (good thing he tidies up after himself ;-)), but it tasted nice.  The only critique I remember hearing from Dad-of-the-Tummies is that the coating wasn’t as thick as KFC.  I must get around to experimenting with it myself some time!

This stays nice when it is cold too.  I plan on whipping up a batch of the seasoning today, then cooking chicken strips on Christmas Eve, popping them in the fridge, and taking them to lunch with the in-laws on Christmas Day.  I have no doubt they’ll be a hit.

(I’m adding this to Tasty Tuesday, check it out for loads more recipes!)

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