Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Chocolate Chess Pie

In Raleigh, NC there is a restaurant called The Angus Barn.  It is one of those fancy steak places where you go for anniversaries and special occasions.  Ironically you can spent $100 for dinner while you eat at a table with a red and white checker table cloth.  I have to say the food is very good though.

One of there signature items is their Chocolate Chess Pie.  Luckily they are nice enough to share the recipe with all of us.  So here is The Angus Barn's Chocolate Chess Pie.  The only change I made was to use Whole Foods Gluten Free Pie Crust that you find in the freezer section.

What You Need:
- 1 uncooked GF pie crust
- 1/2 cup butter
- 2 (1 ounce) squares of semi-sweet baker's chocolate
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 dash of salt

How to Make It:
Heat oven to 350.  In small pot melt butter and chocolate together.  (You will have to stir it so it mixes well.)  Mix other ingredients in a bowl.  Slowly add in melted butter/ chocolate mixture.  Pour into pie crust and bake for 35 minutes.

Serve warm with cool whip or ice cream.

My hubby likes to eat it cold right out of the fridge!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Blueberry Muffins- Gluten Free Style

Saturday the toddler and I went to a local blueberry patch.  It was a ton of fun to watch her run up and down the rows grabbing blueberries and dropping them into her bucket.

Armed with 2 lbs we headed home.   We decided to try to make Gluten Free Blueberry Muffins.

What You Need:
- 4 eggs
- 1 1/4 cup white sugar
- 1 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup oil
- 1/2 cup apple sauce
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 4 cups GF flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 2 cups sour cream
- 3 cups blueberries

Crumb Topping
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 3/4 cup GF flour
- 4 tbsp cold butter
- 2 tsp cinnamon

How to Make It:
Heat oven to 400 degrees.  Fill 36 muffin cups with liners.  (I made 24 muffins and one loaf pan).  In one bowl beat eggs and sugar.  While still mixing add the oil, apple sauce and vanilla.  In a separate bowl stir in flour, salt, cinnamon, and baking soda.  Slowly add flour mixture to batter and then add sour cream.  Fill liners with mix.  To make crumb topping - mix dry ingredients and cut in cold butter.  Top batter with crumb topping.  Cook for 20 minutes.  The loaf pan took 35 minutes to bake.

They came out great!  This makes a ton of muffins.  They came out moist and very tasty.

They are good heated up with some margarine for breakfast or a snack!

I took some of these to work and my Gluten Loving co-workers raved about them!  Everyone said they tasted great and didn't taste Gluten Free!  I love being able to foul them!

This post is linked to Gluten Free Homemaker Gluten Free Wednesdays.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Amazing Gluten Free Onion Rings

Sometimes I feel that junk food is one of the hardest things when living Gluten Free.  I eat my veggies and fruit like a good little girl, but sometimes I just need something totally bad for you and super tasty!

One of my pregnancy cravings has been onion rings.  I have looked and couldn't find a mix or frozen ones at a number of different grocery stores.  So I hit the blog world and found The Baking Beauties recipe!  AMAZING!  I changed a few things to fit what I had on hand and viola - Gluten Free Onion Rings.

What You Need:
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1.5 cups milk
- 1 cup GF Flour - I used Jules
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 vidalia onions cut into rings
- 1 tbsp seasoning salt

- 1 cup GF Flour
- 1/2 tbsp seasoning salt

- oil for frying - I used vegetable

How to Make It:
Heat oil in fryer to 350 degrees.  Put cut onion rings into an ice bath.  Mix egg, oil and milk together.  Add flour, baking powder, salt and seasoning salt.  You may need to add more milk if the batter is too thick.  In a separate bowl mix together GF flour and seasoning salt.
Step One - Take onion ring out of water bath and put in dry flour mix.

Step Two - Put onion ring in batter to coat

Step Three - Put in fryer.  It took me about 3-4 minutes per batch.  I had to turn them halfway through to get both sides cooked.

Step Four - Put cooked onion rings onto plate with paper towel

Serve with your favorite sauce - I used Ranch!

This made a ton of onion rings so I refrigerated the ones we didn't eat.  I reheated them in the toaster oven and they came out great!

This post linked to Gluten-Free Wednesdays.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Zpizza Gluten Free Review

Over the weekend we ended up in the Apex/ Cary area of NC.  After a quick google search on my phone I found a Zpizza close by!  I had heard about there pizza from Gluten Hates Me, so I was looking forward to trying it out for myself.

The restaurant was very clean and open.  It is the kind of place where you place your order at the counter, get a number and sit down.  They bring you out the pizza when it is ready.
ZBQ Gluten Free Pizza

I asked the girl at the counter for the Gluten Free menu which she easily produced.  After looking it over I decided to go with the ZBQ 10 inch pizza.  The Gluten Free dough only comes in 10 inch size.  I asked for no corn or cilantro because neither one sounded good to me on a pizza.  The hubby got a 10 inch meat pizza.  The girl taking our order informed us there was a special buy 2 10 inch pizzas get 1 free!  Score!  I decided to get a Napoli to go.

It wasn't long before our pizzas were delivered to our table.  The waitress informed me that they had put the Napoli in the warmer and it would be ready whenever we left - very thoughtful!

Napoli Gluten Free pizza
Overall I found the pizza to be very tasty!  The crust was thin and enjoyable but a little tough.  Trying to cut it into bite size pieces with a plastic knife and fork didn't work too well.   The toppings are what make the pizza awesome.  The crust was a holder of the fresh, organic, and tasty toppings.  Between the two my favorite was the ZBQ because I'm a sucker for BBQ Chicken pizza.   The Napoli pizza tasted like good, garlic cheesy bread with fresh tomatoes.

There are Zpizzas all over the country so if you have the opportunity to visit I highly recommend it!  This pregnant ladies pizza cravings was satisfied for a few days with these two pies!

Friday, July 1, 2011

Meatloaf Muffins

It has taken a few tries but I finally nailed down a good Gluten Free meatloaf recipe.   For a few months I have been saving the ends of Gluten Free bread loaves.  I used this as the bread/ cracker substitute.  I decided to try muffins because they cook faster and add a nice change to the standard loaf.

Meatloaf muffins, green beans and GF mac-n-cheese

What You Need:
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1/2 cup milk
- 2 eggs
- 2 slices of GF bread ends, chopped up
- 1/2 onion, chopped
- Salt & pepper
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup ketchup

How to Make It:
Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray muffin tins with cooking spray.  Mix all ingredients together minus the ketchup and brown sugar.  Mix the ketchup and brown sugar in a separate bowl.  Fill the muffin tins with the meatloaf mixture and top with ketchup and brown sugar.  Bake for 35 to 40 minutes.

These were super fun to eat and heated up well the next day.
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