Gluten Free Irish Soda Bread

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What I made is gluten free Irish soda bread. It was so easy.  I made it  because I would like to learn more about gluten free cooking. It’s not always easy but I love the challenge. Irish soda bread was the thing to do. , Those who have a gluten allergy can certainly. make this .You can eat at any meal or as a snack or with some cheese and deli meat.This bread is so good.I have the recipe; it is posted down below.

 

Ingredients

2 cups gluten free flour blend

1/2 cup white sugar

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon xanthum gum

1/2 tsp sugar – for the top of the bread

1/2 cup raisins

1/2 cup golden raisins

1/2 tsp caraway seeds

1 egg

1 cup buttermilk

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease a round pan or cast iron skillet.

Combine the gluten free flour blend, raisins, caraway seeds, sugar, baking soda, xantham gum and salt in a large bowl.  In a separate bowl, whisk together egg and buttermilk. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the wet. Stir just until the dry ingredients are moistened. Pour into the cake pan or cast iron skillet.

Bake for 50 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.  Cool on a wire rack, for 10 minutes, before removing from the pan.  Wrap bread in plastic wrap or aluminum foil for freshness.

So have fun making the bread and enjoy!!!

Homemade Tuscan Seasoning

Here is a simple and easy Tuscan seasoning recipe .You can put this rub on chicken,fish,beef or vegetables.It’s very aromatic and tasty.

Ingredients:

1 Tbsp Italian seasoning

1/2 tsp fennel seeds

1/2 tsp hungarian Paprika

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp onion powder

1/4 tsp kosher salt

1/4 tsp black pepper

1/4 tsp red pepper flakes

 

Directions:

1. Put all in ingredients in a small ziplock bag and shake until mixed.

2.Put season mix in a small container and jar.

3.Keep in dry and cool place for up to 6 months.

4.Enjoy!!!

Cheddar Ciabatta Roll Garlic Bread

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When it comes to garlic bread I wish I can step back into time.I remember my mother’s neighbor she made the best garlic bread oh boy it was good.The best part was the cheese I love the way it tasted.I would eat this with a bowl of Spaghetti-O’s every child’s dream to never to wake up from.I wanted to make a version of that garlic bread from the past and put a little twist to it.Her garlic bread was made with french bread and yellow american cheese. I used Ciabatta Rolls , Cheddar Cheese and added a little red pepper flakes for a hint of surprise.I’d like to thank her for the inspiration and those we’re the good ole’ times.Just me and my Spaghetti-O’s.

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Ingredients:

2 Ciabatta Roll- Slice in half

Cheddar Cheese

4 garlic cloves-roasted

2-1/2  tbsps salted butter

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tsp parsley

1/4 tsp red pepper flakes

 

Directions:

1.Set oven to 350 degrees

2.With a bread knife slice the Ciabatta rolls in half and toast for 2-4 minutes .Take out of oven and set aside

3. In a small sauce pan melt the butter and now add the oil.

4.Pour butter mixture  in into a bowl and  smashed the garlic until it looks paste.

5.Add in the parsley and red pepper flakes,Now stir until combined.

6.Spoon butter mixture onto bread cover evenly.

7.Top with the cheese and place back into oven  for 1-2 minutes or until cheese has melted.

Serve this with pasta,seafood or a salad.

Now Enjoy!!

 

Simply Lemon Basil Pesto

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It’s been along time since I had pesto.I love making pesto from scratch instead from a container it has a fresh taste and its healthier.This is a versatile Italian sauce you can eat with fish, chicken,pasta and so much more.It is very garlicky and lemony yummy.It’s made with toasted pine nuts,basil,parmesan cheese,garlic,lemon zest and lemon juice.I tasted it my my it was good and I think you’d like it cause its the best I have ever made. I hope you enjoy it.

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Ingredients:

2 cups fresh basil

1/4 cup toasted pine nuts

3 garlic cloves

1/2  cup olive oil

1-1/2 tbsps lemon juice

2 tsps lemon zest

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 cup  grated parmesan cheese

Directions:

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1. In a food processor or blend place all of the ingredients inside and pulse until smooth.

2. Transfer to a bowl or jar and refrigerate until ready to serve.

3.Enjoy!!!

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Irish Soda Bread Muffins

For St.Patrick’s Day I made a delicious breakfast muffin .It is my Irish Soda Bread muffins.They are like a very mini Irish Soda Bread and they are very good and not that sweet .About 3 years ago I made a gluten free Irish Soda Bread for St. Patrick’s Day I gave that to a friend and and she loved it.So this year I wanted to do something different and I think it will be apart of your breakfast the morning of St.Patrick’s Day!!!This recipe is easy and quick to make it takes less than 20 minutes to prepare and less than 30 minutes to bake.This is something you can make with your kids they will have fun making this lovely muffin recipe.You will love this miniature version of Irish Soda Bread because its not that sweet and if you want a muffin later it will be for you to have.

Ingredients:

2 cups flour

4 tbsps sugar

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

4 tbsps unsalted butter-chilled

3/4 or 1 cup buttermilk

1/3 cup raisins

1/3 cup golden raisins

2 tsps caraway seed-optional

1.Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.Butter a muffin pan and set a side.

2.Put all dry ingredients in a medium or large bowl and stir with a whisk or spoon until thoroughly mixed.

3.Add chilled butter and cut the butter into flour until it looks like coarse crumbs.

4.Add in the raisins and stir with spoon .

5. Pour in the buttermilk and mix until all of flour is mixed .Make sure not to over mix.

6.Using a large spoon or ice cream scoop .Scoop the batter in the batter into the muffin tins .

7.Bake for 18-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.Remove from oven and cool for 20 minutes.

Now you can serve these muffins at your St Patrick’s Day breakfast and serve this with some Irish coffee and you’ll be on you way to having great breakfast.

Garlic Parmesan Herb Fauxcaccia..

Today’s post is my version of Focaccia .The first time I made Focaccia I was in cooking school but before that I had a huge love for this bread .This is not a traditional Focaccia.This version of Focaccia is made with self-rising flour ,greek yogurt and buttermilk.The buttermilk and yogurt gives the bread a bit of tang and  I think they work well together with baking powder to help the  focaccia rise a little because of the acid that  is in the yogurt.The Focaccia is a bit chewier than your regular Focaccia. The herbs on top of the bread is Italian seasoning,Basil,Thyme,Rosemary .This bread is easy to make and takes about 1 hour to make .Its can be topped with anything you want the sky is the limit .Serve this with pasta .I hope you like it .Please leave a comment telling me what you think.Thanks I would greatly appreciate it.

Ingredients:

For the dough

2 cups self-rising flour

1 cup Greek yogurt

2 tbsps butter milk

1 tbsp olive oil

1/2 tsp salt

Pinch of salt -For The top of Fauxcaccia

1 tsp Parmesan cheese

1/ 4 tsp Italian seasoning

1/4 tsp dried minced garlic

1 tbsp olive oil-for pan

1 tbsp olive for-top of Fauxcaccia

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2.In a bowl of a stand mixer put flour,yogurt,buttermilk and oil in it.

3.With the dough hook mix ingredients  together at medium speed until a  dough ball forms.

4.Place dough in a separate bowl and cover the top with Saran wrap .Let rest dough for 10-15 minutes.

5.While dough is resting rub oil in round or any shape pan (My pan was 10 inch x 2 inch) pan.

6.Place the dough in the oiled cake pan and press dough evenly in pan until dough touches the sides.

7.Take your fingers and press little dimples in the dough.

8.Rub olive oil all over the dough until fully covered.

9.Sprinkle  salt,herbs,Garlic,Parmesan cheese.

10. Place into and bake for 20-25 or until golden brown.

You can serve this with pasta and salad.

Homemade Flour Tortillas

Here is a simple  and quick recipe for homemade  flour tortilla wraps and If you didn’t want to go out and buy these wraps maybe you can try to challenge yourself with making them.Once you make them once you may turn to a convert because the  tortilla wraps are oh so delicious .They are not loaded down with a bunch of chemical laden ingredients and they are healthier too.You can make tacos,fajitas and quesadillas with them trust me when I say “Yummo”.Well let me get onto the recipe.I hope you have a great time making these.

Ingredients:

2 cups flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

3-4 tbsps  shortening

1 cup +1tbsp warm water or milk(I used milk)

Directions:

1.In a medium or large bowl mix the flour,baking powder and salt with a spoon or whisk.

2.Add the shortening and cutting it into the flour with a fork,knife or your finger until until it resembles small peas.

3.Now make a well in the middle of the bowl and  slowly add  in the warm milk or water.

4. Mix together until dough comes together and then place onto a floured surface and knead until dough becomes smooth.

5.Roll dough into a thick snake and cut into slices and the dough slices into a golf ball sized balls.Cover and let them rest for 20-30 minutes.

6.On a floured board roll out the dough until it becomes thin.

7.Place rolled out dough onto a  ungreased griddle or pan.When bubbles form turn the tortillas over and let  them get golden brown.

8.When the tortillas are done  let them cool  little and place them into a zip lock bag.