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Easy Gluten Free Croutons

This real easy recipe shows you how to make tender, satisfying croutons out of store bought sliced gluten free bread in minutes. Get great use out of all your sliced gluten free bread, butts of bread included, by turning it into croutons.

Start to Finish: 10 minutes
Serves 2

Ingredients
2 slices of ‘Udi’s Whole Grain’ gluten free bread, thawed if frozen
2 tbsp olive oil

Stove Directions
1.  In medium skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat.
2. Add bread to skillet; cook on each side until the bread begins to brown evenly, about 4 minutes on each side.
3. Transfer the bread to cutting board. Cut the bread into 1-inch cubes, about 9 cubes per slice of bread.

Toaster Oven Directions
1. Lightly brush bread with olive oil.
2. Bake in toaster over a little longer than you would for toast; about 4 minutes at 450°. Keep a close eye to ensure the bread doesn’t come out burnt.
3. Transfer the bread to cutting board. Cut the bread into 1-inch cubes, about 9 cubes per slice of bread.

Croutons – Store croutons in a Ziploc bag to use for salads and soups during the week.

Bread - Any sliced bread can be used for this recipe. Store gluten free bread in the freezer if you don’t plan to use it any time soon, and use a toaster oven to quickly thaw the bread.

I enjoy making a few slices over the weekend, so I have easy access to great tasting croutons for my soups and salads during the week. Enjoy!

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The Best Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread

Truly one of my all time favorite recipes! The main reason I always make several loaves of this Pumpkin Bread is because it freezes so well. I can keep it in my freezer for several weeks and then simply set the loaf out on the counter to thaw for breakfast the night before. This delicious gluten free bread tastes as moist and fresh as the day I made it.

This recipe works great with three-2lb loaf disposable aluminum pans.  These pans are easy to give away, freeze and reuse.

Prep Time: 10 min.
Cook Time: 1 hour
Makes 2-3 loaves

Ingredients
3 ½ cups ‘King Arthur Flour’ multipurpose gluten free flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 ½ tsp cinnamon
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
3 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
4 large eggs
2/3 cup water
2 cups Libby’s pumpkin puree
3/4 cup walnuts, chopped (optional)

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350°. Grease and lightly flour 3 bread pans.
2. In large bowl, add all dry ingredients, mix well.
3. Add all other ingredients, mix until smooth and creamy.
4. Bake in preheated over for 1 hour or until toothpick poked in the middle of each loaf comes out clean.  Cool in pan. Enjoy!

I usually end up giving away the other two loaves, because otherwise I will eat all them all myself. This recipe truly is too delicious.

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Gluten Free Bisquick Review

Gluten Free Bisquick is one of my favorite products!

This product allows ease and flexibility in baking again. Cooking with Gluten Free Bisquick is almost fool-proof for any cook. This product offers tons of great  great tasting recipes everyone will enjoy! This product is so good it can be difficult to tell the difference between the gluten recipes and  the gluten free recipes.

To anyone new to cooking and baking gluten free, Gluten Free Bisquick recipes are great recipes to begin with. Gluten Free Bisquick can be found at your local grocery store in the health food section, gluten free section or next to the regular pancake and baking mixes. This product will range in price from 5-6 dollars  for a one pound (16oz) box. This may seem extremely high when comparing Gluten Free Bisquick’s prices vs. regular Bisquick’s prices, but I have found the ease and fool-proof flexibility in this product to be worth the price.

Gluten Free Bisquick makes baking easy again. Convert many of your old recipes Bisquick recipes by simply replacing regular Bisquick with Gluten Free Bisquick. That’s all!

1 cup Bisquick = 1 cup Gluten Free Bisquick

*Be sure to note that gluten free Bisquick is a rice flour not a wheat flour, so this conversion will not work for every recipe.

Grandma’s Homemade Gluten Free Corn Bread
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Gluten Free Bisquick
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Gluten Free Baking Tips


Baking is something I have always enjoyed.
Making old family recipes helps me connect with my past, and reminds me of the many people I love.  When I transitioned to a gluten free lifestyle, I struggled for a long time trying to convert my old family recipes to gluten-free.

Here are some useful baking tips I found helpful for making gluten free recipes, and converting old family recipes to gluten-free:

Increase either the eggs or the leavening agents to make a recipe turn out lighter – A general rule of thumb to remember is 2 teaspoons of baking powder to 1 cup of flour. Baking soda and cream of tartar can also be used. Add an extra egg as part of the liquid for every 1 tablespoon of gelatin dissolved in the liquid of the recipe.

Measure liquids carefully – Be sure to use  standard liquid measuring cups.

Substitute butter and oil with applesauce – To help reduce the fat in a recipe try substituting 50 to 100 percent of the butter or oil with an equal amount of applesauce.

Level dry ingredients with a straight-edged utensil – It is usually not necessary to tap the utensil or pack, unless the recipe directions tell you otherwise. See more on How to Measure Dry Ingredients.

Maintain gluten free flours freshness – Keep gluten free flours in airtight containers or Ziploc bags and store in your fridge or freezer. Be sure to thaw completely before using.

Don’t allow batter to sit too long before baking – Unless directed in recipe’s directions. Allowing the batter to sit too long can cause products to not rise completely and appear flat.

Reduce thickness of the batter - If batter appears too thick; add 1 tablespoon of water until you reach desired consistency.

Make your own mixes – If there are breads you bake often, try mixing the dry ingredients ahead of time and store in Ziploc bags to ease the process in the future. This way when you’re ready to bake, you can just grab a pre-mixed bag from your cupboard. See more on Make Your Own Mixes.

Add moist ingredients - Gluten-free recipes tend to be more dry than wheat products. Try including fruit, vegetables or sauces to baking products to add moisture, such as zucchini and banana bread. My favorite converted family recipe is  The Best Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread.

Chill cookie dough – store cookie dough in fridge for 20-30 min to manage easier.

Separate eggs into yolks and whites – Beating eggs yolks and whites separately can improve leavening of a recipe.

Use smaller baking pans - Smaller pans work best for baking more evenly. There have been several times where I’ve baked with a 9×13-inch pan and the edges were well done, but the center was still full of batter. Try using cupcakes pans or two 8-inch round pans rather than a 9×13-inch pan.

Natural for batter consistency to appear thinner – If you are new to baking gluten free don’t be concerned about the consistency of rice batter when you begin baking. Rice batters tend to be thinner than wheat batters.

Convert recipes with same amount of flour – For converting batter recipes use the same amount of flour as directed, and add an additional 2-4 Tbs extra liquid per cup of liquid called for. For cookies, try adding an additional 2-4 Tablespoons of extra flour per each cup of flour requested.

Substitute water for milk – For a fluffier, moister product try using milk or milk substitute instead of water when requested.

Add xanthan gum to recipes - Xanthan gum is a gluten-free stabilizer that improves the texture of baked products made with gluten-free flour. Xanthan gum helps keep baked products from easily crumbling. For a more natural moist texture try adding 1/2 tsp per cup of flour in cakes. For breads, try adding 1 tsp per cup of flour. Even try adding 2 tsp per cup of flour to your pizza crust mix for a better texture to your favorite pizza crust.
See more on Adding Xanthan Gum to Recipes.

Substitute evaporated milk – when baking, substitute evaporated milk with cottage cheese or yogurt to improve texture.

Add sorghum to recipes  - For better volume and texture mix tapioca flour with sorghum to baked goods. Also add slightly more oil and eggs to recipes with sorghum blends to improve moisture content and texture.

Double your recipes – Save time and money by doubling your recipe and storing the extra dough in the freezer. See more on Freeze Homemade Gluten Free Pizza Crust.

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The Best Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread
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Gluten Free Corn Bread

Prep Time: 5 min
Start to Finish: 35 min

Ingredients
2 sticks margarine, melted
1 cup milk
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 cups gluten-free Bisquick
1/2  tsp. baking soda
4 Tbs. corn meal

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350°. Grease 9×13-inch pan.
2. Mix all ingredients in bowl. Batter will appear lumpy. Pour gluten free batter into a greased 13in x 9in pan.
3. Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes or until golden brown on top.

Add Corn – If you enjoy fresh corn in your corn bread, add 1/2 cup of corn.
Add Jalapenos – If you enjoy spicy food, spice up your corn bread with a fresh seeded and finely chopped jalapeno.

The Best Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread
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