Gluten Free

28 Jun

The term “gluten free” is often seen these days.   Gluten is a name given to certain types of proteins found in common cereal grains. Being gluten sensitive or developing the more dangerous autoimmune disorder called Celiac Disease affects many people. The wide range of problems and autoimmune disorders associated with CD can include major and minor gastrointestinal problems, malnourishment, infertility, arthritis, osteoporosis, diabetes, and intestinal cancers. Anyone who believes they may have Celiac Disease should consult their physician.  If you are diagnosed with CD, or sensitivity to gluten, there are great cookbooks and wonderful new products that are now easy to find in grocery stores.

Louisiana food lovers should take a look at Cajun and Southern Gluten-Free Delights  by Aileen M. Bennett (641.563B471c).  Hungry for Hush Puppies, Bread Pudding and Beignets? What about King Cake, Blueberry Muffins or Hummingbird Cake?

Strawberry Bread

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Grease 2 miniature loaf pans (3 ½” x 7”)

3/4 cup tapioca flour

1 ¼  cup brown rice flour

1 cup corn starch

1/2 cup sugar

1 teaspoon xanthan gum

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 cup powdered strawberry gelatin

1 teaspoon salt 

1/2 cup pureed strawberries

1 stick melted butter

1 teaspoon vanilla

½ cup milk

3 eggs, slightly beaten

Sift dry ingredients into large bowl. Mix well with wire whisk and set aside. Add pureed strawberries to the dry ingredients.  Add the rest of the ingredients. Mix well with a spoon.  Pour equal amounts of the batter into the bread pans.  Bake in the 350 degree oven for about 35 – 40 minutes. Test for doneness.

Other titles to try:

The Divvies Bakery cookbook :  no nuts, no eggs, no dairy, just delicious! (641.815 S217d)
Gluten-free recipes for the conscious cook :  a seasonal, vegetarian cookbook (641.5638 C415g)
Complete gluten-free cookbook :  150 gluten-free recipes, lactose-free recipes, many with egg-free variations (641.563 W314.5c)



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