Impossible Coconut Pie

Simple basic recipes make baking-Gluten free so easy! Almost healthy and is a great treat hot, warm, or cold – Desserts are a joy and a great way to complete a dinner !

This Impossible Coconut Pie belonged to a dear work colleague of several years ago – (so thanks Naomi xx)  and now we all get to share her wonderful Impossible Pie

To serve maybe dust with icing sugar, and add some garnish for a fancy serve… some violets, rose petals or strawberries 😊

Ingredients:

2 cups of milk
½ cup GF plain (All purpose) flour
1 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
4 large free range eggs
1¼ cups of sugar
1½ tsp vanilla extract
1 cup of sweetened flaked (or shaved) coconut

(I use ½ cup of sugar only, if I can buy sweetened flaked coconut in the supermarket)

Method

  • Preheat the oven to 180*C – 350*F
  • Butter a 9 – 10-inch / 25cm pie dish well. Set aside.
  • Add milk, flour, salt, baking powder, eggs, sugar and vanilla into a food processor or blender. Blend together for approx. 1 minute.
  • Add ½ the coconut and blend for a second or so longer.
  • Pour this mixture into the buttered pie dish and put the remainder of the coconut over the top of the mixture evenly
  • Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until the edges are set and the centre is just firm
  • Remove from the oven, lovely served warm, or let cool – Can be warmed in a microwave …. lovely served – cooled in summer.
  • If cooling and serving later, chill in the refrigerator.

I really appreciate your comments – shared photos and/or ideas….

Your contributions make this all worthwhile, with thanks  – Sandy 🙂

Food Choices Made Simple – Just one recipe :)

Pancakes, Pikelets, Blini, and Crepes

All of these wonderful treats are just variations of the same basic recipe that happens to be Gluten Free –  Wonderful and simple to make for breakfasts through to dinners – very popular and special too for entertaining – a Thanksgiving Suggestion 🙂

Pikelets

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups plain (All Purpose) GF flour*
  • 2 1/2 tsp baking powder *
  • 2 tbsp white sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 dstsp lemon juice / white vinegar (to sour milk)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extra (optional)
  • 2 tsp butter

Method

  • Whisk flour, baking powder and sugar in a bowl.
  • Make a well in the centre, add egg, soured-milk and vanilla. Whisk until the batter is almost lump free – a few small ones is ok.
  • Melt butter in a non-stick-skillet over medium high heat. Then WIPE all the butter off with a paper towel so there are none left (-just to grease pan)
  • Place a large spoon of batter or 1-2tbsps of into the skillet.
  • Cook until bubbles appear evenly across the surface then flip and cook the other side until golden (approx. 1 min on each side.)
  • Remove from the pan when done and place on a plate and cover with tea-towel to keep warm.
  • Wipe bottom of pan with melted butted from paper towel and repeat with remaining batter.

* Note – OK to use Self-raising flour if preferred (or available …) If changing to self-raising flour, then change baking powder to ½ tsp of Bi-Carbonate of Soda

* Its best to make batter and let it rest for 15-20 minutes before cooking.

 

Serve warm with jam and cream, or butter and honey or maple syrup, lemon and sugar – so many choices – I’d love you to shares your ideas 😊

 

Pancakes

Ingredients and method the same – just quantity that changes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup plain (All Purpose) GF flour*
  • 2 1/2 tsp baking powder *
  • 2 tbsp white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1 dstsp lemon juice / white vinegar (to sour milk)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extra (optional)
  • 2 tsp butter

*Note – Toppings again vary to taste – any type of fruit, served with breakfasts as hotcakes, on and on…..

 

Blini – a Russian treat

Very popular as a  hors d’oeuvres – The types of flour change and my recipe does not use yeast which keeps it amongst my selection of  “the same but different…. 😊”

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup buckwheat flour
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 extra-large egg
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter – added to milk
  • Butter to grease pan

 

Method – As above

*Note – Most popular and trendy topping – creme fraiche or sour cream with thinly sliced smoked salmon and finished with sprigs of dill.

 

Crepe  (Suzette)

Wonderful dessert for special dinners! French old and new and trendy too!

 

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose GF flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 cups of milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tblsp butter

 

Method

  • Warm butter, salt and milk until butter has melted.
  • Put flour into a basin and make a well in flour. Break eggs into well and work in some flour.
  • Add warm milk mixture and whisk until smooth.
  • Refrigerate for 2 hours before cooking.
  • The consistency should be like thin cream. If not, thin with more milk.
  • Heat skillet or flat frying pan (preferably one designed for cooking pancakes).
  • Wipe pan with a piece of buttered paper for the first pancake. Lift pan from heat, then ladle in batter and swirl to spread it to edges of pan.
  • Set pan back over heat. Repeat process. You will get better – and so will the pancakes!
  • After 1 minute, lift thin outer edge of pancake with a fine spatula and flip pancake using your fingers or spatula. When cooked, transfer to a plate in a low oven to keep warm

 

Suzette Sauce

  • 2 oranges
  • 1/2 cup castor sugar
  • 200g softened unsalted butter
  • 45ml Cointreau
  • Cognac and Cointreau for flaming

Method

  • In a food processor, blend the grated zest of 2 oranges, about ½ cup castor sugar and 200g softened unsalted butter until pale, then incorporate the juice of the oranges and a shot (45 ml) of Cointreau.
  • Spread cooked Crêpes with some of the orange butter, then fold each crêpe in half twice. Heat the remaining orange butter in a non-stick pan until bubbling, then put in the folded crêpes and heat them through, turning once. Flame with a mixture of Cognac and Cointreau, and serve.

Food – Glorious Choices

Food and Recipes – Glorious choices from one place and so easy…..

So the retail choices for gluten free products may seem limited – but that would be for those limited to direct sales through our supermarkets.

Amazon.com have many branches across our world. The most impressive choices and deliveries of massive ranges of different products actually lays before you….. really !!

In one search I find that there are 27,149 gluten free food products available at Amazon.com and I can only suggest you try my links and instead of feeling that Gluten Free Diets  are a challenge – you may just change to feel that your world is full of choices.    I’ve come up with these different stats depending on what I put in the search log……

From Amazon

“Found 42,920 results for gluten free food

“Found 45,910 results for Gluten free groceries

“Found 3,940 results for celiac

“Found 15,323 results for gluten free recipes

Any one of my weblinks, from Amazon, will take you to their main outlet and if you put your own “specific search” in the search field from my link- just look at all we can find from the provider that may be the worlds largest “gluten free” supplier 🙂

 

(Have to say they have an enormous amount of other things that might be of interest  – make a coffee or tea and have a relaxing potter around while you’re there – add any thing extra you’re interested in – no point in paying delivery twice!)

Please give it a try and tell me what you think?

Sandy 🙂

 

 

 

Reads, Recipes, e-books, websites and a little Fun

Reads, Recipes, e-books, website access and a little fun! 😊

Considering my focus on quality reference material relating to our Gluten Free food considerations – I’d like to give you some of my personal choices  – and would love feedback – and if you might know of great choices too – please share them with us below.

I’m learning all the time… “the how too”  make our site work with the help of Wealthy Affiliates, and suggest its another very constructive and awesomely helpful tool that you might benefit from too  ……. ’cause here we are  🙂

My first ever GF Cookbook was part of the Australian Womens Weeky series in the late 90’s – this one in 2000 I believe – so I haven’t been able to find this issue still for sale ☹

I believe my pic is almost easy enough to see that it cost $3.85 + 35c GST also available in the UK and NZ too !

(…. I just had to share that because its like gold…. 😊 )

 

But I did find this next particular GF cook book available across several providers and for ease in Australia – also is available at Big W.

Online it is available at booktopia.com and catch.com as well as others.

There are many choices and it seems totally just too much sometimes.

There are so many to choose from and trying to make it easier, Book research!!  ….I have found Booktopia do have an awesome choice of Gluten Free books – approx 1700+ actually. They offer discounts, and also give very strong descriptions of the content of each recipe book. – Just one line from their pages of choice!  They also have about 270 gluten relevant e-books

Booktopia have 1 only “Gluten” audio  – but that I just have to share

(…… I actually know nothing about it – but I’m sure someone will be getting a copy of this story for Christmas $20.25 AU – {Bargain}   🙂

Enid Blyton’s books are beloved the world over and The Famous Five have been the perennial favourite of her fans. Now, in this new series of “Enid Blyton for Grown-Ups”, George, Dick, Anne, Julian and Timmy confront a new challenge: is it possible to get a good gluten-free cream tea?

Seriously – I’ll continue to share here the sources of information and  choices I have found; that being shared within my family, friends and now our community here, I’d love to receive your feedback  – Sandy 🙂

Reading for our Golden Gluten Free World

This is going to be the start of some reference material too   🙂

The Internet is a resource of billions of pages of information and so my focus on dietary limitations still has millions of pages.

My first focus in this area on our site…….  here is information worth reading that will be directly helpful –  I have found two particular books that help to understand the effect of Gluten Intolerance on the Gut. While Supercharged Foods have other material – the specific books I believe will help, and can be bought through our site 🙂

“Heal Your Gut” and the following book “Supercharge Your Gut” by author Lee Holmes are very relevant to our new view on life and genuine recommendations.

“…… an unhealthy gut concerns such as IBD, IBS, Crohn’s disease, coeliac disease, thyroid problems and diabetes amongst many others.

In my book Heal Your Gut, I say, “think of your gut as a garden that can only thrive when the soil is healthy. Healthy soil requires healthy foods and nutrients that will allow the ‘good guys’ to flourish. By feeding our bodies all-natural, easily digestible foods, we can help our gut to function optimally, without the need to resort to dietary supplements.”

and 🙂

“……Once you’re able to take hold of your gut health, who knows what else you can achieve? Just small changes can totally transform the way you look, feel and think for life.

In an easy to digest format, you’ll discover over 100 + gut-loving recipes… ” 🙂

Lee Holmes – Supercharged Foods