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The Quest for a GF/DF/SF Pumpkin Roll – Revived

It has been pretty rare that I actually think about solving a problem really, really far in advance, but as I sit here willing myself to get off the couch and work on a project, I was reminded that I have yet to come up with a decent pumpkin roll that everyone in our family can eat.

Here is a recipe I may try: http://alovelysideproject.com/gluten-free-vegan-pumpkin-roll-how-to-video/

I especially appreciate recipes that have all of my necessary substitutions done for me.

Well, off I go to paint and contemplate pumpkin rolls as we await an update on a mission trip that someone special to us is on.

May God bless you on this first day of a brand new month!


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The Quest for a Successful GF/DF/SF Pumpkin Roll – Part 2

This is what I ended up doing.  It was okay.  Not great.  It needs work, but it did meet a need in a pinch.  I’m not sure if it was blah due to being frozen ahead of time or what.

Pumpkin Roll
Free of gluten, dairy, soy, and eggs when made as written

Preheat oven to 325.  (I meant to preheat it to 300 but was standing at an odd angle to the dial while setting the temp. It ended up being 325.  It worked anyway!)

Ingredients:

1 Cherrybrook Kitchen GF yellow cake mix
1/3 C melted Earth Balance Soy Free Buttery Spread
3/4 C Libby’s 100% Pure Pumpkin
EnerG Egg Replacer for the equivalent of 1 egg

Creamy Pumpkin Filling

*Baking time ended up being about 36-38 minutes in the manner in which I did it.  If you use a jelly roll pan or cookie sheet, it will probably take less time since the batter will be thinner, so keep an eye on it.  I used a 9 x 13 glass baking dish because I didn’t have any foil to cover my gluten infested cookie sheet.

When the roll was finished baking, I let it cool for about 15 minutes and then I flipped it out onto wax paper and let it cool until it was just barely warm.  I

 

Creamy pumpkin roll filling (vegan) – 2nd attempt
If made as written, this filling is free of gluten, dairy, and soy. 

Ingredients:

¼ C shortening – I used Spectrum organic palm shortening
2 Tbsp butter substitute – I used Earth Balance Soy Free buttery spread
2 Tbsp lemon concentrate into ¼ C measure.
Fill the ¼ C measure the rest of the way with milk of your choice.  I used almond milk – original flavor, not vanilla.
¼ C tapioca flour (this helps it to thicken with less powdered sugar, which can make it sickeningly sweet)
4 C powdered sugar, it may take more

Instructions:

Cream the fats.

Stir in the tapioca flour into the creamed fats until the mixture is smooth.

Stir in powdered sugar and milk mixture alternately until milk is gone.

Filling is ready when it is just thick enough that it doesn’t fall off the beaters but not so thick that it shreds the roll while spreading.  Use your own judgment.


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Other than intended uses for Cherrybrook Kitchen g.f. yellow cake mix?

If you have ever used a gluten free cake mix for anything other than cake or cupcakes, what did you do and how did it turn out?  There are recipes for making cookies with cake mix.  Why not build on the pretty great Cherrybrook Kitchen gf yellow cake mix?

My food allergies and intolerances are various and inconvenient, so trying to reaction-proof an old favorite is kind of depressing. I have yet to find a pumpkin roll recipe that is free of gluten, dairy, soy, and eggs.  There are significant complications with trying to replace both gluten and eggs in the batter for the roll, so I think I’m just going to try to bake thin layers and stack them kind of like this from the Hershey’s website.

Until today, I had given up on the cream cheese based filling and was resigned to use my stand by frosting recipe, while fantastic as frosting, leaves a lot to be desired – in my mind – as pumpkin roll filling.  Thankfully, this afternoon I came across this Dairy and Soy Free Cream Cheese Substitute by Cassidy@Cooking Gluten (& Dairy) Free.  I think that with some adjustments, I can probably make that work!  Hooray!!  That gives me the motivation to try to create a good tasting alternative to the very good but very reaction provoking pumpkin roll I used to love.

If anyone has successfully made anything yummy using a gluten free/other stuff free mix, please tell me about it!


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Gluten free biscuits that actually taste good

I found a recipe for the BEST GF biscuits I have ever had!  I have made GF biscuits on several occasions, and they often leave a lot to be desired, whether they’re bitter because of the type of flour, flat because of the combo of flours, or are just plain off.   These actually tasted the way I remember KFC biscuits.  They’re a little on the flat side, but I look forward to making them again for making Biscuits and Gravy.  I haven’t had Biscuits and Gravy in a long time.  I might even make that for brunch this week.  Oh, the possibilities!

But enough about me.  This is the recipe I adapted for use with the ingredients I had on hand, and this is my adaptation:

Biscuits free of Gluten, Dairy, Eggs, and Soy

1 C. Millet Flour (This is the first time I’ve used millet flour, which is neither here nor there.)
1/2 C. Sweet Rice Flour
2 C. Corn Starch
1/2 C. Sorghum Flour
2 tsp. GF Baking Powder
2 tsp. Salt
1 1/2 tsp. Baking Soda
2 tsp. Xanthan Gum
1/2 C. Spectrum Organic Shortening (next time, I’ll try Earth Balance Soy Free Buttery Spread, which is yummy in place of butter)
1 1/4 C. Thai Kitchen Coconut Milk (regular)
1 1/4 C. Water
1 Tbsp. Vinegar (oops! I just realized I forgot to add the vinegar!)
Ener-G Egg Replacer and water for 1 egg, prepped according to instructions on the box

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a large mixing bowl, thoroughly combine the flours, baking powder, salt, baking soda, and xanthan gum.
3. Cut chilled shortening into flour mixture until the mix is basically smaller than pea sized chunks.
4. Add the coconut milk, water, vinegar (oops!), and egg replacer mixture.
5. Using a large spoon (I used a 1/4 C. measuring cup), drop the dough onto a greased pan to make about 16 biscuits.
6. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.

* We baked ours for 20 – 25 minutes and they were still a tiny bit doughy, but mostly baked, which is more than I can say for most other recipes I’ve tried.

* I’ve read in the comments for the original recipe that the usual baking temp for biscuits is 450*. That might be part of it, but be careful about baking at a higher temp when omitting eggs as that can burn the outside and simply make the inside really warm though unbaked.

Thanks to the Gluten Free Cooking School for a very good recipe! 🙂


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Much better!

I haven’t accomplished everything I wanted to by now, but it looks a lot nicer in here.  I still need to bake cupcakes, wash and cut up veggies, finish dusting and straightening the bookcase in the dining room, finish cleaning the kitchen, and get my church clothes ready.

I’m going to be making cupcakes with the Namaste Chocolate Cake Mix.  I’ve done it a few times before and it’s a really good cake, especially for gluten free. I make cupcakes instead of cake because I use an egg substitute.  There’s nothing quite like eggs for a cake.  Nothing really leavens a potentially dense cake like eggs.   EnerG Egg Replacer instead of eggs works best when a recipe or mix calls for 1 or 2 eggs.  Any more than that and it’s hard to get anything but hot dough when making bread or cake.  Cupcakes, otoh, turn out baked and yummy, though mine usually end up with a dent in the center.  I’ll try to remember to take pictures.


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Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity

I came across an interesting website about those of us who are sensitive to gluten but have had negative Celiac results. Foodintol.com says:

Gluten intolerance is a broad term which includes all kinds of sensitivity to Gluten. A small proportion of Gluten intolerant people will test positive to Celiac Disease test, and so are called Celiacs (~0.5% of the population).

But most Gluten sensitive people return negative or inconclusive results upon Celiac testing. The correct term for these people is Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitive (NCGS) and may be as many as ~15% of all people or 1 in 7.

Also

Although Celiac testing is still used in many clinics as a first test for Gluten sensitivity, it only picks up the small percentage of Gluten-sensitive people who are Celiac.

It misses the NCGS patients. Consequently this latter group is poorly diagnosed and misses out on discovering the simple and drug-free remedy of a Gluten-free diet for a dramatic recovery.

I have a certain dismay on behalf of those people who have been tested for Celiac Disease, yet are sensitive to gluten but are eating it anyway because of the negative Celiac test results. I have felt SO much better since eliminating the foods that drag me down and make me sick! It has been so long since I’ve had a doughnut, that I sometimes forget how hard it is to give up something without some pretty strong evidence that it is necessary to do so.

Please, folks. The things we eat play a much bigger role in our physical well being than most realize. It’s not simply about eating healthy foods, but eating foods which the body can actually digest. Yes, it is hard in the beginning, and it is continually frustrating in this food saturated society in which we live, but it is so worth it not to have to be nauseated and/or headachey, and not to have to plan one’s life around the nearest bathroom!

If you aren’t feeling well and your medical treatment isn’t working, consider that you  may be allergic or sensitive to something.

*stepping off the soap box*