Well it’s a different Good Friday this year…pandemic, everyone is to self isolate and home quarantine, so we decided to make homemade gluten free pizza!
I had a package of Bob’s Red Mill in the pantry. I followed the directions as per the bag. Simple ingredients needed: warm water, eggs and oil. It was easy to mix. * I did add a sprinkle of Italian seasoning to the dough just for added flavour. This is what it looked like just before covering to let rise:
After the 20 minutes (I left mine longer). As I was busy cooking bacon, chopping mushrooms; …prepping to top the pizza!
This is what it looked like after letting it rest:
I took my time with spreading out the dough and heavily greased my hands with butter. I decided to place a sheet of parchment paper over top of my pizza stone. I sprinkled corn meal over the paper.
I found the dough easily spread out over the stone/paper. I tried hard to make a thin crust.
I did not follow the recommendation to bake the crust for 7-9 minutes before putting on sauce and toppings.
I immediately just put sauce and toppings on. I preheated the oven to 425F. I baked for 25minutes and it came out lovely.
It’s a nice crust!
Easy to make!
The crust does have a very yeast flavour – so I do find adding a seasoning (such as Italian seasoning) to the dough helps.
But it is nice to make a homemade pizza every once in a while.
So when I’m feeling a bit stressed or anxious, I like to bake. It’s very relaxing.
Thankfully, everyone is posting lots of great ideas (recipes) to try. A lovely gluten free bakery in Toronto – The Almond Butterfly ( https://www.almondbutterfly.com/) posted and shared a recipe for everyone to try!
Hopefully I do it justice – and my family is in luck during this pandemic as we have all the ingredients.
2 medium size oranges
250g white sugar (1 cup)
275g almond flour (2 cups and just under 1/2 cup)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1) Place whole oranges with peel in a medium saucepan. Cover with water & bring to a boil. Reduce to a medium to low heat for 1 hour.
Then drain and let cool completely.
2) preheat oven to 350. Line pan with parchment paper.
3) remove seeds from oranges. Cut into quarters.
Put into blender. Blend until smooth uniform consistency.
4) In a large bowl, add eggs and sugar. Whisk until sugar dissolves into eggs. * If you don’t whisk enough it will leave a weird texture*
5) Add orange purée and whisk again.
6) add almond flour, baking powder and mix until all combined. * Do not over mix
7) Pour into pan
8) Bake 1 hour or until nicely browned on top and springs back when pressed
I didn’t take a picture of the cooked top – here is a pic of my flipped cake
It was (the top) spongey and a uniform brown when I took it out of the oven.
Shepherds pie is one of my favourites. But in a busy household, it rarely gets made. It’s talked about often; something that should be made. But isn’t. So when I saw Epicure selling a seasoning package – I thought I would try.
While it did take time (About 45 minutes) – not as long as if I made it from scratch!
first I put the seasoning pack into 1 1/4 cup water; set aside.
While the package recommends microwaving potatoes, I diced mine up and boiled them for 15 minutes.
While they were cooking I browned 1 lb of lean ground beef. I stirred in the reserved seasoning mixture, brought to a boil, reduced heat and simmered for 2 minutes.
Then I added in frozen corn.
While that was heating, I mashed the potatoes.
I stirred in 1/2 cup of milk with 1/4 cup of butter, while mashing the potatoes.
While the package said to just top meat mixture with potatoes and serve, I was going to make “Traditional” shepherds pie
I pulled out my casserole dish. Filled it with the meat mixture and topped with the mashed potatoes. Put in a preheated oven at 350. I then set it to broil to crisp up the potatoes.