Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Hot cross buns, Hot Cross Buns..

If you have no daughters, give them to your sons!
One a penny, two a penny, Hot Cross Buns!

1 cup mixed dried fruit.  (one incarnation, I used dried cherries, raisins, and orange peel, the one in the pic has raisins, citron and orange peel) soaked in 1/4 cup hot water.

1 1/4 cups of milk infused with three cardamom pods and a clove.  Remove spices before mixing in.

2 tsp yeast
1 cup brown rice flour
1/2 cup quinoa flour
1/2 cup millet flour
1 tsp Xanthan gum
1/4 cup tapioca flour
1/4 cup sweet rice flour
1/4 cup almond flour
1/4 cup potato flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ginger
 3 eggs

1 egg for wash

confectioners sugar

Mix all the dry ingredients together.   Mix mix mix.   Add the milk.   Add the eggs, and then the fruit and its water.  If it needs more moisture, add more milk.    It will be somewhat sticky, but hold together pretty well...

Shape into balls.  You can make BIG rolls or little ones.   Put on baking sheets lined with Silpats or parchment paper.  

Let rise for an hour.  Preheat oven to 350

Cut crosses into the tops, and then brush with egg wash.

Put in the oven for @20 minutes, until golden.

Make an icing with the confectioners sugar and cream, and pipe crosses onto the tops...

And voila!   Hot Cross Buns, just in time for Good Friday!

Monday, March 15, 2010

When Irish Eyes are smiling.....

Gluten-free Irish soda bread:

2 cups g-f oat flour (I ground steel-cut oats in my stand mixer's grain mill)
1/2 cup brown rice flour
1/2 cup of millet flour
1/4 cup of potato flour
2 tsp Xanthan gum
1 tsp salt
2 tsp sugar
1 tbsp baking soda
2 cups milk with spoonful of yogurt (or you can use buttermilk)
1 cup dried cranberries (I would have used currants, but the ones I've found all have wheat starch mixed in with them...bah humbug!) soaked with a small capful of spiced rum.

Mix all the dry ingredients.   Add the wet.  Mix, mix, mix.  place into a cake pan and into a 350 oven.  Voila!