Monday, 30 May 2011

Chocolate Chip Cookies

gluten free chocolate chip cookies
These are delicious freshly out of the oven and dipped in ice cold milk. I suggest making an amount that will be eaten within a day or two because they are the best fresh. You can keep the dough in the fridge for a few days or freeze so you can make fresh cookies in small batches!

(makes 25-30 cookies)

1/2 c Margarine, Softened
1 c Brown Rice Flour (or White)
2 Tbsp Corn Starch
3 Tbsp Tapioca Starch
3/4 tsp Guar Gum (or 1/2 t xanthan gum)
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
2 T Ground Flax Seed (optional)
2 T White Sugar
1/2 c + 2 Tbsp Brown Sugar
1 Egg
1 Tbsp Whole Milk (or Milk + Cream)
3/4 tsp Vanilla (optional)
1 c Chocolate Chips

can add chopped nuts or fruit if desired


Cream the margarine with the sugars (mix throroughly).
Beat in egg, milk, and vanilla.
Add flax.
Combine baking soda, flour, starches, salt and guar gum and add to mixture.
Stir in chocolate chips.
Chill the cookie dough in the fridge for at least an hour.
Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
Make balls of dough about 1 1/2 inches in diameter.
Flatten a bit with your hand on the baking sheet.
Bake for 8 mins at 375 degrees

before baking

after baking

BBQ Chicken Pizza

The crust in this recipe is a mix from the Bulk Barn. So far I've had the most success with bought pizza crusts and they're really not that expensive... especially for how often we eat pizza in our house. It's made mainly with rice flour, corn flour, tapioca starch and cornstarch. It calls for some flax seed to which adds a bit more health!
This recipe is for the topping on this wonderful pizza (this is a personal size and used roughly 1/3 of the recipe. for a large pizza you would need the whole batch). I must give my husband the credit for this one as he made it for my birthday last year. We thought it was definitely worth making again!

1 c BBQ sauce (homemade or bought)
1 T honey (can sub br sugar)
1-2 t molasses (depending on preference)
1/3 c br sugar
1 small onion minced
1/2 bunch cilantro chopped (1/2 c, optional)
2 boneless skinless chicken thighs
1 c cheese (we use mozzarella)
1/2 red pepper sliced

Combine BBQ sauce, honey, molasses, br sugar, and minced onion in a bowl. chop chicken into small pieces (this is easier if the chicken is partly frozen still) and fry in a skillet until cooked through (a few mins). stir in the sauce and let simmer for a minute or two. pour the sauce onto a cooked pizza crust. sprinkle with cilantro and red pepper slices. top with cheese. bake at 400 degrees F for 7-10 mins or until cheese is bubbly. (cooking time will depend on the temperature of the sauce to start with)