Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Molten Mug Cakes in 30 Seconds


Sometimes you just need a chocolate treat.  This recipe, adapted from a recipe on A Beach Cottage, was just what I was looking for: used ingredients I already had, was easy to whip up in one cup, and had single serving portions.  The molten center didn't hurt.



To make it quick and easy, I have given the ingredients in volume measurements.  It mixes up really fast, then cooks even faster.  It's the perfect recipe for one or two people (full disclosure: I made one for my boyfriend, then ate both servings myself.  Then I made another one later that night.)

Molten Mug Cake Recipe

Mixing time: 2 minutes
Cooking time: 30 seconds
serving size: 1 mug


In a six- or eight-ounce mug or teacup, whisk together with a fork:

1 Tbsp. GF Pastry Flour (regular All-purpose flour works if you're not gluten-free)
1 Tbsp. sugar
1 Tbsp. Cocoa powder (I used Trader Joe's Cocoa Powder)
a pinch salt
a pinch baking soda
a pinch baking powder



When the dry ingredients are combined, whisk in:

1/2 tsp. vanilla (optional)
3 Tbsp. cream

When the ingredients are well-combined, push down into the center of the batter:

1 square dark chocolate



Shake the mug if necessary to get the batter to cover the chocolate.  Place the cup in the microwave and set the timer for 1 minute on high.  Watch the mug as the cake cooks.  The batter will bubble and double in volume.  As it starts to sink down again, stop the microwave.  Every microwave is different, but for me this takes about 30 seconds.  Let the cake cool a bit until the cup is not to hot to the touch.  Serve warm.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Artisan Teff Bread Recipe




One of the most popular recipes on this blog is The Best Teff Sandwich Bread Recipe.  This was one of the first bread recipes that I ever created.  I thought I'd follow that up with a recipe for a rustic, artisan loaf with teff flour using all the bread-making techniques I've learned since the beginning.  This bread is really soft and spongy.  It's a little more dense than the regular bread, but in a nice, substantial way as whole grain breads often are.  Check out the boule bread recipe for more tips and photos of the process.

Artisan Teff Bread Recipe



makes one 2-lb round loaf
Mix time: 10 minutes
Rise time: 2-3 hours
Cook time: 35-45 minutes

Mix in the bowl of your stand mixer or whisk together by hand:

520g (about 2 1/4 cups) warm water, 110-120 degrees
30g whole psyllium husk (or 20g ground psyllium husk)

Add to the bowl:
300g GF bread flour (reserve 50 grams for later in the recipe)
12g (2 Tbsp) sugar 
3g (1 tsp) yeast
6g (1 tsp) salt

Mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until everything is completely combined and a sticky dough forms.


Let the dough rise, covered, in a warm place for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, or until it has almost doubled in bulk and a dent made with your finger stops filling in right away.  Punch the dough down.  Knead in with your hands or the dough hook of your mixer:

50g flour 

Gather the dough into a ball and cover it lightly with:

olive oil

Remove the dough to a well-floured 8-inch banneton seam side up or simply place seam side down on a piece of floured parchment paper and dust the top with flour. Cover and let rise 20  to 30 minutes in a warm place.





While the dough is rising, place a dutch oven or a pizza stone and an oven-safe pan large enough to cover the bread in the oven and turn it on to pre-heat to 450° F. When the bread has risen slightly and and a dent made with your finger stops filling in right away, gently place the dough seam-side down on your lightly floured work surface, trying not to deflate it.  Gently run your hands along the sides of the dough, tucking the sides under slightly.  This dough isn't as shapable as the traditional loaf, so you are just trying to pat it into a symmetrical round loaf - don't tuck the dough under too much or stretch the loaf. 


When the oven is ready and the dough has been formed, score the top with a sharp blade about 1/4 inch deep in whatever pattern you want.

Carefully place the bread in the hot dutch oven or on the hot pizza stone.  Spritz the inside of the dutch oven (or the surface of the pizza stone) with water several times (careful not to spray any glass lids - they can shatter!) and cover.  Cook for 15 minutes, then uncovered on the rack until the crust has a hollow sound when tapped on top, usually another 20-25 minutes.  Remove to a cooling rack, or for a crisper crust turn off the flame and cool in the oven with the door propped open.  Let the bread cool completely for easier slicing.

Enjoy some traditional gluten-free teff bread!

Monday, August 24, 2015

I Love Book Lists!

Did you know that Gluten-free Gourmand is a huge sci-fi fan?  I've been seeing a bunch of interesting book lists floating around the internet lately, and decided to create one of my own.  Enjoy my picks for Top 33 Science Fiction Classics!


Saturday, July 11, 2015

5 Best New Gardening Tips

These gardening ideas might not be strictly new - but they were new to me this year, and my garden is happier for them!  They save my soil, my back, and my time.  This year my garden is better than ever.  Here is what worked for me:

1. I got a long-handled trowel.


Long-handled trowels really save a lot of strain on your back.  You can do all that precision digging and weeding without bending down to reach the ground!


I looked all over for something like this.  Apparently we don't usually sell these in the USA.  I finally found these Joseph Bentley traditional garden tools from England, available only online.

2. I switched my cover crop to Buckwheat.


Buckwheat is a cover crop that's excellent for summer time.  It sprouts really quickly compared to other cover crops, and it grows great even when it's hot out.  And of course it's gluten free. Read more about buckwheat as a cover crop here.

3. I make bouquets out of garden plants.


This bouquet was assembled from leek flowers and marigolds that happened to be growing in my garden.  Vegetables flower too!

4. I started using a precision weeding tool.


This weeder is really narrow, which helps to scoop out weeds by the root without disturbing the plants next door.  

5. The 10-Second Rule: water each plant for 10 seconds.

I helped my 9-year-old niece start her first garden this year, and I showed her how I've started watering.  It saves a ton of time, and it helps make sure all the plants in the garden get enough water during the hot days we've been having.  Simply hose each plant down on full blast for 10 full seconds, then move on to the next.  Previously I had been spraying each bed down until it looked wet - a method that led to uneven watering.  This way I know each plant gets enough.  My niece dubbed this method the 10-Second Rule, and it works!








Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The Earliest First Tomato of the Year!

I try to record the first ripe tomato in my garden every year.  This year is a record - June 30th!  It's not even July yet, according to the calendar.  The thermostat on the other hand says differently.  It has been blazing hot in Portland, and it's not looking to let up any time soon.


To put this recent heat wave in perspective, I'm usually craving some sun and a hot day on June 30th.  It's usually still reliably 65°f and rainy right about now.  Fourth of July weekend is the first moment a Portlander can expect to see the sun - and she really looks forward to it.

This year, I'm really lucky to be escaping to the coast on the 4th.  I'm looking forward to the clouds and cooler weather - a complete reversal of my usual M.O.!

So, suffice it to say, the weather has been weird this year, and my garden has loved it so far, even though I have been wilting at times.  Without further ado, the much-anticipated photo of my first ripe tomato of the season.  They are supposed to be orange!

Sun Gold Tomato
I grow one of these plants from a start that I buy at the Portland Farmer's Market each year.  Sun Gold tomatoes are a cherry-sized variety that are orange, very sweet, and very early - they are tolerant of the cool spring weather we often have, but love the sun too.  They always ripen before my Early Girls.  The only problem I have with them is that sometimes they are TOO prolific - it's hard to keep up.  Also, they turn pasta sauce orange so it's a bit harder to preserve them.  I end up giving a lot of them away.  However, if you just plant one tomato, think about using this variety.  They are great in a salad.  I planted this one in late April, so it took about 60 days to mature, but I think it can mature in 45 if it's hot.  It's a good plant if you are starting your garden late (like now!).

For some more historical perspective, here is some of my tomato documentation from years past:

2014 - Mid-July
2013 - Mid-July
2012 - July 3rd
2011 - August 5th
2010 - July 23rd
2009 - July 17th
2008 - Sometime in September (I got my garden in late)


Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Cochinita Pibil in the Slow Cooker

One of the things that I promised myself after returning from Hiatus 2015 was that I'd figure out how to make Cochinita Pibil.  It's kind of a regional specialty in the Yucatan and all the restaurants compete for the title of "Best Cochinita."  So I made it yesterday for the first time.  Here's the method:
Chicken Pibil
1. Go to a cute Mexican store.  I chose Mercado Don Pancho on Alberta because it's like a portal to another world.  Why spend so much money on a plane ticket when you can just go to the Mercado and be instantly transported to another country?  There I purchased a small package of Achiote for

Monday, March 16, 2015

Deluxe Pastry Flour Blend

Use this pastry flour blend for all pie crusts, pastries, and waffles, or as an all-purpose flour.

GF Pastry Flour Blend


150g white rice flour
50g sorghum flour
25g tapioca flour
25g potato starch
4g (1.5 tsp) xanthan gum

Mix thoroughly.

Total: 254g or a little less than 2 cups

If you want a different amount of flour, you can multiply the amount or use these percentages:

Friday, March 6, 2015

Sourdough Pancakes

When I was growing up, my dad loved cooking sourdough bread.  Every Sunday he'd make sourdough pancakes with some of the cast-off starter.  They were amazing - kind of tart, but still kid-friendly because I loved them.  My dad had gotten the sourdough recipes from some neighbors growing up in the country.  Here's the original recipe he got typed up from the List family:



I had to change a few things for the gluten-free version, but they are just as light and fluffy and tangy as I remember from the old days back home.


Monday, February 23, 2015

One-Step Sourdough Bread Recipe


I've been baking quite a bit of bread lately, and I thought it was high time to share some new bread recipes.  Almost a year ago I posted a very popular recipe for a traditional two-step, 24 hour sourdough bread.  I love that recipe, and I think that it makes a really delicious, sour bread.  However, sometimes I want my bread to come out less sour, or I just don't have the time to do the two-stage sourdough process.  This is the recipe I use for a bread that only takes one rise - then it's shaped and baked.



1-Step Sourdough Bread Recipe


First mix: 10 minutes
First rise: 6-12 hours
Bake time: 45  minutes

Whisk together until blended in the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, or in a large bowl with a fork:

Friday, February 6, 2015

Not-too-Slow Cinnamon Rolls with Ginger Frosting, Gluten Free

These delicious and amazing cinnamon rolls are easily converted into a vegan recipe by subbing out the butter for coconut oil or other butter substitute of your choice.  The recipe is also easily doubled - just divide the dough into two parts before rolling out.  These are best eaten warm out of the oven, or if you want them next day you can spritz them all over with some water and re-heat them in the oven.



Not-too-Slow Cinnamon Rolls


Makes 4 large or up to 9 small cinnamon rolls
Mix and assemble: 20 minutes
Rise: 30-60 minutes
Bake: 25-30 minutes


In a large bowl, or the mixing bowl of your stand mixer with the paddle attachment, whisk together: