Crustless Apple and Sausage Quiche: A  Healthier Quiche Option

February 2, 2021

From Chef Oonagh Williams of Royal Temptations Catering

By Chef Oonagh Williams
Award-Winning Gluten-Free Chef

I love quiche, but I dislike having to make crust for the bottom so I started making crustless quiches. If you use traditional ingredients of 4 eggs, 1 cup cream, 1 cup cheese plus other ingredients, it is definitely high in fat and calories. I am sharing this recipe during the COVID-19 Pandemic and a close girlfriend and I will spend hours on the phone talking and food is always part of the conversation. This quiche is based on a recipe she told me about, from a nutritionist. It uses a mix of whole eggs and liquid egg substitute which I often do in other recipes. I don’t care for the taste or texture of just egg substitute. Evaporated milk takes the place of heavy cream. This is one of the recipes I recently taped at home for New Hampshire’s ABC WMUR Cook’s Corner. At the time of sharing this recipe with you it has not aired but be on the lookout for it in the near future!

Preparation

  • One medium onion, peeled and finely chopped- I never add garlic to a quiche. I add an onion, the original recipe does not.
  • 1 apple – peeled, cored and finely chopped. I use Gala, Fuji, Braeburn apples, the original recipe said Granny Smith.
  • 2 tsp oil – I use avocado or almond. Olive oil if you trust the source. 
  • 5 oz can of evaporated milk – not all stores carry smaller 5 oz sizes. Evaporated milk adds the rich creaminess of cream without the same calories. Use it for soups, sauces. 
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup egg substitute – to replace 2 whole eggs making the equivalent of 4 eggs in total. Check the label as not all are labeled gluten-free and some contain onion, garlic, bell peppers which made my pancakes taste really strange the first time I made that mistake. Whoops.
  • 3/4 cup or 3 oz of strong cheese – don’t use lite cheddar it has so little flavor. 
  • 1 packet of Al Fresco apple and maple sausage, fully cooked chicken sausage. Thin links come in a 7 oz packet and I use the whole packet, there is also an 11oz packet of 4 fat links and I use just 2. We enjoy the thin links with pancakes/waffles but the fat links are too sweet for us for dinner, but kids would like them. They make a variety of fully cooked chicken sausages.
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard – I don’t add the mustard but my friend thinks it adds a great flavor. This is optional.
  • 1/4 tsp dried rubbed sage – I often don’t add sage. Just like the Dijon mustard, this is an optional ingredient.
  • 1/2 tsp salt, pepper

How to Cook

  1. Cook onion and apple with oil together in the microwave in a microwave-safe bowl for a few minutes, until soft. Preheat oven to 350*.
  2. Cut sausage into thin slices and stir it into the onion mix. The original recipe fries the sausage, I thought it made sausage harder. How you cook it is up to you.
  3. Stir in evaporated milk which will cool the mix.
  4. Then add eggs and egg substitute and mix well.
  5. Stir in cheese and some salt and pepper. Mustard and sage if you want.
  6. Pour into a greased, deep 9” pie plate.  I tend to use a skillet that size as it’s deeper.
  7. Bake at 350 for about 40 minutes. Quiche will puff slightly and will be set but creamy in the center. The original recipe cooked at 400 for 25-30 minutes. I always cook quiches at 350 to keep them creamy.
  8. Remove from the oven, leave to set for about 5 minutes and serve. I prefer quiches warm, not hot.

Make variations with corn, bell pepper, crab, broccoli, spinach, different cheeses, but using the same 2 whole eggs, ½ c egg substitute and 5 oz can of evaporated milk. 

You can find Chef Oonagh Williams at Gluten-Free Cooking with Oonagh on Facebook, LinkedIn or her website. Chef Oonagh has a culinary arts degree, celiac disease and other food allergies. Remember most real food is naturally gluten-free until manufacturers ‘mess’ around with it and only baking really needs changing.

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Corn Puff Toffee Treat

From Chef Oonagh Williams of Royal Temptations Catering

I personally call this recipe “Christmas Crack” due to it being so addictive! The original recipe used Kix puff corn. I had searched for Kix but my local market didn’t carry it. I searched online but too many people had said they reacted to Kix; it was also not labeled gluten-free. Ingredients are simply puffed corn, oil and salt-baked to a very light, crispy, quite boring cereal.  In previous years, I had bought a huge red bag of caramel corn drizzled with white and dark chocolate from Costco but this is seasonal and not easily found throughout the year. 

So this is my easily prepared, homemade version. Spoil your Valentine or family during February! It will last a few weeks if stored in Ziploc bags.

In my experience, it gets eaten within a week. It’s so addicting!

Preparation

  • 1 bag of puffed corn of your choosing. Kix puffed corn is popular but it isn’t certified gluten-free. 
  • 1 cup (8 oz) butter
  • 1 and 1/4 cups light brown sugar – I didn’t pack the sugar so it was (we thought) less sweet than a commercial bag of caramel corn and we preferred it.
  • 2/3 cup light corn syrup – corn syrup is not the same as high fructose corn syrup. In the UK, I would use Lyle’s Golden Syrup which is what we always used for toffee, steamed puddings etc. It’s tasty and not made from corn, but cane sugar. It is available in some regular grocery stores.
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ to 1 cup of chopped pecans -optional
  • Chocolate chips – optional

How to Cook

  1. Combine butter, brown sugar and corn syrup in a large saucepan. (I used an 8-quart stock pan as it makes a lot and needs space to stir in the corn.)  Heat till melted. 
  2. Add in baking soda, I whisked it in so no lumps of baking soda, mixture foam up.
  3. I added puffed corn with pecans to a large stockpot containing butter mix. Stir really well, there’s a lot, the sauce is sticky and uncooperative. 
  4. I lined the jelly roll pan with foil, others recommended using a turkey roaster.  Place in a 250° oven for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes.  A turkey roasting pan would be far easier to stir as it’s deep compared to a jelly roll pan, but persevere. It stays soft until almost the end of cooking and really crisps up when cold. Let cool, then break apart and enjoy!!  My husband remarked on how crispy it was.  
  5. I sprinkled white chocolate chips and some heath bar chocolate chips on top. You can also melt and drizzle white and semi-sweet chocolate over the top.

This recipe almost filled 2 large Ziploc bags. It makes a lot!

You can find Chef Oonagh Williams at Gluten-Free Cooking with Oonagh on Facebook, LinkedIn or her website. Chef Oonagh has a culinary arts degree, celiac disease and other food allergies. Remember most real food is naturally gluten-free until manufacturers ‘mess’ around with it and only baking really needs changing.

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Spanish Style Quinoa

January 6, 2021

From Chef Oonagh Williams of Royal Temptations Catering

Spanish Style Quinoa

Spanish rice is well known in many households. I make this dish using quinoa as a substitute to get more flavor and more nutrition from the added ingredients. For my plain cooked quinoa recipe, click here.

Ingredients

  1. 2 tbsp (30 ml) olive oil
  2. 1 x 12 oz (375g/ 4 sausages) packet Al Fresco ready cooked, gluten-free, sweet and smoky barbecue chicken sausages. Cut in half lengthwise and cut into ½ inch (1 cm) pieces.  Nice bit of heat but not lethal.
  3. 1 medium onion, peeled and finely chopped
  4. 2 cloves of garlic, peeled and finely crushed
  5. 1 medium zucchini (courgette), quartered lengthwise and cut into ½ inch (1 cm) pieces.
  6. 1 medium yellow squash, quartered lengthwise and cut into ½ inch pieces.
  7. ½ red bell pepper, deseeded and cut into 1-2 inch squares (2.5-5 cm) (you can use green or yellow peppers, I just use red for sweeter flavor and different color)
  8. 4 large mushrooms, cleaned, halved and sliced

How To Cook

  1. Heat oil in a skillet big enough for the sausages, vegetables and cooked quinoa. 
  2. Add onions and cook over medium heat until they start softening.
  3. Add sausage to the pan and cook until they look a bit browned.  Be careful not to overcook and burn the onions.
  4. Add zucchini, squash, garlic and red pepper, cook until as soft or crisp as you like. 
  5. Add mushrooms and cook for additional 1-2 minutes.
  6. Stir in cooked quinoa, turn off heat and leave to sit, covered, for a few minutes while flavors blend.

My husband likes chopped cashews and some feta cheese on top of this recipe. Think of making this without the sausages but with nuts and any cheese for a meatless Monday or any other day. Tailor it to be suitable for vegetarians and vegans without cheese or meat stock. This recipe is great reheated so don’t be afraid to make extras. 

Use any selection of vegetables, try different cooked sausages, but remember that many raw and cooked sausages are not gluten-free and that far too many butchers do not know different words for gluten and far too frequently these sausages do not clearly say if they contain gluten. Rusk is a common ingredient in sausages and is not gluten-free. Al Fresco makes a wide range of cooked and raw gluten-free sausages and they are basically naturally gluten-free. For spiciness they also make a sausage with jalapeno and one called buffalo. Jones Dairy Farm makes sausages, bacon, ham, sausage meat labeled gluten free. So use whichever sausage you can buy or can eat.  We don’t like a lot of spicy heat so this sausage was just right for us. Al Fresco has spinach and feta, sun dried tomato, buffalo, jalapeño (both of those I find give heat but not much flavor).  Al Fresco makes a small chicken, apple, maple breakfast sausage which we enjoy with pancakes, waffles etc, but we find the regular size sausage is too sweet for us for Dinner. I’ve also added cut up sun dried tomatoes and fresh baby spinach in the past. 

 

You can find Chef Oonagh Williams at Gluten-Free Cooking with Oonagh on Facebook, LinkedIn or her website. Chef Oonagh has a culinary arts degree, celiac disease and other food allergies. Remember most real food is naturally gluten-free until manufacturers ‘mess’ around with it and only baking really needs changing.

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Perfect Quinoa

January 5, 2021

From Chef Oonagh Williams of Royal Temptations Catering

By Chef Oonagh Williams, Award-Winning Gluten-Free Chef

I like to cook raw quinoa as a rice substitute. I find it easy to cook a batch of quinoa in water and store it in the fridge in large-capacity glass Ball canning jars but with plastic screw top lids. I can use the stored, plain cooked quinoa for breakfast quinoa (pictured above), Spanish rice quinoa, quinoa rice salad, and countless other recipes. Quinoa is high in protein and fiber and contains essential amino acids important to a healthy diet. I enjoy eating cooked quinoa mixed with vanilla yogurt, fresh fruit in season or dried fruit and nuts for breakfast. The protein keeps me going and with fresh strawberries, nectarines etc. it tastes like an indulgent treat!

Quinoa is naturally gluten-free and most bags I have seen state organic. There is no difference between white, black or red quinoa. 

Preparation
I always rinse my raw quinoa in a fine sieve, that I bought after my son was diagnosed with celiac disease. Quinoa is so tiny it will fall through a regular sieve/colander. Even though some packets of quinoa will tell you it has been pre rinsed, I still do a good rinse to be safe. I simply place the quinoa in the sieve and run cold water through it for a few minutes while gently rubbing the grains.  

How to Cook
There are lots of fussy methods for preparing quinoa, I’ve actually tried them all but prefer the simplest method. See below.

  1. Place 1 cup of raw quinoa and 2 cups of cold water, chicken or beef stock in a saucepan together. 
  2. Bring to a full boil, cover and reduce heat to a simmer, set a timer and cook for 10 minutes.  
  3. Turn the heat off, leave the pan on the same hot burner to allow residual heat in the pot to continue cooking the quinoa for another 5 minutes. By the way, this does work on an induction burner. There’s no need to stir or lift the cover on the pan during the cooking process, but remember to remove the pan from the burner and remove the lid at the end of the 5 minutes ‘sitting’ time.  

Makes 3 cups of cooked quinoa. You might find that you prefer the quinoa to be softer.  So add a bit more water for cooking and also let it sit a bit longer to get the consistency you prefer. I also find that if you have quinoa that has sat in the cupboard a bit longer, then it has dried out more and needs more water and cooking – same as dried beans. 

You can find Chef Oonagh Williams at Gluten-Free Cooking with Oonagh on Facebook, LinkedIn or her website. Chef Oonagh has a culinary arts degree, celiac disease and other food allergies. Remember most real food is naturally gluten-free until manufacturers ‘mess’ around with it and only baking really needs changing.

 

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Smoked Salmon and Cucumber with a Sweet Mustard Dill Sauce

December 7, 2020

From Oonagh Williams of Royal Temptations Catering

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is an easy, elegant looking appetizer that can be made in advance and is often very popular. The sauce is a variation on the sweet mustard dill sauce that is served with gravlax cured salmon.  Gravlax is delicious, not easily available to buy, and normally expensive, so I make the sauce and serve it with regular imported smoked salmon or Ducktrap smoked salmon from Maine. Not lox salmon. 

1 English cucumber

  • (note: remove from plastic wrapping immediately when you get home and keep refrigerated. I find cucumber quickly goes moldy if left in a tight plastic wrap.)
  • Wash the cucumber, leave skin on and cut diagonal into 1/4-1/2 inch slices. I like to use a fluted cutter for the cucumber.  Experiment and see what thickness you like best. Too thin and the cucumber won’t be able to hold the weight of salmon and sauce.

Smoked Salmon 4-8 oz

  • Use as much as you’d like. Open the vacuum packed bag and use a sharp knife to cut salmon in a tic-tac-toe pattern as chopped salmon is easier to place on cucumber slices and easier to eat.
  • Top with a small spoonful of sauce, and finely chopped chives or fresh dill.
  • This recipe uses the proportions of ingredients that I prefer for the sauce, everyone’s taste is different.  Remember that every brand of mustard can taste different. You might like more or less honey than I do. Dill can be overpowering and bitter.  It is always possible to add more of any ingredient but not so easy to remove. Check that the mustard is labeled gluten free, many are NOT.
  • You can grill/cook a piece of fresh salmon and serve with small cubes of cucumber and mustard dill sauce mixed into cucumber for a meal. Add some chopped smoked salmon to cucumber and sauce mix.

Sauce

  • 1/3 c mayonnaise 
  • 2 tsp honey Dijon mustard
  • plus 2 tsps honey
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh dill 

mix together and refrigerate for a few hours to allow flavors to blend.  Add a bit of water to thin if necessary. If you only have regular Dijon, then you will need to add more honey to taste. Honey mellows the mustard so the flavor doesn’t overpower the cucumber and smoked salmon. 

Alternate Sauce: Sour cream or crème frâiche sauce with herbs mixed in.

  • 1/3 c sour cream (lite is fine) or crème frâiche
  • salt and pepper to taste 
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley 
  • 2 tbsps finely scissored chives or thin stalks of green onions 
  • 1 tbsp fresh celery leaves if you have them. (some fresh dill if you want, lemon thyme. I wouldn’t advise fresh rosemary or sage).

 

 

Chef Oonagh has a Culinary Arts degree and prior to the gluten-free diet and her son’s diagnosis with celiac disease, she always cooked from scratch with real ingredients. “Like” Chef Oonagh on Facebook at Gluten Free Cooking with Oonagh. Connect, watch and learn from Chef Oonagh’s gluten-free cooking classes on Curious.com.

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GLUTEN-FREE MAPLE PECAN BARS

December 2, 2020

From Oonagh Williams of Royal Temptations Catering

 

My recipe is adapted from wheat recipes that often use macadamia nuts and corn syrup. Since I am in NH, I use grade B maple syrup and the taste is wonderful!  You can also use British Lyles Golden Syrup which I always used in England for pecan pies etc. and put on my toasted, buttered crumpets.  It’s made from cane sugar and is very tasty. Golden syrup is also safe for those that are corn intolerant as well as gluten intolerant.  I also adapt this to a maple bourbon pecan tart, rather than standard pecan tart.                                                                                                                               

The outcome is very rich and very crumbly! The crumbliness of the shortbread base of the gluten-free version is due to butter, shortbread texture etc., not being gluten-free. The base of my regular wheat flour version also crumbles when fresh. This recipe holds together better when moistness of the pecan topping is absorbed by the shortbread base.

Using an 8×8 pan (Easily double to 9 x 13 inch.)

Crust:

-6 tbsp (1.5 oz) powdered sugar

-1.5 sticks of butter (6 oz) (earth balance is a good butter substitute, coconut oil does give a coconutty flavor)

-1.5 c (7 oz) my gluten free flour mix or 1+1/3 c/ 7 oz King Arthur gluten-free flour. (King Arthur Flour is just plain flour blend, no xg or baking powder).

-½ tsp xanthan gum

 -pinch of salt

 

Filling:

-3/4 cup of pecans or other nuts, coarsely chopped.  If you decide to use macadamias or cashews that are salted, rinse them in warm water and toast in 350* oven for 10 minutes to re crisp.

-1/2 c (4oz) lightly packed dark brown sugar – you can use light brown sugar, it’s not such a rich flavor, but saves you buying 1 lb of dark brown sugar.

-1/2 stick, (2 oz) butter

-2 tbsp cream (try milk/creamer substitute, not as rich but still good)

-3 tbsp maple syrup 

  1. Mix gluten-free flour, powdered sugar, salt and xanthan gum in a food processor or in a bowl. Add butter and run the food processor until fine breadcrumbs form. Or rub butter in by hand in a bowl. Grease an 8×8 inch pan, especially up the sides.  Sprinkle mix evenly over the base of the pan and press down. It looks like a lot of base but it does shrink as it cooks. 
  2. Bake in preheated 350* oven for 35 -45 minutes, until the base is light golden brown. Don’t let it overbrown, it will taste unpleasant. You might need to adjust the time the second time around.  I find if gluten-free baked goods are not cooked sufficiently, then they do taste ‘floury’. If it puffs, press dough down with clean cloth. 
  3. While the crust is baking and nearly cooked. Gently melt butter, sugar, cream and maple syrup together in a non stick pan until sugar is totally dissolved, stir in nuts.  Do not let the mix burn. 
  4. Remove pan from oven, pour nut/butter mix evenly over base and bake in oven for 10 minutes.  The filling will be bubbling.
  5. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely.  I like to run a thin knife around the edge of the pan while the filling is still hot/warm to loosen caramel and make it easier to remove. 
  6. Cut into small fingers.

ENJOY!

Chef Oonagh has a Culinary Arts degree and prior to the gluten-free diet and her son’s diagnosis with celiac disease, she always cooked from scratch with real ingredients. “Like” Chef Oonagh on Facebook at Gluten Free Cooking with Oonagh. Connect, watch and learn from Chef Oonagh’s gluten-free cooking classes on Curious.com.

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Snickerdoodle, Ginger or Chocolate Chip Crisps

October 29, 2020

From Oonagh Williams of Royal Temptations Catering

Last year at this time, I adapted a wheat flour pumpkin snickerdoodle cobbler from Better Homes and Gardens, changing pumpkin filling and snickerdoodle topping. I discovered that some leftover dough cooked on a cookie sheet was lovely, light and crispy.

Gluten-Free Snickerdoodle, Ginger or Chocolate Chip Crisps
Makes about 18 x 2+1/2″ cookies 

Ingredients:

  • ¼ c (2oz,56g) soft butter
  • ¼ c (2oz, 56g) granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp (30 ml) light/soft brown sugar
  • ½ tsp (3 ml) gf baking powder
  • 1 tsp (5ml) gf vanilla extract. Use a different extract, almond, lemon, maple etc, to change flavor.
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2c + 2 tbsp (2+1/2 oz, 70g) rice flour – I use imported, Asian white rice flour – Erawan, three elephant logo brand. Very fine, not gritty. Widely available in Asian stores, reasonable price.  I also use it for greasing and flouring cake pans and crispy batter for fish. Picture on Amazon but less expensive in Asian market. amazon.com/Thai-Rice-Flour-16-Basic/dp/B000EYC096
  • NO xanthan gum

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350*. I like to line cookie sheet with parchment paper
  2. Beat ingredients together until mix is lovely and soft and fluffy.
  3. For snickerdoodles. Using one tablespoon/# 60 scoop, drop cookie mix into bowl of sugar and cinnamon, one at a time, shake bowl gently to cover complete ball, then carefully scoop out onto cookie sheet. You can refrigerate cookie mix but it is then quite hard to scoop. Leave cookies about 2 inches apart on cookie sheet, they will spread and flatten.
  4. For ginger or chocolate chip. Stir in chocolate chips or ginger, use 1 tbsp scoop and drop onto cookie sheet.
  5. Bake in 350 oven for 15-18-20 minutes. Do not use black surface cookie sheet. Bake on middle shelf. Baking on a lower shelf, darkens the bottoms too much. Bake until ginger or chocolate chip cookies are a nice golden brown. They will still be soft and crisp up on cooling.  Snickerdoodles, the cinnamon sugar prevents you seeing obvious color.
  6. Remove from oven, let cool, remove to cooling rack. Store in airtight container when totally cool.

Snickerdoodles:

I like to mix 1 tbsp (15ml) sugar and 2 tsp (10m) cinnamon for outside of cookie.

Ginger:

1-2 tbsp (15-30 ml) crystallized ginger chips by gingerpeople.com.  Package has crossed through wheat symbol. Add one teaspoon ground ginger for even spicier. You can roll scoop in regular sugar for crunchier surface.

Chocolate chip:

You know how much chocolate you like, 1-2 tbsp.  I had a chocolate chip cookie made with milk chocolate and it was delicious and not too sweet.  I did use cheese grater for some milk chocolate but chocolate was much too fine. Size of Tollhouse mini semi sweet chocolate chips is best size.

Remember I have a Culinary Arts degree as well as celiac disease and other food allergies so I know food and live this way daily.

Obviously talks and appearances are currently canceled, but you can connect with me on FB at Gluten Free Cooking with Oonagh. I’ve just filmed recipes at home for NH’s ABC WMUR’s Cooks Corner  and they are being aired.   I am also being included in nationwide library data base of on line presenters.

You can find Chef Oonagh Williams at Gluten Free Cooking with Oonagh on FB, web or LinkedIn. Remember most real food is naturally gluten free until manufacturers ‘mess’ around with it and only baking really needs changing. Real food is now being called clean eating.

For new recipes and lots of advice, my Delicious Gluten Free ecookbook only $20 available to download at wwwglutenfreecookingwithoonagh.com , tips, recipes ranging from Grandma’s comfort soup to dinner party fare, full color photos, follow link for list of contents and thumbnail photos of full size photos in ebook.

 

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Easy Pumpkin Soup

From Oonagh Williams of Royal Temptations Catering

You’re sure to have canned or fresh pumpkin in November, so this is a soup quickly made to have ready in the fridge.

Easy Gluten-Free Pumpkin Soup

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups – use the 15 oz can of pumpkin — just pumpkin in the ingredients
  • 1 medium to large onion, peeled and quartered
  • 4 medium carrots, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 2 celery stalks, trimmed, washed and cut into chunks.
  • ½ c rice
  • 6-8 cups chicken stock – I use water plus Orrington’s stock concentrate, labeled gluten-free, about $4 for 12 oz, shelf-stable tub in my local regular grocery store.
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 1 bay leaf, 1 tsp dried thyme. Check thyme doesn’t smell moldy- some does.

Directions:

  1. Chop carrot in a food processor. Remove and put in a pressure cooker or large saucepan.
  2. Repeat with onion and celery
  3. Add pumpkin to pressure cooker or saucepan, plus rice, water, stock concentrate, pepper, bay leaf and thyme. Stir all together.
  4. Pressure cooker, I set 10 minutes cooking time. Stovetop pan, bring to a boil, reduce heat to simmer, cover and cook for about 20-30 minutes or until vegetables are lovely and soft. Vegetables will cook quickly when they are chopped small.  Rice will thicken soup.  Depending on quantity of vegetables and how tightly lid fits on regular saucepan, liquid can evaporate.  Also do you like thick or thin soup.

You can add some milk if soup is too thick. Soup should be soft and creamy, so that kids don’t have to chew.  I find the pumpkin taste is stronger than same recipe made with butternut squash, but hearty and warming for the cold weather.

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Pumpkin Cake

September 30, 2020

From Oonagh Williams of Royal Temptations Catering

This is the original pumpkin quick bread from my wheat flour days that I’m sure many of you used to bake.  I’ve been making it gluten-free for years, it can be dairy-free without any of the dairy add-ins/ons. Without the cream cheese, a slice or two is a good sustaining breakfast or snack.  

I try and use less xanthan gum or even none if I can, as you get an even fluffier texture when baked. 

There is no xanthan gum in this recipe.

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Cake

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 of 15 oz can (8oz) roughly 1 cup solid pack pumpkin, not pie filling (ingredient list should only be pumpkin)
  • 1c + 2 tbsp sugar (8 oz) 
  • 1/2c (4oz) melted coconut oil or almond oil or avocado oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/3 c water 
  • 1 tsp gluten-free vanilla extract 
  • 1+1/4 c (5+3/4 oz) my gluten0free flour mix or same by weight of King Arthur Flour gluten-free all-purpose flour (no xanthan gum, no baking powder, only flour blend)
  • 1 tbsp (15 ml) gluten-free apple pie or pumpkin pie spice that you know you can eat. So many brands aren’t labeled gluten-free. 
  • 1/2 c (2 oz) almond meal 
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) baking soda
  • 1 tsp (5ml) gluten-free baking powder 
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/3 c craisins – dried cranberries
  • 1/3 c golden raisins (known as sultanas in UK) or ordinary raisins
  • 1/3 c chopped pecans or other nuts. 

Cream Cheese Center
Mix together:

  • ½ of 8 oz brick of cream cheese softened– I use lite 
  • 1 egg yolk or 1 tbsp liquid egg substitute
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp gluten-free vanilla extract 

Streusel
Mix together:

  • ¾ c chopped pecans or nut of choice 
  • ¼ c sugar 
  • 2 tbsp light brown sugar 
  • 1 tsp gluten-free apple or pumpkin pie spice

Directions:

  1. Put pumpkin, oil, sugar, eggs, water and vanilla in large mixing bowl and beat well for 2 minutes until air bubbles are visible.
  2. Stir all dry ingredients together, then add and beat in dry ingredients. Stir in fruit and nuts.
  3. Grease and gluten-free flour a 10” bundt pan.
  4. Sprinkle half of the streusel around base of pan and pour in half of batter.
  5. Gently spread cream cheese mix on top of batter.  It won’t be perfect and might sink a bit.  Try not to spread cream cheese to sides of pan or it will stick.
  6. Gently pour in second half of batter and sprinkle second half of streusel on top.
  7. Bake in preheated 350 * oven for 45-55 minutes. If top is browning too much, cover with foil. The cake will rise and dome and look cracked from nuts and sugar.
  8. I prefer using a bundt pan, the cake looks prettier than in a loaf pan and with the hole in the middle, the cake cooks more evenly with less chance of a raw center. Cake should be well risen, it will be dark brown because of spices, firm at edges and pulling away from sides. I poke at middle of cake with a fork, since I find that most gluten-free cakes need longer cooking than regular flour cakes. Remove from oven, leave to cool for 10 minutes, turn out onto cooling rack and allow to cool completely.  Cake keeps fresh for quite a few days, freezes and nukes well.

Watch me make variations of this cake:

For Halloween, make the pumpkin cake in cupcakes, without filling. Frost with cream cheese frosting, tinted orange if you want (mix red and yellow food coloring together.  A recent bottle of McCormick’s food coloring stated it was a gluten-free food.) Top with Halloween candies that are gluten-free. 

Note: cream cheese filling and streusel adapted from a recipe in Port Danby Cozy mystery by London Lovett.

My rice-free GF mix:

  • ½ cup potato starch 
  • ¼ c tapioca starch from Asian market or Goya or Yoki brand in supermarkets.  
  • 2 tbsp amaranth or millet flour: Bob’s Red Mill (millet is roughly one third the price of amaranth, is not so nutritious, but is more readily available.)
  • 2 tbsp sorghum flour: Bob’s Red Mill. 

Larger quantity:

  • 1 x 14 oz bag potato starch, which is 3+1/2 cups – that’s the size I can buy. 
  • 1+3/4 c of Tapioca Starch is 7 oz
  • Just under 1 cup of Amaranth or Millet (actually ¾ c plus 2 Tbsps is 4 oz)
  • Just under 1 cup of Sorghum (actually ¾ c plus 2 Tbsps is 4 oz)

Making about 7 cups total of mix.

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Mongolian Beef Soup

From Oonagh Williams of Royal Temptations Catering

Easily made, tasty hot soup for Halloween or any chilly night. 

Gluten-Free Mongolian Beef Soup 

Ingredients: 

  • ~1 lb shaved steak, cut up into smaller pieces. I like the certified Angus my local chain grocery store carries.  I buy either shaved or ground Angus when it’s on sale. I think they have meatier taste in the mouth
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled, quartered lengthwise and cut into ~ 1” pieces
  • 2 celery stalks, washed, quartered lengthwise and cut into ~ 1” pieces
  • 2 cloves of garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger 
  • 2 tbsp oil – I normally use avocado oil. I used to use peanut oil, I never use canola or soy oil
  • 1/3 cup tamari (gluten-free soy sauce)
  • Chop some broccoli stalks if you have them
  • 1 tbsp beef stock concentrate (gluten-free)
  • Mushrooms, cleaned, halved and sliced
  • snap peas
  • 1/2 can baby corn
  • Handful of chopped frozen spinach
  • 4 oz fine gluten-free rice noodles
  • 1 tbsp corn starch
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. In a large pan, fry all veg together with oil, over medium heat, until softening then add beef and fry for a few minutes until sealed.
  2. Add tamari , light brown sugar, 8 c water and 1 tbsp beef stock concentrate (8 cups if you are cooking noodles in soup, only 6 cups if noodles are cooked separately.),  sliced baby corn, mushrooms,salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Leave to cook for at least 20 minutes until carrots and celery are tender.
  4. Add sliced snap peas, handful of chopped frozen spinach and about 4 oz very fine rice noodles, put on top of soup, leave to cook for 5 mins, then use scissors in soup to cut small. Noodles tend to explode outside of large bag and don’t break up easily.   I’ve only seen rice noodles in ‘bricks’ in large container of several bricks. Look at weight of packet and how many ‘bricks’ of noodles. Of course you can add more noodles to make soup thicker, or less noodles so soup is runnier.
  5. Thicken with tablespoon of corn starch mixed with 2 tablespoons of water if you want. Remember that noodles will absorb more liquid as soup sits.
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