stained glass Easter cookies – gluten free, of course!

I have wanted to make stained glass cookies ever since I saw some gingerbread stars in a magazine last December. When I came across some small Easter-themed cookie cutters, I figured spring would be the time to give it a try!

gluten free stained glass cookies

The trick turned out to be finding a cookie dough that doesn’t spread too much. If the dough spreads while baking, it will obliterate the stained glass window in the middle. I tried to refine our brown sugar cookie recipe by adding more gf flour and using shortening instead of butter, but by the time I got the texture right, the cookie itself was dry and powdery. Then I remembered a recipe I’d seen on Simple Gluten Free Kitchen for linzer cookies and I decided to try it. It worked great! The dough rolled out nicely, didn’t spread too much, and the result is a mild almond and vanilla wafer. Besides stained glass cookies, these would be great glazed or sandwiched with jam or Nutella.

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gluten free fruit buns

Easy Gluten Free Fruit Bread

These were, without doubt, the best gluten free buns we’ve had so far. The crumb was tender and not too chewy and the flavour of the cinnamon, orange zest, and fruit was out of this world. Tasting a bit like a hot cross bun, these would make a great treat for Good Friday or Easter Sunday.

gluten free fruit buns We stored the buns on in a sealed container on the counter overnight and they were still good if a bit drier on day two. For day three, we toasted what was left and they tasted great. We will certainly be making these again, and again, and again ….

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Let’s Try This Again – since our links were broken last time!

 

Exciting News! Gf and me has moved from gfandme.wordpress.com to gfandme.com! Same great recipes – just a bit more freedom.

Some of the great recipes we have coming up include:

Awesome Cinnamon Fruit Bread

Amazing Almond Flour Lemon Cake

Adorable Easter Cookies

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white chocolate lemon truffles

white chocolate lemon truffles

Perfect for a spring party, these bite-sized white chocolate truffles are melt-in-your-mouth creamy and oh-so-lemony. And all you need to make them is a microwave and a fridge! Here they are rolled in tinted coconut but they could also be dipped in chocolate (freeze them first!) or rolled in sprinkles. You could even make them into egg shapes and decorate them for Easter!

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gluten free fusilli with chicken

baked fusilli with chicken and marinara

To us, the only thing better than pasta is baked pasta. This fusilli is layered with a garlic tomato marinara, pieces of tender chicken, and two types of cheese and then baked in the oven until the cheese is melted and has a light crunchy crust. Mmmmmmm. And did I mention this is quick? 30 minutes from fridge to table makes this a great weeknight meal.

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gf and me’s easy banana bread

banana breadMakes a super moist banana bread that tastes great warm or cold.   You may want to make two of these so you can have enough for banana bread french toast in the morning. Amazing!

This is a reblog of a recipe we published early on when we had hardly any followers. It’s one of our favorites and we thought we’d post it again for our new readers. To those of you have been following since those early days, we’d like to say first of all, THANKS SO MUCH, and second of all, apologies for filling up your blog roll.

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rural route lupiac’s gluten free brioche – bread that’s as easy as making a cake

Rural Route Lupiac is one of our favorite gluten free recipe sites – especially when it comes to breads and pastries. Often she uses Expandex in her recipes which we can’t get here in Alberta, so we were thrilled when she converted her brioche dough to omit the modified starch.

gluten free brioche bunsAs you can see, the results are fantastic. The crumb is tender and rich – chewy but not gooey. It reminded Geoff of the texture of a cruller. And the taste was slightly sweet with a hint of yeast. See below for more of our review and for a link to the recipe.

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Wondering what to do with left over mashed potatoes? Why not make cake!

This chocolate potato cake is one of the lightest gluten free cakes we’ve tried. It has a fluffy, crumbly texture and a mild chocolate flavour. You’d never guess that the recipe uses mashed potatoes!gluten free chocolate potato cakeThis is a conversion of a recipe that I came across in our local paper. (I also halved the recipe which explains some of the odd measurements.) The caption in the paper says that the potatoes boost nutrition, but I’m not so sure about that!

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gluten free beef stew

We think that the trick to an excellent stew is a lot of beef flavour – we are from Alberta after all! With a triple hit of beef stew meat, beef stock, and beef bouillon, this recipe fits the bill. Oh, and carrots – for some reason I love lots of carrots in stew. gluten free beef stew in gf bread bowlIn honour of St. Patrick’s Day, we decided to try making gluten free bread bowls. Our Crusty Bread recipe was just the right size and held up well!

♣  HAPPY SAINT PATRICK’S DAY ♣

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gluten free onion soup mix

gluten free onion soup mixOnce you have this around for a while you’ll wonder what you did without it. This onion soup mix is great to use for a quick cup-of-soup, for dips, a rub for meats, or a base for sauces, soups, stews, and gravies. Stored in an airtight jar, it will last for at least a month.

Below you will find a recipe for the onion soup mix as well as some suggested ways to put it to good use.

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