Sunday, July 30, 2017

Gluten-free Meyer Lemon Cake

  • 4 oz. Arnel's Originals Make-a-Cake Your Way cake mix
  • Juice from one Meyer Lemon
  • Peel from one Meyer Lemon
  • Spray cake pans cooking spray and pre-heat oven to 350º
  • Cane sugar (as needed)
  • Agave Syrup (as needed)
  • Beat wet ingredients for one minute and add to the dry mix.
  • Beat everything together for one more minute. Pour batter into cake pans and bake 30 to 35 minutes
  • 1/4 cup confectioner sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond milk (water works well too)
  • Mix sugar with almond milk
  • Add mixture to a small baggie
  • Snip off one corner of baggie and dribble icing onto cake

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Ventura County Fair Baking Contest

IF you live in Ventura County, AND you love to bake and nourish those you love (including yourself,) then I would like to encourage you to enter as many gluten free baked goods as you’d can to the VENTURA COUNTY FAIR. Let’s show the county how delicious gluten free can be and how creative we are!

** You’ll have to bring your entries to the fair grounds in the Home Arts Building (on the right) on Monday July 31, anytime between 7:00 AM and 1:00 PM. You don’t need to register before hand, just show up with items in hand. Click on the attached link and and read the general rules (on page 77 & 78) and then the specific gluten free categories (page 95) to get a clearer idea of the whole process.

*Arnel McAtee is one of the main judges and she has some hints:

- They ask you to submit your recipe. Feel free to use a commercial gluten free All Purpose Flour blend (like Arnel’s Originals) in your baking. When they ask for ingredients list, “gluten free All Purpose Flour, (brown rice flour, potato starch, tapioca flour, sea salt, xanthin gum) as one of the ingredients and then list the rest. There are gazillions of items you can make from each flour blend so it is still your own creation. 

- If you like to bake without cane sugar, please note that stevia has a strong after taste and many of the judges will not give it high marks in the taste category. Try using other low glycemic sweeteners (like agave syrup, coconut sugar, dates) or maple syrup, honey, etc. Feel free to use a combination of sweeteners to achieve the sweetness you want. Keep in mind that cane sugar does three things in baking (sweetens, browns, and moistens) so if you use a sugar substitute, make sure the result is still sweet, brown, and moist. We judge on TASTE (50%), APPEARANCE (25%), & TEXTURE (25%).

- If you’d like, you can enter one item in each category so you could possibly enter 9 items for judging. Hint: No one has ever entered a yeast bread. Feel free to use our Buckwheat Bread Mix and add your own creative flavors (cinnamon-raisin, garlic & onions, sun-dried tomatoes & basil, herbs, seeds, nuts, etc). If it looks and tastes good, you are sure to win 1st prize!

- You could also enter the cake and/or cupcake decorating contest (page 92), using gluten free cake flour. Arnel’s Originals has a flour blend (Make-a-Cake, your way) that can be made into any flavor under the sun. Recipe and filling ideas are on our blog (November 2012)


BOTTOM LINE: Entering gluten free baked goods at the Ventura County Fair is loads of fun, gives you a chance to share the food you love to bake, and encourages others to nourish themselves with delicious gluten free food!  

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Gluten-Free Dinner Rolls

Gluten-free Dinner Rolls (13 oz. of Arnel's Originals Bread Mix makes 12 dinner rolls)

·        2 1/2 cups (13 oz) of Arnel's Originals Bread Mix
·        2 1/3 teaspoons Active Dry Yeast (one packet)
·        1 extra large egg
·        3 Tablespoons oil
·        9 oz very warm water (120º)
·        1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar (to aid digestion)

·        Empty bread mix into a mixing bowl and add dry yeast
·        In another bowl, combine egg, oil, water and vinegar
·        Combine wet and dry ingredients by hand
·        Then mix with a stand mixer for 5-7 minutes or with a hand mixer
·        Spoon thick, sticky dough into an oiled roll pan and smooth top with a wet spatula
·        Let dough rise in a warm place (110º) until doubled in size (about 15-45 minutes). Do not cover rolls
·        Place dough in a 350º oven (or 335º convection oven) and bake for 30-35 minutes
·        Remove rolls from pan immediately and cool on a rack
·        Empty bread mix into a mixing bowl and add dry yeast
·        In another bowl, combine egg, oil, water and vinegar
·        (Dinner roll pan was purchased at Bed Bath and Beyond for $14.99 - minus a 20% coupon = $11.99)


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Gluten-Free Pizza (serves eight)

Pizza for eight (divide in half for four crusts)

·        3 cups Arnel's Originals Pizza Crust Mix
·        5 teaspoons yeast (two packets)
·        1 3/4 cups very warm water (120f) (14 oz)
·        4 Tablespoons oil
·        2 teaspoons honey
·        1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

·        Preheat oven to 425f
·        Add two packets of yeast to the dry mix

·        In a separate bowl, mix all 4 wet ingredients
·        Add wet ingredients to dry. Mix together
·        Divide into 8 equal sticky parts (each part is 4 oz)
·        Place each part on parchment paper or pizza stone, sprayed with oil. (A 12" diameter pizza stone holds 8 oz of dough)
·        Place saran wrap on top of dough
·        Roll out crusts until they are 1/8 inch thick

·        Remove saran wrap & put in a warm place to rise
·        Let it double in thickness (about 15 minutes)
·        Bake for 7 minutes without toppings

·        Flip crusts over & add sauce and toppings*
·        (or wrap crusts well and freeze for later use)

·        Bake another 10 minutes until crust is crispy

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Gluten-free Raspberry Walnut Muffins

        Preheat oven to 350º
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar 
  • 1 1/2 cup berries (raspberry, strawberry, blueberry)
Mix sugar with berries
  • 1 1/2 cup Arnel’s Originals All Purpose Flour (& Pie Crust Mix)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Dash of cinnamon
Mix dry ingredients together in a small bowl 

  • 1 ripe babana
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • Zest from 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup sugar
Mix together in a large bowl and then add the dry ingredients

        Gently fold in the sugared berries into the muffin batter

  • 1 cup walnuts (optional)
Gently stir in walnuts if desired

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Gluten-free Apple Spice Cake

Gluten-free Apple Spice CakeMix Arnel’s Originals Make-a-Cake, Your Way Mix according to package directions.
  • 4 teaspoons of cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • 1 cup of chopped up apples
  • 16 oz Arnel’s Originals Make-a-Cake, Your Way Mix

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Gluten-free Quiche

Quiche crust
  • 1 cup of Arnel's Originals All Purpose Flour and Pie Crust Mix
  • 1/4 cup softened butter (salted) or healthy margarine, or coconut oil (add 1/4 teaspoon sea salt)
  • Combine with a fork so the mixture is crumbly
  • 1/2 large egg slightly beaten
  • Add egg to crumbly mixture. It should now hold together. If it doesn't, add 1 Tablespoon water

Quiche filling
  • Spinach
  • Roasted red bell peppers
  • Onions
  • Olives
  • Eggs
  • Dairy-free milk
  • Vegan cheese

Baking directions
  • Lay all solid ingredients in the raw quiche crust
  • Mix eggs and milk together and pour over the solid ingredients
  • Bake at 425º for 15 minutes and at 350º for the last 30 minutes or so

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Gluten-free Pumpkin Seed Bagels

Gluten-free pumpkin seed bagels: Mix Arnel’s Originals Buckwheat Bread Mix according to package directions.