You can find gluten free options in grocery stores and restaurants all over now, something that was not the case only a few years ago. While it is awesome that there is so much more available, it is also costly. So if you are looking to save a few bucks, grab an apron and try making some of your own gluten free products. With a little tweaking and creativity, you can make all sorts of things and still enjoy breads, pastas, and crackers. Here are two recipes I've made in the past for family gatherings.
Gluten Free Drop Biscuit Dinner Rolls
2 3/4 cups gluten free "flour mix"
4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp xanthan gum
1 tsp salt
3 tbsp vanilla flavored instant pudding and pie filling*
2/3 cup oil
1 cup milk
Spoon out on parchment lined cookie sheet or flad baking pan. Batter should be thick. Let it set up in the mixing bowl until it is. Take back of spoon and using a circular motion, shape into large dinner rolls. You can also snip about 1 inch out of the corner of a large baggy and "pipe" them but you will still have to shape them.
Bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes or until done to the touch. This recipe should make about 8-10 rolls.
*I have to be honest, this ingredient makes me cringe. If you are feeling DIY-ish you can try THIS recipe for instant vanilla pudding mix instead of using the popular name brand store bought stuff that's full of additives. Or you can look for an organic brand such as Dr. Oetker at your local health food store.
Gluten Free Egg Bread
1/4cup warm water
1 tbsp yeast
pinch of sugar
4 tbsp butter
3/4 cups warm milk
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg plus an egg for the egg wash
2 1/2 - 3 cups of gluten free "flour mix"
1 tsp xanthan gum
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a small bowl, whisk together the warm water, yeast and pinch of sugar to let it proof. Let it sit for about 10 minutes until it starts to bubble.
In a separate bowl, mix together butter, milk, salt, and sugar. Stir in the yeast mixture and add the eggs. Gradually mix in the flour and xanthan gum. Mix until dough is well blended. Because it is a gluten free bread, it will not be smooth and elastic like regular bread dough. Let rise for an hour.
Place dough in a greased bread pan. Brush the top with egg wash. Place in oven and turn the oven down to 350 degrees. Bake for 30 minutes.