Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Basic Egg Free Yellow Cake/Cupcakes

This recipe is already on my blog, but I thought it deserved it's own post because it is such a staple and I use it often.  Out of all the egg free yellow cake recipes I've tried, this one is by far my favorite! I've used this cupcake recipe for Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes and Golden Oreo Cupcakes and a few others.  I also experimented to see if this could be baked in a cake pan and had success!

Basic Egg Free Yellow Cake/Cupcakes
From Egg Free Bakery,  adapted from "Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World"

1 cup buttermilk (or 1 cup milk mixed with 1 tsp apple cider vinegar, let stand 5 minutes)
1-1/4 cups flour
2 Tbsp cornstarch
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup canola oil
3/4 cup sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line muffin tin pan with baking cups. Sift together flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda and salt.  In another bowl, mix together buttermilk (or milk/vinegar mixture), oil, sugar and vanilla.  Whisk in together wet and dry ingredients until no large lumps remain being careful not to overmix. Fill lined muffin pan 2/3 full.  Don't overfill.  Bake 18-20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Be careful not to overbake either.  (I think the texture is better if the cupcakes are just done).   Let cool 5-10 minutes in pan before removing cupcakes to wire rack to cool completely before assembling.  Yield: about 12 cupcakes 

May also be baked in an 8" round pan or square pan for 20-22 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Friday Finds: Egg, Nut & Soy Free Store-Bought Bread

I've been searching around for store bought bread that is "safe" for my boy.  It's much cheaper, of course, to make my own-- but sometimes it would be nice to have that option either when we are traveling or when things get busy.  I have two brands to share with you that I found!

First is Dave's Killer Bread.  It's organic and chock full of grains.  (We just sampled the cracked wheat though).  Vegan- which means no eggs and no soy flour!  (which typically store bought breads have to help with the shelf life).  They have a store locator tool on their website to show where their products were sold.  I was surprised to find so many stores in my area carry this brand of bread.

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Second is Rudi's Bakery.  
 100% Whole Wheat

A little harder to find, and about as expensive as Dave's Killer bread, but they not only have bread, but hamburger buns and tortillas and english muffins.  They are organic and also carry some gluten free items too.  I contacted the company about cross contamination with nuts/eggs and this is what they replied:

 "Thank you for your recent inquiry into Rudi’s Organic Bakery® about our products.  We do not have any peanuts or eggs in the facilities where our products are made.  We have one tree nut, hazel nuts, found in our Nut & Oat Bread in the facility where our breads are made.  We do a thorough cleaning to no visible residue before the rest of our products that have no tree nuts in the recipe are made.  Our English Muffins, wraps and tortillas are made in facilities where no eggs, tree nuts or peanuts are present."

As I was searching their products on their website I noticed that a few of their products, like their bagels, had a cross contamination warning with eggs.  Bummer.  But the bread, hamburger buns, english muffins appeared ok and did not have that warning.

I was happy to find a couple options for those times when I may be in a pinch! 

 

**My Favorite brand of bread has always been Grandma Sycamore's bread.  But back when we found out about my boy's soy allergy that brand of bread had soy flour in it.  I happened to be checking out bread the other day at the store and saw that the white bread no longer contained soy flour in it!!  I texted the ingredient label to my husband to make sure I wasn't dreaming.  Hopefully this is a permanent change in their recipe.  We got some, ate some and I'll be keeping my eyes on it for sure! 
  

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Egg & Nut Free Gooey Cinnamon Pull Apart Bread

From Scratch.  Tender.  Gooey.  Sticky. Cinnamon-y Perfection.  I turned my bundt pan over onto my serving plate and audibly "oohed" and "aahed" at how glorious and perfect it looked.  My hubs and kids ogled and drooled while I snapped my photos.  Then we devoured this bread.  

Since it is from scratch (unlike the canned biscuit dough versions you've probably seen) it does take a little time.  You can cut down on the rising times by setting your oven to the lowest setting and letting your bread rise in your warm oven.  I figure it takes about as long as cinnamon rolls would.  Worth every minute. (and every calorie.)


Egg & Nut Free Gooey Cinnamon Pull Apart Bread

Dough:
4 tbsp butter, divided and softened
1 cup milk
1/3 cup water
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 1/4 tsp instant yeast
3 1/2 to 4 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for work surface
2 tsp salt  
Brown Sugar Coating:
1 cup packed light brown sugar
2 tsp ground cinnamon
8 tbsp butter, melted
Glaze:
1 cup confectioners' sugar
2 tbsp milk

1. Using 2 tbsp softened butter, grease a bundt pan and set aside.  You may not use all the butter.  To reduce the mess, I use a plastic baggie over my fingers as I grease the pan. 


2. In a microwave safe measuring cup, combine milk and water.  Heat on high for about a minute or until it is warm.   Cut the remaining 2 tbsp of butter into chunks and drop into warm milk/water mixture.  They will begin to melt.  Meanwhile combine 3-1/2 cups flour and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer.  Add sugar and yeast to the milk mixture.  While mixer is running, slowly add the milk mixture.  If mixture doesn't seem like it's coming together, add additional flour a tablespoon or two at a time, allowing to fully incorporate between additions.  The dough should be slightly sticky, but not unmanageable.  Knead 5 minutes.  

3. Place dough in a oiled bowl and allow to rise, covered, until double in size, about 1 hour (use warm oven to speed up the process).  

4. Once double, punch down dough.  Dump out onto a lightly floured or oiled countertop.  Cut dough into about 50-60 pieces and shape into a rough-looking ball.  Doesn't have to be perfect.  In a small bowl, melt butter.  In another small bowl, combine brown sugar and cinnamon.  Create an assembly line:  dip rolled dough ball in butter, letting excess drip off, next coat in cinnamon sugar mixture then place in buttered bundt pan.  Repeat with remaining dough pieces.  

5. Cover bundt pan and let rise again until about doubled in size, or until dough is 1-2 inches from the top of the pan.  

6. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. (make sure if you are using your oven to help your dough rise to remove prior to preheating.) Uncover bundt pan and bake 30-35 minutes.  Remove from oven and allow to rest in the pan no longer than 5 minutes.  Invert pan onto a serving platter, and ooh and aah at how perfect it looks!

7.  Combine glaze ingredients while bread is cooling.  Drizzle glaze over the top of bread and serve warm!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Egg Free Brown Sugar Oatmeal Muffins

Happy April Fool's Day!  I've never been one to play pranks.  When I was little we'd just run around saying things like "someone called: you just one a million dollars...April Fools!" Yeah... never been good at this April Fool's Day stuff.  And that has nothing to do with the recipe for today:

I am loving muffins right now.  Nearly once a week I'll bake up a batch of muffins for breakfast, alongside some fruit, yogurt or a smoothie. Enjoy!

 

Egg Free Brown Sugar Oatmeal Muffins
From Egg Free Bakery, adapted from Taste of Home 

1 cup old-fashioned oats
1 cup whole wheat flour (you can use all purpose here too)
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2-1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup applesauce, water or yogurt
1 cup milk
1/4 cup canola oil
1 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine oats, flours, sugar, baking powder and salt with a wire whisk.  In a another bowl, combine applesauce or water, milk, oil and vanilla, mixing well.  Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, stirring until no large lumps remain. Divide batter evenly among 12 regular muffin tin cups either lined with paper liners or greased with cooking spray.  Bake for 15-17 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack.  Yield: 1 dozen.  

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Egg & Nut Free Coconut Macaroons

I LOVE Coconut in sweets.  I found this yummy recipe for egg free macaroons over at the Art of Dessert.  I opted to drizzle some melted chocolate over the finished product to give it a prettier look~ and to make it tastier too!


Click here for the recipe for Egg Free Coconut Macaroons found at The Art of Dessert Blog.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Carrot Cake Oatmeal

It sounds gross, I know- adding carrots to oatmeal?  Stay with me though-- after all, we do add carrots in cake and muffins and bread.  I saw this recipe over at Annie's Eats and intrigued I thought I'd try it.  And you know what, I really enjoyed it!  I felt all healthy eating it afterwards (Yes, I had veggies for breakfast!) And then I've had it multiple times since.


Carrot Cake Oatmeal


Combine the water and milk in a medium saucepan.  Bring to a simmer.  Meanwhile, melt butter in a skillet.  Add oats and stirring to toast oats until golden and fragrant, about 2 minutes.  Stir the toasted oats into the milk/water once it has reach a simmer.  Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer about 20 minutes or until the mixture is thick. Stir in the salt, brown sugar, carrot, coconut, raisins, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. Continue simmering, stirring occasionally, until all of the liquid has been absorbed and the oatmeal is creamy, about 10 minutes more.  Remove from the heat and let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Friday Finds: Dyeable Plastic Easter Eggs

I was at Walmart earlier this week (purchasing the very much anticipated "Frozen" movie) and was browsing through the Easter section getting basket ideas when I found these:


Dyeable Plastic Easter Eggs!  I don't know how long these have been around, but it was the first time I had seen them.  The instructions say you can use them with any egg dye kit. It'll be a first for my kids being able to dye Easter eggs!  We'll see how it works!