Gluten Free Hot Cross Buns

Gluten Free Hot Cross Buns

Baking with gluten free flour is always tricky for me and baking bread with gluten free flour is especially tricky.  I am yet to figure out the trick to it, but with each new recipe I try I do believe I am getting closer.  While these may not be the prettiest buns you will see on the internet this Easter, I can tell you the texture and taste are not far from the glutenous version I was craving.  

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Chai Spiced Quinoa Porridge

Chai Spiced Quinoa Porridge
I love it when Autumn rolls in around my home town.  We have bright sunny days, followed by cool snuggly nights.  It is my favourite time of year, the weather, the changing of the leaves, the crispness in the air and of course the produce.  Autumn produce is incredible and abundant, with so much colour and variety to choose from, including, pumpkins, eggplants, tomatoes, melons, mushrooms, apples, pears, grapes and pomegranate, as well as nuts, quince, the sweet wonder that is fig and zingy bite that comes from freshly dug ginger root.    

Recently I brought together my love of warm spices, fresh figs and good old fashioned porridge to make this gorgeous and satisfying bowl of goodness.  If you are looking for a sensational tasting, tummy warming, gut healing way to start (or finish) your day, then you can’t go wrong with this little beauty of a dish.  

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Buckwheat Breakfast Porridge

Buckwheat Breakfast Porridge
Hello good people!  A new day, a new post to share with you one of my new favourite breakfast recipes.  I am a big fan of porridge, usually with oats of course, however, I have recently been enlightened to the many and varied uses for a lovely little plant seed called buckwheat.  While it does take a little planning to use effectively, it is well worth the effort, especially for this gorgeous and satiating morning feast.

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Basic Gluten Free Pancakes

Basic Gluten Free Pancakes
Oh how I love a good pancake – soft and fluffy with just a little bit of a crust on the outside.  YUM!  It is our Sunday morning family breakfast, one we all look forward to and have no hesitation in indulging in!  I was quite perturbed when finding out gluten was an issue for me, one of the first thoughts that went through my head was, “what, does that mean I can’t have pancakes!?!”  

Seriously, it was.  Once a foodie …  :)

Anyway, I have since come to learn, though some trial and a few errors, that it is absolutely possible to make a fabulous gluten free pancake that is just a divine and versatile as the more traditional version.  Can’t tell you how happy that made me!  Life without pancakes, well, it just doesn’t bear considering!

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Banana & Pear Bread

Banana & Pear Bread
Hello good people!  I am once again here to post my latest creation for your viewing and baking (if you so desire) pleasure.  This one comes after some inspiration from The Minimalist Baker , the insistence from my dietitian that I incorporate more pears into my diet, especially now they are in season here in Australia and the motivation of a dear friend who gave me the kick up the backside I needed, when I needed it the most, to get back in the kitchen and do what I love.  A friend who I will be also be collaborating with in the coming months to bring you a range of seasonal and healthy recipes for all the family.  More about that later though …

Back to pears.  I will admit that I don’t readily reach for them in my fruit bowl.  They are usually either under or over ripe and I bypass them for a banana or an apple.  I do however, love them in a salad and will watch them like a hawk for just the right ripeness to chop them in with some pumpkin and feta and lots of green leafy stuff, to make this signature dish

Anyway, since this whole IBS diagnosis and subsequent discovery that I also have a range of food chemical sensitivities (*SIGH*), I am having to introduce more pears, as they are easy on the tummy and give that sweet fix you crave when sugar is off the menu (*SOB*).  So, me being me, I decided to find ways to use them that also keep me in the manner to which I have become accustomed, with baked treats on hand the whole family can enjoy!

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Macadamia Friand with Lime & Raspberries

Macadamia Friands
 

Who loves a good friand as much as I do?  All that lovely light fluffy egg white, rich butter and crunchy toasted nutty flavour.   Add some fresh tangy raspberries, zesty lime and a drizzle of dark chocolate and you have a sensational treat everyone will adore. So much to love!  

I am very fond of macadamias, as most folks would already know, so using them in place of the usual almond meal seemed like a very reasonable and tasty idea – boy was I right.  

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Apple, Blueberry & Macadamia Slice

Apple, Blueberry & Macadamia Slice

I am still lingering in my love of all things lemon and blueberry related, and this gorgeous recipe is the pick of a fabulous bunch!  We have had such an amazing harvest from our lemon tree, I am constantly looking for ways to add a little zing to my cooking.  Lemon is also great for your gut, so having a splash of juice or zest is always a winner for your health.  

 I was inspired to make this slice after seeing this deliciousness over at Bizzy Lizzy’s Good Things.  There is so much to love about Liz Posmyk’s site, not the least of which is her love of food and fantastic recipes!  If you are at all interested in anything food and food related, you should be following Good Things – go on off you go, I can wait.

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