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Gluten free Banana bread and Premium (Plus) saltine Crackere

Bananas!  Banana bread that is…..

Recipes 2 and 3 from the EGFB by EB….worked better than I expected.

Above is the end result of Banana bread…the middle sank a little, but it was baked all through.  I find rice flours tend to lend themselves to a very moist baked good, so keep that in mind if you are altering non gf recipes to gf…lower the baking temp and bake a little longer.  If it starts to get really dark on top, cover with tin foil.

The crackers too were good, although I would change two things, the amount of salt and the thickness.

After they were rolled out and forked.

Finished product

I don’t add salt to my food typically.  Something you should know about me, I am a pepper girl.  I add it when the recipe calls for it, but it’s usually sea salt (which is lower in sodium, but has no iodine).  So the recipe calls for salt AND to put kosher salt on top.

Another note about me, despite the fact I don’t use alot of salt, I have alot of different kinds of salt in the house.  My fav is Maldon salt, but also have Celtic…anyway..how about another day I do a post about salt?

So the cracker recipe came together really well, and it was the first time I made crackers.  I would roll thinner, as they were thick for my liking.  Depsite the thickness, husband o mine kept snatching them as they cooled.  A good sign!  Nephew and fam all enjoyed them as well, and I guess “melt” into soup better than rice crackers do.  YES!

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Gluten Free! That’s not me!

Most recently I have entered into the gluten free (GF) baking arena.  My fil has been gf for well over a year and he misses sandwiches and pecan tarts.  My nephew, has been gf off and on…now permanently on for a few years…he too misses sandwiches.  I am saddened by this.

I have to admit , I bought a cookbook (NOTE: admitting I bought a cookbook is likened to me admitting I breathe…it’s inevitable).  It’s a good cookbook (Easy Gluten Free Baking by Elizabeth Barbone)for gf simply for the fact that the food in it is real food.  Recipes for breads, cookies, cakes, pies are in this book….usually the foods gfers probably miss the most.  Personally, I pick up most of these gf  cookbooks and there are recipes for…are you ready…greek salad.

I mean come on.

Again, I will state I am not gf and can not comment on what gfers miss the most…but in my mind, they miss the simple foods.  They don’t miss fancy 10 ingredient meals they never heard of.  Don’t get me wrong, options are good having restrictive meal options…I can only imagine.  But when all you want is a peanut butter (thankfully no nut issues in the fam!) you don’t want a recipe for an artisinal bread you have never heard of.

I digress….I bought a good, in my mind, gf cookbook.  The author is not gf, but has food allergies.  She tested each recipe side by side with its gluten counterpart, until she was satisfied.  She also trained at The Culinary Institute of America…I bought her gf book and not theirs.

I have baked three things from the book…easy sandwich bread, banana bread and…are you ready for this…a gf equivalent to Premium Plus Saltine crackers! I am going to talk about the sandwich bread tonight.

First off, I don’t bake bread.  It’s not that I can’t…I’m not a bad baker, and I will try recipes (have not mastered puff pastry, but will triumph one day). I don’t have a bread machine…in short we don’t have alot of bread in the house.  It lived up to it’s name “easy”.  Five minutes gathering measuring ingredients, five minutes in the mixer, proof for an hour (this is where I made a mistake), and an hour in the oven.  My mistake?  I should not have covered the bread with a towel, otherwise it would have risen more during baking.

Here is a picture (stolen from my sil blog http://familyjourneytorealfood.blogspot.com/)

The test was when I ate it…I ate another piece after.  It was good, for homemade bread.  I was disappointed at first expecting bread like store bought bread, before I remembered that wasn’t what I making.  I brought it to my sil and everyone liked it.  Success…unless they really were just being polite.  I hope not.

Next up…crackers and banana bread!