Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Gluten Free Waffles, Guest Post: Melissa from The Baked Equation.

I have a special treat today, literally! My good friend Melissa from The Baked Equation is here to share a wonderful little recipe.  If you haven’t visited her website you really should.  So many yummy recipes to choose from that are beautifully photographed you may want to lick the screen :).  I give you Melissa!

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We love waffles. We love waffles so much we served them at our wedding. Yes, that is right, we had a waffle bar. But I have not had waffles in a really long time. We try to limit the amount of gluten that we eat due to my son’s eczema. Many times I don’t eat my favorite foods anymore because I prefer the “real” thing. But I have been craving waffles. Can I have gluten-free waffles with the same great flavor? Oh yes, you can! Whether you like them soft or crispy this gluten free buttermilk waffle recipe will not disappoint.

You might be wondering who is this “we” that she talking about? My name is Melissa, and I blog over at The Baked Equation. Karen and I decided to swap gluten free blog posts. You will have to head over to my blog to read about her gluten free quinoa brownies and yummy veggies that are perfect for dinner.

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Gluten Free Waffle Recipe

  • 2 Cups Cup4Cup Gluten Free flour mixture
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 ½ tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tablespoon malt powder **optional
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 ¾ cup buttermilk, at room temp.
  • 2 eggs, separated, at room temp.
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

**NOTE: In my research, some GF eaters don’t mind and some do. Malt comes from barely so you can just omit it if you do not eat it. But I love the slight malted flavor that it adds.

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Directions:

  1. Preheat waffle iron.
  2. Combine dry ingredients together. Mix together buttermilk, egg yolks and vanilla with a large spoon and combine with the dry ingredients. You don’t want to over stir a gluten free mixture that has xanthan gum in it.
  3. Whisk in the egg whites till mixture comes together
  4. Spoon batter on to you waffle iron. I used an ice cream scoop. Gluten free mixtures can have a gummy texture. The scoops helps it come out easily My iron beeps when the waffle is ready. Approximately, 2 to 3 minutes.
  5. Serve immediately. Or you can freeze leftover waffles in a freezer bag.

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Any time I write a gluten free blog post I receive many questions about Cup4Cup gluten free flour blend. In fact, I am pretty sure I sound like a spokesperson. While I am not a spokesperson for Cup4Cup, I love it. When I first started delving into the world of gluten free foods, I felt overwhelmed. There are so many ingredients that you need to go buy to make a gluten free flour blend from home. Then to only buy all the ingredients with lack luster results. Cup4Cup was my happy alternative. I could use my same recipes and just swap their flour. What a relief? I didn’t have time to start developing new recipes and I definitely didn’t like spending all the money to have mediocre gluten free treats.

My favorite syrup is Nature’s Hallow Sugar Free Syrup. Many people who are gluten free also watch their sugar intake. I love Nature’s Hallow products. Their sugar free syrup plus gluten free waffles make the best partnership.

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Karen, thank you so much for letting me guest post on your blog today. I hope you enjoy the waffles!

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Thanks Melissa, I can’t wait to try these!!!

And Thank you for looking!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Trilogy Edibles is Now Offering Classes

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Well it was inevitable that my two loves of baking and teaching came together.  After spending an amazing 3 days at CookieCon14 in Salt Lake City this past weekend, I’m inspired to share the love of cookie decorating.  Four hundred plus participants came together to talk cookies and learn new techniques and now I want to pass on to you what I know.

I have one currently scheduled as of right now but plan to do more.  First Up:

Cookie Decorating 101

Ever wanted to make beautiful decorated cookies but didn't know where to start. Trilogy Edibles is offering classes on basic decorating.

You will learn how to:

  • How to make flat vanilla bean sugar cookies.
  • How to use royal icing (flood, pipe and details)
  • Learn how to fill piping bags the easy way.
  • Learn how to write on cookies with ease.
  • Essential learning resources.

Come and hang out! We'll decorate a half a dozen cookies to take home and impress your family and friends.  And most importantly we’ll laugh and have a great time while you learn how to decorate cookies.

When: May 4th from 2-5pm
Where: Cary, NC
Fee: $65 per person
Limit: 6 registrations

Your registration will not be complete until payment is made in full. Class will be on a first come first serve basis. If interested, please contact me at trilogyedibles@hotmail.com with the number in your party and I'll forward you an invoice via Paypal. Once paid you will receive a confirmation email with receipt and more details about location.

Private classes will also be available for parties over 4, please contact me directly to schedule.

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Thanks for looking and I hope to see you too!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Treat Day Wednesday–S’mores Brownies

You ever have one of those days?  I’m having one :( 

I woke up hoping I get more answers about my back and all I got were more questions, so I came hope and made these for my girls.  S’mores Brownies!

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From where I come from, s’mores were things that you ate in the summer whilst camping, at least that’s what I thought.  Here in the US, y’all love them 365 days of there year and in all shapes and sizes.  Ok, I can work with that :)

Now my girls love graham crackers and marshmallows, but when we tried the traditional way of making s’mores they were a no go.  Then I thought I’d try a twist and use brownies.  Another one of their favourites and mine too!

So I made a graham cracker crust and pressed it into a 9’x13” pan and then poured the brownie mixture on to the top.  Baked for 30 minutes.  Once cooled I cut into bars and then put onto another baking sheet, topped with a marshmallow and toasted in oven until browned about 3 minutes.

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Et voila a new twist on an old classic or for us a new twist on a new classic!

Graham Cracker Crust

  • two packages graham crackers
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  1. Crush crackers in food processor until fine crumbs.
  2. Add butter.
  3. Press into baking sheet.

Brownies

  • 1 cup melted butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup good cocoa
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/3 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  1. Melt butter and mix in sugar and cocoa.
  2. Mix in eggs until completely combined
  3. Add remaining ingredients until just mixed in.
  4. Pour into baking dish, bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes.

Thanks for looking!