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        12-09-2012, 10:46 PM
      #21
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    I don't have any great cookie recipes. They are pretty fundamental and found in any cook book.

    I am curious about teh "Adam's Downfall" thingy.
         
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        12-10-2012, 01:32 AM
      #22
    Trained
    Yeah, I would like to see the recipes, too...especially for the peanut chewies. I just make the plain old fantasy fudge from the marshmellow creme jar..anything beyond that level of expertise is out of my league. But, since I haven't baked a thing yet, all these pretty pictures are making me nervous....tic toc.
         
        12-10-2012, 10:32 AM
      #23
    QOS
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    I don't normally do much holiday baking-lol I am too lazy. Since I do that for a living I am not inclined to do it when I don't have to. This is year I was actually going to make some cake balls, cupcakes and candies for certain people on my Santa list.

    I make a killer rotisserie chicken and a confetti rice dish. I used to get glass platters from Bed Bath and Beyond, make the chicken and rice, place it on the platter and tie it up in cellophane and a ribbon and deliver with loaf of bread to my sisters and my bff and a few other choice folks. Hubby told me that was a dumb gift...LOL .. My sisters and bff told him to shut the hell up!!
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        12-10-2012, 12:26 PM
      #24
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    QOS

    I LOVE Rotisserie chicken. Hint, hint . . . Hint.
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        12-10-2012, 12:44 PM
      #25
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    Tap, tap.... Waiting for your notes Gluten Free Guru!! I want that sweet potato recipe!

    I don't make anything too healthy when baking for Christmas! I have a cookie recipe from my mom that is sugar free, loaded with fruit and veggies, and AWESOME... But I just have her make them. LOL!

    All my stuff has cream cheese, lotsa sugar, crumbles, and just some goopy goodness! I'll get photos ONCE I GET ON IT!!

    Anyone else use a cookie press? I love those things!
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        12-10-2012, 01:00 PM
      #26
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    Great pics of goodies, everyone!

    I'm lazy, so I usually order a cake in my local bakery... (we do cook lots of other, non-baked, things though)
         
        12-10-2012, 01:34 PM
      #27
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    Originally Posted by FlyGap    
    Tap, tap.... Waiting for your notes Gluten Free Guru!! I want that sweet potato recipe!

    I don't make anything too healthy when baking for Christmas! I have a cookie recipe from my mom that is sugar free, loaded with fruit and veggies, and AWESOME... But I just have her make them. LOL!

    All my stuff has cream cheese, lotsa sugar, crumbles, and just some goopy goodness!
    Oh my, that's the best type of treat. The goopier the better!
    I'll get photos ONCE I GET ON IT!!

    Anyone else use a cookie press? I love those things!
    Somewhere I do have a cookie press. Back when I would make hundreds of cookies for the holidays, it was a lifesaver!
    *looks around behind her*
    Who, me?
    I didn’t think anyone could possibly want a gluten free recipe, except perhaps another deprived person like myself.
    I think Jassabel had something about Black forest Cake…mmmmm now that sounds good!

    Ok, sweet potato bread…
    Well um since I‘m sure you don‘t have the wonky flours that I have to use on hand, find your favorite banana bread recipe-

    1. Instead of mashed bananas, use mashed sweet potatoes.
    Fresh baked are best, but canned work ok too. Add water or molasses (see below) for the right “mashed” consistency.
    2. Whatever the sugar amount calls for, use half of that in white sugar and half of that in light brown sugar or slenda brown sugar.
    3. Add an extra glob of molasses for golden richness. Tablespoon or two is good if not already used in potatoes.
    4. Add in some apple pie spice or pumpkin pie spice for a tiny bit of zip, or just some cinnamon and nutmeg to your tastes, and bake according to banana bread directions.
    (I know, I know… very difficult with all the precise measurements and such. )

    We also really like pumpkin or sweet potato pancakes too. Healthy for kiddo but still rich and yummy like banana bread.
    The fudge on the other hand, well it is part of my livelihood and folks pay me ridiculous amounts of money for it, so that recipe is in the vault.

    QOS- I think the chicken platter ideas is the bomb!
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        12-10-2012, 01:50 PM
      #28
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    Ha Ha HA!! *some*!!! LOL!! You give recipes like I give directions!
    That's good because I can decipher!!

    We use buckwheat, spelt, and some other ones from the Amish store every once in a while. What kind do you use? My Grandpa is a celiac, I have tendencies, for us it crops out around 50. Thank you thank you!! Going to try it for him!

    But until then I'll sacrifice my.... Ummm you know, for some yummy goodness!!!
         
        12-10-2012, 02:19 PM
      #29
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    My go to flour for cookies and sweet muffins, breads, or pancakes is:

    2 cups Brown Rice flour
    2/3 cup Potato starch
    1/3 cup Tapioca starch

    I make it in large batches to have on hand - 6 cups, 2 cups, + 1cup.
    Whatever you bake with it, just be sure to add the right amount of Xantham gum per the recipe to replicate the right texture.

    For yeast breads/baked goods itís a little different:

    2 cups Millet flour
    1 cup Sorghum flour
    1 cup Cornstarch
    1 cup Potato starch
    1 cup Tapioca starch

    I have tried all the flour mixtures in my many many GF cookbooks, and I find the textures in theses two are the best.
    While I really like buying Bobís Red Mill pre-made mixes and there are some great free recipes on the site, they are generally too expensive to order or even find locally.
    I do have to order the straight millet flour and sometimes the sorghum, just depends on what I can find at the Amish/Mennonite stores here.


    Iíll dig up an actual GF recipe for the bread/muffins and post it.
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        12-10-2012, 04:21 PM
      #30
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    I'm going to try the water food color sugar cookie idea ^, clever and it looks fun. I watched a how to "paint" cookies w different color icing youtube video. It looked simple enough, and the cookies in the video looked so happy and pretty...my DD and I had a blast doing it, basically b/c it went south in a hurry, was a mess and a half, and our results were so bad that they were funny ...needless to say, ours didn't look like theirs.

    I forgot I also make buttermilk chocolate cake and icing from scratch. There are some crowds, that would say, "really? From scratch?" I lean more toward that crowd.
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