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Pie crust and gluten free flour

I have to admit, pie crust has been a problem for me to make.  I've just not had good luck with it.  Last year, I went to whole foods and loaded up on crust.  They are wonderful!  But, you only get a bottom crust. I wanted more.  Whole Foods is not close to me, so if I run out it's not like I can run out and buy a crust easily.    

What led me to even trying to make a crust myself, was an article I read last year in a magazine.  The magazine took several recipes from regular cookbooks, then used a gluten free flour blend as a cup per cup replacement for flour.  They used several blends and gave the results of each recipe used.  I have to tell you, I am so sick of having so many flours and recipes that use so many flours.  I have many recipes I just love, but it seems like as soon as I want to make something, I will be out of just one of the flours I need.  Then there is the issue of storing them all.  My cupboard only has so much space. 

It got me thinking and experimenting on my own.  Right before I was diagnosed, I had purchased, "Martha Stewarts Baking Handbook'.  I  never got to make all the things in that book that I wanted!  My mom had been having good luck with Namaste's Perfect Flour Blend.  So I bought some, and decided to try it in some recipes.  

One of the first one's I tried from Martha's book was the pie crust.  I wanted to make a rustic apple pie.  You know, the kind that's not in a pie pan, but a cookie sheet.  This was just so much easier than I imagined.  I used my food processor and followed directions.  If you roll it out on parchment paper and put plastic wrap over the top as you roll it out, you shouldn't have any problems with it.  Don't forget to flour the parchment.  

Here it is rolled out…

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Ready to go in the oven….

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Pie heaven….

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My apples got a little brown.  I think that could be avoided by putting a little foil right in the middle during baking.  I used butter which I recommend, unless you can't eat dairy.  Also, I used sanding sugar around the edge.  

The crust was Martha's recipe which you can find here.  And the yummy inside was from "The Betty Crocker Cookbook", which you can find here.  Substitute the flour with a gluten free blend.  As I said, I used Namaste Perfect Flour Blend.  If you use another kind, make sure there is xanthan gum added.  If not, make sure you add some.

I have also tried making a Martha Stewart scone recipe with this flour and they turned out wonderful!  I am anxious to try more regular and gluten free recipes with pre-made flour blends.  It just seems like life would be so much simpler only having one bag of flour!   

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Gluten Free Thanksgiving

Wow, I can't believe that Thanksgiving is almost here!  Is this your first gluten free Thanksgiving?  Are you a little nervous?  We'll, don't be!  This is an easy holiday to be gluten free!  Below is the menu that I'm making on Thanksgiving.  Also, be sure to check out all the other gluten free blogs.  There are so many creative gluten free cooks out there willing to share with others.  

The most important thing is, don't stress about it.  My first gluten free Thanksgiving I tried to do it all!  I planned too many things to make and thought I had to make everything homemade.  Bad idea.  If you can find pre-made gluten free pie crusts in your area, don't look at the price, just buy them.  Whole Foods makes some great ones.  That might not work if you are dairy free though and you will have to make them.  If you have to make pie crust from scratch, I would make it this week and freeze it in a pan ready to go.  It will cut down on work next week.  

To make stuffing, you really don't need homemade bread for it to be great.  I am using frozen pre-made from Whole Foods.  Their gluten free Oat bread is also dairy free.  Another bread that makes great stuffing is Ener-g brand.   It is a shelf stable bread that you usually see in health food stores.  It makes great stuffing!  Make sure you use enough liquid so your stuffing is moist.  Gluten free bread dries out easily!  

If dairy is a problem and you are making pumpkin pie, try coconut milk.  That's what I'm planning on!    I'm also not attempting rolls.  I gave up on gluten free rolls a long time ago.  I'm making cornbread.  I'm going to add a hand full of dried cranberries to it just because it sounds yummy and will look festive!  

I have a recipe given to me by my sister in law for sweet potatoes.  They are fabulous.  She uses cashews, peaches and ginger in the potatoes!  So be sure to check out that recipe!

Most importantly, enjoy the day.  Enjoy your family.  Be thankful for the food you can eat.  This is a time it's really easy to feel sorry for yourself because there are so many things around that you can't eat.  Don't let that ruin your day! Really try to enjoy and savor what you can eat.   

On another note, I received and email from the folks over at Triumph Dining.  They were letting people know that Butterball Turkeys are gluten free.  Some, even have gluten free gravy packets!  If you buy one, please read your packet before using it.  Some of the stores may still have the packets with the gravy that contains gluten.  If so, just throw the gravy out.  The turkey itself is gluten free!  

Also, Triumph Dining is getting ready to put their grocery guide in an iphone app!  I am so excited about this!  I love Triumph's grocery guide and will love having it on my phone where I can access it whenever I need it!  Thanks Triumph!

Thanksgiving Day Menu

Turkey with mushroom gravy 

Dressing (print recipe)

Mashed Potatoes 

Sweet Potatoes (print recipe)

Green Bean Casserole

Cranberries (print recipe)

Corn bread with cranberries (print recipe)

Jamaican Spiced Pumpkin Pie (this is dairy free!)

Coffee Toffee Pecan Pie 

Apple Pie (I am using this recipe from fine cooking, but using apples instead of pears.  Just use an all purpose gluten free flour as your flour)

Have a happy thankful day!!

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