Category: Successes

Gluten-Free Sourdough Waffles

I’m in the process of taking a course on sourdough bread from Recipes for Living. Out of respect for Chris, I’m not going to post details of what I’m doing under his tutelage – I may post photos! – but here’s some other action.

This morning we decided it was time to use the traditional waffle iron we bought a while back. I never ate waffles growing up, so had not experience of what they should be like. However, I hacked together a recipe based on one here together with the flour which we ground last night based on specifications from here.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup (4 oz or 115 g) melted butter
  • 1 cup (250 ml) water
  • 1 cupĀ  + 1 T (270ml) starter (flour mix #2)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp (packed) brown sugar
  • 1 cup brown rice flour
  • 3/4 cup tapioca flour
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda

Method:

The original recipe mixes everything bar the eggs and baking soda and leaves overnight. I didn’t have that luxury so went straight ahead and mixed in the eggs and baking soda upfront – and then simply heated the waffle iron on the gas burner and cooked about 1 cup of batter at a time for about 3 minutes a side.

Results:

I have not really eaten waffles before, but my partner has – and she was very positive. The waffles were crispy and brown on the outside with a chewy, soft core and a distinct sourdough taste. I think it could certainly be done without the sugar, and likely would benefit from adding some lemon. Savoury buckwheat waffles should also work well. More to follow!

I also made: Gluten-Free Banana Bread

Wanting to cook – per How We Montessori – we threw their method out and adapted the cornbread recipe to make a banana bread this afternoon. Worked out very well, tho it took a while to cook. However, pretty porr from a montessori / practical life perspective. Win some, lose some.

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup butter, softened
  • 3 tablespoons ground sugar
  • 2 eggs, divided, whites beaten to soft peaks
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 heaped tablespoon almond milk powder
  • 1 & 2/3 cup flour blend # 2 + 1/3 tsp xanthan gum
  • 2 teaspoons gluten-free baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 mashed banana
  • 1 cup raisins

Method:

Cream butter and sugar. Add egg yolks and mix. Mix flour, salt, and powders and incorporate, mixing the cup of water in gradually to avoid clumping, and the banana and raisins at the end. Fold in egg whites and pour into a lined loaf tin. About 45 minutes at 425 F / 220 C.

Results:

Outstanding – not at all crumbly, moist (a bit too moist maybe – adjust the water down a little), and full of flavour.

I also made: Gluten-Free Cornbread

A while ago, the first thing I tried to make consciously gluten-free was cornbread – only, since I had purchased a bag of coconut flour, I wanted to make gluten-free coconut cornbread. Kind of niche, maybe? Who knows. In any case, amongst the paleo and the plain weird, I didn’t really get anything I wanted, and I started down the fermented gluten-free bread route.

Today, however, we wanted something to accompany a leftovers lunch, including the use of a half jar of maize or corn kernels. So it was that I took a look on the internet, finding this recipe. A great looking recipe, but since I live in Spain we find most non-standard (and nonUHT / longlife) milk products very hard to find. Also, we tend to be reasonably lacto-free (that is, we eat butter and cheese). Didn’t have enough butter, of course. So I made it as follows:

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup margarine
  • 4 tablespoons coco sugar
  • 2 eggs, divided, whites beaten to soft peaks
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 heaped tablespoon almond milk powder
  • 1 cup flour blend # 2 + 1/3 tsp xanthan gum
  • 2/3 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 2 teaspoons gluten-free baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup corn kernels

Method:

Cream butter and sugar. Add egg yolks and mix (I didn’t mix). Mix flour, salt, and powders and incorporate, mixing the cup of water in gradually to avoid clumping, and the corn kernels at the end. I then folded in the egg whites and poured into a lined loaf tin. About 25-35 minutes at 425 F / 220 C.

Results:

This was by far the best loaf I have made gluten-free. Of course it was – it was chock-full of gums n powders – but hell, it was nice to eat a light, fully flavoured, cornbread. It reminded me of the bread at Watts Grocery in Durham NC. Update: I repeated this recipe a day later using only buckwheat flour. The only noticeable change was significant crumbliness compared with the earlier version.