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Cheese And Jalapeño Muffins

Cheese and jalapeño, a match made in heaven here and gluten free to boot!

Sometimes it can be hard to find Mexican cornflour in Western Australia so a great way to get around that is to use crushed up corn chips, it works, I promise.

We have these muffins with a bowl of soup or they go to school for lunches for the boys, any leftovers, freeze on the day of baking. 

Makes 10 large, 120g muffins.

Ingredients

150g crushed plain corn chips

220g grated cheese

3 large jalapeño chillies, deseeded, quartered lengthwise and sliced thinly

125g chickpea/bean flour

50g tapioca flour

50g ground almonds/almond meal

4 teaspoons gluten free baking powder

2 eggs

200g sour cream

1 tablespoon whole grain mustard

150mls milk

Salt and pepper to taste

Method

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees centigrade.

Line a twelve hole muffin tin with large muffin cases, this mix makes ten muffins with my cases.

In a large bowl, combine the crushed corn chips, grated cheese, jalapeño, chickpea flour, tapioca flour, ground almonds and baking powder. Give it all a good stir to combine and season with pepper and a little salt depending on how salty your corn chips are.

In another large bowl, whisk the eggs, add the sour cream and whisk again, add the mustard and milk and whisk a final time.

Now, pour the wet ingredients into the dry, scraping out the mustard seeds that will have sunk to the bottom.

Give the mix a brief stir and then spoon into the prepared cases.

Sprinkle a little extra cheese over the top if you want and then slide the tray into the oven.

Bake for 30 minutes until golden and risen. Allow to cool on a wire rack.

Almond And Raspberry Muffins

These little muffins are a delight, no one can guess that they are gluten free and they are definitely very moreish!

This recipe makes 48 muffins and I can guarantee they will all be eaten but if you have a few leftover they freeze well, I pop them into the school lunch boxes frozen and they are ready to eat by lunch.

Ingredients

150g ground almonds/almond meal

30g coconut flour

50g cornflour

40g buckwheat flour

1 tablespoon gluten free baking powder

100g butter, melted

140g Greek yogurt

1 egg, beaten

125mls milk

120g raspberry jam

Method

Preheat the oven to 170 degrees centigrade. Line two 24 mini muffin trays with cases.

In a large bowl, combine the ground almonds, coconut flour, corn flour, buckwheat flour and baking powder. Give these dry ingredients a whisk to get some air into the mix.

In a seperate bowl, whisk the melted butter and yogurt, add the egg and milk and whisk again.

Now, pour the wet ingredients into the dry and fold in gently, as it begins to combine, spoon in the jam and fold again to just incorporate the jam.

Using a dessert spoon, spoon the batter into the cases, around two thirds full, no more or they will come over.

Once you have filled all the cases, slide the trays into the oven and bake for 20 minutes until golden.

Allow to cool a little on a wire rack, they are delicious still warm from the oven.

Zucchini Slice

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School has finally gone back in Western Australia for the start of the new school year. I am tempted to do a little happy dance!!!

As ever, I have been on the hunt for a gluten free savoury to go into the lunch boxes and this one has been voted by the boys as a winner!

For a vegetarian option, omit the bacon and add grated sweet potato or just increase the zucchini, carrot and capsicum.

You can serve this warm or cold and it easily cuts into 8-10 pieces.

Ingredients

420g zucchini/courgette grated

200g carrot, peeled and grated

6 large spring onions, finely sliced

20g chives, chopped

180g capsicum/ bell pepper, diced

300g sliced bacon, diced

180g cheese, Cheddar, grated

110g Parmesan, grated

150g chickpea flour, also called besan

2 teaspoons gluten free baking powder

4 eggs, beaten

125mls milk

salt and pepper

Method

Preheat the oven to 170 degrees centigrade. Line the base and sides of a small roasting tin, roughly 20cm x 32cm.

Whisk the egg and milk.

Combine the chickpea flour and baking powder in a large bowl, slowly whisk in the egg and milk mix.

Add the remaining ingredients and mix, season well with salt and pepper.

Spoon into the prepared tin, level out with the back of the spoon and bake for 40 minutes until golden.

Allow to cool a little before cutting.

 

Parmesan and Chive Waffles

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One of the boys was given a waffle iron for his Christmas so we have had fun trying to come up with gluten free waffles.

These were a real favourite and got them away from the maple syrup and nutella for one breakfast at least over the festive season!

Makes 6-8 waffles depending on your waffle iron size.

Ingredients

150g gluten free plain flour

2 and a 1/2 tablespoons gluten free baking powder

1 egg

290mls milk

70g finely grated Parmesan cheese

3 tablespoons fresh chopped chives

salt and pepper

Method

Preheat your waffle iron.

Using a stick blender, whizz up the flour, baking powder, egg and milk.

Stir in the cheese and chives, season with salt and pepper. Not too much salt as the cheese can be quite salty!

Pour your regular quantity of batter into the waffle iron and cook until golden brown.

Top with ham/bacon and an egg.

Bacon And Egg Cups With Capsicum

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We have been playing around with different lunch box options for the boys this weekend and these came back as a winner. Great in the school lunch boxes or as a breakfast option.

Makes 4 egg cups.

Ingredients

4 rashers streaky bacon, rind removed

4 eggs

30mls cream

40g cheese, grated

1/2 small red capsicum, finely diced

salt and pepper

Method

Line a six hole muffin tray with four paper cases.

Preheat the oven to 190 degrees Centigrade.

Take a piece of bacon and line the sides of the paper case with it.

Beat the eggs and cream in a jug. Season well.

Sprinkle a little cheese onto the base of each prepared case, now sprinkle in one eighth of the capsicum on top.

Prepare all of the muffin cases as above.

Now, gently pour in the egg. Top with the capsicum and then cheese.

Slide the tray into the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes until golden.

 

Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms With Tarragon And Taleggio

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I love mushrooms but unfortunately the boys aren’t keen so this is my way of having a mushroom all to myself! These are BIG mushrooms, around 100g each so really a meal in themselves! You can use small mushrooms and serve them as a little nibble, both work well.

Makes 2 large stuffed mushrooms.

Ingredients

2 large portobello mushrooms, around 100g each

12 drained sundried tomato halves, diced finely

2 teaspoons of oil from the drained tomatoes

1/2 red onion, finely diced

1 garlic clove, finely chopped

2 teaspoons freshly chopped parsley

1 teaspoon freshly chopped tarragon

salt and pepper

80-100g taleggio or fresh mozzarella

 Method

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Centigrade.

Heat the oil in a frying pan over a medium heat.

Once hot, add the chopped onion, garlic and tomatoes and cook gently for 5 minutes until the onion is soft.

Take off the heat and add the parsley, tarragon, salt and pepper.

Remove the stem from each mushroom and spoon the tomato mixture into the two mushrooms.

Slice the taleggio and lay on top of the tomato mixture.

Place the mushrooms onto a baking sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes until the cheese is golden.

Spiced Granola

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Gluten free breakfast cereals here in Australia can cost an arm and a leg and quite frankly, many taste similar to cardboard so we spent last weekend experimenting with granola.

This recipe was a clear winner, made with ingredients I always have to hand and converting my eldest, six slices of toast gluten eating son to gluten free cereal was an added bonus!

Makes enough to fill a 2.8l airtight box.

Ingredients

280g honey

70g coconut oil

2-3 tablespoons vanilla extract

120g gluten free rice puffs

150g flaked almonds

50g LSA

60g pumpkin kernals

50g raw cashew nut, very roughly chopped

80g sultanas

100g desiccated coconut

1 tablespoon cinnamon

Method

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees centigrade and line two baking sheets with baking parchment.

In a pan, combine the honey, coconut oil and vanilla, bring gently up to the boil and allow to simmer for three minutes.

Combine all of the other ingredients in a large bowl, once the honey mixture has cooked for three minutes, pour it over the dry ingredients and stir very well.

Spoon the granola onto the two prepared sheets, spread out as much as you can.

Pop the sheets into the preheated oven and bake for 10-15 minutes, keeping a close eye on them in case they burn.

Once golden, remove from the oven and allow to cool on the trays.

Break the granola by hand into small pieces and store in an airtight container.