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Gluten Free Cheese and Bacon Breakfast Muffins

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These gluten free savoury muffins are delicious straight out the oven but also freeze well to be warmed again another day.

As usual, a clash of international ingredients, Indian chickpea flour, Mexican masa lista, Thai tapioca flour and Spanish smoked paprika, they all come together to make a light gluten free muffin that I think is hard to tell apart from a regular muffin!

For a vegetarian option, omit the bacon and add 20g chopped fresh chives.

Makes 12 muffins.

Ingredients

75g chickpea flour/besan

50g tapioca flour

100g masa lista, Mexican cornflour

1 tablespoon baking powder

pinch of salt

1 teaspoon smoked paprika

220g Cheddar, grated

150g bacon, diced, set aside a little for topping the muffins

140mls milk

125g natural yogurt

1 egg

Method

Preheat the oven to 190 degrees Centigrade, line a twelve hole muffin tray.

In a jug, combine the milk, yogurt and egg, beat well.

In a large bowl, combine the chickpea flour, tapioca flour, masa lista, baking powder, salt, smoked paprika,  cheese and  most of the bacon, combine until the cheese and bacon has a floury coating.

Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix gently.

Spoon the mixture into the prepared cases, you need to fill the cases to the top, unlike regular muffins.

Sprinkle with the remaining bacon.

Bake for 25-30mins until

Gluten Free Popcorn Chicken

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The fast food Friday challenge is upon me again!

A certain international fast food chain is held in very high regard by the boys. Apparently, their popcorn chicken is delicious, unfortunately, I can’t check as there isn’t a gluten free option.

After a bit of experimenting we came up with this recipe and it’s a winner!

Ingredients

For the chicken…..

750g chicken breast, diced into 2cm pieces

1 teaspoon Cajun spice rub

1 teaspoon smoked paprika

For the flour mix…..

340g gluten free plain flours

180g besan/chickpea flour

2 tablespoons Cajun spice rub

For the egg mix…….

3 eggs, beaten

200mls buttermilk

Serves 6.

Method

In a large bowl combine chicken, 1 teaspoon spice rub and smoked paprika, mix well and leave to marinade for an hour if you have time.

In another large bowl mix the flour, besan and 2 tablespoons of spice rub, use a whisk to mix it really well.

In a smaller bowl whisk the egg and buttermilk.

Heat your oil to 180 degrees Centigrade.

The next bit is easiest if you keep one hand clean, I can guarantee the phone will ring if both hands get dirty!

Take each piece, dip it into the flour, into the egg mix then into the flour again, set aside and repeat with the rest of the chicken. I find a large baking sheet the best place to set aside the prepared chicken, it must be kept in a single layer.

In small batches fry the chicken until golden brown, remove with a slotted spoon and spread on a baking sheet lined with kitchen towel.

Serve the chicken with wedges and some sour cream to dip and obviously eat with your fingers!