Thursday, October 16, 2014

Molasses Pumpkin Bread, Gluten and Dairy Free

Do you love rich?  Spicy?  Warm? Soft? Melt in your mouth with chocolate inside?  Then you'll love this pumpkin loaf that qualifies in our house as "Happy Food."

I would offer a picture but pictures of this bread don't do it justice.  It comes out very dark, as if you burned the bread.  The brown is due to the 2/3 cup of molasses, giving it moisture and density that blends in harmony with fresh or canned pumpkin.

So, here's a recipe especially for Valerie:

Dry Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups gluten free flour (we used Pilsbury's Best)
2 1/4 teaspoons cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoons ginger
3/4 teaspoon nutmeg
3/8 teaspoon clove
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder

Wet Ingredients:

6 tablespoons dairy free margarine (we used Smart Balance)
2/3 cup molasses
2 eggs
1 can pumkin or 1 1/2 cups
2 eggs
1/4 cup dairy free milk (we used unsweetened almond milk) or 1/4 water
3/4 teaspoon vanilla (if using vanilla flavored almond milk, you may skip this)
1/3 cup Good Life Chocolate chips (dairy, soy and nut free)


Whisk together dry ingredients.
Beat butter and molasses until lightened.
Beat in eggs, one at a time, then add pumpkin.

Combine milk and vanilla, blend into wet mixture.

Mix wet and dry together until smooth, but don't overbeat.

Fold in chocolate.

Bake in a standard loaf pan at 350 for 50-60 minutes, checking for doneness at 45 min.  Let cool before unmolding.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Meatloaf Monday, with a pound of ketchup and a smile.

Dear Emily,
 Welcome to our foodie blog, where you choose the menu.  Each week, we will prepare a video tutorial showcasing a recipe of your choice.  This week is Meatloaf Monday!

Why Monday?  Because Mondays suck!  Make a sucky Monday better with this secret (until now) family recipe.

You'll need:
1 standard size loaf pan
1 sheet of foil to line oven
2 lbs. ground beef
1 lb bottle of ketchup, divided into measurements of 1 1/2 cup and 1/2 cup
1 medium onion
3 slices of bread
1 egg
salt and pepper
1/2 cup brown sugar (for topping)

Mix all ingredients except for brown sugar and 1/2 cup of ketchup.
Pour and press into loaf pan.
"Frost" the meatloaf with a mixture of brown sugar and 1/2 cup ketchup
Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hr  and 45 to 50  minutes.  At thirty minutes, drain grease for the first time.  At one hour, drain grease a second time.  When finished, drain grease a third time.

Allow to cool for 3 to 5 minutes so that the meatloaf has a chance to set.  Slice and serve!