Gluten-Free English Muffins Recipe

Lovely gluten free English muffins with nooks and crannies

Tea Worthy English Muffins


After four valiant attempts we finally have a gluten-free English muffin we can toast with pride. An English muffin worthy of Sunday jam. Worthy of artisan organic peanut butter. A slather of mashed avocado. Or cream cheese and chives. And yes. Breakfast in bed. 


These warm and golden delectables are too crispy-tender good to munch running to the bus stop or strapped in your car, cataloguing the priority of your daily tasks. 

These muffins deserve a proper plate. 


A mug of frothy chai. 

Your Sunday morning playlist.

I'm not sure why a simple English muffin is so tricky to recreate gluten-free (and in this case, also vegan- no milk and eggs to help the stubborn gluten-free flours fluff and rise). I thought it would be a snap. So I perused Alton Brown's recipes for inspiration. Using Alton's basic template the first batch turned out very dense, with no rise and no crunchy edges- though the dough looked promising (pictured above, rising). Dense was not a quality I wanted in my muffin. So I tried again, this time using my own original Gluten-Free Bread recipe as a template (I'm loving the combo of sorghum, potato starch and millet as a flour base for yeasted breads these days). The result was better- but still not quite there.

After a third attempt I realised that the issue might be moisture. I was creating a dough that resembled wheat dough, and I could shape it a bit and pat it into the English muffin rings, but the result was heavy and more resembled a gluten-free hockey puck.


The fourth try was the charm (sometimes perseverance pays off). I added more warm water to the dough (than seemed wise), until it was more of a thick cake batter than a stretchy playful dough.


And sweet bi-locating John from Cincinnatti! It worked.


Karina
xox


Karina's Detox Soup Recipe with Coconut Milk

Gluten free creamy detox soup made with coconut milk is vegan and dairy free delicious


Giving our body a break.


It's hard not to feel anxious these days. So much barking and finger pointing and chest thumping. So much posing and strutting. Not to mention mean spiritedness, and grinding, voracious greed. It's mighty tough for a sensitive soul (prone to itchy bouts of worry) to cope with all the mishegas and mayhem of our overheated plugged-in 24/7 culture. 

Finding a little grace and respite amidst the noise can be hard.

That is why I am sharing another favorite soup recipe. Just in case there is a kindred spirit out there in need of a bowl of creamy veggie comfort. A gluten-free dairy-free vegan detox soup worthy of Peter Rabbit's sneaky excursions into Mr. McGregor's garden (that mischievous little rabbit- or as we like to say in my house... BUNNY!- close to my own greens adoring heart).

Bunnies aren't known for twerking on YouTube, or tweeting out criticism with all caps, or bullying, or, in general, wreaking any kind of true havoc. Unless you count Peter's root vegetable stealing. Or (my sons' childhood favorite) mischievous Max and his devouring love of chocolate chickens (have you read the Max books?).

Bunnies are (ostensibly, anyway) devoted to a milder temperament. And qualities like extreme cuteness. Shyness. And dare I say, gentleness. Traits easily trampled in our thundering, gun worshipping, zombie killing 3-D pyrotechnics fed culture.

So it seemed only fitting I cook up a batch of bunny loving vegan soup today as fresh and non-toxic as could be.

Creamy, green, good-for-you soul food. And body food.

Ask any bunny.

Karina
xox

Vegetarian Shepherd's Pie

vegetarian shepherd's pie


Mashed Potato Crust Love.


Why I've been craving mashed potatoes lately, I don't know. All I can think about is a mound of soft creamy mashed potatoes and oven baked veggies. Serious comfort food in the form of a baked shepherd's pie. Only my version is less shepherd, more gardener- totally vegan and brimming with fresh vegetables. Forget the meat. You won't miss it. And forget the lentils (so 1970's).

This shepherd's pie is generous potato topped comfort food- with a dash of spices and New Mexico inspired flavor.

Bland is so, well, yesterday.

Karina
xox


Three Fabulous Soup Recipes for the New Year

Fabulous, hearty gluten-free stew for the New Year
Gluten-Free Goddess detox soup recipe- so good!
Mulligatawny soup recipe to start the New Year light!



Bring on winter comfort with these three hearty- and fabulous- soup recipes.

Happy New Year, Dear Reader!

Welcome to a brand new decade. The unwritten slate of 2020 awaits our choices, as clean and cold as a January dawn.

What will you do with this gift of time? This fresh start? Where to begin?

I suggest soup.

And stew.

Slow cooker comfort in a bowl.

Kind to your body. Nourishing to your spirit. A soother of cravings.

Karina

xox


Savory Gluten-Free Scones with Rosemary

Savory Gluten-Free Scones with Olives and Rosemary



Let's Bake: Savory Scones


One of my holiday surprises was this nifty cast iron cornbread pan. This week I put it to good use (as I revisit aka binge watch Downton Abbey). Scones somehow seemed more appropriate than humble- but favorite- cornbread. Though these scones would most certainly not pass muster with Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham. She would be- most assuredly- appalled. And raise an elegantly arching, ironic eyebrow in utter disdain. 

Gluten-free? Who ever heard of such a thing? 

It is as suspect and deserving of mockery as electricity.

Or weekends.

And Darling, don't even get me started on The Crown.

Kisses,

Karina
xox


Flourless Chocolate Cake - My Easy Gluten-Free Recipe


A slice of gluten-free flourless chocolate cake with chocolate sauce.


Ah, flourless chocolate cake. The perfect rich dessert to bring in the New Year.


Forgive the hyperbole. But I just can't help it. This is rich, sexy chocolate deliciousness on a plate. And such an easy recipe, especially if you use a food processor to do the work. Serve this to non-gluten-free folks with no apologies. None. Zip. Nada. And for gluten-free folks? Hand out seconds (we deserve it, don't we?).

And the best part is- the recipe is inherently gluten-free and wheat-free. Always has been. No substitutions. No funny stuff.

This is the same flourless chocolate cake I've been making for decades. It never contained flour. The only thing I've tweaked post-celiac diagnosis is adding more coffee and vanilla.

Just because.


And PS: See below why I make this recipe in a food processor (Bobby Flay's tip).





Karina's How to tips and recipe for her easy gluten-free Flourless Chocolate Cake.

Happy New Year, all you Gluten-Free Beauties!

xox

Karina



Best Gluten-Free Pancakes


Gluten-Free Pancakes and Maple Syrup - for a gluten-free diet

Sunday Worthy Gluten-Free Pancakes.

When I was small and clueless I ate the world in tiny bites. I chewed apologetically, counting each deliberate grind in time to the spiral beats of a song in my head that only I could hear. A tune not unlike a mosaic of bird calls, and the powdery flutter of wings feeding on the garden lit by young Mozart's star.

Colors were a mysterious and spiritual language infused with deep logic and meaning. A lime green Jello box invited tunneling and confusion, but the sweet brush of balsam as I sought asylum beneath its rooted symmetry petted my pining fatherless heart.

Trust is green and hard to paint, but so is betrayal.

Not only the betrayal by others. The betrayal you participate in. The hammering of your spirit self into propriety. The brittle, safe shell you construct and will curl inside for the rest of your life. You inhabit it sullenly. Sometimes willingly. Because sometimes it works. Mostly to fool them. Fool them into thinking you are someone else. Someone uncomplicated they can love.

Someone like themselves.

In order to keep this armor snug you must give up on certain pieces of yourself. The ugly, muddy parts those in charge find distasteful or irritating or inscrutable. What no one tells you is, you end up missing these rejected quirks and knots. And spend the rest of your life searching for all those abandoned bits and wrinkles. The shining fragments of earlier music and jewels of petaled rain.

But if you are lucky you meet a painter.

A soul adept at conjuring a thicket within their non-judging arms. You learn about green and its secret origin. How to stir ivory black with cadmium yellow and a teaspoonful of cerulean. You dream of butterscotch pines and inhale and your spirit-body becomes too big for the worn out shell.

So you crack it.

Sideways at first. Sticking out fingers and elbows when no one is looking. Digging out fragments long forgotten. Rubbing off neglect and holding wobbly pale parts of yourself closer to the sunlight.

And you meet yourself for the first time in a long, long time.

In the rays escaping.

Karina
xox

Hot Artichoke Dip - Two Ways

A hot artichoke dip worthy of a party.


A Party Worthy Dip.

Let's time travel. Nine years ago, at this very time of the year (lit by Christmas sparkle, pre New Year's resolutions), I wasn't sure I had another recipe in me. Never mind a party recipe. 2010 was about to turn into a pumpkin and roll backward into the past- with my blessing. I truly thought I was done. Spent. Empty as a pocket, to quote a certain singer-songwriter.

So much for assumptions.

Turns out my fevered brain wasn't done with 2010. It spun off in party mode as soon as I heard that my oldest son was officially engaged. He popped the question with true romantic flare. On a wine train. In the rain. In Napa Valley. And she said yes. The ring fit. People on the train applauded. It doesn't get much better than this. To witness your son's heart. Blooming.

And so. Here we are, years later. Another year closes. I brew a mug of ginger tea and reflect upon the deepest joys of motherhood, turning their myriad facets toward the window light above the kitchen sink stacked with breakfast plates, cups, and spoons. Learning to love with open arms and a tender opinion, unconditional. This floats to the top of all other joys. The thick cream of it. A layered, rich reward.

To love a son (and I am blessed with two, now both happily married and cooking their own Christmas breakfasts), well, it expands your heart beyond measure.

To see a son in love, and inspire love, is the most beautiful working of magic. 

Don't you think?


Love + Magic To You and Yours This Holiday Season,

Karina xox


Dark Chocolate Brownies- The Best Gluten-Free Recipe

The best fudgy gluten-free brownie recipe with dark chocolate, from Karina, Gluten-Free Goddess. Party worthy.

Why bake a gluten-free brownie from scratch and not a mix?

While baking mixes are perfectly acceptable in a pinch, and no doubt a boon to busy cooks on a gluten-free diet (well, honestly, who isn't busy these days, I ask you?), your taste buds will tell you why. In a heart beat, Darling.

A dark chocolate brownie made from scratch is deeply delicious and decadent. Impressive, even. Company worthy. Dare I say, date night worthy. I'm not kidding. This brownie recipe is swoon inducing. You know what they say about chocolate.

But here's the best part. Throwing this recipe together takes only a few minutes longer than opening up a box. You can whip up these luscious gooey babies in a mere ten minutes. In less time than it takes you to scan your Pinterest feed. Seriously.

So what is more rewarding? Watching kittens on YouTube or stirring together this rich, tender, dark chocolate brownie recipe, one of the most loved recipes here on Gluten-Free Goddess?

Wishing You All a Happy Merry Bright Winter Solstice Christmas Holiday!

With chocolate.

Karina xox


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