Carla's Gluten Free Recipe Box Newsletter

December 19, 2015

 

Dear reader,

Just a quick note wish you happy holidays and to share my latest gluten free recipes with you.

 

Happy and healhy gluen free holidays!

~ Carla

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RECIPES:

Gluten Free Thin Mint Christmas Cookies

Whether you love Oreos or Thin Mints, you'll love these gluten free Christmas cookies. I've taken my Gluten Free Oreo Cookie Recipe and covered them with a similar creamy white glaze and topped them with finely crushed gluten free candy canes. If desired, dip these delicious cookies in chocolate flavored with mint extract to make Gluten Free Christmas Thin Mints! Happy holidays! ~ Carla

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Gluten Free Japanese Christmas Cake

In Japan, on Christmas Eve, they traditionally serve Christmas cake, made of sponge cake, covered in whipped cream and topped with strawberries. Sometimes it was decorated with chocolate or Santa Clause. It was a symbol of Western modernity and a high social status as they were expensive. Since it's inception, these cakes have become affordable. They are also available in multiple variations, not just whipped cream and strawberries. I knew nothing about this tradition until Julie asked me for a sponge cake recipe so that one of her sons could make a gluten free Japanese Christmas Cake covered in Cool Whip for school. I forwarded her my Recipe for Gluten Free Sponge Cake.

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Sturdy Whipped Cream

I have found that sometimes you need a sweetened whipped cream that will withstand being topped with a layer of cake. To create sturdy whipped cream you can do one of two things. You can soak unflavored gelatine with water and add it to the whipped cream, confectioners' sugar, and vanilla, but so many people prefer not to consume gelatine. The second method is to add a little cornstarch* to sweetened whipped cream which makes it a little sturdier but often was not quite enough for me. You can't add a lot of cornstarch or it the whipped cream will begin to create a powdery taste and texture. However, I discovered that cooking up some rich pudding using about one-quarter of the heavy cream you plan on using, allowing it to cool, and then adding it to the whipped cream works well. It cooks out the cornstarch, preventing that power taste.

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Gluten Free Gingerbread Cookie Christmas Tree

I've never been a fan of gingerbread cookies or houses when I consumed gluten, probably because people like to make them sturdy, which means dry in my book. This recipe is pretty sturdy, but moist inside. I love them. Last year, you couldn't stop me and my husband from grabbing a piece of the gluten free gingerbread house I made using the same recipe. Delish! However, houses are a lot of work. Why not make a tree instead? If you're ambitioius, make both!

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Gluten Free Pretzel and Chocolate Wreath

I love the combination of sweet and salty! I love making edible Christmas ornaments even more. These pretzel wreaths are not only fun to make, they are beautiful and fun! They are a wonderful project for the kids while they're home on vacation. Ad

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Gluten Free Waffles, Greek Yogurt, Fruit and Chocolate or Fruit Puree

Whether you're looking for a sweet treat to serve at a brunch or to your family, this decadent concoction, will do the trick. Not only can you use chocolate syrup and bananas, but other fruit as well as fruit purees as a sauce. The waffle recipe (see below link) is raved about by many. They're so light!

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