Tag Archives: gluten-free

Gluten Free St. Joseph’s Day Zeppole

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Happy St. Joseph’s Day! Now, everyone can partake in the festivities with a gluten-free version of zeppole or sfince/sfinge di San Giuseppe. I used the basic gluten-free cream puff recipe from King Arthur Flour. However, I did not have gf King Arthur flour on hand, so I used a homemade blend. My blend is from the all-purpose flour blend in Gluten Free & More magazine with a little tweak.

Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour Blend

1 1/2 cups sweet rice flour

3/4 cup tapioca starch

3/4 cup cornstarch

1 teaspoon xanthan gum

OK, so you will still use 3/4 cup of this flour blend to make the cream puffs. Follow the directions for cream puffs. I spooned generous tablespoons of dough onto the parchment paper. For me, it made 8 cream puffs. When they are cooled, you will add the ricotta filling.

Ricotta Filling

about 2 lbs. ricotta (or two containers, some containers are 15 oz.), drained in a colander or cheesecloth to remove excess water

1 cup confectioners’ sugar (or to taste, if you like it more or less sweet)

milk, optional

chocolate chips

candied citron or orange peel

crushed pistachios

maraschino cherries

Mix the ricotta and sugar. If it is too thick, add a bit of milk (not too much because you don’t want it liquidy). If you want, you can add some chocolate chips or candied citron. You can also decorate them with candied citron, candied orange peel, crushed pistachios, and/or a maraschino cherry.

Senza Gluten, Senza Worry

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In Italian, the word “senza” means without. Senza Gluten is an Italian restaurant in the Village that is completely gluten free. This restaurant is a great concept because Italian food, with its myriad of pasta dishes, is often hard to find gluten free.  It is nice for people with celiac disease and those with gluten sensitivity or intolerance to have a night out senza worry.

For starters, we had cauliflower parmesan, cauliflower breaded with cheese and tomato sauce. A nice way to eat cauliflower.

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My friend ordered a Cesare, or Caesar salad.

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My entree was a vegetable lasagna, so the restaurant is vegetarian friendly as well.

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My friend got the risotto ai funghi, risotto with mushroom, parmesan and truffle oil.

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Finally, one is lucky to find a gluten-free entree at the average restaurant, let alone a dessert. Here, there are a number to choose from of Italian classics like tiramisu and panna cotta as well as a chocolate torte and biscotti.

One good thing to keep in mind while dining here is that Senza Gluten is cash and American Express only, so come prepared.

Gluten-Free Candy Corn Pretzel Fudge

This Halloween, I made a gluten-free version of Lil’ Luna’s Candy Corn Pretzel Fudge with gluten-free candy corn and white chocolate and my favorite Snyder’s of Hanover gluten-free pretzel sticks.

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Sweets Week: Day 3: Jennifer’s Way

So for this week’s Sweets Week, I explored Italian bakeries and ice cream.  Today, I’m going to do something a little different–Jennifer’s Way.  I reported that actress Jennifer Esposito opened a gluten-free bakery in the East Village.  The bakery is a small spot with a limited menu of gluten-free baked goods.

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All the items in the bakery are also gluten, dairy, peanut, refined sugar and soy free (except for the red velvet cupcake which has soy in the red dye).  There are breads, cookies, muffins, cupcakes and more.  I opted for the jam thumbprint and the devil’s food cupcake.  Um, these things tasted great, like not gluten-free great.  I don’t have food allergies, but I have tried gluten-free baked goods at various bakeries.  (Hey, I’ll never pass up a bakery.)  I usually don’t like them very much.  But these–these taste like the real thing.  And I’m trying to limit the soy in my diet (fat chance of doing that–it’s in every product in the grocery store, including a can of tuna!), so I was happy the baked goods are soy free here.  I only wish the bakery was closer to my apartment!
 
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FDA Announces Official Definition of Gluten-Free

This month, the FDA announced its official definition of gluten-free.  Food manufacturers have until August 5, 2014 to comply with the new rule.

Cool Food Blog

Foodie Fiasco is a very cool food blog of healthy, vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free recipes published by a fifteen-year-old girl.  Her recipes are creative and sound delicious.  I’ve been wanting to try baking with chickpea flour, and she has a healthy cheesecake with a chickpea crust that she calls the World’s Healthiest Cheesecake.  I also like the post of the World’s Healthiest Cookie, told from the voice of the cookie’s star ingredient, coconut flour.  She has a fun feature called “All For One,” a recipe for a single serving of a cake or treat, such as peanut butter cake or chocolate doughnuts.  Her recipes use healthy ingredients like almond milk, olive oil and coconut flour.

Sweets Week: Day 2: Babycakes NYC

Enter my giveaway to win a copy of Susan Meisel’s new book, New York Sweets: A Sugarhound’s Guide to the Best Bakeries, Ice Cream Parlors, Candy Shops, and Other Emporia of Delicious Delights.

For those of you who follow a vegan lifestyle, Babycakes NYC is a godsend. The vegan bakery also caters to those with food allergies and dietary restrictions with baked goods that are refined-sugar–free, gluten-free, wheat-free, soy-free, dairy-free, egg-free or kosher.  I don’t have any particular dietary restriction, but I visited Babycakes NYC with a friend of mine who is vegan.  We tried a bunch of doughnuts and a red velvet cupcake.

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Verdict:  My friend who is vegan loved these, especially the salted caramel doughnut.  I really love cream cheese frosting on my red velvet cupcake, so it didn’t appeal to me.  But I’m not the target customer.  I thought these were very good alternatives if you have a dietary restriction.