Allergy Friendly Gingerbread Trees with Lemon Icing

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Allergy-Friendly Gingerbread Trees with Lemon Icing

 

Fill your home with a delicious aroma and let the family join in as you roll, cut and bake these delectable cookies. A simple icing tops these pretty little trees, but don’t hesitate to add sparkling sugar for a snow-kissed look.

 

Makes 40 2½-inch cookies

Free From: gluten and all top allergens

 

Cookies

2½ cups my Basic Gluten-Free Flour Mix or Authentic Foods GF Classical Blend

1 tsp ground ginger

¾ tsp baking soda

¾ tsp salt

⅝ tsp xanthan gum

½ tsp ground cinnamon

½ tsp ground cloves

½ cup packed light brown sugar

½ cup dairy-free soy-free vegetable shortening, cut into 8 pieces

¼ cup + 2 tbsp applesauce

¼ cup unsulphured molasses

 

Icing

1⅓ cups confectioners’ sugar

2 tbsp fresh lemon juice

Decorating, sanding or coarse sugar (optional)

 

In bowl of a stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, mix flour blend, ginger, baking soda, salt, xanthan gum, cinnamon and cloves on low speed for 30 seconds. Add brown sugar, mix 30 seconds more.

Add shortening pieces and applesauce to flour mixture and mix on low speed for 90 seconds, or until the consistency of a fine meal. With mixer still running, add molasses and mix for 30 seconds, scraping down the sides of bowl as necessary.

Lay 2 large sheets of parchment paper on your work surface. Transfer dough to one sheet of parchment. Pat dough into a disk and cover with other piece of parchment. Roll out dough into a ¼-inch thick, long rectangle.

Transfer dough with parchment paper to the freezer (place on a cleared rack or baking tray) and chill until firm, at least 20 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350° F with racks in upper and lower thirds. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

Remove dough from freezer and place it on a work surface. Peel back the top sheet of parchment paper, then replace it. Flip, peel off other sheet of parchment and discard it.  This is a good technique to avoid over-handling and breaking the rolled dough.

Cut dough into long 2½-inch wide strips then cut each strip into triangles with 2-inch wide bases. Place the dough triangles on baking sheets, 1 inch apart. Gather any remaining dough scraps, roll into ¼-inch thick rectangle and cut into triangle shapes.

Bake 10 minutes, or until the cookies are golden. Let cool for 5 minutes on baking sheets, before transferring the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.

For icing, whisk confectioners’ sugar and lemon juice in a small bowl until smooth. Drizzle over cooled cookies wiith a very small spoon or knife, making 3 or 4 horizontal lines across each cookie. Sprinkle with coarse sugar. Let set then shake off any extra sugar.

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Allergy-Friendly Gingerbread Trees with Lemon Icing © 2013 by Cybele Pascal

This recipe first appeared in the Winter 2013 issue of Allergic Living Magazine

Allergy Friendly Lemon Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies

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Lemon Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies

 

It’s December, folks, which means it’s time to really get baking!  These tender “buttery” cookies are sure to be a favorite at your holiday parties, or left out for Santa.  Nobody will ever know they are gluten-free, vegan, and free from the Top 8 Allergens.

Thumbprint is really a misnomer for these little gems, as you actually use your index finger to make the little jam pools in the center. Either way, they’re oh-so-pretty with festive red centers and a snowy dusting of powdered sugar.

 

Makes 24 2-inch cookies

Free From: gluten and all top allergens

 

¾ cup dairy-free soy-free vegetable shortening

½ cup sugar

½ tsp double-acting baking powder

1 tbsp lemon juice

1 tsp lemon zest

¾ tsp Ener-G egg replacer mixed with 1 tbsp plain rice milk alternative

½ tsp vanilla extract

1¾ cups my Basic Gluten-Free Flour Mix  or Authentic Foods GF Classical Blend

⅜ tsp xanthan gum

⅛ tsp salt

⅓ cup raspberry jam

confectioners’ sugar, for topping

 

Preheat oven to 350° F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

In bowl of a stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, mix shortening and sugar on medium speed for 30 seconds. Add baking powder, and mix until just combined. Add lemon juice, lemon zest, egg replacer and vanilla and mix for 30 seconds.

In a separate bowl, whisk together flour blend, xanthan gum and salt. Add flour mixture to shortening mixture and beat on low speed until thoroughly combined. You want it doughy but soft, so it can be balled together, like new playdough.

Scoop dough by the heaping tablespoon, roll into smooth balls and place on baking trays (12 per tray).

Lightly flour your index finger and make indents in the center of each ball. Gently pinch together the edges if they split. Fill each indentation with scant ½ teaspoon of raspberry jam.

Bake in center of oven for 18 to 20 minutes, or until jam is bubbling and cookies are just lightly golden around edges. Cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Prior to serving, dust with confectioners’ sugar. For bold red middles, lightly wet finger and trace over the jam surface to dissolve the confectioners’ sugar on the center only.

 

Allergy-Friendly Lemon Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies © 2013 by Cybele Pascal

This recipe first appeared in the Winter 2013 issue of Allergic Living Magazine

Japanese Style Chicken Curry

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Japanese-Style Chicken Curry (Wafuu Chicken Curry)

 Serves 4

Free of: gluten and all top allergens

Wafuu Chicken Curry is a very popular weeknight meal in Japan. It’s mild, and richly comforting. The combo of potatoes and apples makes it a great fall recipe, and the mild slightly sweet flavor is a big hit with kids.

Traditional ingredients used in this recipe often contain soy, gluten/wheat, peanut, and sometimes bonito flakes (fish). I’ve replaced these allergens with delicious allergen-free substitutions, without the slightest sacrifice to flavor.

Feel free to double this recipe so you have leftovers throughout the week, as it only gets better on days two and three!

 

4 cups chicken broth (look for allergen-safe brands)

3-inch square piece Kombu seaweed

1 pound boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch pieces

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

4 tbsp canola oil, divided

1½ cups diced yellow onion

2 tsp finely minced or grated fresh ginger

2 tsp finely minced garlic

2 tbsp curry powder

1/8 tsp cayenne pepper

3 tbsp brown rice flour (preferably superfine)

2 tbsp crushed tomatoes

2 tsp apple cider vinegar, divided

2 large carrots, peeled and cut into ½-inch rounds

1 pound Yukon Gold potatoes, cut into 1-inch pieces

1 bay leaf

1½ Fuji apples, peeled, cored and roughly grated (1 cup)

2 tsp honey

4 cups cooked white rice

 

1. Combine chicken broth and Kombu in a medium pot. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 15 minutes.

2. Generously season chicken with salt and pepper. Add 2 tbsp oil to a large skillet or Dutch oven over high heat. Once oil is just starting to shimmer, add chicken and cook, stirring often, until golden brown on all sides, about 6 minutes. Remove pan from heat and transfer chicken to a plate.

3. Return pan to stove, reduce heat to medium-high, and add remaining 2 tbsp oil. Add onion, ginger and garlic, and cook, stirring often, until onions are starting to soften, about 2 minutes. Add curry powder and cayenne, and cook, stirring, 1 minute more. Sprinkle in the brown rice flour, and cook, stirring continuously, until browned and aromatic, about 2 minutes.

4. Remove pan from heat and add ½ cup broth, stirring vigorously to combine. Add two more ½ cups broth, stirring vigorously after each addition, and incorporating any browned bits from bottom of the pan.

5. Return pan to heat, remove Kombu, and add remaining chicken broth, crushed tomatoes and 1 tsp cider vinegar. Stir well to combine, scraping up remaining browned bits from bottom of pan.

6. Add carrots, potatoes, reserved chicken, and bay leaf. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low and loosely cover. Cook at a slow simmer, stirring often, for 30 minutes, or until potatoes are just tender when pricked with a fork.

7. Add shredded apple, honey, 1 tsp apple cider vinegar and a big pinch of salt. Stir well and loosely cover. Continue to cook at a slow simmer for 15 minutes, or until the apples have melted into the curry, and the potatoes and carrots are really tender.

8. Serve over steamed rice.

Japanese-Style Chicken Curry (Wafuu Chicken Curry)  © 2013 by Cybele Pascal

This recipe first appeared in the Fall 2013 issue of Allergic Living Magazine