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

Chicken, Sweet Potato and Cauliflower Vindaloo with Quinoa

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Along with the bounty of the fall harvest comes cooler days and longer nights, and a craving for hearty dishes that bring you back to the warmth of the stove. We turn to comforting inexpensive staples like potatoes, carrots, apples, and grains, for rich autumnal inspiration. The desire for comfort is universal, and a simmering pot is the marker of fall.

Instead of armchair traveling, I suggest you travel via your kitchen, and explore global cuisine. Take a trip from Tokyo, to Goa, to Naples to Budapest, all in the course of a week. Following on my last post for Pasta e Fagioli with “Cheesy” Garlic Croutons, this week, I’m sharing an Indian dish. Come back next week for Japanese-Style Chicken Curry (Wafuu Chicken Curry).

 

Chicken, Sweet Potato and Cauliflower Vindaloo with Quinoa

Vindaloo hails from Goa India, and can be made with pork, prawns, lamb, chicken or beef.   Goa was settled by the Portuguese, and this dish is a direct reflection of that influence with the tangy combo of vinegar and spice. Portuguese Vindaloo usually includes malt vinegar, which is derived from barley. To keep it gluten-free, I opt for apple cider vinegar.


Serves 4

Free of: gluten and all top allergens

 

Ingredients

2 tsp finely minced garlic

1 tsp finely minced or grated ginger

2 tsp curry powder

1 tsp garam masala

½ tsp cayenne pepper

Large pinch cinnamon

4 tbsp canola oil, divided

1 pound sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces

2 cups diced yellow onion

1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast, cubed into 1-inch pieces

3 whole cloves

8 peppercorns

1 tsp sugar

½ tsp salt

¼ cup apple cider vinegar

1 medium head cauliflower, cut into bite-sized florets (about 5 heaping cups)

1 14.5-ounce can crushed tomatoes (1¾ cups)

1 cup chicken broth (look for allergen-safe brands)

4 cups cooked quinoa

½ cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro

 

1. Grind the first 6 ingredients into a paste with a small food processor or a mortar and pestle. It will be dry.

2. Heat oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Add sweet potatoes and sauté until golden, about 8 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to transfer to a bowl.

3. Add onions to the pan and sauté until translucent, about 3 minutes.

4. Add chicken, cloves, and peppercorns, and cook stirring often, until chicken is no longer pink, about 6 minutes. Add sugar and salt, and sauté 3 minutes more until chicken is turning golden brown.

5. Stir in the spice paste and sauté for 1 minute. Stir in vinegar, then cauliflower, tossing well to coat. Add tomatoes and chicken broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium, loosely cover and simmer, stirring often, for 5 minutes.

6. Add reserved sweet potatoes, loosely cover and cook 3 minutes more.

7. Serve over quinoa and garnish with cilantro.

 

Chicken, Sweet Potato and Cauliflower Vindaloo with Quinoa © 2013 by Cybele Pascal

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