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Gluten Free version of Amish White Bread

So last week was a bread revolution!!  I was of course perusing Pinterest and it seemed to be full of this recipe for Amish White Bread on allrecipes.com.  So I joined the revolution and since my husband was also requesting it via my sister-in-laws facebook page because she was making it too… I jumped in and made the bread.  I’d been looking for a recipe as my go to homemade bread anyway and it turned out WONDERFUL!!  The easiest yeast bread I have ever made for sure!!  Here is a picture of how mine turned out:


Beautiful don’t you think?!  🙂  It was super easy, only a few ingredients and delicious to boot!!  If you decide to make it be sure to read the comments on the allrecipes site, it seems you can lower the sugar content to 3 Tbsp!!  I will also be trying to add some whole wheat flour instead of all white to try to make it healthier still!

Well after I made the bread I also shared the picture with my mom who thought it looked good, but can’t eat it because she has Celiac Disease and needs to eat gluten-free foods.  But she said she was going to try to convert it and she did just that this weekend.  I wanted to share that recipe here too so that those that need a gluten free alternative can still indulge in this wonderful bread!!

GF Amish White Bread

Gluten-Free Amish White Bread
Prep 20 Min  Cook 45 Min  Total 1 Hr 5 Min
Servings: 8

Ingredients:
1-1⁄4 cups warm water 110 degrees F/45 degrees C
1⁄8 cup vegetable oil
1-1⁄2 Tbsp white sugar (I’m sure you could substitute honey)
2-1⁄2 tsp active dry yeast
3⁄4 teaspoons salt
2⁄3 cups each of brown rice flour, tapioca flour and corn starch
2 tsp xanthan gum
1 tsp vinegar

Directions:
In a large bowl,add all the dry ingredients.
Mix in water and oil. If using a stand mixer, beat at medium speed for 3-4 minutes.
Put in 1 greased and floured 8×4 bread pans. Let rise until just about to the top of the pan, about 15 minutes.
Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 45-50 minutes.

Also note that my mom does live at a pretty extreme altitude (7300 ft.) so you may also need to tweek it little (more or less cook time, more or less liquid and possibly more yeast) to make it work at sea level. Another note if you haven’t made much gluten-free bread the “dough”  is much more like a thick cake batter and only needs to rise once much quicker! I think I’m going to have to try this too!!  She did say “if they like and miss the taste of a real yeast bread they will love this!”

Happy bread making!!  Enjoy!  I’d love to hear how it goes if you make either version!

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Edible Playdough!

Today we studied the story of the Israelites waiting at the bottom of Mount Sinai and how they built a golden calf because they were tired of waiting for Moses to return.  The activity to go with it was to make Edible Playdough to create our own golden calves that we could crush and then eat, just like Moses crushed the golden calf into powder, threw it into the river and made them drink it!  What a fun activity and yummy too!!

Here is the recipe for the edible playdough:
Mix 1/2 c peanut butter with 2 tablespoons of honey, then add powdered milk until you have a good playdough like ball.

That’s all there is to it!!  So if you need a fun craft/snack to try you can even bring up the story if you want!!

Have fun!

I love popcorn!

I especially love that I can make it in the microwave without buying microwave popcorn!! On one of the blogs that I read I found this post on how to make your own microwave popcorn – Our Simple Country Life Homemade Popcorn.  I bought the bags and had the popcorn and tried it for the first time last week.  WOW!!  I don’t think I will ever buy regular microwave popcorn again!?  It only takes an extra 15 seconds or so to mix it all up and put it in the bag, instead of just unwrapping the package and putting it in.

 I’m sure it’s healthier, I can control what goes on it?!  It tastes just as good if not better and really you only dirty one dish in the process to get the oil on the popcorn. So try something new and have fun!

Homemade Play Dough

I love making my own play dough!!!!  I found a recipe in one of my many community cookbooks that my grandma gave me.  I love it because I know what is in it for the inevitable tasting, I can make it what ever color I want and I’m sure it’s much cheaper than buying it!  I usually make it with cheap bleached flour, but I also make it gluten free (corn or soy, because they are cheap) for when my mom comes!  I also recently had some really old rye flour that I thought instead of throwing it out I would make play dough with it and it turned out fine as well!  I’ve added glitter, koolaid for coloring and smell, it’s really up to you and it’s so quick and easy!!

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Green and purple are rye flour, blue is regular unbleached flour and pink is gluten free corn flour

Stove Top Play Dough

1 c. flour
1/4 c. salt
2 Tbsp. cream of tartar
1 c. water
1 Tbsp. oil
Food coloring

Mix flour, salt and cream of tartar in a medium pot.  Add water, food coloring and oil.  Cook and stir over medium heat 3-5 minutes.  mixture turns globby and then eventually will form a soft ball in the center of the pot.  Turn out and knead on a lightly floured surface.  Store in an airtight container or plastic bag.

A lot of recipes will call for you to store your homemade play dough in the fridge, but I’ve never had a problem with it going bad not in the fridge.  It will dry out just as any play dough so make sure to care for it accordingly.  Gluten free play dough seems to dry out quicker, also when making gluten free play dough it usually takes a little more flour especially when kneading the dough at the end.  It also has a bit different more course texture than gluten flours but I’ve never tried it with anything other than corn or soy so that might help.

Have fun!!