Welcome to my blog, through which I hope to be able to share my experiences of gluten free cooking, baking, experimenting and eating.
When my daughter was diagnosed (age 6) with Coeliac Disease, our world of eating changed overnight. From breads, pastry and pasta to cakes, biscuits and puddings.......... suddenly most of what we knew was 'off the menu'. I think I must have tested every available gluten free product on the market, seeking out replacements to try and keep things as normal as possible. I was disappointed to find that what was available was often dry, crumbly and flavourless.
Not one to shy away from a challenge, I decided to turn my kitchen into a laboratory, turn all I knew about cooking on its head and start creating!

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Miss GF Makes....... Peanut Butter Cookies (gluten free)


Those of you who follow my blog, will know that recently my daughter has started to become increasingly independent in the kitchen. At only 10, I am impressed by her determination to cook for herself and (as I brace myself for the mess and cleaning up to come), I know it is something to be encouraged as much as possible.

The nature of gluten free baking in particular, is a skill which she will not be taught at school. Having interrogated all the cooking teachers at all the school open days I attended in the quest to make secondary school choices for the next academic year, I am sad to say that none of them had much of a clue about the foibles of the ingredients required and few of them had much sense of the issue of cross-contamination when sharing cooking space with peers in the classroom. I fear we are going to have some brick-like disasters being sent home in tins very soon...... (which, either way will likely need to be binned because of the risk of being 'glutened')


This concern makes it all the more important for Miss GF to find her baking feet early....... A few disastrous bakes as the result of straight substitutions of gluten free flour for wheat flour in the classroom could seriously knock confidence. If she is going to side-step the waves of potential teacher gluten-free incompetence, all cooking urges need to be nurtured now!

I don't think I need to worry too much....... Miss GF regularly insists on making her own meals..... This evening she made herself a cheese and ham omelette which was as light and fluffy as anything I could produce! She has even made family dinner a few times with a little help........ she makes a mean cheese sauce (yep..... that's with a roux) and parcel-baked salmon holds no qualms whatsoever.


Last term, she got together will a few friends at school and organised a bake sale for charity which took place in school break time..... That's a lot of hungry kids! The whole thing was painstakingly organised and at our end, included Miss GF making brownies, mini caramel cupcakes, chocolate topped marshmallows and chocolate-chip cookies. They all sold out within minutes and she and her friends raised over £150. Go girls!

Because I am so excited about her growing confidence and incredibly proud of her creations, I have decided to start a little series on the blog which I will call 'Miss GF Makes...'. It is likely to be a bit sporadic (as with all 10 year olds, I am expecting her enthusiasm and prolificness to peak and trough..... particularly when the pull of the kitchen is competing with friends......swimming..... skating...... drama....... music...... the garden and the trampoline...... more friends..... the i-pad......... Sounds familiar?!)


Either way, I would like to share some of her journey in the hope that she can inspire other young Coeliac and allergy sufferers out there to put on their aprons, wash their hands and raid the larder for ingredients!

These Peanut Butter Cookies appeared one Sunday when I was at the gym! As I was on my way out, Miss GF said she wanted to make something...... grabbing a couple of books off the shelf, I suggested she have a rummage through for inspiration...... By the time I got home, Mr GF had been banished from the kitchen and the cookies were made, cooled and a few were eaten!

The recipe was found in one of my favourite gluten free books by Adriana Rabinovich : The Gluten-Free Cookbook for Kids (although Adriana states in the book that she originally found the recipe many years ago in a magazine).

Completely flourless (therefore naturally gluten free) and made with very few ingredients, the cookies are incredibly simple to make and yet taste deliciously light, crisp and peanutty. Miss GF made them crunchy, golden and baked to perfection!


We are sharing her cookies with the following linkies :


Simply Eggcellent with Dom over at Belleau Kitchen. The egg in these cookies is crucial!










Treat Petite, this month with United Cakedom on behalf of Cakeyboi and The Baking Explorer. The theme for February is Like It, Love It, Gotta Have It. When it comes to Miss GF, peanuts are a must have.......





Bake of the Week with Casa Costello.











Recipe of the Week with A Mummy Too.









Tasty Tuesdays with Honest Mum.







Sunday Fitness & Food Link-Up with Marathons & Motivation.













Peanut Butter Cookies - from The Gluten Free Cookbook for Kids (Adriana Rabinovich) (Make about 24 cookies)

Ingredients

175g caster sugar
200g crunchy peanut butter
1 large egg (lightly beaten)
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
a few little fudge chunks to decorate the top of each cookie (optional)

Method

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180 C/350 F/Gas 4.
  2. Line a couple of baking sheets with baking parchment.
  3. In a medium bowl, weigh and mix together the sugar and peanut butter.
  4. Add the lightly beaten egg and bicarbonate of soda and beat together with a wooden or silicone spoon, to make a stiff dough.
  5. Take walnut-sized pieces of dough and roll into balls. Place them on the lined baking sheets with a gap between them, for spreading.
  6. Use the back of a fork to flatten the dough balls a little.
  7. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes until the cookies are golden.
  8. Remove from the oven and leave on the baking sheet to cool for about 10 minutes, before removing to a wire rack to cool completely. Whilst the cookies are still hot, top with the fudge chunks (if using), so that the heat sticks them onto the cookie.
 Gluten Free Alchemist © 2013-16 unless otherwise indicated

30 comments:

  1. We both have the peanut butter thing going on this week. Good to see a blog that can help so many people

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    1. Thanks Kate. There are so many GF's out there now, it is great to be able to support 'our' community!

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  2. So easy to make!! What a brilliant recipe. Well done little Miss. I remember being that young and loving messi g around in the kitchen... I think I used to even bunk off school to stay home to cook. Good advice for any young child there! Thanks for linking to Simply Eggcelkent xxx

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    1. Hillarious, Dominic. I love the idea of bunking off to cook! Wish I'd thought of that as a teenager!!

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    2. Ha ha! Thanks Dom..... I am very proud of little Miss.
      I seem to remember I did far more bunking off than I should have got away with..... I don't remember baking with the time as such, but used to make the weirdest combinations of sandwiches, toasties and drink concoctions! The baking was when I let myself into an empty house after school.... then all hell let loose!!!

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  3. I''ve made similar cookies (possibly with choc chips) and they are amazing! Lucky you that she bakes and chooses amazing cookies! A bit sad that cooking teachers don't understand GF cooking. Not just sad for your daughter but for all the kids as it is suggests they are not curious about cooking and all the possibilities.

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    1. thanks Johanna. I am really lucky to have a daughter enthusing in the kitchen! And I have no doubt that she will teach the cookery teachers what they ought to already know!!!!

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  4. You have no idea how much I like this easy gluten-free cookie! Pinning and Making it!

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  5. Well done Miss GF, they look great! I have just made the oat and chocolate chip recipe, very nice.

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    1. Thanks DC. Miss GF is very chuffed with all the attention!
      Good to hear you enjoyed the choc-chip recipe xx

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  6. They look awesome, go Miss GF! And thanks for entering into Treat Petite :)

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  7. Great idea for a series! And what a great start. These cookies look awesome. You have a very clever daughter. How awful that none of the cookery teachers you spoke to knew much about GF cooking...you'd think these days knowing how to make free from food would be a compulsory part of the curriculum. Maybe you could go in and do a guest spot for them...though by the sounds of it Miss GF could do it herself! Eb x

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    1. Thanks Eb...... I am hoping that the series gives her extra encouragement.... but I think I will need to boundary her timing! This weekend she launched into making marble cake just as I was in the middle of cooking tea......
      The cookery teachers seemed really dismissive which is a worry. But I have no doubt that Miss GF will be more vocal than is probably necessary to let them know what they should be teaching!

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  8. I love Peanut Butter cookies & can't wait to try this GF recipe, pinned & tweeted! Thank you for sharing it, have a Great Week :-)

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    1. Thank you Angela. You're welcome. Do let us know if you try them x

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  9. Beautiful recipe miss GF!A good start for a 10 year old. They look fantastic!!

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  10. These cookies look scrumptious! My allergic toddler couldn't have them, but the rest of us would love them! I love the addition of fudge pieces on top. Nom!

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    1. Thanks Mel. I really feel for kids with nut allergies...... I think that is way harder than Coeliac.

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  11. They look amazing, wish I could eat nuts :( Thanks for linking up to #tastytuesdays

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    1. Thanks Vicki. Not being able to eat nuts must be so tough!

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  12. These look amazing. Great photos too.
    I see another blogger joining the scene in the not too distant future......!

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    1. Thanks CC..... I think you could be right. I better hang onto my laptop!

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  13. Oh, I have to have a go at making these, they look so lovely. thanks for the recipe
    Briony
    x

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    1. Thanks Briony. Dead easy too..... even a 10 year old could make them! Hope you enjoy them as much as we did x

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  14. Hooray for Miss GF and I wish her every success in her cooking and baking endeavours. I adore peanut butter cookies and these look gorgeous AND dangerous.

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    1. Thanks Choclette! Hooray indeed! except........ yes they were very dangerous and way too tempting x

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  15. Congrats on the bake sale! Who doesn't love a homemade baked good! Let's talk about these cookies... I love a good peanut butter cookie! And even better that they can be shared with those with gluten intolerances! Thank you for sharing them in this month's Treat Petite!

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