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  1. Celiac.com 10/19/2017 - When I first saw the big advertisement that came through the mail I thought, "Wow, we are really getting somewhere!" However, when I read their advertisement my mind was quickly changed by what seems like false advertising. It reads like a great deal of boasting, followed by the "disclaimer" (At the bottom. Who reads to the end of an advertisement?) Here's the disclaimer: "Domino's pizza made with a Gluten Free Crust is prepared in a common kitchen with the risk of gluten exposure. Therefore, Domino's DOES NOT recommend this pizza for customers with celiac disease. Customers with gluten sensitivities should exercise judgment in consuming this pizza." If I hadn't read that disclaimer, I could have gone out that night and purchased a Domino's Gluten Free Pizza just to be able to try one of my favorite dishes. ABC News had a brief visit with Domino's CEO, J Patrick Doyle, who said, "Offering Domino's Gluten Free Crust is a big step for us, and we wanted to make sure we were doing it right." Well, you haven't done it right, Mr. Doyle, because celiacs cannot eat your pizza, and bless the person with gluten sensitivity who eats your pizza. Many celiacs suffer greatly after they have ingested gluten-containing flour. Even a few grains of gluten flour can cause abdominal pain, diarrhoea and bloating for days. Doyle went on to explain their strategy for ‘doing it right': "Domino's is doing that by partnering with experts at the NFCA and by empowering the gluten sensitive community with the information they need." [NFCA is the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness.] Domino's new gluten free crust is available in stores across the U.S. in a small 10 inch size only, and prices vary by store. In Italics it says, "Domino's pizza made with a Gluten Free Crust is prepared in a common kitchen with the risk of gluten exposure. The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness supports the availability of Domino's Gluten Free Crust, but cannot recommend the pizza for customers with celiac disease. Customers with gluten sensitivities should exercise judgment in consuming this pizza." Chat lines lit up with questions such as "What is Domino's relationship with the NFCA?". "Does Domino's offer a substitution for a gluten free crust?" The only substitution acceptable to us is a totally clean sweep of gluten in a kitchen. Baking bowls kept separate and a separate area for preparing and cooking the dough. Nothing else is acceptable. One Post by Allison on May 7th states "You can't say it is gluten free and then say oh well celiacs can't eat it. Make no sense. Also if they truly worked diligently with the Celiac Foundation because they wanted to make a huge thing out of a gluten free pie the Foundation would have definitely said absolutely no cross contamination. The fact that there is , is not helping anyone with a gluten sensitivity." I could go on with the disappointed complaints from several chat lines, but I'm pleased to report that The Medical Office Assistant's Association was on the ball as of May 15, 2012. Their warning title states "Say what? Domino's offers 'gluten-free'crust not appropriate for celiac". It wasn't long before the news travelled to the Penticton satellite and the West Kootenay Satellite (sub-chapters of the Canadian Celiac Association). The Medical Office Assistant's Association is not formed for people with celiac disease, but watches for health warnings and posts them to their chapters immediately. The Kelowna Chapter article, by David Fowler, states that "Meanwhile here in Canada, Boston Pizza figured out how to do it right and as a celiac I have enjoyed their gluten-free pizza many times without incident." A poster from Ann Arbor, Michigan, on May 7, 2012, wrote a full page praising Domino's Gluten Free Crust. She quotes Domino's Pizza President and CEO as saying, "The prevalence of gluten sensitivity has become a real issue with significant impact on consumer choice, and we want to be a part of the solution. Now, the whole group can enjoy Domino's with the addition of our new Gluten Free Crust." She also quotes Alice Bast, NFCA founder and president as saying, "The NFCA is thrilled that Domino's Pizza has developed a product that will improve the quality of life for many of the estimated 18 million Americans who are gluten sensitive." Bast went on to say "Not only is Domino's Gluten Free Crust a huge win for much of the gluten free community who can now get pizza delivered to their door, and it's also delicious." How can we eat the gluten free crust knowing that it was prepared in a common kitchen with the attendant risk of gluten contamination? Further, since a lot of students work at Domino's, how can we know whether they are being vigilant in their food preparation work? I don't know but I am going to check with David Fowler and see if Domino's here in Canada has actually ‘gotten it right'. Being a celiac with dermatitis herpetiformis, I can tell if I have gotten some gluten within the first twenty-four hours. I am sure that many readers can also tell quickly if they have been ‘glutened'. I am also going to check out one Boston Pizza here in Canada just to check on David Fowler's report from the Kelowna Chapter on May 15, 2012. He, too, offers a disclaimer saying, "This article is my opinion only and does not necessarily reflect that of the Kelowna Chapter or the CCA." I have just spoken with the managers of the Langley Boston Pizza Store and the Abbotsford Boston Pizza Store. Neither Store has heard of a Gluten Free Pizza Crust. One woman, a sub-manager, stated that the manager of their store had just had a meeting with the Boston Pizza people, but she thought it was about their super thin crust. She again reiterated she had never heard of a gluten free pizza coming to our area. So Kelowna, good for you! You may be the first city in Canada to carry gluten free pizza. But I am determined to check with other stores because I want to know whether their Gluten Free Pizza Crust is prepared in a gluten-free environment. I will end with one chat line quote by Andrew on May 11, 2012: "What good is a gluten free pizza if it may come in contact with gluten? As a mom with three celiacs in the family, this is very disturbing and there is no way would I allow them to eat there. What a shame! Domino's, you need to get a clue!"
  2. Celiac.com 07/22/2017 - In 1978 Virginia Slims' magazine advertising spouted "You've Come A Long Way Baby". Well, in 2011 "WE" celiac/DH people can express those same words when talking about how far we have travelled since I was diagnosed as a brittle celiac/DH person 16 years ago. If the people with peanut allergies can become well known, so can celiac people! DID YOU KNOW: That 16 years ago gluten free foods were difficult to find, and upon finding the small frost-bitten white-gummy loaf of bread, which was even more expensive than it is today, one had to scrape it off the roof of your mouth with your tongue and chew! I also remember trying to make a gluten free loaf of bread in our bread maker and having it turn out smaller than when it went in. My husband had to get it out of the container with a screw driver! Now we buy a bread mix which is gluten free, good, and when sliced thin tastes like the real thing! You are the consumer. You have a right to ask questions. Don't go back to a restaurant or store that has "claimed" to have gluten free food or baking if you have suffered with an outbreak of dermatitis herpetiformis or abdominal pain after eating their food. I find that, with dermatitis herpetiformis, I know within the first 24 hours if I have ingested gluten. I was unaware, as a new celiac, that "Wheat Free" and "Gluten Free" do not mean the same thing. I now watch for the logo on boxes; the picture of wheat with a line crossing it out, meaning there is definitely no gluten in that product. I wanted to have my very first '"DID YOU KNOW" Column to be centered around my favorite subject - food! I am hoping that readers will feel free to write to me at the 'Journal of Gluten Sensitivity' and offer your suggestions with regard to products you have come across in your search for "yummy" gluten free foods. I would also welcome hearing about restaurants and chain grocery stores that you want to recommend to fellow celiac people. Networking is the best way to glean information. I also appreciate being corrected. When you provide me with information we all benefit. I want to hear from you, care of the magazine, about titles you would like to see covered. I have files on "The FDA'S Labeling Proposal", " current statistics", "cross-contamination" and web sites that won't grab you and suck you under}. I also have files on "dermatitis herpetiformis - helpful information I learned the hard way", " information about connective tissue disease", "dental care", "myths and facts"," current news/current events"," vitamins and minerals for the celiac", "other diseases that can affect the person with celiac disease", and my favorite, "names of gluten free products that taste like the real thing". They are out there. { And I don't get a kick-back" on products I tell you are too good to pass up!} DID YOU KNOW? That Domino's Pizza were not the first Pizza Chain to advertise that they have a gluten free pizza crust? As far back as March 12, 2008, according to the Pizza Pizza www.pizzapizza.ca web site, they were the first Canadian pizza chain that advertised that their 50 Greater Toronto area restaurant locations offered a gluten free crust and numerous gluten free toppings as a pilot project. Big problem! As of November 6, 2012 they opened their 13th location in Montreal. Too far away for dine-in, and too far for their take-out service! Domino's Pizza's based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, indicated it was the first national delivery chain to provide the choice of gluten free crusts with its pizzas. According to the PMQ Pizza Magazine, Pizza Hut, part of Yum! Brands (YUM) was the largest pizza seller in the U.S., followed by Domino's and Papa John's (PZA) at number three. All told, the magazine says pizza in 2010 was a 35 billion business in the 50 states. BUT, "Did You Know" that Domino's indicate that "Gluten avoiders should be aware that the crust will be prepared in the same kitchen as the regular gluten-containing crusts, so some risk of gluten exposure will remain." Even so, the NFCA said it was happy to have Domino's "on board". As of Friday, May 12, 2012 Domino's pizza was still waiting for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to resolve the issue of safe threshold levels of gluten for food labeling. "Happy Joe's Pizza", chain-store pizza restaurants have a small size gluten-free pizza crust that is very good according to my U.S. relatives who are also gluten intolerant. The ACDA (American Celiac Disease Alliance) firmly believes that the standard adopted by the FDA must be substantiated by evidence-based research, with limits established through double-blind, randomized trials. Research conducted in 2007 supports setting the gluten-free standard at the proposed level. There are few studies assessing toxicity and safety of gluten exposure and none published thus far which demonstrate safe levels for individuals with celiac disease. [ACDA comments on FDA's labeling proposal.] Does this make sense to you? We should be aware if the crust will be prepared in the same kitchen as the regular gluten-containing crusts, so some risk of gluten exposure will remain. This reminds me of ordering a Caesar salad, minus the croutons, in a well-known restaurant chain. After considerable questioning I found out that the waiter just took the croutons out of the Caesar salad! I am extremely sensitive to just a few crumbs of gluten. What is the use of our family buying two toasters to avoid cross-contamination only to have a waiter scoop out the croutons before serving me? "Oats serve as a prime example in support of the FDA position in the U.S.A." {ACDA comments on the FDA's labeling proposal}. "Oats does not contain the gliadin protein and should be safe for celiac consumers. However, grain standards for the United States allow a set percentage of foreign grains to be present in packages of single name grains. By definition, then, oats may contain up to 25 percent of wild oats and other grains for which standards have been established under the United States Grain Standards Act. Research has shown, and the FDA acknowledges, that regular oats pose a risk to celiac consumers due to cross-contamination." I was blown away when I read on the American Celiac Disease Alliance site that given the manner in which grain crops are rotated in the U.S., it is likely that similar contamination issues will arise with regard to other inherently gluten free grains. In fact, a recent study found that among 22 samples of inherently gluten-free grains, seeds and flour, seven (22%) exceeded the proposed FDA standard of Additionally, the FDA itself has found that "qualifying language is confusing to consumers". {You can say that again!} "This approach eliminates the need for consumers to differentiate among products that are inherently gluten-free foods and those which are not. It will also eliminate the use of other statements on products such as 'made with gluten-free ingredients,' which can be misleading. Finally, it will, in our view, simplify the education process for patients and the public at large." (ACDA comments on FDA labeling proposal) Cross-Contamination will be attacked in a later column. The ACDA implored the FDA to consider the following: "It takes an individual, on average, six years of being ill, of bouncing from doctor to doctor before being properly diagnosed with celiac disease. Gluten-free foods do not undergo years of safety testing before going on the market like medications. Each and every day, celiac consumers are placed at risk when trying to determine if the foods intended to maintain their health are safe. They have only the clarity and accuracy of the labeling on which to rely. It is a heavy burden, but one that will be eased dramatically with the completion of this rule making." An excellent web site entitled 'The Celiac Scene, Guides for the Gluten Free' has a seemingly limitless number of chain restaurants throughout Canada and the United States that have a gluten free menu. Some of their gluten free menus are small, but growing. The site even has maps that are updated regularly. You can press on the MAP Icon to find out where to locate the celiac endorsed restaurants and chains throughout North America. I was really happy to find the "Celiac Scene" web site! It is owned, operated and maintained by people with celiac disease themselves. Still, it states: "Consider them a guide, not a guarantee." This seems reasonable given the number of restaurant chains that are listed and the recalls that happen regularly. In December 2011 there was a recall of the Metro Grocers' irresistible gluten free Honey-Nut O's cereal and Apple Cinnamon O's cereal because of gluten. On a happier note Loblaws and President's choice have produced a new "Recipes to Riches" cookie product. The product labeling indicates that the product is gluten free. To assure this claim, the product has been made under strict processing conditions. Every precaution has been taken to ensure that no gluten containing ingredients are included and all possible cross contamination is eliminated. Another great boxed mix is King Arthur Scones and cookie Mix, available in the United States and Canada. Follow the directions and they will be gone the first day! King Arthur also has a box flour, sold in the U.S.A. and Canada. You can substitute this flour in your regular recipes, use smaller pans, reduce your cooking time and you won't be digging them out of your muffin tins! DID YOU KNOW? That Betty Crocker now has a gluten free Bisquick? You can make pancakes, waffles, pizza base, meat pie topping, scones, and I even tried some muffins! Fast-food restaurants began to offer gluten-free foods as part of their regular menus as early as 2006. Each restaurant offers gluten free food based on their own criteria as there is no universal standard. {"What Fast Foods Are Gluten Free? Ehow.com } NOTE: "based on their own criteria as there is no universal standard". McDonald's provides food-allergy information on its website (see link in Resources) as do many other fast-food restaurants. The In-N-Out chain is the most gluten-free friendly fast-food restaurant, while McDonald's has the least number of choices that are gluten-free. Other fast food restaurants also vary in the number of gluten-free foods they offer. The Olive Garden has a separate menu for the celiac but it is slim pickings. The majority of foods offered at fast-food restaurants that are gluten-free consist of salads, ice cream products and some of the "side" dishes such as those made from potatoes. Keep in mind the "Buyer Beware" rule still applies. French fries are often coated with flour, like the wonderful Costco and McDonald's French fries, some ice creams even contain flour. If you don't ask, they won't tell you! Even gluten free food can vary by fast food restaurant; for example, while french fries at Sonic are gluten-free, those from McDonald's are not. You are the checker. Many of them have a black book or a binder with lists of ingredients for the products they provide. To be safe, check the allergy information first. THE CELIAC SCENE also has a sheet on " How to start a conversation on celiac friendly dining". It is really good, though I cannot imagine myself asking my waiter or server "Did you wash your hands/change gloves/change aprons before or in between preparing regular food?" We should, you know, and we have every right to question our server and the kitchen staff. Remember, gluten is poison to us and we can become very ill ingesting it. Questions like "Could the finished product become contaminated with gluten while waiting to be served?" and "How do servers confirm with the kitchen that the order they are collecting from them is gluten-free?" and "How do servers confirm with the customer that the order they are providing is gluten free?" and "Will my food be prepared in an area separate from the regular flow of the kitchen?" and "How do you ensure that all utensils used in preparing my food are free from traces of gluten?" There are a lot more questions on The Celiac Scene Guide for the Gluten Free, and if I can find it on the world wide web anyone can! DID YOU KNOW?: With regard to Domino's gluten free pizza, Yahoo Finance has a web site where you get the real story. The crust is appropriate for those with MILD gluten sensitivity, "But it is not recommended for people who have celiac disease." The NFCA says that one out of every 133 Americans has celiac disease or about 3 million Americans in all. Another 18 million have a less serious "sensitivity" to gluten, the organization says. Gluten is found in wheat, barley and rye. Celiac disease is a condition in which the immune system responds to gluten intake by damaging the small intestine. That can inhibit the absorption of various nutrients. GLUTEN AVOIDERS should be aware that the crust will be prepared in the same kitchen as the regular gluten-containing crusts, so some risk of gluten exposure will remain, the company said. Even so, the NFCA said it was happy to have Domino's on board. They may be "on board" but according to me they are going to sink if they do not make some rapid changes. I don't want to write any more about Domino's Pizza, and I'm sure you don't want to hear any more about it unless some big changes are made. Next time I'll write about excellent recipe books for the celiac. My cupboard is full! And a reminder from me, those lovely gluten free cakes on the glass covered bakery shelves - I urge you to ask how long they have been there. Some of those cakes, in certain bakeries, have been sitting in that case for a month, and the server is just using a piece of wax coated paper to box up bakery products, while passing them over the celiac baking. How do I know? My husband and I did a little checking during the summer and the lovely little banana sponge bomb was on that bakery shelf for a month.. Ick! Cheers! Until next time.
  3. Celiac.com 10/16/2013 - A crust of almonds and almond meal highlight this delicious, gluten-free version of a traditional cheesecake. Ingredients: Filling: 1 pound cream cheese, 2 (8-ounce) blocks, softened 3 whole eggs 1 cup sugar ½ teaspoon vanilla extract 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel Nut Crust: ¾ cup finely crushed almonds ¾ cup almond meal 2 tablespoons granulated sugar 2-3 tablespoons butter, room temperature Directions: Heat oven to 300F. Place all nut crust ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix well. Lightly coat the bottom and sides of an 8-inch springform pan with oil. Pour the nut crust mixture into the pan. Use the bottom of a measuring cup or glass to press the crumbs down into the bottom and 1-inch up the sides of the pan. Place crust in oven and bake about 5 minutes, or until the crust is slightly browned. Remove and cool. Cheesecake Directions: Heat oven to 300 degrees F. For the Filling: In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese on low speed for 1 minute until smooth and free of any lumps. Gradually add sugar, lemon zest, and vanilla. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, and continue to beat slowly until combined. Beat 1-2 minutes until creamy, but not over-mixed. Pour the filling into the crust-lined pan and smooth the top with a spatula. Bake at 300 degrees F for 1 hour. The cheesecake should still jiggle, so be careful not to overcook. Remove and allow to cool in pan for 30 minutes, then place in the refrigerator, loosely covered, for at least 4 hours. Loosen the cheesecake from the sides of the pan by running a thin metal spatula around the inside rim. Release the side of the pan and set aside. To slice the cheesecake, dip a thin, non-serrated knife in hot water, make a cut, then wipe blade dry after each cut. Garnish slices with berries or a dallop of lemon curd.
  4. This recipe comes to us from Lisa Bell. Serves 12-16 Ingredients/Utensils: Reynolds Wrap large size, heavy-duty foil Roasting pan that a 9” springform pan can fit inside with 1” space on all sides (can be “disposable” one) 4 - 8 oz cream cheese, softened 1 ¾ cups white sugar 5 eggs 1 egg yolk 1 cup unsalted butter, softened 1/8 cup cornstarch 1 ½ cups sour cream ½ teaspoon gluten-free almond extract ½ cup heavy whipping cream 1 teaspoon gluten-free vanilla extract ½ teaspoon nutmeg 1 cup chopped pecans (optional) Directions: Bring all ingredients to room temperature. Preheat oven to 375ºF. Wrap outside of 9” springform pan with foil. Generously butter inside of pan. In large food processor, beat cream cheese and butter until smooth. Add sugar and cornstarch. Blend in sour cream. Transfer to an extra large mixing bowl. With electric mixer, add whipping cream, and almond and vanilla extracts. Blend in eggs and egg yolk ONE AT A TIME, mixing and scraping bowl with spatula thoroughly between each addition. Pour batter into pan. Place pan in roasting pan and add water (about 4 cups to prevent cracks) outside of the springform pan. Bake on center rack for 70 minutes. Turn off oven and let cool with the door open for 1 hour. Remove springform pan from water bath and chill for at least 3 hours before removing the cake from the pan. Dust with nutmeg, and top with chopped pecans, if desired.
  5. Just 3 Ingredients make up this pie crust! It tastes good...and cannot go wrong! Fill it with your favorite gluten-free pie, fruit, torte, crisp or cheesecake! 1 1/4 Cup almond meal (or very finely ground almonds, unblanched) 1/3 Cup butter 3 Tablespoons sugar Directions: Preheat oven to 350F. Melt butter and combine with almond meal and sugar, mix well until all butter is absorbed. Spread into an 8" round pie pan, pushing into corners and on edges. Bake for 10 minutes or until slightly browned.
  6. This recipe comes to us from “hangininthere” in the Gluten-Free Forum. Makes one 16" crust or two smaller crusts - foldable floppy and not crispy. Ingredients: 2 tablespoons rapid rise yeast 1 1/3 cup warm milk 1 teaspoon sugar 1 1/3 cup brown rice flour 1 cup tapioca flour 2 teaspoons guar gum 1 teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons unflavored gelatin powder 2 teaspoons dried Italian seasoning 2 teaspoons olive oil 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar Directions: Preheat oven to 425F degrees. In a small bowl, dissolve yeast and sugar in warm milk. In a separate larger bowl, blend together dry ingredients. Stir in yeast mixture to dry ingredient mixture. Add oil and apple cider vinegar. Mix well. Butter and flour the pizza pan (just like you grease and flour a cake pan). Pat down dough on pan - sprinkle top of dough with flour so dough doesnt stick to your hands as youre shaping pizza. Rub olive oil on top of patted out crust. Bake plain un-topped crust for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and add toppings. Return to oven and bake for another 20 minutes.
  7. ½ cup cornstarch ½ cup rice flour 2/3 cup milk or milk substitution 2 eggs 1 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoons Italian spices Dash of garlic powder or salt Mix gently, do not over-beat. Pour batter into greased pizza pan. Bake at 425F for 20 minutes. For crispier crust, brush top with oil and bake five additional minutes. Add sauce and bake or freeze for future use. Option: Cook on top of stove in a small frying pan like a crepe. Use medium-low heat, cook until set, do not brown. Use a 6 pan for kids size.
  8. Celiac.com 06/23/2016 - This is a very versatile gluten-free recipe. This paleo and gluten-free brownie pie crust can be made into a crust or simply eaten as gluten-free cookies. It is also totally OK to consume it raw since it is made out of all vegan ingredients. Based on the feedback I've received, it tastes delicious when prepared raw. This crust/cookie recipe is a wonderful base to build upon. I create a lot of raw cheesecakes with the crust and any leftovers are made into little cookies for later. The chocolate flavor in this is quite light so it won't overpower the other flavors you may want to work in with it. The only piece of machinery required is a food processor and this healthy recipe comes together easily. Nuts are the real star of this recipe though. I purchase nuts in bulk since I use them for homemade nut milk as well as many baked items and as an on-the-go snack. Certain nuts offer a variety of health benefits you would have never even thought of. Almonds for example, which are used in this recipe, rank highest out of all tree nuts in protein, fiber, calcium and vitamin E. Enjoy! Ingredients: 2 cups almonds 1 cup pecans or walnuts 1 ½ cups dates, chopped ¼ cup 100% cacao powder 2 teaspoons vanilla extract ¼ teaspoon salt 2-4 teaspoons water Directions: Preheat oven to 325F degrees. Place almonds in food processor and grind until somewhat fine. Add pecans or walnuts and grind until somewhat fine. Add the remaining ingredients excluding water. Pulse in the food processor. Add water until mixture isn't flaky, just until dough holds slightly together. Line a 9” spring form pan with waxed paper. Add dough mixture to the pan and spread over the top of the paper. If you are doing crust up the sides of the pan, you will need to line the sides of the pan as well. Press firmly. Bake for 15-17 minutes. OPTIONAL: do not bake if you are on a raw diet. Enjoy!
  9. Celiac.com 11/21/2014 - This holiday twist adds pumpkin and spice to one of our most popular gluten-free cheesecake dessert recipes. It’s sure to be a big hit with cheesecake lovers, pumpkin pie lovers and, most importantly, gluten-free eaters looking for a delicious dessert. Ingredients: 1 pound cream cheese, 2 (8-ounce) blocks, softened ½ can solid-pack pumpkin (about 8 ounces) 3 whole eggs 1½ tablespoons potato flour 1 cup sugar ¾ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice ¾ teaspoon vanilla extract Almond Meal Crust: ¾ cup finely crushed almonds ¾ cup almond meal 2 tablespoons granulated sugar 2-3 tablespoons butter, room temperature Almond Meal Crust Directions: Place all nut crust ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix well. Lightly coat the bottom and sides of an 8-inch springform pan with oil. Pour the nut crust mixture into the pan. Use the bottom of a measuring cup or glass to press the crumbs down into the bottom and 1-inch up the sides of the pan. Place crust in oven and bake about 5 minutes, or until the crust is slightly browned. Remove and cool. Cheesecake Directions: Heat oven to 300 degrees F. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese on low speed for 1 minute until smooth and free of any lumps. Add pumpkin, and beat slowly while adding sugar, pie spice, potato flour and vanilla. Add the eggs, one at a time, and continue to beat slowly until combined. Beat 1-2 minutes until creamy, but not over-mixed. Pour the filling into the crust-lined pan and smooth the top with a spatula. Note: I sometimes have extra filling. If so, I just use what I need and discard the rest. Bake at 300 degrees F for 1 hour. The cheesecake should still jiggle, so be careful not to overcook. Remove and allow to cool in pan on a wire rack for 30 minutes, then place in the refrigerator, loosely covered, for at least 4 hours. Loosen the cheesecake from the sides of the pan by running a thin metal spatula around the inside rim. Release the side of the pan and set aside. To slice the cheesecake, dip a thin, non-serrated knife in hot water, make a cut, then wipe blade dry after each cut.
  10. This recipe comes to us from Linda Sowry. 1 cup gluten-free flour ½ cup Argo or Kingsfords corn starch 1 teaspoon baking powder ¼ teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon xanthan gum Seasoning – pinch of parsley, oregano & parmesan cheese. ¾ cup milk ¼ cup Mazola corn oil 1/3 cup prepared gluten-free pizza sauce (I buy a small 8 oz can of tomato sauce and add spices such as basil, oregano, garlic powder, black pepper or whatever youd like, stir it up right in the can and use that). 1 cup (4 oz.) shredded mozzarella cheese (I always use way more than that) Favorite toppings Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. In medium bowl combine rice flour, corn starch, baking powder, salt, xanthan gum, and spices. Stir in milk and corn oil to form a very soft dough. Spread on cookie sheet to form a 10-inch circle, ¼-inch thick. (I use my Pampered Chef round pizza stone.) Bake 12 to 14 minutes or until lightly browned around edge. Remove from oven. Spread sauce over crust; sprinkle with cheese. Add pepperoni, sausage, green peppers, onions, whatever youd like. Bake 5 to 7 minutes or until cheese is bubbly. Makes 6 servings.
  11. Savory Foods has really hit a home run with their frozen Gluten-Free Licious Gourmet Herb Pizza Crust. Many pre-made gluten-free pizza crusts tend to lack flavor, and more importantly, they lack the correct texture and "mouth feel." Savory Foods’ pizza crust offers everything you want in an outstanding pizza crust—great texture with just the right chewiness, a perfect blend of spices and seasonings, and most importantly, you can cook it just the way you want—if you like it crispy, just cook it a little longer, if you like it more chewy, just cook it for less time. In my case I followed directions and let it thaw for 30 minutes, then cooked it at 425F for three minutes, then removed it from the oven and added my favorite tomato sauce, cheese and pepperoni, and finished it off in the oven for another 8 minutes—yes, I like my pizza on the chewy side! I love being able to add my favorite toppings to my pizzas, but don't like having to prepare a mix, so this crust offers me the perfect solution for my gluten-free pizza cravings! For more information visit their site. Review written by Scott Adams
  12. I recently tried Amy's new Gluten Free Rice Crust Margherita Pizza. The picture on the box was enticing, and I was impressed with the list of natural and organic ingredients, so I just had to give it a try. Upon opening the box I noticed chunks of real mozzarella cheese sprinkled with basil. It was the perfect size for my toaster oven, but I have a pizza stone so I decided to prepare it in the oven. The aroma was very promising, and it even caught the attention of my kids. The pizza was done in about 12 minutes, and it looked just like the picture on the box. The mozzarella melted beautifully and I couldn't wait to dig in. The crust had a nice crunch to it and a chewy texture...combine that with the blend of the mozzarella and basil and a hint of garlic and it was delicious! My only complaint would be that I would have like to have a bit more sauce (I like saucy pizzas). I loved that it was made as a single-serve pizza, since most gluten-free pizzas never taste the same the next day. I wish I could have enjoyed the entire pizza myself, but my non-celiac kids ended up liking it as much as me! For more info visit their site: www.amys.com. Note:Articles thatappearin the "Gluten-Free Food & SpecialtyProduct Companies" section ofthis site are paid advertisements. Formoreinformation about this seeour AdvertisingPage.
  13. 2 cups white rice flour 1 package Red Star yeast 2 teaspoons xanthan gum 1 teaspoon sugar ½ -1 teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 1/3 cup very warm water Mix dry ingredients. Add water and oil and mix well. Pat onto 13 greased pizza pan. Bake at 425F for 15 - 20 minutes. Remove from oven and top with favorites. Return to oven and bake until done (Microwave variation for freezing: Shape dough into 6 rounds. Cook as above but cook on rack until crusts are browned. Cool, top , & freeze in Ziploc bags. Microwave to reheat toppings & melt cheese.)
  14. This recipe comes to us from Belinda Meeker. Dry Ingredients: 3 cups Brown Rice Flour ¼ cup potato starch ¼ cup tapioca starch ½ teaspoon Knox Gelatin 1 teaspoon onion salt or regular salt 2 ¾ teaspoons guar gum ½ teaspoon brown sugar 1 package gluten-free Rapid Rise yeast Wet Ingredients: 1 ½ cups warm water 2 tablespoons olive oil 3 mixing bowls Directions: In a small bowl or measuring cup mix ½ teaspoon brown sugar into ½ cup warm water until dissolved, add package dry yeast and set aside. In another mixing bowl add all dry ingredients and set aside. Then take 1 cup warm water 2 tablespoons olive oil and place in a medium mixing bowl and whisk together, add a little of dry ingredients until smooth, add in yeast mixture and whisk until smooth, then add remaining ingredients and work until forms a ball, place on a flour surface and kneed until no longer sticky (adding more flour as needed). Place into a lightly greased mixing bowl cover with plastic wrap and let rest for 1 hour. Roll out with rolling pin onto lightly greased pizza pan or pans of your choice, poke dough with fork and place into a pre-heated 375F oven and let bake 5-7 minutes or until soft to touch. Remove from oven and place on sauce and topping then return to oven and bake at 425F until cheese is melted or golden brown. Enjoy!
  15. Celiac.com 01/11/2005 - Pizza crust is an essential item in the gluten-free kitchen, especially for families with celiac children. This class demonstrates how to make an excellent pizza crust with a variation on the recipe for focaccia bread. Alternative flours will be used and their health benefits detailed. This recipe is adapted from Bette Hagmans first book The Gluten-Free Gourmet. Healthy flours and the tricks I have learned over the years are part of this revised recipe. You may use brown rice flour if you cant find the amaranth, buckwheat, or teff flour, although the health benefits of these alternative flours make them well worth the search. This recipe makes two 13-inch pizzas, or four 10-inch pizzas. Ingredients: 1½ cups brown rice flour ½ cup amaranth, buckwheat, or teff flour 2 cups tapioca flour 2/3 cup instant non-fat dry milk powder (dairy-free: 2/3 cup ground almond meal) 3 teaspoons xanthan gum 1 teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons active dry yeast 1 tablespoon sugar 1½ cups water (105-115F.) or less 3 tablespoons olive oil 4 egg whites at room temperature (egg-free: see "flaxseed" in tips section) Olive oil for spreading pizza dough Grease two 13-inch pizza pans, using organic shortening. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the flours, milk powder, xanthan gum, salt, yeast, and sugar. In a measuring cup, combine the water and 3 tablespoons olive oil. Add olive oil-water mixture to dry ingredients, then egg whites, mixing well after each addition. Beat on high speed for 4 minutes. Divide dough into two (or four) equal portions. Place each portion on a prepared pizza pan. Cover your hand with a clean plastic bag. Drizzle about a tablespoon of olive oil over your hand and one portion of dough. Spread the dough out evenly over the pizza pan, forming a ridge around the edge to contain the pizza toppings. Repeat process for second portion of dough. Let dough rise for about 20 minutes. Preheat oven to 400?F. Bake pizza crusts for 7 minutes (until lightly golden) and remove from oven. At this point you can either cool the crusts, wrapping and freezing them for future use, or you can spread tomato sauce on the crust and top with your favorite toppings. Focaccia Bread While infinite versions exist, my preference for focaccia bread is a flat, round, chewy, bread brushed with olive oil, rubbed with garlic and sprinkled with rosemary. Follow the same instructions as above though you may want to allow the dough to rise another 15 minutes or so before baking the bread. You may want to bake the bread longer for a more golden crust. Another topping variation is olive oil, sliced shallots, and chopped green or black olives. Plain focaccia bread is also good served with a tapenade or dip. Reprinted with permission from: Cooking Gluten-Free! A Food Lovers Collection of Chef and Family Recipes Without Gluten or Wheat by Karen Robertson
  16. This recipe comes to us from Belinda Meeker. Ingredients: 2 cups gluten-free flour (1 cup tapioca flour- 1 cup white rice flour) 6 table spoons gluten-free butter 6 table spoons gluten-free shortening 1 table spoon powdered milk 1 teaspoon xanthan gum or guar gum 1 teaspoon salt (optional) 1/3 cup cold water Directions: Sift both flours, xanthan gum, powdered milk, salt) into mixing bowl, add butter and shortening and use your pastry cutter to blend together until well cut, then add cold water and knead until it is the constancy that is a bit soft but not too stiff looking mashed potatoes, make two same-sized balls and place each between waxed paper and roll to fit a 9 inch glass pie dish. Fill desired pie filling and bake according to which pie you are making—for pumpkin Bake at 350F for 45-50 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean--I covered my crust with foil after the 15 minutes and they turned out beautiful.
  17. Now is the perfect time of year to find a tasty, easy-to-make gluten-free pie crust! I recently tried Inspiration Mixes gluten-free pie crust mix and I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised. This pie crust mix is priced right and each box makes four pie crusts. The crust only took a few minutes to make, and after a short time in the fridge it was ready to be rolled out. I just dusted some gluten-free flour on parchment paper and simply rolled out the ball of gluten-free dough and was surprised to see how easily it transferred it into the pie pan. It held together beautifully and wasn't dry, crumbly or gritty like some of the other brands that I have tried. The gluten free pie crust held in place and withstood the moist filling of my pumpkin pie. I was a little nervous about serving it because I have not had the best of luck with gluten free pie crusts in the past, but as soon as I cut into the first slice I knew this pie crust was going to be different. The crust was flaky, and as you may know the first slice can be the most difficult to remove from the pan, but I have to say that it came out beautifully! My entire family (even the non celiacs) enjoyed the pumpkin pie. I was a little disappointed that we didn't have any leftovers, but that's better than making a pie that no one wants to eat. I still have enough pie crust mix to make a few more, but this time I am getting requests to make a gluten free apple pie! Visit their Website for more info: www.inspirationmixes.com. Note: Articles that appearin the "Gluten-Free Product Reviews" section of this site are paid advertisements. For more information about this seeour Advertising Page.
  18. This recipe came from the Sprue-nik Press, which is published by the Tri-County Celiac Sprue Support Group (TCCSSG), a local chapter of CSA/USA located in southeast Michigan. 1/3 cup brown or white rice flour 1 teaspoon xanthan gum 1/3 cup tapioca flour 1 Tablespoon sugar 1/3 cup potato starch 1/3 cup (5 Tablespoon) butter 1-½ Tablespoon corn starch 1 egg, beaten 1/3 teaspoon salt ½ to 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar Have eggs and butter cold for best results. Combine flours, starches, salt, xanthan gum, and sugar into a mixing bowl. Cut cold butter into slices and then work it into the flour mixture with hands or a pastry cutter until the dough feels slightly moist and begins to hold together. Add the beaten egg and vinegar to the flour mixture and stir with a spoon or fork until it begins to stiffen. The dough will be quite soft at first but will firm up. Is it firms up, form it into a ball and work it a little with your hands. Use a little tapioca flour if necessary to keep your hands from getting sticky. Roll the dough out between two pieces of wax paper, turning and peeling off paper as necessary to smooth out wrinkles. Leave the paper on the pie dough to turn it. When it is ready for a pie pan, peel the top layer of paper off, hold the lightly greased pan over the dough, and slip your other hand under the bottom paper and dough. Lift it into the pan as you flip it all over. Smooth the dough into the pan before removing the wax paper. Again peel it off; dont lift it off. Crimp edges as desired. Prick with a fork if a baked pie shell is desired and bake at 350 degrees F for 12-15 minutes. Double the ingredients for a two-crust pie. Dont attempt to fold the top pie crust. A two-crust pie will bake one hour or a bit longer. This recipe comes from Lifeline, Summer 1996, pg. 5. It is Lily Mae Pattens recipe.
  19. Celiac.com 07/30/2007 - I love pizza, and being gluten-free put a pretty serious crimp in my ability to enjoy a fresh, custom-made pizza. Also, I've never been particularly fond of frozen pizzas of any kind, but I don't exactly have time to make my own crusts from scratch. Even when I could eat pizza from my favorite local pizzeria, I loved to make my own pizza from fresh pizza crust, and to add my own toppings and pull it piping hot and bubbling fresh from my own oven. Since I went on a gluten-free diet, I've pretty much given up on ever again really enjoying pizza piled high with my favorite things like pepperoni and mushrooms. But Dad's has come to my rescue and returned pizza to it's proper place of honor I my life. Dad's make a gluten-free pizza crust that fits the bill perfectly. Recently, I rushed home from a long day at work with pizza firmly on my mind. Now, Dad's gluten-free pizza crust come frozen and I deviated a bit fro the general instructions by putting it in my fridge to defrost before I left for work. When I got home, I spread the crust with my favorite pizza sauce, sprinkled on a generous helping of mozzarella, some pepperoni, mushrooms, threw on a few sweet red peppers, added a dash of oregano, and popped it in the oven. I find letting the crust defrost first makes for more even cooking, and a crisper, yet chewier crust. When I pulled it from the oven, I was far from disappointed, I was overjoyed. What a delight to have tasty, crunchy, chewy, delicious pizza crust back in my life! Dad's gluten-free pizza is crunchy and perfectly chewy with excellent flavor, and a great pizza aroma. Once you add some sauce and cheese and whatever toppings you like, you're ready to bake a great tasting, hot, bubbly pizza your family is sure to love.
  20. This recipe comes to us from Carolyn Mann. Preheat oven to 350F. Crust Ingredients: 1 ¼ cup finely crushed gluten-free graham crackers ½ cup finely chopped pecans 2 tablespoons melted butter Crust Directions: Combine gluten-free graham cracker crumbs, pecans and butter in a bowl and mix well. Firmly press mixture into the bottom of a 9 inch spring form pan that has been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Place crust in freezer while preparing the filling Filling Ingredients: 2/3 cup non-fat plain yogurt 2 (8 oz) packages light cream cheese softened 1 ¾ cups canned pumpkin 2 eggs ½ cup sugar ½ cup brown sugar 1 ½ cups nonfat evaporated milk 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon ¼ teaspoon ground cloves 1 teaspoon ground ginger 1/8 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon vanilla Filling Directions: In a medium bowl, beat yogurt and cream cheese until creamy. In a separate bowl, combine remaining filling ingredients and beat until creamy. Stir into cream cheese mixture and beat until well mixed and creamy. Pour filling into crust and bake for 2 hours, or until middle slightly jiggles when tapped. Cool on rack, and then cool in refrigerator at least 4 hours before serving. Garnish with whipped topping and a sprinkle of cinnamon (optional). Makes 16 servings.
  21. This recipe comes to us from Barbara Hicks. Ingredients: 3 cups cooked rice 2 eggs, beaten 3 cups Mozzarella cheese, grated ½ teaspoon oregano 1 garlic clove, minced ½ cup onion, minced ¼ teaspoon thyme and/or marjoram 15 ½ ounce can tomato sauce Directions: Mix rice, eggs, and 1 cup cheese together. Spread thinly with raised outer edge into greased jellyroll pan. Bake at 450 F 15-20 minutes or until lightly brown. Simmer tomato sauce and herbs together for 15 minutes (for oregano and thyme/marjoram, I have used 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning instead.). Spread over rice crust. Sprinkle with the rest of cheese and bake at 450 F until cheese is bubbly. Possible additions before cheese: Ripe olives, green olives, green peppers, onion, pepperoni, precooked drained sausage, ham, Canadian bacon, precooked drained hamburger. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top of mozzarella cheese or combine mozzarella cheese with cheddar cheese if you wish.
  22. This recipe comes to us from Linda Sowry. Makes one pie crust: 1 ¼ cups gluten-free all purpose flour ¼ teaspoon salt 1/3 cup shortening 3 to 4 Tablespoons cold water In a mixing bowl stir together flour and salt. Cut in shortening till pieces are the size of small peas. Sprinkle 1 Tablespoon of the water over part of the mixture; gently toss with a fork. Push to side of bowl. Repeat till all is moistened. Form dough into a ball. On a lightly floured surface, flatten dough with hands. Roll dough from center to edges, forming a circle about 12 inches in diameter. (Then they talk about rolling it and setting it into the pie plate. Im going to jump in and say this is where we flatten the ball out in your hands and set in pie plate. I use the small end of the tart roller thing from Pampered Chef to roll it up the sides and around. Put a damp plastic wrap over it to make it smooth out more easily. You just need to get it up the sides, you wont have extra for a fancy edge.) Do not prick pastry. Bake as directed in individual recipes.
  23. This recipe comes to us from Kristine Green. 2 parts rice flour 1 part potato flour 1 part potato starch When making the pizza have all ingredients there and handy. Do the sauce first so the spices can blend. Have cheese grated and any meat already cooked if necessary. All veg. cut if using them. Then do the crust dough last, because once it is mixed you knead it just enough to make a ball and roll it out as quickly as possible. I rolled it out on parchment paper and put the paper right on the pizza pan to cook it. I shaped the edges when it was on the pan. Added the ingredients and baked on 400 degrees F. for about 15 minutes or until crust was brown. Let it set for 5 minutes before cutting. Sauce: 1 small can of gluten-free tomato sauce 1 small can of gluten-free tomato paste 1 teaspoon olive oil *spice as you like with any or all of the following: onion powder, garlic powder, thyme, oregano, sugar pepper, Italian seasoning, basil Mix well and set aside. Pizza Crust: 1 cup warm water 1 teaspoon sugar 1 package or 2 ¼ teaspoon yeast 2 cups flour mix from above 2 teaspoons salt 2 tablespoons olive oil Dissolve sugar in water and sprinkle yeast on top. Set aside for 5 minutes. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and beat. It wont take long! Quickly form into ball and roll out. It will feel a little stiff, dont worry or dwaddle at this point. Once you have shaped it to the pan you can add sauce, cheese, and anything you like. Bake!
  24. This recipe comes to us from Martha Spinelle. My basic gluten-free flour recipe: 2 cups rice flour, ½ cup potato starch, ½ tapioca flour. I substitute this for just about any recipe I come across. Guar/xanthan gum: 1 teaspoon for every cup of gluten-free flour. (I copy the chocolate chip recipe off the package substituting the flour and adding the gum.....this has worked for just about every recipe I have ever found in any cookbook.) May be less for Cakes, and I dont use gum when I make Pancakes. ½ cup tapioca flour ½ cup (1 stick) Margarine ½ cup cornstarch ½ cup butter-flavor Crisco ¼ cup potato starch flour 1 egg, cold 1 cup sweet rice flour 1 tablespoon gluten-free vinegar 1 rounded teaspoon guar gum 4 tablespoons ice water ½ teas salt Sweet rice flour for rolling Dash sugar (optional) (Xanthan gum can be used instead of Guar gum) Blend together the flours, gum, salt, and sugar. Cut in the cold margarine and Crisco in small dabs until you have shortening the size of lima beans (not cornmeal). Beat the egg using a fork; add the vinegar and ice water. Stir into the flour mixture, forming a ball. You may knead this a bit, since rice flour crusts can stand handling. Refrigerate the dough an hour or more to chill. (I chill mine overnight.) Divide dough and roll out on a sweet rice-flour board (or on floured plastic wrap, for easier handling). Place in a pie tin. If using plastic wrap, invert the dough into the pan, shape before removing the plastic. Bake as directed for the filling used. For a baked crust, prick the pastry with a fork on sides and bottom. Bake the crust in a preheated 450F oven for 10-12 minutes, or until slightly browned. Cool before filling. Makes enough for a 2-crust 9 pie, + 1 pie shell.
  25. 1 ¼ cup rice flour 1 teaspoon salt 2/3 cup solid shortening (in mine, I included about 1 T. butter flavored Crisco in the 2/3 cup and the rest was regular Crisco) ½ cup cold water 1 tablespoon potato flour (not starch) Blend rice flour, salt, and shortening in bowl. Set aside. In a small bowl, with mixer on low speed, gradually add potato flour to water--or use a small whisk. Pour the potato flour mixture over the rice flour mixture and work in with spoon. Then knead into a ball with as few strokes as possible. Either press across bottom and upside of your pan or roll between 2 pieces of wax paper that is dusted with rice flour. (I thought it worked better to pat it in the pan or between wax papers with fingers.) Flute edges and use for un-baked crust or bake and then fill with filling.
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