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Gluten Free Pierogies

One of my husband’s favorite meal that has become one of mine is Pierogies (or as his family calls them Cadoval Vareniki). My mother in law grew up learning how to make these and taught me just before I found out I was gluten intolerant. I was able to make them using a GF all purpose flour mix (Gluten Free Pantry brand). The amts I will post made about 20 or so Pierogies.

What you need:

  • 5 eggs
  • 5 tbsp water
  • 2 sticks of butter
  • 1/2 an onion
  • 5 sm-med potatoes
  • flour (sorry I do not measure it out)
  • salt and pepper

First start the potatoes by peeling them and boiling them so they can be mashed up. In a pan cut up onions and saute them with the 2 sticks of butter (you will need the butter to pour over the finished Pierogi’s).

Once the potatoes are done mash them and mix some of the sauteed onions in them, along with Salt and Pepper to taste. Add about 3 tbsp of butter to get them to stick together. Set aside to cool.

While the potatoes cool. Mix together 5 eggs and 5 tbsp of water- using a hook on the mixer slowly add in flour until the dough stands on it’s own and is slightly sticky. On a floured surface take the dough and make approx 2 inch balls (walnut size maybe a little larger). Roll each ball out flat. place some potato mixture onto each one and fold over. It works best to do one at a time and work quickly because the dough will dry out quickly (you may need to get a spritzer to keep moist).

Once those are made boil in water for approx 10 minutes. Serve with the butter/onion sauce and some sour cream and enjoy!

I will post step by step pictures next time I make them. Please feel free to message me if you have any questions. This works with regular flour as well- if you do not use a gluten free flour there is a extra step: once you have the dough in balls, press flat a little bit and let sit covered for about an hour, flip over and let sit for another hour, press down or (roll out into the disks)  and let sit for 30 more minutes. I would make the dough before the potatoes. That way while they are sitting for a few hours you can do the potatoes and butter/onion mixture.

Cheddar Biscuits

One of the things I have missed since going gluten free is Red Lobster’s Cheddar Bay Biscuits. About a year ago I found a recipe (before I was gluten free) that explained how to make them. So I thought I would give it a try. The original recipe only called for 2/3 cups of milk and as you know with gluten free stuff- that wasn’t enough to even moisten the dough. So I tried something. I combined the biscuit recipe from the GF box of Bisquick with this recipe. And it worked! My dad (who is not GF and used to work at Red Lobster) said it reminded him of their biscuits and I told him that was my goal.

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Poppy Seed Bread

I love a good Poppy Seed bread. This is another recipe of my Grandmother’s that works well with Gluten Free Flours. I use the Gluten Free Pantry All Purpose Flour Mix on this recipe. It did not change the taste or the texture of the bread.

Here is what you need:

  •  3 Cups flour
  • 2 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 3 eggs beaten
  • 1/8 cup cooking oil
  • 1 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 tsp poppy seeds
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tsp butter flavor
  • 1 1/2 tsp almond flavor

In large bowl combine dry ingredients. Stir in eggs, oil, milk, poppy seeds and the flavorings.  Combine well with electric mixer. Place in 2 greased 8 X4 loaf pans and back @ 350 for 1 hour. 

While cooking mix together glaze:  1/4 cup orange juice, 3/4 cup sugar, 1/2 tsp butter flavor, 1/2 tsp almond flavor, 1/2 tsp vanilla.

When bread is done and still warm poke holes in the top and pour glaze mixture over it.


Peanut Butter Blossoms

Decided to make some Peanut Butter Blossom’s today. You can use the recipe for Simple Peanut Butter Cookies. But I wanted to give my Grandma’s recipe at try, and I am glad I did! I will type out the recipe as a regular recipe but put what type of flour I used. That way my friends who do not have to be GF can enjoy as well!