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gluten free churros and pumpkin pie dip

gluten-free churros and pumpkin pie dip

gluten free churros and pumpkin pie dip

I have spent all weekend trying to write this post, and I am not sure why the words are not finding their way to the page.

I keep writing. And deleting.

And writing.

And deleting.

So, I think it is best just to move on to the food. Because I really can’t think of something witty to go with these delicious treats. Other than I have now learned my lesson: frying food before work is not a good idea when you have a 9am client meeting. Because you will spend the whole meeting wishing that you were outside the conference room eating. You will have your fingers and toes crossed and then you will eat 4 of them after the meeting. And still want more. Because they are all you have thought about since 5am. So just don’t do it.

I first made these bad boys last Sunday, when I was busy on a Mexican-themed cooking blitz. (I came up with the chilaquiles and a vegetarian taco bake that you will be able to find on Stockpiling Moms next week). I was bringing the taco bake to a dinner that some of my coworkers have with their friends on a regular basis, and I had to make sure that my food was worthy.

You know that is a major concern. I wanted to be invited back.

You are going to a potluck with people you don’t know. You have to bring food. And, if you are me, you want that food to be something stand out that people are going to remember.

And then, you have to make a dessert. Because, first, you are FrannyCakes. Second, you always want dessert and the likelihood that someone is bringing a gluten-free dessert to a potluck is highly unlikely.

So, I tweeted, and got a response.


How do you argue with that? Particularly since it was someone else who was going to be there.

Well, they were a hit – the people who didn’t know that I am gluten-free were genuinely surprised by that fact.

I made them a second time this week, to test some additional changes to the recipe, and it was the first time an office treat was gone before lunch.

Gluten-Free Churros with cardamom & ginger and pumpkin pie dip

Recipe Type: Dessert
Cuisine: Mexican
Author: Mary Fran Wiley
Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 20 mins
Total time: 40 mins
Serves: 24
I started with a [url a href=”http://www.blackbird-bakery.com/baking/gluten-free-churros-with-coconut-chocolate-dipping-sauce/”]gluten-free churro recipe[/url] from my friend [url=”http://www.blackbird-bakery.com/”]Karen Morgan of Blackbird Bakery[/url]. I have adapted her recipe to work with an all-purpose blend and to work with weight measurements. I use vanilla bean paste because I feel it has a stronger vanilla flavor and additional spices in the sugar give these a bright flavor that goes very well with the pumpkin pie dip.
  • For the Dough
  • 70 grams (5 tablespoons) unsalted butter
  • 7 tablespoons milk
  • 5 grams (1 teaspoon) sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 egg white
  • 11 grams (¾ teaspoon) baking powder
  • 80 grams (1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon) gluten-free all purpose flour with a binding agent such as Cup4Cup or Jules’ Nearly Normal Flour*
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
  • Vegetable Oil
  • For the sugar coating
  • 200 grams (1 cup) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the butter, milk, sugar and salt together and bring to a boil.
  2. Lightly beat together the eggs and egg white. Add the baking powder to the eggs and let stand for about 5 minutes while your ingredients are heating up. The baking powder should start to foam.
  3. As soon as the mixture is boiling add the flour and stir like crazy. A paste should form leaving a film on the bottom of the pan and it will start to turn into a ball.
  4. Place this dough ball into a food processor and pulse for about 20 seconds to loosen it up.
  5. Add the egg and baking powder mixture to the food processor, making sure that you get all the baking powder in. Also add the vanilla bean paste.
  6. Let the food processor run for 2 minutes.
  7. Put the paste, which will be really sticky, into a pastry bag fitted with a star tip.
  8. Let the dough stand for 20 minutes.
  9. In a pot or frying pan with at least 3″ sides, bring 2″ of oil to 350 degrees (if you don’t have a thermometer, the oil is hot enough when you put a skewer in the oil and bubbles form around it).
  10. Pipe 4-5 inch snakes of dough into the oil, using a sharp knife to cut the dough from the pastry tip.
  11. Cook them for a minute and a half on each side. They should be a deep golden color.
  12. Drain on paper towels.
  13. When all of the churros have been cooked, combine the sugar and spices in a 9×13 baking dish and toss the churros in the sugar mixture to coat.
  14. Serve promptly. These go great with my pumpkin pie dip.
If you don’t have those, use: 1 tablespoon sorghum flour, 2 tablespoons tapioca flour, 5 tablespoons cornstarch, 1 teaspoon guar gum

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie Dip

Recipe Type: Dessert
Author: Mary Fran Wiley
Prep time: 5 mins
Total time: 5 mins
Serves: 24
This dip is great with the churros, but would also make a great filling for cream puffs or as a layer in a fall trifle. You could even serve it on a fruit tray at a party.
  • 1 15.5 ounce can (~440 grams) pumpkin puree
  • 1 16 ounce package (~450 grams) marscapone cheese
  • 100 grams (1/2 cup) brown sugar
  • 170 grams (1 1/2 cups) powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the pumpkin and marscapone.
  2. Add the brown sugar, beat in and scrape down the sides.
  3. Mix in the powdered sugar in 2 parts, scraping down the sides to make sure everything is mixed evenly.
  4. Stir in the spices and adjust to taste


Spice up your life! (A recipe for gluten-free spiced brownies)

It is really easy to get stuck in a routine.

Wake up. Get coffee. Get on the train. Read 30 pages in a novel. Walk a few blocks. Finish coffee. Get to the office. Pour another cup of coffee. Answer emails. Do design-y stuff. Walk a few blocks. Get on the train. Catch up on twitter. Go home. Eat dinner. Do blog-y stuff. Go to bed.

Lather, rinse, repeat.

Routine is comfortable, familiar. Known.

I have to say, I like my little routine. I read 9 novels this summer and I only read while on the train. Ok, I might have developed an unhealthy dependence on coffee. (Blame Mammacakes. I started sneaking sips of her coffee when I was 4 and she would leave a mug on the table). But the routine is mine.

But it is just that. A routine. Like a treadmill (the world’s most torturous piece of gym equipment).

Sometimes, you just have to do this:

(Yes. Really. A Spice Girls video.)

Maybe that means ordering a latte when you normally order a chai.

Maybe that means just going for it , whatever it happens to be. A new job. A date . A new cooking technique. Ordering something other than the usual.

A good friend told me that I need to just take a day and go for it. Do something I normally wouldn’t. Have fun just because I can. Shake things up to see where the pieces fall. Not a calculated risk. No weighing pros and cons. Just making things happen.

So, here’s to spicing things up.

Let’s start by spicing up some chocolate decadance.

gluten free mexican spiced brownies

At my super fabulous day job (yes, I am going to keep rubbing in how much I love it), we do fun things. Like brewing (gluten-free) beer and taco potlucks.

Last week, we had one of those potlucks. And I forgot to sign up. Because, really, would you expect me to bring anything other than dessert?

A concerned coworker asked if I was going to participate. Of course I was going to. I asked him what he wanted. His answer? Mexican Spiced Brownies.

It was the perfect excuse to make a new variation on one of my favorite treats (I even have my go-to gluten-free brownie recipe memorized) .

Fudgy bits of chocolate heaven, with a kick. They were such a hit at the potluck, all I got was that little corner of a brownie. I blame [my coworker] Shellie. (She swears that ice cream eaten with the brownies makes them even better).

gluten free mexican spice brownies being eaten

Gluten-Free Mexican Spiced Brownies
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Recipe Type: Dessert
Author: Mary Fran Wiley
Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 35 mins
Total time: 50 mins
Serves: 16
Oh baby. Decadent, fudgy brownies with a kick. Please and thank you.
  • 310 grams (11 ounces) dark chocolate, chopped
  • 230 grams (8 ounces/ 2 sticks) butter, chopped in 1 inch cubes
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 10 grams (2 tablespoons) cocoa powder
  • 300 grams (1 1/2 cups) granulated sugar
  • 110 grams (1/2 cup) firmly packed brown sugar
  • 5 eggs
  • 150 grams (1 1/4 cups) gluten-free all-purpose flour like Cup4Cup*
  • 1/2 teaspoon chipotle
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika (spicy if you have it)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 5 grams (1/2 teaspoon) fresh, finely grated ginger
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease and line a 9×13 pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium pot over low heat, melt the butter and chocolate and salt.
  3. Once melted, remove the pot from the stove and stir in the vanilla, cocoa powder and sugars.
  4. In a sperate bowl, whisk together the gluten-free flour, cinnamon, ginger, chipotle and paprika.
  5. Add the eggs to the melted chocolate mixture in 2 groups, stirring to incorporate. As soon as the eggs are mixed in, add the flour in 2 groups.
  6. Be careful not to over-mix the batter. You want to incorporate as little air as possible into the batter or else you will end up with a brownie that is less chewy and more cake like.
  7. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 35-40 minutes. They are better a little under done than to be over cooked.

I use Cup4Cup flour or Jules’ Nearly Normal Flour when I use all-purpose flour. If you want to make your own bend for this recipe, use 10 grams ground flax meal, 40 grams sorghum flour, 20 grams brown rice flour, 20 grams white rice flour, 30 grams tapioca starch, 30 grams sweet white rice flour


This post is linked to: Slightly Indulgent Tuesday


gluten free cinnamon raisin bagel bombs

Ratio Rally: Gluten Free Cinnamon Raisin Bagel Bombs

This post is part of the Gluten-Free Ratio Rally, a group of gluten-free bloggers inspired and empowered by Ruhlman‘s Ratio. We get together each month and post many different takes on the same theme. This month that theme is Gluten-Free Bagels and the rally is being hosted by Morri from Meals with Morri

I cannot believe that it is May, much less that it isMay 2nd and that it is Ratio Rally day. Because April was one ca-razy busy month.

There was a blogging conference and a gluten-free expo. There was a gluten-free cookie ebook to write. There were high school musicals and there was a design conference and a pastry demo at the French Pastry School.

I am not sure how I got so much done in a month! All I know is that I am beat. And it is Ratio Rally day. And I am hoping and praying that these “bagel bombs” turn out swell.

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Raisin Cinnamon Swirl Muffins

Clearly, there is something wrong with me. I woke up at 6am to work out & bake muffins before going to work. I really wanted something cinnamon raisin. And, after seeing on how quickly these muffins were gone (who can resist still-warm muffins?) they were quite a success.

I started with a basic muffin recipe that is the base for almost all of my muffin variations. I then added raisins, cinnamon and a brown sugar swirl. The result was a spongy, light muffin with just the right amount of sweetness.

Raisin Cinnamon Swirl Muffins

  • 2 cups GF all-purpose flour blend (I used King Arthur Flour’s Gluten Free flour)
  • 3/4 teaspoon xantham gum
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 stick butter (for the swirl)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar(for the swirl)
  • 1/2-1 cup raisins
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon

Preheat your oven to 500°F.

Put butter & brown sugar in a small bowl and microwave to melt them together.

Whiskthe remaining dry ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. Beat the liquid ingredients together — milk, oil and eggs — until they are light. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and whisk together until just blended. It is ok if it is a little lumpy. Add in the raisins and give it a quick stir.

Line a muffin tin with papers and grease the top. Fill muffin cups about 1/3 of the way and put in a teaspoon of the brown sugar mixture. fill the muffin tins about 2/3 full and add just a little more brown sugar mixture to the top. Swirl the cups with a tooth pick to distribute the brown sugar mixture.

Put the muffins in the oven and then drop the temperature to 400. Bake for about 15 mins (mine took 17).  Makes 12 regular muffins.