Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Gluten Free Dinner Roll Recipe




I'm back again after 2 Thanksgiving feasts to share another recipe! The first Thanksgiving meal this year was at our school. Every year they have a Thanksgiving lunch right before the break. The parents of the students bring a dish and it's a big potluck style lunch. I brought my Persi-nnomon Bread for that. On Thursday we ate dinner with our pastor's family as well as some others from our church. I brought gluten free rolls and according to my husband they are good enough to blog about!

This recipe is my first successful attempt at making a gluten free roll and I think they turned out pretty good. They have a yeasty flavor but are more dense than normal gluten-filled rolls. I want to try using this recipe for garlic knots also! I must apologize for the not so appealing stove and pan pictures. It’s an old stove and I’m sure the pans are just as old!

Ingredients

1 cup water (110 degrees F)
4.5 teaspoons active dry yeast
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup sugar
3 eggs
1 teaspoon salt
bowl of rice flour for covering hands while rolling dough balls
Flour mixture (mix well together)
1-1/4 cup tapioca flour
1 cup quinoa flour
4 teaspoons xanthan gum

Directions

1. In a large bowl combine water and yeast. Let stand for 5 minutes.



2. Add melted butter, sugar, eggs, and salt; stir well with a wooden spoon.



3. Add flour mixture 1 cup at a time and mix well until dough forms.



4. Cover dough with plastic wrap and put in fridge for 2 hours or more.



5. When ready to bake line pan with parchment paper and rub rice flour on your hands to minimize sticking while rolling dough.

Grab enough dough to make rolls approximately 2" around. Lay on pan and flatten a little bit (rolls will look about the same way after cooking as they do now).



You can place rolls fairly close to each other. The worst that will happen is that they become pull-apart rolls.

Once all rolls are on the pan (or pans in my case) cover with a warm,damp towel and leave for 1 hour.



Be sure to pre-heat your oven to 375 F at an appropriate time. Mine is gas and small so it doesn’t take long to heat up. Bake rolls about 17 minutes (or until they start to brown a bit on top.





I hope you enjoy! Let me know if you tried these :)




Sunday, November 11, 2012

Knit Baby Dino Hat



As promised I am going to share the pattern for the dino hat I knit for my youngest son. I used the same materials but just made it smaller. My youngest was almost 5 months when I made it but he has a big head. This should fit him for a while longer. This pattern is very similar to the toddler hat.

*Sorry for the horrible pictures that follow...it was hard to take a decent picture while wearing him*




Materials You Will Need:
Green worsted weight yarn (again, no yardage info): I used Red Heart Super Saver-Light Sage
White worsted weight yarn: I used Red Heart Super Saver, White
Size 7 circular needle

Size 7 double pointed needles
1 stitch marker
1 tapestry needle

Abbreviations Used:
K- Knit
P- Purl
K2tog- Knit 2 stitches together to decrease
DPNs- Double pointed needles
sts- stitches
st- stitch

For main hat

With green yarn (or main color of choice) and size 7 circular needles cast on 70 stitches.

Place marker and join for knitting in the round. Start knitting ribbing by alternating knit and purl sts. Continue in 1x1 ribbing till work measures about 1-2 inches.

Switch to stockinette stitch (knit all rounds) and knit till work measures about 5 inches.

Work the following decrease rounds and switch to DPNs when needed
Row 1: [knit 8, k2tog] repeat around
Row 2 (and all even rows): knit all stitches
Row 3: [knit 7, k2tog] repeat around
Row 5: [knit 6, k2tog] repeat around
Row 7: [knit 5, k2tog] repeat around
Row 9: [knit 4, k2tog] repeat around
Row 11: [knit 3, k2tog] repeat around
Row 13: [knit 2, k2tog]repeat around
Row 15: [knit 1, k2tog] repeat around
Row 17: k2tog till end of row

Finish hat by k2tog until 3 stitches remain on the needle. Cut yarn leaving a 10 inch tail, weave through remaining stitches, pull through to inside of hat and weave in. Weave in beginning tail.

For spikes (make as many as you like):

With white yarn (or color of choice) and 2 DPNs (or size 7 straight needle) cast on 9 sts leaving a long tail.

Row 1: Knit 1 row
Row 2 (and every row till only 2 stitches remain): k2tog, k to end of row

Knit the last 2 stitches together, cut string leaving about 3 inches and pull through remaining stitch. Weave yarn through. Use the beginning tail to sew the spike to the hat.

Make as many spikes as you wish using the same technique and sew on hat in a row (or two rows if you want it to look more like a stegosaur). I used one less spike since it is a baby dino and still growing ;)


Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Knit Toddler Dinosaur Hat


For Halloween this year I decided to knit a dinosaur hat for my toddler because he's been really interested in dinosaurs lately. I made one for both of my sons (infant hat pattern will be available later) because I think it's adorable when siblings have coordinating costumes.

I searched Ravelry and found some great patterns but they either didn't use the yarn weight that I had, didn't have multiple sizes, or were a bit too detailed for the time I had. I knew I could make the spikes so I decided to make a regular hat and add the spikes.

I think it turned out pretty cute ferocious ;)


Here's the pattern:

Materials You Will Need:
Green worsted weight yarn (sorry, I don't keep track of yardage)- I used Red Heart Super Saver, Light Sage
White worsted weight yarn- I used Red Heart Super Saver, White
Size 7 circular needle
Size 7 double pointed needles
1 stitch marker
1 tapestry needle

Abbreviations Used:
K- Knit
P- Purl
K2tog- Knit 2 stitches together to decrease
DPNs- Double pointed needles
sts- stitches
st- stitch


For main hat

With green yarn (or main color of choice) and size 7 circular needles cast on 80 stitches.

Place marker and join for knitting in the round. Start knitting ribbing by alternating knit and purl sts. Continue in 1x1 ribbing till work measures about 1-2 inches.

Switch to stockinette stitch (knit all rounds) and knit till work measures about 5 inches.

Work the following decrease rounds and switch to DPNs when needed
Row 1: [knit 8, k2tog] repeat around
Row 2 (and all even rows): knit all stitches
Row 3: [knit 7, k2tog] repeat around
Row 5: [knit 6, k2tog] repeat around
Row 7: [knit 5, k2tog] repeat around
Row 9: [knit 4, k2tog] repeat around
Row 11: [knit 3, k2tog] repeat around
Row 13: [knit 2, k2tog]repeat around
Row 15: [knit 1, k2tog] repeat around
Row 17: k2tog till end of row

Finish hat by k2tog until 3 stitches remain on the needle. Cut yarn leaving a 10 inch tail, weave through remaining stitches, pull through to inside of hat and weave in. Weave in beginning tail.


For spikes (make as many as you like):

With white yarn (or color of choice) and 2 DPNs (or size 7 straight needle) cast on 10 sts leaving a long tail.

Row 1: Knit 1 row
Row 2 (and every row till only 2 stitches remain): k2tog, k to end of row

Knit the last 2 stitches together, cut string leaving about 3 inches and pull through remaining stitch. Weave yarn through. Use the beginning tail to sew the spike to the hat.

Make as many spikes as you wish using the same technique and sew on hat in a row (or two rows if you want it to look more like a stegosaur).

Friday, November 2, 2012

What a Lovely Surprise!


I was happily surprised when I checked my e-mail and saw that I had been nominated for the Liebster Award by Lenetta Carnes. I was glad to see that she enjoyed my Persi-nnamon Bread recipe. I know my blog is not visited too often but I’m glad to get comments and especially to have a nomination for this award.



The Liebster Award is given to up and coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers. 

-Each blogger should post 11 random facts about themselves. 
-Answer the questions the tagger has set for you, then create 11 new questions for the bloggers you pass the award to.
-Choose 11 bloggers (with less than 200 followers) to pass the award to and link them to your post.
-Go to their page and tell them about the award.
-No tag backs!


Random Facts About Me:

1. I met my husband on the first day of college, in our first class. (We were both transfer students and came in as juniors)

2. I sometimes eat dinner just so I can justify eating dessert.

3. I cloth diaper my boys (but I still use disposables when we’ll be out of the house for a long time because I really don’t want to carry around dirty diapers for 2.)

4. My favorite breakfast lately is a chocolate banana smoothie.

5. I used to have bad stomach cramps after eating bananas but since I’ve gone gluten free they’ve stopped!

6. I never thought I’d be living in Japan because I’m very close to my family and couldn't imaging living so far away from them. My husband and I found a great church family here that really help us to not miss the states.

7. I wish there were more hours in the day because there is so much I want to do and learn.

8. I never enjoyed cooking and cleaning until I became a stay at home mom.

9. I enjoy trying new recipes!

10. My slow cooker is like my personal chef...I rely on it most days of the week.
I have another blog for my teacher related things I make (http://craftymommaknits.blogspot.com)

11. I learned to knit not knowing how much I'd really enjoy it. 

Lenetta’s Questions for me:

“Would you rather see a movie at the theater or at home on DVD? Why?"   
 I’d rather see a movie at home because: 1. it’s cheaper and 2. I would want to try and bring my 2 year old and 5 month old to a theater.

"If someone wrote a book about your life, what would they title it?" 
Wow, I would be honored. I Don’t Have All the Answers, But I Know the One Who Does.

"What was the worse thing that has happened to you in the last week?" 
I’ve had a pretty good week. I guess it would be waking up multiple times a night to nurse my youngest...I’m so exhausted after a few nights of the same thing.

“What are you most looking forward to in the next year?” 
Spending time with my husband and sons.

“What person in history would you most like to meet?” 
An obvious answer for me would be Jesus but a close second would be Paul (Saul).

"Do you dream in color?" 
Yes, my dreams are very vivid sometimes

"What was your favorite book as a child?" 
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

"What was the best thing that has happened to you in the last week?" 
I’m going to say two. Seeing my youngest start to sit up on his own and hearing my oldest start to say more words.

"If your life was a song, what would the title be?" 
I really can’t think of an answer for this one

"What is happiness to you?" 
The love of Christ, family, and friends

"What was the last gift you gave someone?" 
It was for my mom but hasn’t been delivered yet so I won’t say ;)

My nominees are (I apologize if you’ve been nominated before or have more than 200 followers, I did my best to try and stick to those rules):


My Questions Are:
1.What are you most thankful for currently?
2. Since we've just finished Halloween, what is your favorite candy?
3. What inspired you to become a blogger?
4. If you could have any profession, what would it be?
5. If you could live anywhere, where would you live?
6. If you could vacation anywhere, where would you go?
7. What new skill would you enjoy learning?
8. What is one of your favorite blogs that you follow?
9. When you go for a snack: sweet or salty?
10. What is your favorite store?
11. What is one word that describes you?

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Persi-nnamon Bread Recipe (Gluten Free)




I promise not all the dessert recipes I post will have cinnamon but I had to share my newest dessert a sweet bread with persimmons and cinnamon. This would be a great addition to your Thanksgiving dinner or even as a gift for guests.


This recipe is actually based off of a cinnamon banana bread I found at Lovin' From the Oven that I adapted to make gluten free (I'll have to post my version some other time after I've posted some non-cinnamon recipes). We had bought some fuyu persimmons for really cheap since it's fall and I was hoping to use some to bake. I decide to experiment with the banana bread recipe to see if I could substitute the persimmons instead...it worked!

Ingredients

Bread:
2 ripe fuyu persimmons (the mushier they are, the easier it will be)
1/3 cup coconut oil
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking soda
dash of salt
1/2 cup quinoa flour
1/2 cup white rice flour
1/2 cup sweet rice flour

Topping:
5 Tbs sugar
1 Tbs cinnamon

Pre-heat oven to 350 F. Use coconut oil to grease a bread pan (I use a stoneware bread pan ).

Cut, peel, and dice persimmons and add to blender (or a cup for using immersion blender). Blend until smooth and add to a large bowl with coconut oil, sugar, egg, and vanilla. Mix all well (I just use a spoon but you could probably use a mixer).

Sprinkle baking soda and salt on top of wet ingredients. Add flours and mix all together well. Set aside to make topping.


In a separate bowl combine sugar and cinnamon.


Pour half of the batter into the pan (you may have to smooth it down with a spatula).


Sprinkle 3 Tbs of the topping evenly across batter.


Pour the rest of the batter in the pan, smooth it down, and sprinkle the rest of the topping on top.


Bake for about 50 minutes. Let cool in the pan. Don't try cutting it too early or you'll end up with a sticky mess.



 I like to cut the loaf into fairly small pieces so I don't feel like I'm eating a lot each time. It doesn't really make much difference though. With my husband, toddler, and I this didn't last for long (about 24 hours actually).




I hope you enjoy this recipe! Leave me some comment love if you try it. I'll be posting more of my baking experiments recipes later on this month so follow me on GFC or Pinterest if you'd like to see more :)