Eating Gluten Free
I have been leading a gluten-free life for about 10 years now, and it has not always been as easy to just pop in at your local grocer and buy some GF products. A few years ago it was a mission to find some gluten free cake flour or just a packet of biscuits that don’t cost an arm or a leg as it was only stocked in select stores for health fanatics. My gluten free diet is not by choice, believe me, if I could just eat a piece of cake or bread full of wheat and all the good stuff I would, but it does not sit well with me. Doughnuts and hot cross buns are especially hard for me to resist, but I have come this far without it and my health is looking good, so that’s really all that matters.
If you have tried eating some gluten free baked goods, you would have probably had some really disgusting experiences that taste like cardboard or dry bread. I love food, and for me it is important that food tastes good and makes you feel equally good, so I was disheartened at first when I found that these store bought goods were so inedible (this is probably why this stigma about GF food exists). But you should know that there are some really good things out there too and it is even better if you try to make your own food. The flours have become much cheaper and there are a variety of good recipes out there, all you need to do is Google it and experiment.
One of my favourite things to eat are scones, with jam, cream ,cheese or just plain butter. It is even better with a cup of tea and some company, and if you could get your scones to be so good that your normal friends would also eat them with you, then you have accomplished what is thought to be the impossible. I have tried out many recipes, but this one for cheese scones is just the best. Think cheesy,fluffy, light, flavoursome and easy to make. I think its the closest thing to the real McCoy actually. I have slightly adapted the recipe from a Huisgenoot recipe book, and would love to share it with you.
The Recipe to Scone Success
What you will need:
- 375 ml gluten free flour (I used a mixture of Nature’s Source GF Cake Flour and the GF Self-Raising Flour)
- 10 ml sugar
- 15 ml baking powder (I just use normal baking powder as it doesn’t affect me)
- pinch of cayenne pepper
- 160 ml grated cheddar cheese
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 80 ml melted butter
- 1oo ml milk
- Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius and grease a baking tray.
- Sift flour, sugar, baking powder,salt and cayenne pepper together.
- add the cheese to the flour.
- Beat together butter, milk, eggs and fold into the dry ingredients.
- Place it on the baking tray and form a circle with your dough.
- Bake for 25 min.
- Cut your circle into six slices and serve.
I hope you love them just as much as I do! Please let me know what you think? 🙂