Those Tapioca Flour Brownies (Very Simple)

Brownies

Basic Recipe:
4 ounces of chocolate (I used semi-sweet)
8 tablespoons butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
1/2 cup tapioca flour
MELT Chocolate and Butter together, over stove or in Microwave
COMBINE Sugar and eggs in bowl, Mix til silky, adding vanilla
MIX Chocolate into sugar mixture
Add Flour and mix well

Brownie 2

Pan ready
Heart ready

Preheat oven to 400 degrees Farenheit

Pour into Prepared Pan, put into preheated oven. Bake for 25 minutes, until toothpick inserted comes out clean

brownies out of the oven

I didnt bite it I swear

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Tapioca Flour: Gluten-free (Breaking the great Food Code)

Bobs Red Mill Brand

Bobs Red Mill Brand

I am going to attempt to work with Tapioca flour, Making brownies as soon as my Butter thaws. A lot of people I know personally are going Gluten-free. Although, some have to do it because they have allergies, others choose to do so because They put Gluten together with weight loss, which has not been proven. I just like to try new things, and maybe I’ll enjoy the benefits of the occasional gluten-free item. I don’t have applesauce on hand or I would be replacing the butter with applesauce. If you know anything about going somewhat healthier with baking, you can make a 1:1 replacement with butter for applesauce. Other fruit purees are also possible, although you may have to make sure on the ratio.

Okay, I should explain what Gluten is to those who don’t bake: gluten is what makes bread, or I should say is bread. It’s the building blocks of what makes up the structure, strength and texture (Ever Tried a Gluten-Free Bread and noticed how much it lacks in texture and taste, I remember trying a gluten-free sandwich bread, it was akin to rubber) Although nowadays companies are trying their best to better their products for the Gluten-Free Lifestyle.
Another word for Gluten Elasticity. Pizza Dough, for instance, has a lot of Elasticity. If you have ever watched someone toss it.
Although I say we are going gluten-free by using a specific product such as Tapioca flour, we should still be able to create an item that will not be unstructured and untasty. Tapioca Flour and other Gluten-free flours are a wonderful substitute for people who live the gluten-free lifestyle but still want to be normal and enjoy things like cookies, cake and brownies.

Scientific Definition:1.The mixture of proteins, including gliadins and glutelins, found in wheat grains, which are not soluble in water and which give wheat dough its elastic texture.

Gluten develops from the Kneading process, which causes it to be pulled and stretched. Which us as consumers of this bread, taste the chewy, tender Nom Noms.

I love Gluten. But Occasionally it’s nice to add something in your diet that defies the code of Great Food.

Tapioca Flour What is it? (Other Name: Tapioca Starch) Comes from the South American cassava Plant. It looks just as ugly as a Ginger root. They extract the starch by repeated washing and pulping, and separation of the liquid. It has properties to help bind gluten-free ingredients. Remember that when you take gluten out of things your taking the basic structure of an entire item and pulling it out, so sometimes items won’t bind together properly leaving you with an awkward product. Tapioca flour also helps In texture and effects crispness of items. It also has its uses as a natural thickener in gravy’s, soups, and sauces. You can you use it combined with other gluten-free flours for the best quality of the product.

I am making a simple brownie Recipe, replacing All Purpose Flour with Tapioca flour 1:1 Ratio. We will hopefully see the difference and like it. (I am saying we, because my 2-year-old is home, and she will definitely want to eat Brownies)

Gettin’ Tangled in those Apron Strings

Just to be clear, I started a blog a year ago, during a rather stressful and less happy time in my life. My husband was overseas serving in Afghanistan and I was left with our at the time 1-year-old daughter who was already going through her terrible twos.  So I ended up nixing the blog. Which I apologize to the few who did read it. My now 2 1/2 Year old Eyrie modeling and apron made by her great grandma

 
My now 2 1/2 Year old Eyrie modeling and apron made by her great grandma

I have recently had more time for myself to express my creativity. In other words put my damn Culinary Degree to good use. For me to continue to hone my skills that I learned in school I would like to offer my fellow bloggees (if that’s how you’re supposed to put it) a look into what I like to dabble in. The Culinary Arts. I attended what was the Texas Culinary Academy, which while I was attending got their Le Cordon Bleu Accreditation. So therefore I ended up at the Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts, graduating with an Associates in Applied Sciences: Culinary Arts.

I am always getting questions from friends and people I know about what to do with what vegetable, how long eggs can last in the fridge etc, this was when the thought came to me to start a Page on my Facebook to give assistance and advice as well as allow others to put in their two cents. Which would also help me in practicing said culinary skills as well as learn more about culinary delightful nom noms.

My Facebook page which is titled Apron Strings: Cooking Tips and Advice has 21 followers which the majority are my family and close friends. I would like to see it branch out to many more people interested in the same things I am . I love Food, the mechanics of it, the honing of it, the cooking and of course the Eating.

I was once a Picky eater, even with that I still loved cooking. My philosophy then was that I didn’t have to eat it to enjoy making it. Now In my lowly years of 24 and almost 25 in May. I have gotten to experience the world. Literally experience it. I was an exchange student in Germany when I was 16 for ten months with the Rotex (Rotary Club International).  I joined the army when I was 17 and became a military police soldier.  I deployed to Iraq in 2007, I turned 19 two months prior to deployment. I spent 9 months there during the surge. I then volunteered to go back to Germany to be an MP, which I in fact did for 10 months in 2008-2009.  I came back in the summer od 2009 to enroll in Culinary School. I did the fast track 15 month class. Which was get your 2 year degree in 15 months, more classes  in each period. Met my husband, got pregnant (no kidding, I didn’t think this girl was nuts as it is). We have been happily married since May of 2010.

2 Deployments down with my husband it’s been a hell of a ride. Thus I restate my point of this really long intro. Apron Strings Doesn’t matter how much I tie those darn things always getting caught in them. But I will always continue cooking no matter the distractions.  Please feel free to read my blog, comment, like me, dislike me etc.  Find my page on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ApronStringsCookingTipsAndAdvice

Please chime in at any time with anything that interests you, or any questions you may have. If I don’t know the answer I will find you one, or find someone who can answer it for you. I have plenty of Cookbooks, Food Books, Websites to resource from.

 

Sorry for the long intro, please have a good one.