Gluten-Free Option: The Tapioca Starch Flour

Tapioca is derived from the Cassava root. A root vegetable.

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If you are unfamiliar with this special starch or flour you better get on the information train.

One of the biggest benefits for my readers is that it is a Gluten-Free option that many are looking for to substitute for it’s glutenous counterparts. Whether you are looking for a substitute due to medical reasons or are looking for an option that promotes anti-inflammatory and digestive properties you can try this flour out for yourself (Siete).

Used for baking, and a thickener in recipes it is a great option. Unless you are familiar with the gluten free lifestyle you might not realize what a true gem this is.

According to Nyerhovwo John Tonukari  the Editor of African Journal of Biotechnology  Tapioca is an option that is used just like corn, rice, or wheat, that it can also provide a large portion of daily calories (2004).

There are a few items that are already on the mass market that are made with Tapioca Flour: Tapioca Pudding and Bubble Tea among other things.

I actually have a woman who comes in regularly and buys me out of my Yucca Root (Cassava). She makes a Yucca Cake, uses them in place of potatoes in stews and soups. I’ve also been told about Empenadas using the Yucca as a filling. So Besides the actual flour incorporating Yucca as a vegetable may be something to consider.

Now to my point…

I noticed how often my recipe for Tapioca Brownies was viewed and by far my most looked at recipe.  In the coming weeks I will be showcasing a few recipes that use Tapioca Flour.

I will be trying several recipes out

  • The Brazilian Cheese Roll called  Pao de Queijo (these I have actually tried, which were made by a native of Brazilian who had a gluten-free baking business) I will attempt to make them myself.
  • Crespelles (Italian Crepes) with a ricotta and spinach filling
  • Chocolate Brownie Cookies

I am looking to amp up this blog with a myriad of options.

Here is the link to my most popular recipe which has inspired me to post some more recipes using Tapioca Flour: Those Tapioca Flour Brownies (Very Simple)

Another more informative Post of mine about why gluten is important in the structure of certain things like breads: Tapioca Flour: Gluten-free (Breaking the great Food Code)

If you are looking to purchase Tapioca Flour/Starch I would recommend any Asian Grocery in order not to spend your whole budget on items that you may really need to eat the lifestyle you prefer or require.

 

Resources:

Electron. J. Biotechnol. v.7 n.1 Valparaíso abr. 2004
http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0717-34582004000100003

“Cassava & Tapioca.” Siete Family Foods, sietefoods.com/pages/cassava.

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Portioning in Baking

I have had a lot of people ask me how my cupcakes come out all alike. Simple, portioning.

Scoop, my favorite item from Pampered Chef, Great for Cookies, Cupcakes etc

Scoop, my favorite item from Pampered Chef, Great for Cookies, Cupcakes etc

I utilize ice cream scoops, Scoopers like above to provide even portions in each cupcake, mini cupcake, cookie, that I do. Unfortunately, the above scooper, my favorite one, broke. Pampered Chef sells this one, as well as 2 larger sizes. This one above is great for the mini cupcakes, mini cheesecake, mini cookies. Apparently, I am too  rough with my kitchen stuff.

But if you are wondering if these work, yes they do!

If you are interested in a product like this my very good friend Stephani is a representative for Pampered Chef:

http://www.pamperedchef.biz/stephanijones

 

Thank you! Check out my next blog post, Pumpkin Cheesecake Minis

 

 

 

Spice Cupcakes and Halloween Prep

Been a busy week, Halloween in all. I remember when Halloween really wasn’t that special…

Before I had a kid.

It has been rather fun. Today, we attended Story Time at the library. They were having a little Halloween Party. Coloring, Stories, Games and Snacks. What more could a little one want?!

Eyrie

Don’t answer that.

I baked up some yummy spice cupcakes for the parents at Trunk or Treat tomorrow. Don’t they deserve a treat for dragging their beggar children around…

Yes, I am a nice lady. What can I say.

Here’s that preview, I am frosting them on the morrow. Plus making a batch of Rice Crispy Treats.

Cupcakes

Let’s just hope I don’t run out of Candy

Recipe from : Atlanta Cooknotes by The Junior League of Atlanta, Inc

Title of Recipe: Grandmother’s Spice Cake

Will share a better view of the recipe tomorrow or friday.

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. Happy Halloween Eve!

 

Cornbread

So I was looking at many of the books for different cornbread recipes. I have this old one here

cornbread

 

IT calls for bacon grease, bleh. I combined two recipes to get the results I wanted.

Cornbread recipe

 

This is a straightforward recipe. Mix dry ingredients, wet ingredients, combine together. And Bake. It makes for a delicious pairing with the Chili and dessert too. Add honey and Voila!

Cornbread batter

Before.

Cornbread baked

After

 

Now Pair with the Chili from the previous post and enjoy a delicious dinner. The recipe makes for a crumbly, moist, and yummy Cornbread.