It turned out that although I don't suffer from my fathers intense sensitivity to gluten, it does effect me. I feel much better when I don't have products containing gluten and notice subtle changes when I do. This has caused me to considerably reduce the amount of gluten products I consume and I basically limit myself to something small occasionally, once or twice a week.
The point here is that I missed breads. From dense pumpernickel to a light croissant, I adore bread and all that it encompasses. I have tried several 'gluten-free' bread and no dice. Just not the same, don't let anyone tell you otherwise. They are close and I appreciate the effort made, but it is by definition not the same, period.
On top of my fondness for bread, I have tea every morning and with that there is nothing like a biscuit or some pastry to make a solid breakfast. In an effort to solve this biscuit\pastry dilemma, I tried something last night that has turned out wonderful. I made a traditional pound cake. Not just traditional, 1:1:1:1 ratio mind you, I made it all with a wooden spoon, no mixer for me. The result of this was a wonderfully dense, sweet, and gluten free pound cake that accompanied my morning tea. I once again state that it is still not the same without the wheat flour, but it is close enough.
Pound cake (gluten free)
- 1 lbs unsalted butter
- 1 lbs eggs (8)
- 1 lbs sugar
- 14 oz (by weight) brown rice flour
- 2 oz (by weight) tapioca flour
- Leave butter out to get soft for about 30 minutes
- Mix butter and sugar in large bowl till the consistency of a smooth milkshake
- Mix in eggs (1 at a time)
- Preheat oven to 350F
- Combine brown rice and tapioca flour
- Mix in flour mixture (1/3 at a time)
- Butter and flour 2 loaf pans
- Pour 2 lbs of batter into 1 of the pans
- Pour the remaining batter into the other pan
- Bake for 1 hr. Internal temperature should reach no more than 210F
- Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes
- Remove from pans and let cool for another 10 minutes
The resulting pound cake is sinful in the amount of fat and sugar, but it is a wonderful treat and allows me to have a decent warm breakfast.