Gluten Free Ratio Rally

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It’s Gluten Free Ratio Rally time again! This month’s challenge is brought to you by Mary Fran of FrannyCakes and the food is Brownies! Sure, who doesn’t love brownies and you really can’t have too many brownie recipes, but when my family is polishing off this batch of Peppermint Brownie Bars in a few days, I’ll be looking at you, Mary Fran. I decided to make a recipe from my childhood. My mom used to make these Peppermint Brownie Bars as one of her “cookie” contributions in our annual Christmas Cookie exchange. It’s a simple recipe and the results are delish!

My ratio ended up being: 1 chocolate: 2 egg: 2 butter: 2 (to 2.5) flour: 4 sugar

Peppermint Brownie Bars

First Layer:

2 squares (2 oz) bitter chocolate

1 cup (8 oz) sugar

4 to 5 oz GF Flour Blend* (If you’re making these non-GF, use 1/2 cup all purpose flour)

1 Stick (4 oz) unsalted butter

1/2 cup (2.25 oz) chopped nuts

2 large eggs (~3.75 oz)

1 tsp. vanilla

pinch of salt

*If you like your brownies to be dense use 4 oz GF flour, if you prefer them to be more cakey, use up to 5 oz GF flour.

Second Layer:

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

1 1/2 tsp. half and half

3 Tbs. soft butter

1 tsp. peppermint extract

Third Layer:

1 1/2 squares bitter chocolate

1 1/2 Tbs. melted butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Melt chocolate and butter either on very low heat or with a double boiler. Combine eggs, sugar, flour, vanilla, salt and nuts. Add melted chocolate/butter mix and stir. Pour into an 8-inch square pan lined with parchment paper and greased. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool. Combine ingredients for second layer and spread over first layer. Chill. Melt butter and chocolate and spread over second layer. Chill and cut into 1-inch squares.

Be Sure to Check Out These Talented Baker-Bloggers too!

Adina from Gluten Free Travelette made Chocolate Brownie Pie with Orange Zest
Angela from Angela’s Kitchen made Gluten & Dairy Free Cream Egg Brownies
Brooke from B & the boy! made Triple Chocolate Brownies
Caleigh from Gluten Free[k] made White chocolate and marshmallow brownies
Caneel from Mama Me Gluten Free made Triple chocolate brownies
Charissa Luke from Zest Bakery made Slutty gluten-free brownies
Claire from My Gluten Free Home PB&J Brownie Whoopee Pies
Claire from This Gluten-Free Life made St. Patty’s Day Marshmallow Swirl Brownies
Erin from The Sensitive Epicure made Mexican Cocoa Brownies with an Almond & Pepitas Crust
gretchen from kumquat made salted caramel brownies
Heather from Discovering the Extraordinary made Nutmeg Blondies
Irvin from Eat the Love made Blueberry Citrus Marble Brownies
Jean from Gluten-Free Doctor Recipes made Blue Ribbon Brownies
Jenn Cuisine made Grain free brownies with no-bake ricotta cheesecake cream
Jonathan from The Canary Files made Vegan Marbled Banana Walnut Brownies
Karen from Cooking Gluten Free! made GF Chewy Crackled Top Brownies with Raspberry Puree
Mary Fran from FrannyCakes made Gluten-Free Hazelnut (Nutella) Brownies
Morri from Meals with Morri made Oaxacan Brownies & Mesquite Cacao Blondies
~Mrs. R from Honey From Flinty Rocks made Black Bean S’More Brownies
Pete and Kelli from No Gluten, No Problem made Caramel Mexican Chocolate Mesquite Brownies
Rachel from The Crispy Cook made Co-Co Nut-Nut Blondies
Shauna from Gluten-Free Girl made Gluten-Free Brownies
Tara from A Baking Life made Mint Chocolate Flourless Brownies
TR | No One Likes Crumbley Cookies Gluten Free Berry Fudge Brownies 

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Last month I was on Twitter. I tweet as @cleverhands, because I try to tweet for the stationery business I run with my sister. I must say I’m a total twitter failure. I don’t feel as though I can pop onto and off of Twitter – if I go on it’s an hours long event because once I’m on, I can’t manage to log off – what if I miss something interesting or a chance to connect with someone I follow?! Perhaps I’m too anxious and too high strung to tweet, but I keep trying. Anyhow, when I was on Twitter last I saw a tweet about amazing GF popovers with the hashtag of #gfreerally. I followed the link to see these amazing popovers and was wowed by the gorgeous results of a fellow GF baker’s hard work. I also discovered the Gluten Free Ratio Rally. The rally was started a year ago by Shauna James Ahern. It’s a group of GF cooks/baker-bloggers who have decided to create GF recipes based on the basic cooking and baking ratios in Michael Ruhlman’s book, “Ratio”. A chance to do some recipe development alongside some awesome GF bloggers with a hint of competition? I wanted in, immediately. After all, I’m convinced high strung people invented baking. And anyway, there’s no way one person has all of the time and resources necessary to uncover the secrets of truly fantastic GF food. The rally is genius and I’m excited to be part of it, even if I am a year late.

This month’s rally is hosted by T.R. of No One Likes Crumbley Cookies and the food is Crepes. Here’s a link to T.R.’s post: Brownie Crepes with Strawberry Wine sauce. You can find links to other rally contributors at the bottom of this post. Ruhlman’s ratio for crepes is 1:2:2 flour:liquid:egg. I followed this exactly. Sorry for those of you who don’t use a kitchen scale, my measurements are all in grams! Rather than writing off this recipe though, you should get a kitchen scale – true precision is quite satisfying. So here we go: my rally recipe for crepes…

 

 

 

 

 

 

Buckwheat Crepes

93 g. eggs*

46 g. Buckwheat Flour Mix (see below)

93 g. Milk

*Sooo when I made these I started with my eggs, because I figured I’d start with the weight of one or two whole eggs and then base the rest of the ingredients on that weight, per the ratio. This method just seemed simpler to me rather than beating an egg and trying to get twice of whatever arbitrary amount of flour I might have chosen to start with.

Just whisk the flour, egg and milk together and let the batter sit. Mine sat for about 30 – 45 minutes. The Ruhlman book suggests that as the batter sits, the flour absorbs the liquid. Before cooking with the batter I whisked it again as the flour had settled a bit in the bottom of my bowl. Now, I don’t have any fancy crepe tools and was glad the internet had lots of information on how to make crepes without anything fancy. I used a small (8-inch) stainless steel fry pan. Sprayed some oil in the pan and cooked over medium heat. I used a 1/3 cup measure to pour some batter in my pan once the pan was heated. Crepes cook fast, so you need to be ready to flip them. I made such a scene in our kitchen when I flipped my first crepe perfectly! It was much easier than I thought. I found out as I went along that if I didn’t have enough oil on the pan I had trouble and if I tried to flip the crepe before it was ready they gave me trouble and seemed sort of suctioned to the pan. Once you get the hang of it though it is tons of fun! Once both sides are cooked you can fill them with most anything.

We made a peanut butter + honey crepe, a cream cheese + sundried tomato + pesto crepe, a chocolate chip + powdered sugar crepe, a chocolate chip + peanut butter + mashed banana crepe, a smashed blueberry + powered sugar crepe and our favorite was the smashed blueberry + homemade lemon curd crepe. (If you read my blog, then you know that I {heart} Ina Garten – see her lemon curd recipe here.) Not only did my husband and kids get a kick out of my celebration over properly flipping a crepe, but they also enjoyed helping me think of what to put in them – and they were fabulous taste testers as well.

Buckwheat Flour Mix

(Based on all purpose flour from glutenfreegirl.com)

100 g. Buckwheat Flour

75 g. Sorghum Flour

25 g. Potato Flour

125 g. Sweet Rice Flour

75 g. Potato Starch

50 g. Tapioca Starch

50 g. Cornstarch

Other Rally Contributors

Adina ~ Gluten Free Travelette ~ Breakfast Crepes Three Ways
Caleigh ~ Gluten Free[k] ~ Banana Cinnamon Crepes
Claire ~ My Gluten Free Home ~ Victory Crepe Cake
Ginger  ~ Fresh Ginger ~ Sweet ‘n Savory
gretchen ~ kumquat ~ nutella crepe cake
Heather ~ Discovering the Extraordinary ~ “Southwestern” Crepes
Karen ~ Cooking Gluten-Free! ~ Gluten Free Crepes Savory or Sweet
Mary Fran ~ FrannyCakes ~ Gluten-free Peanut Butter Crepe Cake
Morri  ~  Meals with Morri ~ Russian Blini for Two
Pete and Kelli ~ No Gluten, No Problem ~ Key Lime Crepes
Shauna ~ gluten-free girl ~ Gluten Free Buckwheat Crepes
T.R. ~ No One Likes Crumbley Cookies ~ Brownie Crepes with Strawberry Wine sauce
T.R. ~ No One Likes Crumbley Cookies ~ Basil Tomato and Feta Crepes
T.R. ~ No One Likes Crumbley Cookies ~ Fresh Fruit Crepe
Tara ~ A Baking Life ~ Breakfast Crepes with Eggs and Kale
Jonathan ~ The Canary Files ~ Vegan Crepes for Filipino Spring Rolls
Rachel ~ The Crispy Cook ~ Raspberries and Cream Crepes
~Mrs. R ~ Honey From Flinty Rocks ~ Crepes – Spinach & Dessert

 

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