Nutritious GF quick bread/muffins
I have recently discovered a good mix of gluten free flours that are freshly ground and nutritious. My daughter likes to stay away from gluten so I've been developing the recipes for her but the whole family has been eating them. :)
I freshly grind all my whole grain and was disappointed in the lack of nutrients found in the gluten free recipes I was coming across, so I tried a combination of pseudograins, ground them myself and found I really liked it. So here it is...
1 1/2 c. brown rice
1/4 c. amaranth
1/4 c. millet
1/4 c. flaxseed
Freshly grind all these (makes about 3 1/2 c. flour) and mix with:
1 tsp. salt (I use sea salt)
4 tsp. baking powder
Lightly beat 4 eggs and add:
4 tbs. oil (safflower or mildly flavored)
6 tbs. honey (I use raw)
2 c. milk (I use almond milk to be dairy free)
For Quick Bread:
Mix all until fairly smooth and pour into 2 loaf pans.
Bake at 325 degrees for about 40 minutes or until done. (I use a glass pan)
You want to slightly under bake this rather than over bake because it gets too dry.
Wait about 10 minutes before getting out of pan.
Add raisins/currants and chopped walnuts for added flavor and crunch.
Mix all until fairly smooth and place heaping tbs. of batter in mini muffin tin.
Bake at 400 degrees for about 5 minutes. I let these rest about 5 minutes in the pan so they come out easier. These get a nice rise and are loved by the pickiest of children. :)
I never did get around to buying a grain grinder back when I was baking a lot of bread. So far I've limited my GF baking to a few boxed mixes. Is there any chance a food processor or heavy-duty blender would grind these well enough for baking?
I've been using a blender to grind and just got a grinder yesterday. I have used a Blendtec high powered grinder for about 3 years now to make my bread with trips to my friend's house to use her grinder for finer flour.
Food processor would not work; it leaves it too coarse with chunks of grain. If you have a Vita Mix that would work but you have to have a different blade to grind the grain.
Blendtec has a flat bottom so I was able to use it for grinding. I will still use it for the seeds because they have too much moisture for the grinder. I would always process the grain twice to get it as fine as possible.
Hope it works out for you! Try soaking the mix overnight next time if your rice is still gritty when you bake it.