Wow. That was a good workout.
And now I’m back on the couch, updating another blog post instead of doing all the homework that is awaiting me. But I kinda feel like I have to, because I want to bake something yummy tomorrow too and then everything will just be all backed up.
Also, I hate homework. So let’s talk about baking instead.
We have another “married-and-twenty-somethings” get-together coming up on Thursday, and that’s just a great excuse to do some baking. Since Cait is gluten-free, it’s also a good excuse to try baking something new. And by the way, baking gluten-free is
impossible! fairly difficult to master. You need a lot of ingredients, usually including at least three different kinds of wheatless flour. This is definitely the most successful (not to mention healthiest) of my attempts at gluten-free bakery, so enjoy, all you allergics and celiacs out there!
Gluten-Free Pomegranate Corn Muffins (adapted from this recipe)
- 1 1/2 C gluten-free cornmeal
- 1/2 brown rice flour
- 1 1/2 t guar gum
- 1/4 C white sugar
- 2 t baking powder
- 1/4 t salt
- 2 T plain greek yogurt
- 2 T canola oil
- 1 1/2 C skim milk
- 1 C pomegranate seeds
Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix the dry ingredients together first, then add the wet ingredients (whip the egg separately first). Mix thoroughly–gluten-free baked goods tend to be dense and have difficulty rising, so the more air you can whip into the batter, the better. And my muffins rose a lot.
Add the pomegranate, and mix by hand. If you use the mixer, the seeds will burst and you will have pink muffins. Not the worst thing, but you also wont have that delightful burst of juice when you bite into one.
Pour into greased muffin cups.
Bake for about 20 minutes, until they are beautifully golden-brown on top. Cool on a wire rack, then take about 40 pictures of them so you can blog about it later. Oh wait–you probably don’t have to do that.
While your muffins are baking, it might be a good time to go look for your cat. If he’s anything like Henry (who is, after all, the star of this blog) you may find him laying in the largest patch of sun available in the house, preening (or grooming, or whatever it is that cats do). He has to look his best at all times!
Check back in tomorrow to see some pumpkin bars.