Happy National Pretzel Day!

Happy National Pretzel Day everyone! For us gluten free guys and gals, pretzels seems like a thing of the past. One of my favorite things to do when I was a little girl was to go to the mall with my grandma and get a warm pretzel from either Pretzel Time or Auntie Anne’s with butter (no salt) or cinnamon sugar mmm. That memory always makes me smile and now I can hold onto those memories and that delicious pretzel taste all at home!

Gluten Free Soft Pretzels

Recipe via Celiac.com 

If you want thick pretzel sticks, just cut your dough into the pretzel rods that you wand instead of forming the pretzel shape.

Ingredients

  • 2 packages active dry yeast
  • 
1-1/2 cups hot water
  • 
1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 
Dash salt
  • 
2 cups brown rice flour
  • 1 cup tapioca starch
  • 
1 cup potato starch
  • 4 teaspoons xanthan gum
  • 
1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 
1 cup vegan butter, melted (Earth Balance)
  • 3 tablespoons sea salt or kosher salt
  • Vegetable oil
  • Waxed or parchment paper
  1. In a large bowl, mix together the yeast, hot water, brown sugar and the dash of salt. Allow the mixture to rest for about five minutes.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, mix together the rice flour, tapioca flour, potato starch and xanthan gum. Add half of this mixture into the yeast mixture.
  3. Using an electric mixer on a low speed, blend all the ingredients together until mixed. Combine the remaining flour mixture. Blend until combined, but try not to over mix.
  4. Use the vegetable oil to lightly coat a bowl. Transfer the dough to the coated bowl and rub a bit of oil all around the dough. Cover the bowl with a damp towel and allow the dough to rise in a warm place for about an hour.
  5. Preheat your oven to 550ºF.
  6. In a small, shallow bowl, mix the baking soda with 1/2 cup of warm water.
  7. Divide the dough into eight equal pieces and lay out a sheet of waxed or parchment paper. Use your hands to roll each piece of dough into a rope. The dough will be fragile. If it falls apart, gently piece it back together.
  8. Shape the rope into a pretzel. If the dough of the pretzel feels dry, use a few drops of the water/baking soda mixture to moisten it.
  9. Gently dip each pretzel into the water/baking soda mixture; then place them on a lightly coated baking sheet.
  10. Bake for about seven minutes until the pretzels are lightly tanned (not brown).
  11. Use a pastry brush to gently brush the butter on each pretzel. Sprinkle with the salt and serve immediately.

Want cinnamon-sugar pretzels?! When the pretzels come out of the oven, coat with a generous helping of cinnamon-sugar!

ENJOY!

Kwegyirba Croffie is a freelance Associate Producer at News 12 Connecticut and a Special Events/Event Planning and Social Media Intern at College Lifestyles (TM). She is a Quinnipiac University alumni and a sister of Alpha Delta Pi. She enjoy cupcakes,Broadway musicals, Forever 21 ,giraffes, peacock feathers, orchids, lillies and anything Disney.

Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon rolls are delicious! No secrets there! In the autumn and winter cinnamon rolls are great to have on hand in the freezer for whenever!  It is a nice treat to serve on a chilly morning with a mug of tea or hot chocolate.

Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

These gluten free dairy free Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls are a twist on that tradition. The pumpkin in the dough really helps keep the rolls moist and fresh, which can sometimes be a problem with gluten free baking.

Ingredients 

For the Dough

  • 1/3 cup warmed coconut milk
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons dry active yeast
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup brown rice flour, finely ground
  • 1/2 cup sorghum flour
  • 3/4 cup tapioca starch
  • 1/2 cup corn starch
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons xanthan gum
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 5 tablespoons vegan butter (Earth Balance)
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 4 teaspoons ground cinnamon

For the Icing

  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 tablespoons vegan butter (Earth Balance)
  • 3 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  1. Preheat your oven to 350ºF. Liberally grease 2 8 inch round pans. Set aside.
  2. Put yeast in warm coconut milk and sugar.  Set aside until foamy.  Stir in olive oil, vanilla extract and first amount of pumpkin puree.
  3. In bowl of your mixer, mix together brown rice flour, sorghum flour, tapioca flour, corn starch, baking powder, xanthan gum, baking soda, and salt. Gradually combine yeast mixture into dry ingredients until a very sticky elastic dough is formed, scraping down sides as necessary.
  4. Turn dough ball out onto a piece of lightly oiled plastic wrap that has been taped to your countertop. With well oiled hands pat dough out into a rectangle.
  5. Use the oiled plastic wrap to help roll the dough.
  6. Mix together the brown sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl.  Gently spread the first amount of softened vegan butter in an even layer on top of dough, and then sprinkle with cinnamon and brown sugar mixture.
  7. Using the plastic wrap to help, carefully roll the dough.  Slice the rolls and carefully place them into the 8 inch greased round pans, leaving about an inch between each roll.  Cover loosely with lightly oiled plastic wrap and let rest in a warm place for about 45 min.
  8. Use clean thread or dental floss (yes dental floss) to cut cinnamon rolls. Slide the floss under rolled dough, cross the floss over the dough and pull, making the cut.
  9. To make pumpkin icing, cream together the pumpkin puree and second measurement of vegan butter.  Slowly incorporate powdered sugar until icing becomes stiff and spreadable, using more or less depending on your preference.
  10. When rolls have risen, bake for 30 minutes in a preheated 350ºF degree oven. Cool.
  11. Frost with icing.

Freezing Directions:

Place cooled rolls into gallon sized freezer bag(s).  Remove as much air as possible.  Label and freeze.

To serve: Thaw.  Heat through slightly, as desired.

Kwegyirba Croffie is a freelance Associate Producer at News 12 Connecticut and a Special Events/Event Planning and Social Media Intern at College Lifestyles (TM). She is a Quinnipiac University alumni and a sister of Alpha Delta Pi. She enjoy cupcakes,Broadway musicals, Forever 21 ,giraffes, peacock feathers, orchids, lillies and anything Disney.