comfort food

Despite all of the Easter feasting this weekend I was in the mood for some good 'ol comfort food last night for dinner. So, I baked up the ultimate in that category - Mac 'n Cheese. Of course it was a classy spin on the tried and true, courtesy of Gwynny's awesome cookbook My Father's Daughter.

Since we're wheat free I used brown rice elbow pasta and GF breadcrumbs. I also added a layer of salty-licious prosciutto on top. So crispy!

Are you feeling the comfort food vibes?

[print_this]Gluten-free Mac n' Cheese

You'll need:

  • 1 lb macaroni (I use Tinkyada, it's the best rice pasta I've tried)
  • 1 generous cup mascarpone
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese (the real stuff people!)
  • 1/2 cup milk (if you have homo milk use that)
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs (I use GF bread crumbs)

Then you:

  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. Boil macaroni for 2 minutes less than directed on the package.
  3. While macaroni is cooking heat mascarpone, milk, nutmeg and Parmesan over medium heat until it all melts together.
  4. Drain the pasta and pour into a baking dish.
  5. Pour cheese mixture all over pasta.
  6. Cover top with prosciutto and a mix of bread crumbs and Parmesan.
  7. Bake for 15 minutes.

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We topped our individual servings with peppery arugula and green peas. A perfect treat for the whole family!

 

apple muffins

We had a whole bunch of dank apples in our crisper so I decided to try out this Crummy Apple Bread recipe in one of my fave cookbooks The Clueless Baker: Baking from Scratch Easy as Pie by Evelyn Raab. I decided to improvise because I was in a muffin mood and the recipe calls for crumble topping, but the Hubs doesn't like that so here is my improvised version of Evelyn's recipe to share with y'all. Let's call them Apple Muffins...

You'll need:

  • 2 cups flour (I used 1 cup whole wheat and 1 cup white all purpose)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 3 medium sized apples  peeled and chopped (you can use any old apple, but I wouldn't use Granny Smith or the Delicious variety)
  • 1/2 cup walnuts chopped up
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Let's get started!

  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda together and set aside.
  3. In a blender or food processor whiz up the sugar, eggs, vegetable oil, and vanilla until the mixture is smooth (I didn't use the food processor because I'm lazy and didn't want to clean it, instead I mixed it in a bowl with a fork but I ended up having to add water to the batter because it wasn't liquidy enough. SO I suggest you follow the instructions!)
  4. Add liquid mixture to dry mixture and stir until combined and smooth (if you're mixture is on the dry side just add water)
  5. Dump in chopped apples, cinnamon and walnuts and stir to mix.
  6. Line a muffin tin with little muffin cups and pour/scoop batter into cups.
  7. Bake for 30 minutes or until muffin tops are golden brown.

Yum and your house will smell cozy too!