The Gluten Free Christmas Guest

Gluten Free Christmas Guest

During the holidays, cooking holiday recipes can be so time-consuming.  Lest not forget the diligent work it takes to prepare the holiday feast.  It is also a time when family and friends gather around the table to share, eat, and rejoice during the holiday season. One of the most common activities you can do in the kitchen with family and friends is spend time during the season’s most celebrated holidays.  The most beloved memories come from the kitchen preparing festive dishes.

But, what about those holiday guests who are on strict diets such as the “gluten-free” diet? For the gluten-free Christmas guest, you must be kind-hearted to remember that this guest eats certain types of food in their diet and you must be considerate when cooking for your “gluten-free guest(s)”.

Although, for those who don’t know what it even means…let’s get filled in about the “gluten free” diet. This includes, naturally, gluten-free food: meat, fish, nuts, fruit, vegetables, rice, corn, potatoes...for instance. Well, if you are going to be considerate of those guests, make sure you know who will be eating these dishes because every crumb counts and you must prepare your regular dishes separate from those of the “gluten free” dishes.

Holiday Gluten-Free Style

First of all, you must serve eggnog during the holidays. There is a great recipe you can make that surely will not bother other guests, and that is the gluten-free eggnog. This is a superb drink for a holiday diet.

But, don’t cook for gluten-free guests if you’re not confident that you can make a gluten-free dish.  Some people can get sick for up to 7 days if given, accidentally, gluten food.  So, to be on the safe side, you must be absolutely

confident that you are able to prepare these types of meals for your conscious friendly guests. Three words suggested: holiday diet, educate and prepare.

So, for those guests with “special dietary needs”, it is just a little knowledge and preparation before starting an awesome holiday meal with the right ingredients.  For instance, holiday dishes that have no gluten, are beef, roast turkey, potatoes, vegetables, and fruits.

Also, here are some recipes that can be served during your holiday gathering without the glutes.

Here are some fine desserts you may want to experiment for your gluten free Christmas guests…and I’m sure those that aren’t even on the gluten free diet will want some too: Chocolate Mousse, “Perfect Creme Brulees” or last but not even the least, because you may want to make enough for leftovers…is the gluten free Strawberries in Bruleed Marshmallow crème.

So, when celebrating this season’s visually appealing, beautifully textured dishes, some being gluten-free, remember the real reason why we celebrate for the holidays with the feast of giving, it isn’t just an analogy, it is the time of celebrating, for those who do, and for those who love to eat, even if it’s a special diet like gluten-free, even those dishes are worth trying.  Experiment and enjoy!

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Easy Homemade Donut Recipes

Homemade Donut

There's no way around it: no matter what season, everyone loves a donut. But you don't need to leave the house to make one or buy a box of super-sugary processed donut holes. These easy homemade donut recipes are quick, simple, and fun for kids to make. Best of all, you can customize them however you like. So try some of these easy homemade donut recipes and enjoy a donut from the comfort of your own house!


Stephanie's Easy Homemade Donuts

Ingredients: 2 TBSP white vinegar, 3/8 cup milk, 2 TBSP shortening, 1/2 cup white sugar, one egg, 1/2 tps vanilla extract, 2 cups white flour, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar

  • Mix white vinegar with milk and let stand.
  • Mix shortening and sugar until mixture is smooth.
  • Beat in egg and vanilla.
  • Stir flour, baking soda, and salt into sugar mixture, then add to vinegar and milk.
  • Roll out dough on floured surface and cut into desired shapes.
  • Let stand 10 minutes.
  • Heat skillet to 375 degrees F with one quart of oil
  • Fry the donuts in the hot oil until they appear golden.
  • Place on paper towels to dry and immediately dust with confectioners' sugar.

(Note: you can substitute other types of flour for white flour, such as wheat or pumpkin).


Easy Homemade Donuts With Sugar Glaze

Ingredients: 1 TBSP dry yeast, 1 tsp dry yeast, 2 cups white flour, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 3 egg yolks, 2 TBSP white sugar, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 stick softened butter, 1 cup whole milk (warmed).

  • Add 1 TBSP yeast with 3/4 cup warm milk and 3/4 cup flour, then let stand for 30 minutes.
  • Combine remaining yeast and milk.
  • Add vanilla and egg yolks; mix on low.
  • Add 1 cup flour, then sugar and salt. Mix on medium.
  • Add butter and mix on medium.
  • Gradually stir in flour and use dough hook to knead the remaining flour into the dough.
  • Let the dough rest for 30 minutes before chilling for one hour.
  • Cut the dough into donut shapes and allow it to sit in a warm place for 30 minutes.
  • Heat deep-fryer to 360 F and fry until done.
  • For sugar glaze, combine one and a half cups of confectioners' sugar, 3 TBSP milk, and 2 tsp vanilla extract in a bowl. Pour over finished donuts for a sweet, crunchy glaze.


Gluten-Free Homemade Donuts

Ingredients: 2/3 cup rice flour, 1/4 cup tapioca starch, 1/3 cup white sugar, 2 TBSP instant vanilla pudding mix, 1/2 tsp xantham gum, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/4 cup milk, 1/4 cup oil, 2 eggs, and 2 tsp vanilla extract.

  • Mix oil, eggs, vanilla extract, and milk together.
  • Mix rice flour, tapioca starch, sugar, salt, pudding mix, baking powder, and xantham gum together. Add to other mixture.
  • On floured surface, knead dough and cut into donut shapes (rice-floured surface, of course).
  • Bake in oven for 10-12 minutes at 375 degrees.
  • Let sit on cooling rack before serving.

(You can also add the sugar glaze from the last recipe to these donuts; it's gluten free as well.).

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