Archive for 2016

Cinnamon Raisin Bread Sandwiches

February 3, 2016

We all know Cinnamon Raisin bread spread with butter makes a delicious breakfast, but have you ever tried a sandwich on cinnamon raisin bread? It’s not as common, but no less delicious, than other sandwiches of your acquaintance. Plump, juicy raisins plus swirls of real cinnamon make for a unique, sweet sandwich topper (and bottomer) that we’re sure you’ll love! Here are some simple, tasty recipes for sandwiches on cinnamon raisin bread!

Honey Walnut Pear Sandwich

  1. Toast both slices of cinnamon raisin bread and spread a thin layer of cream cheese on one half
  2. Top with baby spinach, pear slices, and chopped walnuts. Drizzle with honey and top with other slice of bread

Cinnamon Raisin Grilled Cheese

  1.  Melt butter in a skillet over low-medium heat. Place both slices of bread in the skillet and grill for one minute.
  2. Remove one slice form the pan and spread with jelly and brie cheese. Top with the other slice of bread and place back in the skillet. Grill for 2-3 minutes on both sides

 

Stuffed French Toast Panini

  • 2 eggs
  • 2-4 Rudi’s Gluten-Free  Cinnamon Raisin Bread
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ cup strawberries, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup cream cheese
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoon confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  1. Melt butter in skillet over medium heat
  2. In a shallow bowl, whip together eggs, milk, cinnamon, vanilla extract, and salt
  3. In a second bowl, beat together confectioners’ sugar and cream cheese until thoroughly combined
  4. Dip bread into egg mixture, coating both sides. Place one slice in pan and allow to cook on each side for 30 seconds
  5. Remove 1 slice from pan and layer with cream cheese and strawberries. Place the second slice on top and put back in the skillet.
  6. Use a grill press or heavy pan to press the sandwich down on each side, about 3 minutes or until golden brown
  7. Cut diagonally and serve with maple syrup

Cinnamon Apple Brie Sandwich

  1. Toast bread in toaster
  2. Spread brie across one slice of the bread
  3. Add apple slices and drizzle with honey

Peanut Butter Banana Sandwich

  1. Toast bread in toaster
  2. Spread with peanut butter and layer with banana

 

Rudi’s Guide to Gluten-Free Flours

January 29, 2016

There are so many flour options for gluten-free baking it can be hard to tell which one is right for you. Because gluten-free flours have a different make-up than regular flour, the quantity or baking process is sometimes different. Below is our guide to some common gluten-free flour options with plenty of tips on how to use them and suggestions on what to make!

Coconut Flour

Coconut flour is made with dehydrated coconut pulp and ground down into a fine, powdery flour. It is highly absorbent, so you will probably want to use much less flour than you normally would when substituting in a recipe. Because it’s so light and powdery, it works well for cakes, breads, and muffins. Note that you will also need to use more eggs than usual to bind the ingredients together since there is no gluten or xanthan gum in most coconut flour recipes.

Try this Gluten-Free Banana Bread Recipe

 Tapioca Flour

Tapioca flour has been known to improve the elasticity of baked goods and give it some extra hold, which is often a problem in gluten-free baking. It works well to hold together pie crusts, buns, or cookies. However, because of its binding properties, using too much tapioca flour can result in gummy or sticky baked goods, so only use about 1 ½ teaspoon tapioca flour for every tablespoon wheat flour when converting recipes.

Try this Gluten-Free Blueberry Pie Recipe

White Rice Flour

White Rice Flour is light gluten-free flour that, like coconut flour, absorbs a lot of moisture. It works well for buns, flatbreads, tortillas, and crusts. Some of the dryness of this flour can be counteracted by adding eggs or other liquid ingredients to your recipe. White rice flour also works well when mixed with other types of gluten free flours or baking mixes.

Try this Gluten-Free Scallion and Cilantro Pancakes Recipe

Millet Flour                

Millet Flour is another gluten-free baking option that works best combined with other flours. It lends a buttery flavor, as well as fiber and iron, to your baked goods. It works well for cakes, muffins, cookies, or even to batter and fry chicken! Millet flour can be substituted one for one with wheat flour, although mixing it with rice flour or coconut flour will probably yield best results.

Try this Gluten-Free Almond Pear Cake Recipe

Buckwheat Flour

Made from fibrous buckwheat berries (not derived from wheat), buckwheat flour is an up and comer in the gluten-free baking world. It’s commonly used for pancakes and crepes because of its silky texture and earthy flavor. Like many other flours on this list, it’s a good idea to combine buckwheat flour with another type of flour and eggs or liquid to add elasticity to baked goods.

Try this Gluten-Free Crepes Recipe

 

Tips For Sticking To Your New Year’s Resolutions All Year Long

January 6, 2016

Resolutions are a great way to kick off the New Year. The holidays are over and it feels like a fresh start, but making resolutions is a whole lot easier than sticking to them. Whether you’re trying to get in shape, break a bad habit, or simply reach longtime goals, we have a few tips to help keep you on track all year long!

It’s important to remember to start slowly and build up to your goal over time. Change doesn’t happen overnight, especially lifestyle changes. If you are trying to be more health conscious, start by slowly incorporating organic foods or fresh fruits and vegetables into your daily meals, and then gradually replace unhealthy foods.

If you are trying to make your resolution last it’s a good idea to have a long-term plan with short term check points to mark your progress. Asses your goal once a month to see if you have made any headway, and see what works for you and what doesn’t. For example, if you are looking to get your house organized, pick one project per month to work on rather than trying to do it all at once. Breaking a goal down makes it more manageable and it’s much easier to see your progress.

Celebrating the completion of these smaller goals also makes your resolution easier to keep. If you can look forward to rewarding yourself for sticking to your goal, you’re probably more likely to keep it going for the next month!

The last tip we have is to keep building on your resolutions. They don’t have to have an expiration date, and if you are planning on making a lifestyle change, then the New Year is just the beginning!