Gluten Free Quiche Lorraine

Quiche Lorraine, the French classic.  What’s not to love about a yummy quiche filled with bacon, cheese and onion?  I think that a quiche is one of the easiest things to make for brunch, because you can prepare most of it a day ahead then just assemble and bake in the morning.

Is quiche gluten free?

The filling of a quiche, usually consisting of eggs, cream, meat and/or vegetables is usually gluten free.  Only the pie crust contains gluten.  Fortunately, this Gluten Free Cream Cheese Pie Crust is easy to make, and it is perfect to use with both sweet and savory pie recipes.  And of course, I just happened to have one in my freezer, waiting for a special occasion!

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Ingredients:

Preparation:

If your pie crust is frozen, take it out one day ahead to defrost in the refrigerator.  Then let it sit on the counter for about 15 minutes before rolling it out between two sheets of parchment.

If it breaks, you can put it back into the refrigerator for 15 minutes then try rolling it out again.  With a gluten free crust, you do not need to worry about overworking the dough, so you can roll it out as many times as you need to.

Gently place the rolled-out dough into a glass pie dish, trim the edges and crimp.  Use the scraps to patch any holes or cracks (you can see I had quite a few!).  Yes, pie crust does not always cooperate, but I got it to work.  Remember, even if it’s not the prettiest it will taste great!

Place the pie dish in the refrigerator while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.

Hint: you can prepare the pie crust to this point and refrigerate it overnight for baking in the morning.  Just cover it with plastic wrap so it doesn’t dry out.

You can also prep the bacon, cheese and onion the night before.  Cook the bacon (in batches if needed) and drain on paper towels.  Chop it into 1/2″ pieces.  Grate the cheese and mince the onion.

In the morning, when you are ready to assemble the quiche, preheat the oven to 425º.  Take the pie crust out of the refrigerator while the oven preheats, so you are not placing a cold plate directly into the hot oven.  Spread the bacon, onion and cheese into the pie shell.

In a bowl, beat the eggs together with the light cream, salt, sugar and cayenne pepper.  Don’t skip the cayenne, it’s just enough to brighten the flavor without adding heat.  Pour the egg mixture evenly into the pie shell.

Place on the middle rack of the oven and bake for 15 minutes.  Then, lower the heat to 300º and continue baking for 30 minutes longer.

The edges should be nicely browned, and the center golden.  To test, you can insert a knife or a toothpick into the quiche, it should come out clean.

The quiche can be served warm or at room temperature.  Leftovers can be refrigerated for several days (do not freeze) and reheated in the oven or microwave.  And if you’re ogling that bacon wrapped sausage, get the recipe here!

Notes ♪♫ I always have gluten free pie crust in the freezer for when I want to make sweet or savory pies and quiche.  It’s a real time saver, especially when we can’t always grab a ready-made gluten free pie crust at the grocery store.  Get the recipe for easy, Gluten Free Cream Cheese pie crust here.

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Split Pea Soup

Another Easter has come and gone, and I’ll bet you still have some leftover ham in the fridge!  And since the winter weather just won’t give up here in New England, I’m craving soup.

Everyone has their own traditions for using up the holiday ham.  I always ring in the New Year with a pot of Lentil Soup.  After Easter though, I like to make Split Pea, which is essentially made the same way.

The ham bone, of course is what you would use to make a stock.  But what if you didn’t make a ham for Easter?  Or maybe your ham was boneless.  Well fear not, you can still use your leftovers or even pick up a ham steak and use that in the soup.  This year I actually cooked a 2 lb. petite boneless spiral ham for myself after the holiday and that’s what I used.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. split peas
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 1/2 sweet onion, diced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 48 oz. gluten free chicken stock or stock from ham bone
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp. sage
  • 1 tsp. thyme
  • 1 packet beef bouillon
  • 2 cups diced ham
  • Schar Table Crackers, for serving

Preparation:

Rinse the split peas thoroughly in a colander and examine them for stray bits of barley or pebbles.  Place them in a stock pot and bring to a boil.  Cover, remove from the heat and let them soak while you prepare the rest of the recipe.

Chop ham leftovers into small dice.  Set aside and refrigerate.

Cut the onion, celery and carrots into even sized small dice.  Add a little olive oil to a 5 qt. stock pot or Dutch oven and begin cooking the carrots, onion and celery over medium low heat.

Season with sage, thyme, salt and pepper.  Add 32 oz. of the chicken stock, bay leaves, and bouillon.  Simmer 30 minutes.

Drain and rinse the peas again.  Add them to the pot, stir well and continue cooking for another 45 minutes to an hour, or until the peas are tender.

As they simmer, the peas will absorb quite a bit of liquid, so add more chicken broth as needed.

When the soup is ready, partially puree it with an immersion blender (don’t forget to remove the bay leaves first).  I like to leave some of the veggies whole, but you can make it as smooth or chunky as you like.  After pureeing, add back the diced ham and heat through.

Serve with Schar Table Crackers (similar to saltines).  Leftovers will keep well in the fridge for at least a week.

Notes: ♪♫ If you have a ham bone and don’t want to make soup right away, don’t throw it away!  You can wrap it in foil then place in a freezer safe bag and store in the freezer for quite a few months.  There have been times that I would find a ham bone in the back of the freezer just in time for fall soup season.

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Individual Gluten Free Lemon Cheesecakes

Look what my wonderful daughter-in-law made for our Easter dessert! Individual Lemon Cheesecakes and yes, they are gluten free. She used gluten free golden Oreo halves for the base, so clever! 💛🍋💛

Since some of you have asked, she has kindly agreed to share her recipe!

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Ingredients:

Bacon Wrapped Sausage

The name says it all, you don’t need a recipe for this do you?  Just put these little bites of happiness on the table for your next brunch or family breakfast and watch them disappear! (and they are great leftover too 😉)

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Ingredients:

Preparation:

The best part of this recipe is that you can get it ready the night before to cook in the morning.  Just wrap each sausage with a half slice of bacon and secure them with 4″ skewers.  Use the amount needed for your family.

Line a sheet pan with foil (keeps the mess down) and arrange the sausages on a rack, cover and refrigerate overnight.

The next morning, preheat the oven to 350º.  Bake the sausage for 15 minutes, then finish them on a hot griddle, turning frequently until the bacon is nice and crispy, and the sausage is cooked to your liking, 15-20 minutes.  Place them back on the rack for a few minutes to drain before serving.

That’s it friends, what could be easier?  So, the next time you are pondering whether to make sausage or bacon for brunch, why not make both!

Notes ♪♫ Most bacon and sausage are gluten free, but I still like to see the gluten free label for extra peace of mind.  I used Johnsonville Vermont Maple Syrup Pork Breakfast Sausage Links and Oscar Mayer Naturally Hardwood Smoked Bacon.

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Gluten Free Sourdough Discard Pancakes

My gluten free sourdough starter Sophie is getting more bubbly each week.  She turned one month old recently, and I was getting ready to bake another loaf of bread in the morning.  But first she had to be fed a couple of times, and there was the inevitable discard.  You know I don’t want a bit of this magical culture go to waste, so I thought I would test a small batch of Sourdough Discard Pancakes.

It was my first-time making pancakes with sourdough and I was pleasantly surprised.  The familiar sweetness of pancakes with just the right amount of savory sourdough flavor, who knew?  Using the sourdough discard seemed to give my pancakes an extra high rise too.  These pancakes were hearty and filling, guaranteed to satisfy big appetites.

I made 5 pancakes with my test batch, about 1/3 cup batter each.  Double the recipe for a family breakfast.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp. melted butter plus more for the griddle
  • 2 tbsp. sugar
  • 1/4 cup sourdough discard
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 2/3 cups milk (I used 2%)
  • 120g. gluten free all-purpose flour (about 3/4 cup)
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt

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Preparation:

Melt the butter in the microwave and set it aside to cool while you gather the other ingredients.

Combine the first 5 ingredients, butter through vanilla in a small bowl.  In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

Use a batter whisk to stir the wet and dry ingredients together with 2/3 cup milk.  If the batter is too thick, you can add a little more milk, 1 tbsp. at a time to reach the right consistency.

Preheat your griddle or nonstick skillet for 10 minutes and let the batter rest.

Hint: Do you know why they say the first pancake always comes out a little weird?  It’s probably because the griddle wasn’t hot enough. 

When you are ready to begin, butter the griddle or skillet generously and begin spooning out your pancakes.  I like a nice big pancake, so I scooped the batter out with a 1/3 cup measuring cup.  You can make your pancakes as large or small as you like.

Keep a close eye and be ready to flip the pancakes over as soon as the bottom is set, time will vary depending on how large you make the pancakes.

You should get a nice rise as soon as you flip them over.

When the second side is set check the center for doneness with a toothpick.  I had to flip mine another time or two.

Here’s breakfast!  This was a delicious and filling pancake; one was more than enough for me.  Look how thick it is!

Once they were cooled to room temperature, I wrapped the rest of the pancakes individually in plastic wrap and placed in a freezer safe bag.  They will keep for a couple of months in the freezer (at least) and can be defrosted and reheated in the toaster or the microwave.

Notes ♪♫ I used and recommend Better Batter Original Gluten Free Flour in this recipe.  It is a high-quality flour that will change the way you bake!

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Gluten Free Chicken Mushroom Ragu with Fusilli

Gluten Free Chicken Mushroom Ragu with Fusilli

Like many Italian recipes handed down from one generation to the next, this one has the magical ability to transform simple ingredients from the pantry into the perfect comfort food meal.  I used boneless, skinless chicken thighs and pre-sliced mushrooms to simplify the prep.  In fact, if you buy some diced onions in the produce section, you can put away the cutting board.  How’s that for simple?

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4 Servings:

Ingredients:

  • 1 carton gluten free chicken broth (you won’t need the whole thing)
  • 3 boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • olive oil
  • 1/2 medium sweet onion, diced
  • 2 tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1/2 tsp. Tuscan seasoning
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 sprig of rosemary
  • 1/8 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1/2 cup white wine (not cooking wine)
  • 8 oz. package white button mushrooms, sliced
  • 6 oz. gluten free fusilli pasta
  • Italian parsley for garnish
  • grated Parmigiano Reggiano for serving

Preparation:

Add 1 tbsp. olive oil to a deep nonstick skillet over medium low heat.  Add the chicken, season with salt and pepper and cook several minutes per side.  It does not have to be cooked through at this point.

Remove the chicken to a plate and sprinkle with Tuscan seasoning.  Add the onions to the pan.  Cook for several minutes then add the tomato paste in the center.  Let it toast for a minute then stir into the onions.

Stir in the white wine, bay leaf, rosemary and cloves.  Simmer 5 minutes to reduce by half.

Add the chicken back to the pan with about 1 cup of chicken broth.  Cover and cook for 25 minutes.

Remove the chicken from the pan and shred or cut into pieces.  Add all of the mushrooms to the pan with about 3/4 cup more chicken broth.

Bring to a simmer and add back the chicken.  Cook for an additional 15 minutes.  While the ragu finishes, boil water for pasta.

To serve, drain the cooked pasta and toss with the ragu.  Sprinkle with cheese and Italian parsley.  Serve it right in the pan, with extra cheese for the table.

Notes ♪♫ I used Rummo Gluten Free Fusilli in this dish.  I noticed it at Whole Foods and picked it up there but it’s available on Amazon as well.  The corkscrew shape is perfect for this dish, and it cooked up perfectly to al dente.

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Gluten Free Italian Sausage and Cabbage with Pasta

Cabbage!  It’s not just for St. Patrick’s Day.

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Are you a once-a-year cabbage person? I always make the traditional Corned Beef and Cabbage dinner for St. Patrick’s Day, but until recently that was the extent of my cabbage repertoire.  Then somewhere along the way, I expanded my horizons.

This humble veggie is a key ingredient in so many recipes and cuisines.  Check out my Asian inspired Chicken and Cabbage, Moo Shoo Pork and Chicken Chow Mein.  Or how about this Portuguese Cabbage Soup with Linguica?  Polish stuffed cabbage rolls, yes please!  But wait, I’m Italian.  Shouldn’t I have an Italian recipe with cabbage?  Well now I do, and it is AMAZING.

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You know I love braised dishes, where the ingredients slowly cook down and the flavors concentrate and intensify.  Usually, this process takes several hours or more, but not in this recipe.  With a little advance prep, you can have dinner on the table in 30 minutes.  So easy to make, with very little seasoning needed as the sausage flavors the entire dish.  And what a delicious meal it is.  So, let’s get started.

Dinner for two

Ingredients:

  • olive oil
  • 4 oz. sweet Italian sausage (I like Premio)
  • 2 cups sliced sweet onion
  • 2 tbsp. tomato paste
  • 4 cups shredded savoy cabbage
  • crushed red pepper flakes, to taste
  • 1/4 tsp. thyme
  • 1 cup water, more as needed
  • 4 oz. gluten free pasta (I used Farabella Rigatoni) incredible!
  • 1/4 cup grated cheese (I used a combo of parmesan and Romano)

Preparation:

Boil salted water for the pasta.

In a 3 qt. stock pot, heat 1 tbsp. olive oil on medium low, remove casings from the sausage and begin breaking it up with a meat spatula.

Continue cooking until the meat is completely browned, then add the onions.

Stir frequently and cook for several minutes until the onions are translucent.  Then add the tomato paste to the center of the pan.

Let it toast for a minute, before stirring it into the sausage and onions.

Next, add all of the cabbage with the thyme, and a pinch of red pepper flakes (more if you like).

Stir thoroughly to combine, then add about 1 cup of water.  You can use a ladle of the pasta water if it’s ready.

Cover and simmer on low for 20 minutes, adding a bit more water if it seems dry.

Cook the pasta for 2 minutes less than package directions.  Drain and add it into the pan.  You can add a little of the pasta water as needed.  Toss well and continue cooking for 2 minutes longer to finish the pasta.  When ready to serve, remove the pan from the heat and drizzle with olive oil and half of the grated cheese.

Give it a good stir then transfer to a serving bowl and finish with a little more olive oil and cheese.

Doesn’t that look good?  It was really an excellent dinner and something you can make after St. Patrick’s Day if you still have cabbage in the fridge to use up.

You can even sneak this one by the kids, just don’t mention the veggies. 😉 Picky eaters will gobble up this yummy bowl of comfort food if you let the cabbage be your little secret!

Notes ♪♫ Is it gluten free?  The only ingredient substitution needed for this recipe was the pasta, and of course I had just the thing in the pantry!  This gluten free rigatoni from Farabella was a splurge, but it was incredible.  It tastes just like real pasta- so do check it out!  If you can’t find Farabella pasta near you it is available here on Amazon.

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Gluten Free Sourdough Discard English Muffins

The Adventures of Sophie the Sourdough

Recipes for sourdough discard are as plentiful as there are sourdough bread recipes.  These Sourdough Discard English Muffins were my first experiment using discard, as Sophie, my gluten free starter continues to develop.

So, what exactly is sourdough discard?  In simple terms, when feeding a new sourdough starter, you will be adding flour and water at least twice per day.  As your starter grows, part of the process requires that you discard some of the mixture.  This keeps the starter at a reasonable quantity while feeding the organisms that will eventually produce that wonderful sourdough flavor.

Even after your starter is well established and living in the fridge, you will still need to feed it regularly, and unless you are a prolific baker there will always be “discard”.

It’s all part of baking with sourdough, but that doesn’t mean your excess starter needs to be thrown in the trash.  I mean just look at those English Muffins!  I knew when I made this batch that Sophie and I were going to have some incredible BREAD adventures this year.

In some cases, recipes made with discard like this one are actually “sourdough enhanced”, meaning that they use the sourdough discard along with traditional leavening ingredients such as commercial yeast and/or baking powder.  When I first made these English Muffins, Sophie was about a week old.  Not mature enough to raise a loaf of bread by herself yet, but ready to enhance the flavor!  If you love bread like I do this recipe will make you very happy!

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Ingredients:

  • 75 g. (1/3 cup) milk (I used 2%)
  • 275 g. (1-1/8 cups) water
  • 15 g. (3 tbsp.) whole psyllium husk
  • 2 tsp. sugar
  • 2 tbsp. canola oil
  • 2-1/4 tsp. instant yeast
  • 140 g. (1/2 cup) gluten free sourdough discard
  • 240 g. (2 cups) gluten free flour (I used Better Batter Original Blend)
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tbsp. butter for the griddle
  • cooking spray
  • cornmeal for sprinkling

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Preparation:

Combine the milk and water together and microwave 30 seconds.  Whisk in the whole psyllium husk, yeast, sugar and canola oil.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.

Use a dough whisk to combine the wet and dry ingredients with the sourdough discard.  Turn it out onto a floured work surface and knead a few times to form a cohesive dough.

Shape into a ball, wrap in plastic wrap and let it rest for 1 hour at room temperature.

Preheat the oven to 350º and heat a seasoned griddle on medium.

Butter the griddle and coat 8 muffin rings with cooking spray.  Arrange the muffin rings on the griddle and sprinkle cornmeal inside each.

(Note-muffin rings are optional, the muffins will hold together without them.)

Divide the dough into 8 equal pieces, about 95g. each.  Rub a little oil into your hands, then roll each piece of dough into a ball and flatten slightly with your palm.

Place one piece of dough into each muffin ring and sprinkle more cornmeal on top.

Cook on the first side for 5 minutes, then use tongs and a spatula to turn them over.  Carefully remove the rings with tongs and cook 5 minutes longer.

Transfer the muffins to a parchment lined baking sheet, and place in the oven for 10 minutes longer or until the internal temperature reaches 210º (check with a thermometer).

Cool several hours on a rack before toasting.  Wrap leftovers individually and place in freezer safe bags.

Notes ♪♫ I used and highly recommend Better Batter Original Flour Blend in this recipe (use the link for 30% off full price).  Remember, every gluten free flour blend is different, so if you use another brand you may need to adjust the flour to liquid ratio.

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Gluten Free Chicken Piccata Quick Toss

Do you love Chicken Piccata?  Get all the big restaurant flavor of this classic dish with a few shortcuts that will have dinner on the table in 20 minutes, minus the gluten!

Diced chicken tenders replace cutlets in this express recipe.  Perfect for those busy weeknights when you just want to get dinner on the table, tastes like you’ve been cooking for hours! ❤️

Dinner for two

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 lb. chicken tenders, cut into chunks
  • 6 oz. gluten free pasta
  • 4 tsp. olive oil, divided plus more for finishing
  • 4 tsp. butter, divided
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • zest and juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tbsp. arrowroot flour
  • 1/4 cup white wine (not cooking wine)
  • 1/2 cup gluten free, low sodium chicken broth
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tbsp. small capers (more if you like)
  • Italian parsley for garnish
  • grated cheese

Preparation:

Cook the pasta for 2 minutes less than the package directions, drain and set aside.

Use a large stainless-steel skillet to brown the chicken in 2 tsp. each of butter and olive oil.  Season with salt and pepper.  Don’t crowd the pan, if it doesn’t fit then make 2 batches.

Notice the chicken isn’t quite cooked through at this point, it will finish in the sauce at the end.

Transfer the chicken to a bowl and set aside, keep warm.  Add the remaining 2 tsp. each of butter and olive oil.  Add the shallots and garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes stirring constantly.

Be ready with the wine, lemon juice and chicken broth.  Sprinkle the flour over the shallots and garlic and whisk continuously.

Drizzle the liquid into the pan as you continue whisking.

Return the chicken and pasta to the pan and toss to heat through. Cook for several minutes, the liquid will thicken as it comes to a simmer.  Stir in the capers and lemon zest at the very end.

To finish, transfer to a serving bowl and drizzle with more olive oil, then garnish with Italian parsley and a little grated cheese.

Yum, how good does that look?  I love this kind of meal for busy weeknights.  Open a bottle of your favorite white wine for this recipe, and then pour a glass for the cook!

Notes ♪♫ I love arrowroot flour for thickening.  It makes a lump free roux every time and I use it in some of my flour blends for bread baking as well.  It’s something I always have on hand in my gluten free pantry!

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Gluten Free Sourdough Starter

I have been a “Bread-head” for a very long time.  In fact, before my Celiac diagnosis, I baked my own bread every week, and even milled my own flour from organic wheatberries.  Eventually I began working with sourdough and had a very robust starter for 6 years.  But you know what happened next.  Once I learned that I had Celiac disease it all came to an abrupt end, and I had to go back to square one.

*In case you were wondering, you cannot convert a regular sourdough starter to gluten free.  Even after many feedings, the starter will still harbor gluten*

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That brings us to today’s post.  Gluten Free Sourdough bread has been at the top of my 2024 recipe bucket list, but first I needed an active starter.

Meet Sophie

Take a look!  After 2 weeks of feeding, she is bubbling away and ready to go to work.  I’m so excited (and hungry) for all the breads Sophie and I are going to make together!  We are already having fun with sourdough discard recipes.  So, stay tuned for more of Sophie popping up in my kitchen adventures this year.  And when you do, you can always come back to this post to read about how it all “started” (hehe)!

 

Key takeaways for establishing a sourdough starter:

  • Maintain a steady 75-80 degrees.
  • Use filtered water (not tap water)
  • Use whole grain gluten free flour, either sorghum or brown rice
  • Feed twice a day 1/4 cup (30 g.) flour and 1/4 cup (60 g.) water.
  • Discard between 1/4 and 1/2 cup daily.
  • Be patient, it takes longer for a gluten free starter to activate.

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Ingredients/Equipment:

  1. dried starter
  2. sorghum flour (you can also use brown rice flour)
  3. filtered water (not tap)
  4. 2 wide mouth ball jars, quart size
  5. cheesecloth
  6. proofing box (see notes)
  7. measuring cups
  8. wooden spoon
DAY ONE – A STAR IS BORN!
  • I opted for a dried starter because I just wasn’t having any luck with flour and water alone.  Try without it if you’re brave!
  • I fed the starter with Bob’s Red Mill Whole Grain Sorghum flour.  You want to use a single whole grain flour, not a blend that contains starches and gums.  I love the flavor of sorghum, but you can use brown rice flour if you prefer.

  • I used bottled water (filtered) because our tap water isn’t the best.
  • You need at least 2 wide mouth Ball jars, so that you can transfer the starter to a clean jar every couple of days.

I ordered a proofing box.  I know, expensive but so worth it!

  • This proofing box was a game changer for me.  My New England kitchen is chilly during the winter, and I was not about to turn up the heat to 80º for 2 weeks!  This proofing box maintains just the right temperature and folds for storage when not in use.

  • You will need measuring cups for feeding your starter and measuring the discard.
  • About those wooden spoons-

**Old wives’ tale – you should never touch your starter with a metal instrument.  I am superstitious and only use a wooden spoon!

the process:

After several failed attempts at establishing a starter, I purchased this dried gluten free sourdough packet from Cultures for Health.  It worked like a charm, not a huge investment, and they have a 60-day guarantee.

Feeding schedule:

  • Feed 1/4 cup (30 g.) flour and 1/4 cup (60 g.) water every 12 hours.  Stir vigorously after each addition.  The consistency should be like a pourable pancake batter.
  • Cover the jar with cheesecloth and place in a warm 75-80º spot.
  • Each day, before feeding you will notice that a layer of liquid has formed on top of your starter.  It’s the alcohol (a/k/a hooch) formed during fermentation, and it gives the starter that sour taste and aroma.  Don’t throw it away, just stir it back into the starter.

  • After the first few days, you will need to discard between 1/4 to 1/2 cups each morning before feeding.  Stir the starter first, then measure out and discard 1/4 cup at a time until you have just one cup remaining in the jar.  Feed as usual and transfer to a clean jar.  This step is necessary to encourage growth of the wild yeast and good bacteria, I try to maintain about 1-1/2 cups of starter at all times.

(If you’re like me, you hate throwing anything away, so I’ll be sharing a few sourdough discard recipes!)

Gluten Free Sourdough Discard English Muffins
  • When the starter is ready to use it will be loaded with little air bubbles.  Mine was ready after 14 days of twice daily feeding.
  • Once your starter is established, you can store it in the refrigerator and feed it once a week.  Cover it loosely, never tighten the lid.

Notes:

♪ No proofing box?  You can try making an inexpensive one with a Styrofoam cooler and 25-watt bulb.  I had one like this that I used for years.  Alternatively, you can create a warm, draft free environment by placing your starter in the oven with the light on (may not be practical for the 10+ days needed to activate a starter).  Some people use the microwave or even the clothes dryer! (again, not practical if you do laundry every day).

For the bread scientists 🙋‍♀️ I fed my starter with equal parts whole grain sorghum flour and water by volume (1/4 cup), but this is actually a 200% hydration starter by weight, that is, 60 g. water to 30 g. flour per feeding.

♫♪ With just a little care a starter can live for many years.  If you are not baking often, be sure to feed your starter on a regular schedule, discard the excess and move it to a clean jar every week.

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