Gluten Free Jordan Marsh Blueberry Muffins

If you are from the Northeast and of a certain age, you will no doubt remember Jordan Marsh, the iconic department store.  It was my mother’s favorite store back in the day, and I vividly recall buying one of my prom dresses there, 50 years ago (eek!).

Before food courts and fast food, the Jordan Marsh Bakery was a popular destination for shoppers to refuel and continue on with their day, i.e., you didn’t have to go home if you got hungry- smart!

Although the store chain closed in the 1990’s, their Blueberry Muffins remain legendary to this day.  I recently read an interesting article about the origins of this recipe in the New York Times, which claimed it was adapted from an 1847 cookbook called The New England Economical Houskeeper and Family Receipt Book.

Wherever its origin may have been, the muffins are not only delicious, but only require a substitution of one ingredient to be gluten free.  How about that?

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Ingredients:

  • 300 g. (about 2 cups) Better Batter Original Gluten Free Flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 cup milk (I used 2%)
  • 1 stick of unsalted butter, softened (not melted)
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 6 oz. package (1 cup) fresh blueberries

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Preparation:

Take the butter out of the refrigerator and let it soften at room temperature.  Mist a 12-cup muffin pan with cooking spray and preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  Rinse and dry the blueberries on a clean dishtowel.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the softened butter and sugar with the whisk attachment.  Add the eggs and vanilla extract and beat until well combined.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, salt and baking powder.  Reserve 1 tbsp. to sprinkle over the blueberries.

Add the dry ingredients to the mixer bowl along with the milk and combine with the paddle attachment until moistened.

Crush half of the blueberries with a fork and fold into the batter with the remaining whole blueberries.

Spoon the batter evenly into the prepared muffin pan.  Dip a small spatula in warm water and use it to smooth out the tops.  If you wish, you can sprinkle the tops of the muffins with more sugar.

Bake for 25 minutes at 375 degrees.  Test with a toothpick.  Cool in the pan for 10 minutes then transfer to a rack.  Let them stand at room temperature for at least 4 hours.  I’ve got my eye on that big one in front!

Leftovers, if you have any can be frozen for an easy breakfast.

Notes ♪♫ For muffins and quick breads, I use and recommend Better Batter Original Gluten Free Flour.  Most recipes can be converted at 120-150g. per cup.  If you use a different brand, be sure that your flour contains xanthan gum.  Even if you do not weigh any of your other ingredients, I encourage you to invest in a kitchen scale to weigh the flour.

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Gluten Free Pumpkin Vanilla Waffles

Today there are so many gluten-free pancake mixes out there, and it’s a treat to make a quick batch of pancakes or waffles, without the gluten!  I’m always trying to be creative and will often use a pancake mix as a base to which I can add layers of flavor and texture!  This fall inspired waffle has almond flour and flax for protein and fiber, coconut flour for sweetness, as well as pumpkin, banana and yogurt for moisture.  The waffles are dense and hearty, a filling breakfast.  One is enough for me, so I make a batch of 8 and freeze the leftovers.  So easy to pop into the toaster for a quick breakfast!

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Ingredients:

Dry ingredients:

Wet ingredients:

  • 1/2 ripe banana, mashed
  • 2 tbsp. canola oil
  • 1 egg
  • 5 oz. vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1-3/4 cups 1% milk
  • cooking spray

Preparation:

Whisk together the dry ingredients in one bowl, and the wet ingredients in another.  Combine the wet and dry ingredients and stir together with a batter whisk until completely moistened.  At first it may appear that the batter is too thin, but it will thicken as the flax absorbs the liquid.  Let the batter rest 10 minutes while you preheat the waffle iron to 350º.

The recipe makes 8 waffles.  If you want to be very particular, you can weigh the batter and divide it in half so your waffles will all be uniform in size.  Coat the waffle iron with cooking spray and spread the batter evenly, using a spatula to get into the corners.  Close lid and cook for 6 minutes.

Remove the waffles and repeat with the remaining batter.  You can enjoy them immediately or cool on a rack to refrigerate or freeze for later.

My favorite way to serve waffles is topped with candied walnuts, just a drizzle of maple syrup and a side of fresh fruit!

Notes ♪♫ Whether you are making pancakes or waffles, remember that gluten free batter takes longer to cook!  For this recipe, the batter is extra dense, so I recommend a full 6 minutes per batch at 350º for a soft waffle, longer for crispy.  You can reheat them in the microwave if you like them soft or use the toaster to crisp them up.  I like to reheat mine in my air fryer, for 4 minutes at 400º.

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Gluten Free Applesauce Pancakes

Like many of my “use it up” recipes, this one came about when I had a jar of applesauce in the fridge that I didn’t want to go to waste.  So, this is what I made one morning, and I enjoyed the pancakes so much they are going to have a permanent place my breakfast rotation.

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Ingredients:

  • 150 g. Better Batter Pancake and Biscuit Mix
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tbsp. canola oil
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tbsp. brown sugar (or sugar substitute)
  • 2/3 cup milk (I used 2%)
  • butter for the griddle

Preparation:

Whisk together the pancake mix and cinnamon.  In another bowl, beat the egg, oil, applesauce, sugar and milk.  Combine the wet and dry ingredients with a batter whisk.  Let batter rest for 5 minutes while you preheat the griddle on medium low.

Coat the griddle with butter and spoon the batter in circles, about 1/3 cup each.  Cook for 4-5 minutes per side.  They are ready to turn when the tops begin to bubble.  Continue with the rest of the batter, adding more butter to the griddle each time.

Remember, gluten free pancakes take longer to cook!  You can poke the center with a toothpick to be sure they are cooked through.

Transfer the cooked pancakes to a cooling rack (or right onto your plate!).  I usually make enough to freeze so they will get individually wrapped in plastic wrap and stored in freezer safe bags.

You can reheat them on the griddle, microwave or toaster.

I served them with a side of sautéed apples, a sprinkle of nuts and real maple syrup.

Notes ♪♫ It’s apple season and this recipe is a great way to start things off!  Check out all my apple recipes here —-> Best Gluten Free Apple Recipes!

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Hash Brown Muffin Cups

Aren’t these the cutest?  Hash Brown Muffin Cups are fun to make and eat, kid friendly and adult approved!  Using frozen hash browns really cuts down on the prep work.  This is a great brunch recipe because you can prepare it the night before and bake in the morning.

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Are hash browns gluten free?

As long as you are buying plain hash brown potatoes, they should be fine.  I always look for the gluten free label as an extra measure of security, but as long as the only ingredient is “Potatoes” you are good to go.  If the potatoes are seasoned or include other ingredients, then investigate further before buying.  I used Ore-Ida frozen shredded Hash Browns in this recipe.

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Ingredients:

  • 20 oz. frozen shredded hash browns (for a standard 12-cup muffin tin)
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic granules
  • 1/8 tsp. paprika
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • cooking spray (I like Bertoli spray, because it has no propellants to damage your nonstick pans)

Preparation:

Weigh 20 oz. hash browns and place in a zip top bag.  Defrost in the refrigerator.

I used a salad spinner to be sure the potatoes were as dry as possible (see notes).   After spinning the potatoes (or pressing them dry with paper towels) transfer to a clean bowl.

Toss the hash browns with the cheese and seasonings.  Drizzle with 2 tbsp. olive oil and toss again to coat thoroughly.

Mist the muffin tin with cooking spray and spoon the potatoes evenly into the 12 cups.

Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

The next morning, preheat the oven to 400º and spritz the tops of the muffin cups with olive oil spray.  Bake for 45 minutes.

The edges should be browned and crispy.  Use a spoon to slide them right out of the pan onto a serving dish!

Hash Brown Muffin Cups will be a great addition to your brunch menu, or a fun dinner side.  They reheat well, and ours stayed crispy even after microwaving.  You will want to keep a bag of hash browns in your freezer pantry, so you can make a batch any time you like!

Notes ♪♫ My salad spinner is over 20 years old.  We originally purchased ours when my husband used to plant a large garden and I needed an easy way to wash the veggies.  Today we still eat lots of salads and this is just a handy thing to have in your kitchen!  Here’s the current model.

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Gluten Free Apple French Toast Casserole

Did you see the Gluten Free Cinnamon Swirl Bread I posted a few weeks ago?  If not, check it out here!   I used that same recipe to make this overnight Apple French Toast for Easter.  The cinnamon swirl bread goes so well with apples!  This is a wonderful make ahead recipe for a brunch, get it ready the night before and bake in the morning!

Ingredients:

  • 1 loaf Gluten Free Cinnamon Swirl Bread
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
  • 2 tbsp. maple syrup
  • 3 apples (I used Honey crisp)
  • 7 eggs
  • 1-3/4 cups milk (I used 2%)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • cooking spray

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Preparation:

Make the Cinnamon Swirl Bread 2 days before and store at room temperature.

The night before your brunch, melt the butter, brown sugar and maple sugar in a small saucepan.  Stir occasionally to dissolve the sugar.

Mist a 9 x 13″ glass baking dish with cooking spray and pour the butter mixture into the dish.

Peel and slice the apples and spread them over the butter mixture in a single layer.

Cut the bread into 3/4″ slices and arrange over the apples.

Whisk together the eggs, milk, vanilla and cinnamon.

Pour the egg mixture over the bread slices and press down with a spatula.

Mist a sheet of foil with cooking spray, cover the casserole and press down with your hands to be sure the bread slices are submerged in the egg mixture.  Refrigerate overnight.  Here’s what it should look like in the morning.

In the morning, take the baking dish out of the refrigerator and let it sit on the counter to warm up for at least 30 minutes before baking (going directly from refrigerator to oven may shatter a glass baking dish).  Bake uncovered for 40-50 minutes at 350º then broil for 2-3 minutes to finish.

You can dust with powdered sugar (optional) and serve with real maple syrup!

Notes ♪♫ There are many breads that will work well in this recipe.  Check out my Gluten Free Millet Bread that I often use for French Toast recipes.  Be sure to make the bread two days before assembling the casserole, a drier loaf will better absorb the eggs.

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Gluten Free Banana Date Muffins

Say goodbye to those dry, bland tasting gluten free muffins at the grocery store.  These Banana Date Muffins are incredibly moist and hearty, a real stick to your ribs breakfast!

Dates are wonderful for baking, and they give a natural sweetness to these muffins, not to mention a fiber boost.  I also added a little brown sugar substitute to the mix, but you can omit this or use real brown sugar.

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Ingredients:

Wet Ingredients

Dry Ingredients

280g. Better Batter all-purpose gluten free flour blend (use my Code MGFC30 at checkout for 30% off!)

  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon

Other

  • cooking spray
  • 1 tbsp. butter for brushing

Preparation:

Preheat the oven to 400º.  Mist a 12-cup nonstick muffin pan with cooking spray or use paper liners.

Boil water and add the dates.  Cover and remove from heat, then let them soak for 15 minutes.

Melt the butter in a small saucepan.

Whisk together the dry ingredients.  In a separate bowl, whisk together the remaining wet ingredients (eggs, mashed banana, honey, vanilla and brown sugar).

Pour the soaked dates and their water into a blender, food processor or electric chopper.  Puree into a paste, do it in 2 batches if needed.

Combine the pureed dates with the melted butter and cool 10 minutes.

Next combine the date mixture with the other wet ingredients.  Add the dry ingredients to the wet and stir together with a dough whisk just until moistened.

Fill the 12 muffin cups, level to the rim.

For nice, rounded domes, smooth the tops of the muffins with a small spatula.

Bake for 20-22 minutes.  Check that a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Melt the remaining tbsp. of butter, and brush over the tops of the muffins.  Cool in the pan for 15 minutes.

Remove the muffins and serve warm, or cool on a rack to freeze.

Thaw frozen muffins in the refrigerator.  To reheat microwave for 1 minute.

Notes ♪♫ I used Better Batter Original All Purpose Flour Blend in this recipe (be sure to use my code MGFC30 at checkout for 30% off your non-sale purchase).  If you are using a different flour blend that does not contain xanthan gum, I recommend adding 1/2 tsp. to the dry ingredients.

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Gluten Free Apple Pie French Toast

My Apple Pie French Toast features warm spiced apples layered between slices of French Toast, topped with vanilla Greek yogurt, maple syrup and a dusting of cinnamon.  Breakfast or dessert?  You decide!

I used my Gluten Free Millet Bread in this recipe, it is an extra special cakelike bread that is perfect for making French Toast.  Of course, you can use store bought gluten free bread (I won’t tell!).

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2 servings

Ingredients:

  • 4 slices of gluten free bread
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 tbsp. milk
  • 1 small apple
  • 3 tbsp. butter, divided
  • 1 tbsp. brown sugar
  • vanilla Greek yogurt
  • maple syrup
  • cinnamon

Preparation:

Whisk together the eggs and milk, and sprinkle with cinnamon.  Soak the bread slices in the egg mixture for 15 minutes, turning occasionally.  Use 2 pans if needed to fit all of the slices.


Peel and dice the apples.  In a nonstick skillet, melt one tbsp. butter.  Add the apples and cook for several minutes, stirring frequently.  Sprinkle with cinnamon and 1 tbsp. brown sugar.  Continue cooking 2 more minutes, then keep warm.

In a larger nonstick skillet or griddle, melt 2 tbsp. butter.  Add the bread slices and cook 3 minutes per side.

To plate, layer one slice of French toast with apples, then top with a second slice.  Cut in half diagonally and stack one half over the other.  Top with more apples, and a scoop of vanilla yogurt.  Drizzle with maple syrup and sprinkle with cinnamon.

Look at that plate, breakfast fit for a king and queen!  Definitely a wonderful way to start your day!

Notes ♪♫ If you enjoyed this post, be sure to check out my Tiramisu Stuffed French Toast.  And I hope you will try my Gluten Free Millet Bread, you will love the soft, mildly sweet texture of this loaf for French Toast and sandwiches!

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Gluten Free Tiramisu Stuffed French Toast

Dessert for breakfast!  Take ordinary French Toast to the next level with a vanilla cream cheese stuffing that has hints of rum, espresso and chocolate.  This stunner of a recipe will be a special treat for you and the one you love. ♥  It’s easy to prepare, but for extra convenience the filling can be made the night before. 

Inspired by ©MARILYN’S TREATS Tiramisu French Toast

A recipe within a recipe, I started with a loaf of my homemade Gluten Free Millet BreadGet the recipe here.  It’s a soft, enriched gluten free bread with just a hint of sweetness, I always keep some on hand in the freezer for making French Toast!

From there, it’s an easy pan cooked French toast recipe, with a big finish of WOW from the cream cheese filling, that is positively divine!

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Breakfast for two

Ingredients:

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  • 4 tbsp. cream cheese, softened
  • 4 tbsp. vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 2 tsp. sugar (or stevia)
  • 1 tsp. rum (or 1/2 tsp. rum extract)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

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Preparation:

Whisk together the stuffing ingredients (softened cream cheese through vanilla extract) until smooth and lump free.  You can prepare this the day before and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Whisk together the eggs, milk, espresso powder and sugar.  Dip the bread (one slice at a time) into the egg wash.

Melt butter in a large, nonstick skillet and cook the bread slices until browned on both sides.

Layer the filling between 2 slices of French Toast.

Slice diagonally and stack pieces one over the other.  Combine powdered sugar and cocoa powder and sift over the top.

Drizzle with real maple syrup.

What do you think friends, does this plate say love???  I made it for Valentine’s Day, and Mr. Cucina and I both thought it was incredible!

Notes ♪♫ Originally titled Tiramisu French Toast, this recipe was adapted from the blog of Marilyn Lesniak a/k/a ©MARILYN’S TREATS.  Marilyn’s blog is no longer active, but over the years she has inspired many a cook with her creativity in the kitchen.  I hope my readers will enjoy this gluten free adaptation of her recipe.  Marilyn, thank you for the inspiration!

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Gluten Free Apple Oat Bran Waffles

A word of Caution- This recipe contains oats.

A recent statement from Gluten Free Watchdog states that they cannot currently recommend ANY brand of gluten free oats.

Whether or not you continue to consume oats is a personal choice.  As we await more information, I will preface any recipes that include oats with a link to this important statement from Gluten Free Watchdog, an independent, subscriber-driven gluten-testing organization.  About | Gluten Free Watchdog

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I’m always looking for ways to add more fiber to my meals.  If you are on a gluten free diet, you know that many processed foods are sadly lacking in fiber, not to mention nutritional value.

This week I have been experimenting with my waffle recipe, to see if I could incorporate more fruits and fiber into breakfast.  These hearty, dense waffles will stick to your ribs and start your morning off right!

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Yield: 8 Waffles

Ingredients:

Preparation:

Whisk together the dry ingredients, flour through brown sugar.

Peel and core the apple and process it to a fine mince in an electric chopper.

In a separate bowl, combine the minced apples with the other wet ingredients, through vanilla.

Whisk in the milk, then stir the dry ingredients into the wet.  Let the batter hydrate while you preheat the waffle iron to 350º.

Coat both sides of the waffle iron with cooking spray and add half the batter.  Use a spatula to spread it into the corners.

Gluten free waffles always take a bit longer to cook, and because this is an extra dense batter it will need even more time.  Allow a full six minutes, or a bit longer if you like them crispy.

If not serving immediately you can cool them on a rack and freeze.  This is what I do, and they are great toasted.

Serving suggestion:  Try topping these waffles with sautéed apples and a sprinkle of candied walnuts.  The flavors are perfect together.  Always use real maple syrup!

Notes ♪♫  Bobs Red Mill sells both regular and gluten free oat bran.  For those with Celiac, be sure to order the Gluten Free Oat Bran.  Or, for extra peace of mind, check out Montana Gluten Free Oat Bran, made with purity protocol oats.  If you are one of the few who cannot have oats at all, try substituting ground flax seeds.  You can pop them in a coffee grinder to make flax meal.

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Gluten Free Blueberry French Toast Casserole

French Toast Casserole is my favorite thing to make for brunch.  I have been making some version of this dish for years, even before my Celiac diagnosis.  This Easter, I decided to change it up with a blueberry cream cheese filling and it was so delicious!  Just prep the night before and bake in the morning, a real time saver when you are having company!

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At the heart of the recipe are those sweet, enriched bread cubes, but don’t use any old gluten free bread.  Ingredients matter, and that cardboard loaf you got at the supermarket is not going to do this casserole justice!

A recipe within a recipe…

The secret to this dish is my Gluten Free Millet Bread.  I make this bread specifically for French toast and it is amazing!  Bake it two days before, and you will have more than enough for this French Toast Casserole.

If you are going to buy the bread, choose a good quality gluten free enriched loaf, like a brioche or challah.  But I do hope you will give this Millet Bread a try, I promise you will not be disappointed!

Ingredients:

  • 9 slices gluten free millet bread, cut into cubes
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 4 oz. vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries, divided use
  • 9 large eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups 1% milk
  • 3/4 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup real maple syrup
  • pinch of nutmeg and cardamom
  • powdered sugar, for dusting

Preparation:

Two days before, bake the Millet Bread.  Cool completely on a rack, and store it at room temperature for 24 hours in a plastic bag.

The night before, coat a 2 quart square glass baking dish with cooking spray.  Spread half of the bread cubes in an even layer.

Mash the softened cream cheese and vanilla yogurt together with a fork until well blended.

Distribute the cream cheese mixture evenly over the bread cubes, like this.

Top with 3/4 cup of the blueberries.

Finish with the remaining bread cubes.  Whisk together the eggs, milk, vanilla extract, maple syrup, nutmeg and cardamom.  Pour the egg mixture over the casserole and press down with a spatula to be sure all of the bread cubes are moistened.

Cover tightly with foil, be sure to mist the foil with cooking spray so it doesn’t stick.  Refrigerate overnight.

In the morning, take the casserole out of the refrigerator at least 1/2 hour before baking (so the dish doesn’t shatter in the oven).  Preheat the oven to 350º.

Bake for 30 minutes covered, then carefully use tongs to remove the foil and continue baking for an additional 30-45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Remove from the oven and keep warm until ready to serve.  Top with 1/4 cup fresh blueberries and dust liberally with powdered sugar.

This beautiful casserole is dense and filling.  And with that sweet blueberry cream cheese filling, it’s almost like eating dessert!

I served it with maple syrup, but honestly it doesn’t need anything additional.  We had a little left over, and it was just as good the next day!

Notes ♪♫  Would you be surprised to know that the inspiration for this dish came from Allrecipes? And the original casserole was not gluten free?  In  many cases, changing one or two ingredients is all you need to convert a recipe to gluten free.  So don’t hesitate to check out traditional recipes and make substitutions.  Always check labels for gluten containing ingredients.  In this recipe, pay particular attention to the cream cheese, yogurt and powdered sugar as some may contain gluten while others do not.

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