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Guest Post: Gluten-Free Friday: Apple Cider Fritters October 14, 2011

Filed under: Gluten Free Friday,Guest Posting — Lizz @ 7:00 am
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Hello readers of A Little Bit of This & That! I’m Mara, Lizz’s heterosexual life mate and BFF as well as the writer of the blog What’s for Dinner?. You may have heard of me before, or seen Lizz and my various shenanigans through the course of her blog, including the Twilight party, pizza night, making cupcake bites… the list goes on.

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So, when Lizz put out a call for guest posts, I of course volunteered. Then Lizz said “Hey, why don’t you do Gluten-Free Friday?!” And I was… apprehensive. I very rarely make gluten-free treats. Ok, that’s not completely true. I make gluten-free food all the time, just not for the sole reason of it being gluten-free. I don’t have any sort of gluten intolerance, nor do I toy with cutting out gluten for the sole reason that it’s “trendy.”

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However, as you know, Lizz’s daughter Skylar was recently diagnosed with Celiac disease, and I love being able to help in any way that I can, being the “food nerd” that I am.

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Then, I asked my friend Mindy at work, whose 2-year-old daughter was also just diagnosed with Celiac disease, if there were any treats she’d like me to try to make since she’d get to bring the leftovers home.

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She said “Pie. Or cookies. Or really anything!” So I went with it.

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I couldn’t handle making pie crust on a Thursday night. My rolling pin had touched far too much gluten for me to roll out cookies. So I went the more “anything” route. These are reminiscent of Lizz and my trips to the apple orchard over the years, and really, the sole reason for visiting sometimes!

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First, I made sure to thoroughly clean my mixing bowl, dough hook, cutting surface, knife, and measuring cups as these fritter bites will be actually fed to someone with Celiac.

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I used a mixture of certified gluten-free oat flour and white rice flour to create the base of the batter, as well as some other key ingredients.

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Below you’ll see the step-by-step directions, and please keep in mind these can be altered to suit your kitchen. No mixer? Use a whisk and bowl! Don’t want to fry? Bake the batter in mini muffin tins!

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First, proof 1 packet of yeast in 1 cup of apple cider.

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Then, after it’s foamy, add in 2.5 cups of oat flour and mix well. It will get quite sticky.

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Add 3 eggs (or 1 egg and 2 egg whites, either will work), then mix well. Also add in 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce and 2 Tbsp. of canola oil.

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Then, add in one cup of white rice flour and mix well.

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Next, add 2 Tablespoons white sugar, 1 Tablespoon cinnamon, and 2 teaspoons nutmeg

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Finally, stir in one large chopped apple.

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Allow the batter to rest and rise about 30 minutes, then heat oil to 375*F (or pre-heat the oven to 375*).

Drop by rounded tablespoons into the hot oil and cook about 4 minutes, flipping once.

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Drop the hot fritters into a dish with a mixture of white sugar and cinnamon (I used 1/2 cup sugar and 1/8 cup cinnamon) and toss to coat.

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Stack artfully and admire your handiwork.

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Gluten-Free Apple Cider Fritters

Ingredients

Fritters

  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1 packet instant dry yeast
  • 2 1/2 cups gluten-free oat flour
  • 1 cup white rice flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 Tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 Tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 large apple, chopped
  • oil for frying

Cinnamon-sugar topping

  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons cinnamon

Directions

First, proof the packet of yeast in the apple cider.

Then, after it’s foamy, add in the oat flour and mix well. It will get quite sticky.

Add the eggs (or 1 egg and 2 egg whites, either will work), then mix well. Also add in the unsweetened applesauce and canola oil.

Then, add in the white rice flour and mix well.

Next, add the white sugar,cinnamon, and nutmeg.

Finally, stir in the apple.

Allow the batter to rest and rise about 30 minutes, then heat oil to 375*F (or pre-heat the oven to 375*).

Drop by rounded tablespoons into the hot oil and cook about 4 minutes, flipping once.

Drop the hot fritters into a dish with a mixture of white sugar and cinnamon (I used 1/2 cup sugar and 1/8 cup cinnamon) and toss to coat.

If baking:

Drop the batter into prepared muffin tins and bake at 375*F until done, about 12-15 minutes. When done, brush the tops of the muffins with apple cider, then dip into the cinnamon-sugar mixture.

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Enjoy these gluten-free bites of fall!


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I’m Guest Posting at What’s For Dinner Today! July 11, 2011

Filed under: Accessories,Guest Posting — Lizz @ 10:06 am
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Welcome visitors from What’s for Dinner!  I hope that you like what you see and choose to stay for a while…

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Today I am guest posting over at What’s for Dinner.  Not only am I posting this super fun accessory I did a while back:

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Magnetic Necklace with Interchangeable Bottle Cap Charms

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I am also hosting a giveaway for one!

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So please take a moment to pop over to What’s for Dinner and check out this super easy tutorial and/or to enter the giveaway.  You only have until Wednsday (July 13) at Midnight to enter, so don’t wait!

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Good Luck Everyone!  Have a wonderful week!

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Lizz

 

I’m Guest Posting at Reasons to Skip the Housework!! May 25, 2011

Filed under: Art Projects,Guest Posting — Lizz @ 7:38 am
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I am so excited, because today, I have the honor of being one of the guest posters for Reasons to Skip the Housework‘s 500 Follower Gala!!
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I would love if you would take a minute to go over and see this super cool craft we made:

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Magnetic Necklace with Interchangeable Bottle Cap Charms

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I am also offering a GIVEAWAY over there.  You’ll have to check out my guest post *HERE* to see what it is, and to enter.  You only have until Friday to enter, so don’t delay!!

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(Note:  If you would like to sign up for the giveaway, you must submit your entry comments on my post at the Reasons to Skip the Housework site, not this post)

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Have a great day everyone!

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Lizz

I will also be submitting this fun project to these parties:

Thrifty Thursday @ Thrifty 101

Creative Juices Thursday @ Momnivore’s Dilemma

For the Kids Friday @ Sun Scholars

Feature Yourself Friday @ Fingerprints on the Fridge