I promised to entertain a person who suddenly told me she had to be on a gluten free and milk free diet, due to her doctor’s instructions. I made it look like it was going to be no problem at all and only then went on to panic at home. I looked on Pinterest, on Yummly and a couple of other pages and I was just overwhelmed with possibilities. Many of them asked for types of flour I have never heard about and I was a little bit lost. Next day I went to my local grocery store to find one, sad gluten free flour mix, which was way overpriced. So off I went to my favourite location to shop for food: a store with goods imported from the Middle East. I buy all my spices there, delicious brown rice in 5kg bags and I frequently buy things I have never tried and google the solutions to them at home. I was never disappointed, a lot of those foods are really magical.
Back to my story though. I looked at their shelves and found a 1 1/2 kg bag of rice flour. I immediately knew that this is the amount and the type of stuff I’d be happy experimenting with.
I was prepared for these muffins to be too dense, gloopy and maybe chewy. They are none of these things. As you can see they raised very well and I promise you that the flavour is also great. I wanted to do a vanilla bean muffins just so that I could have a base gluten free recipe on hand whenever I need it. This is the result of a couple of experiments and this is the best one so far. I am sure it would be easy to modify it slightly in order to make a chocolate or fruit muffin. This queen, however is a vanilla bean!
3/4 cup sugar
1 1/3 cup rice flour
1/2 cup applesauce
1/4 cup oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
seeds from 1/2 well scraped vanilla bean
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
Preheat the oven to 180C/350F.
In a bowl whisk the eggs, sugar, applesauce and oil until smooth.
Add rice flour, vanilla extract, vanilla seeds, baking powder and salt and mix with a spatula.
Mix until there are no more dry pockets of flour but don’t overmix.
Pour into 12 muffin cases and bake for 25 minutes or until the cocktail stick comes out clean.
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