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10/2/09 1:49 A

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Oh, ANI! It must have been fun growing up with you as MOM! All kinds of kitchen experiments! LOL! Anyhow, ANI is right... SPELT does have gluten, but can be tolerated by some people who have an intolerance to OTHER FLOURS. Is that what I said before? Maybe not...
I used to make my own bread ALWAYS. The more you knead it, the better it turns out.
Pancakes and muffins, mix JUST until blended. Still lumpy. Learned that in HOME EC as a young girl. My mom was (and still is) a terrible cook, although her meals were always HEALTHY! emoticon emoticon

Edited by: FIT_ARTIST at: 10/2/2009 (01:50)
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10/1/09 8:45 P

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Sorry to take up so much space here. I just remembered something that I forgot to mention.

Gluten isn't actually IN the wheat. It is DEVELOPED in the wheat through handling. That is why we knead the bread dough.
Pastries and most quick breads on the other hand need a light, quick touch otherwise you will DEVELOP the gluten and the finished product will be tough and rubbery.

You want tender, melt-in-your-mouth pancakes? Don't mix very much--leave some lumps! Most people way over beat their pancake batter; no, no, no!

Edited by: ANIDUCK at: 10/1/2009 (20:47)
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10/1/09 8:44 P

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I've never been tested and I don't itch when i eat any kind of bread.

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Oh

Hospitals are terrific for traumatic care; for acute care. They do a really, really good job in saving lives when it’s a sudden bleeding emergency. But in terms of chronic care, they’re terrible; (that is) in terms of the illnesses that most people have, endure, that cost the most money, that last the longest and ultimately die from. -Dr. Andrew Saul


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Beccie, are you celiac? If so, I'm sorry I didn't catch that. And if you are then don't use Spelt. It has lots of gluten in it. Spelt only works for those who have a wheat intolerance exclusively but who can handle gluten.

Gee, I hope I'm making sense.

Any flour that can be worked up into a dough or batter that only requires the addition of baking soda, baking powder or yeast to get it to rise has got to have gluten in it. Gluten-free baked items must have other, special ingredients like quar gum, carrageenan or xanthin gum or other things like that to help it rise a little. Have you ever wondered why all cornbread recipes have all-purpose flour along with the cornmeal? That's because corn doesn't have that elastic, rubbery substance we refer to as "gluten".

You can do an experiment at home to learn first hand what gluten is like. Do this with your kids, they will think it's great. Mix some water into a cup of whole wheat flour to make a nice soft ball of dough. Put this in a pan of water and knead it carefully over and over preferably with the water running so that the bran and starch can flow out. After you do this for a while you will have in your hand a rubbery ball of gluten.

Another, simpler test is to chew on a couple teaspoons of whole wheat kernels. The starch and bran will fall away and be swallowed and you will be left with "chewing gum"!

Isn't God's universe fascinating?!!

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10/1/09 8:28 P

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You are right, Ani. But my mom is half hypocondriact. My grandmother was worse. Mom believes that gluten gives her the itches and doesn't eat it. So I bake things that she is eating, gluten free. That's why i have so many flours on hand.

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10/1/09 8:22 P

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Just want to insert here for your joy and...uh...whatever, that I haven't understood that gluten was considered "unclean". Gluten is a natural occurring substance in many grains and other foods. Some people are radically sensitive to gluten and are forced to eliminate it completely from their diets. These people have a disease called celiac disease. It's a condition that affects the stomach and causes terrible gastrointestinal disturbances.

There are some other people who have found that they have a sensitivity to it that when they go off of it they simply feel better. Other people find that if they just eliminate wheat then they can still do other things with gluten in them.

What I have seen with a lot of people who get on the get-away-from-gluten bandwagon is that they fall into an eating style that includes a lot of junky stuff that is marketed to just those kinds of people. My 2 cents: if a lot of these people (not those with genuine celiac disease), if they would just start eating real foods, fresh and whole, and stay away from processed sugars and grains and ...stuff, Then their tummy troubles would dissolve. But most of them, that I've talked to, hold firmly to the belief that all they have to do is avoid gluten. BUT, most of these people STILL have lots of health problems, obesity being just one of them. You can go figure!!

Summary to this blast: Gluten isn't an unclean thing.

Edited by: ANIDUCK at: 10/1/2009 (20:22)
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10/1/09 5:05 P

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Thank you.

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oops! soory. Forgot the link...
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Sounds good. I'll use the spelt flour for the crust. Do you have recipe for it?

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Here is a pie crust (it's yummy). I have misprinted it also, I see. (ok, fixed it) There is no all-purpose flour. It is supposed to read whole wheat flour. If you don't want a chocolate crust, just omit the cocoa. This is a not-too-sweet cookie crust.

Pumpkin pie filling? Just use any pumpkin pie recipe, and sub in the clean crust (above) and don't use white sugar. I would make it with canned pumpkin with nothing extra added (no salt) I would probably use raw cane sugar, or turbinado...

Also, Bob's Red Mill makes an all purpose gluten free flour, but spelt flour, although not gluten free, is generally speaking, tolerated by those on a gluten free diet.

Here is a link to all the gluten free flours that Bob's Red Mill produces. Most of these are available at my local grocery store, but a few must be purchased on-line... or maybe your local health food store would have them.
www.bobsredmill.com/gluten-free-flou
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The holidays are coming and what better way to arm ourselves for that is... to get our holiday recipes cleaned up. Unfortantly, I don't have any yet. I'm in search of the homemade pie crust and pumpkin filling recipe. All clean. No gluten. I want to use the crust for other pies too.
What's your favorite holiday recipe? Please insert it into our cookbook. emoticon

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