Friday, September 30, 2011

September Ingredient Challenge Part 2

So here we are in October. Granted it is just the 2nd, but I had intended to get this all done on Friday. However, I goofed and put to much baking soda in my "biscuit" batter, and had to get more fresh basil from my mom's. Yes, I said biscuits (we are ignoring the baking soda incident). I had intended biscuits, but for some reason my batter wasn't quite there. As mini-muffins though they are fabulous, and I am making soup to go with them. Or at least opening a carton of soup to warm up. :)

Sun Dried Tomato and Basil Mini-Muffins

90 grams garbanzo bean flour
30 grams brown rice flour
60 grams potato starch
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 egg
2 ounces olive oil
4 ounces non-dairy (or dairy) milk
1/8 Cup sun dried tomatoes (the kind in a bag not packed in oil)
2-3 teaspoons fresh basil, chopped finely

In a small bowl place your sun dried tomatoes. Pour boiling water over them to cover and let steep for 10 minutes. Set aside. In a medium bowl, measure out the flours, salt, and baking soda. Whisk to combine. Measure out milk, olive oil and egg in a
glass measuring cup and set aside. Drain and chop the sun dried tomatoes. Add milk mixture to the flour. Stir to combine. Add basil and tomatoes stirring to just combine. Then using your hand dandy small cookie scoop (small spoon works as well), place one scoop batter into each muffin "cup" in the greased tin. Bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees F. Cool and remove. Makes approximately 2 1/2 dozen.

I had these last ingredients to work with, and had no clue what to do with them. That is until I hit upon the idea of a tart! Little mini-indulgences with a hint of lemon and topped with chocolate. Oh, yeah!

Lemon Cream Cheese Tarts

Tart Shell (fabulous recipe over at Simply Sugar & Gluten Free)

Press small ball of dough into tart pan. Bake for 7-10 minutes. They should be slightly brown on edges. Cool and fill. (Note: If you aren't gluten free, just use your favorite pie crust even it if comes in a red box from the grocery store.)

Cream Cheese Filling

8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/2 Cup coconut cream
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
2 Tablespoons honey
2 Tablespoons turbinado sugar

Beat all ingredients together until smooth and creamy. Adjust lemon and/or sugar until you are pleased with the flavor. I liked this. Put in an airtight container and refrigerate while making your pastry. These were then topped with a square of dark chocolate melted with a dash of cinnamon, and then drizzled over the top.

Monkey liked them so much he asked for 2nd's!

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