Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Pumpkin Pie French Toast with Cranberry Relish – Gluten Free

Pumpkin Pie French Toast with Cranberry Ginger Relish -Gluten Free

This turned out to be one of my best recipes of the year! We ate it for dinner and then had a second helping for dessert. I will serve it for brunch during the holidays. The trick to getting great French toast from gluten free bread is to whip the eggs until almost frothy, keep the eggy mix thick, and cook slowly. Adding pumpkin thickens the egg mix and also tastes incredible.  If you don’t have time to make the relish, just whip up some of the best French toast ever!

My Cranberry Ginger relish recipe is here. Make this at least 4 hours in advance. It keeps for weeks. Well, theoretically it does. In our house it gets eaten up pretty quickly.

Pumpkin Pie French Toast with Cranberry Relish

serves 2

4 slices gluten free bread (or sourdough)

1 egg

1/2 C canned pumpkin

1/3 C milk

2 t pumpkin pie spice

2 t powdered sugar

butter for pan

Whip egg until almost frothy; blend it into 1 substance until the yolk and whites are all one. Stir in pumpkin, milk, spice, and sugar until smooth. On a hot griddle, add a pat of butter then reduce heat to medium high. Dip both sides of bread into eggy mixture, allowing it to soak in and leaving a nice coating on the outsides. Use a spatula to remove bread and place on the griddle. Cook both sides until golden brown, approx 3-5 min each side.

Place 2 slices of French Toast on a plate with a healthy dollop of cranberry relish in between. Add a dollop od relish on top. If you are really ambitious, you can top with sugared cranberries. But only if you are serving mimosas or another drink where your beautiful cranberries can be used as a garnish.

Well, it is Thanksgiving eve and I still have a pie to make. I unloaded a great kiln load today, so check out my adorable new Owl Bowls!

From our Thanksgiving table- Roasted Butternut Squash, Garlic and Onions puree

roasted garlic, onion, and butternut squash with toasted walnuts

The flavors of roasted root vegetables are intense and I can’t get enough of them! I’ve tweaked this roasted butternut squash recipe until it is absolute perfection. I also made it dairy free by using coconut milk which improved the taste even more. It’s not hard and you can’t get it wrong; just adjust the salt and pepper to your satisfaction at the end. I serve this in my 4 cup flower bowl for a pretty presentation.

Roasted Garlic, Onion and Butternut Squash puree

1 butternut squash, peeled, seeds removed, cut into 1/2” cubes

1 whole garlic pod

2 med. onions, peeled, cut in wedges

2 T olive oil

1/2 C coconut milk

1 1/2 t thyme

toasted black walnuts (or other seeds) for garnish- optional

Wrap squash cubes drizzled in olive oil in aluminum foil packet. Cut top off garlic so that every clove is exposed, place on foil, drizzle with olive oil, wrap into closed packet. Place onion wedges on foil, drizzle with oil, wrap into packet. Place all your packets on a cookie sheet and roast in a 400 degree oven for 50 min.

Remove squash and onions from packets and puree together in a food processor. Add roasted garlic by squeezing 9 of the cloves into processor. Save the extra cloves for another use. Add coconut milk, thyme and salt and pepper to taste. You may have to puree in batches and transfer to a larger bowl, in which case, just stir it all together and then add the salt and pepper. Serve hot. This can be made a day ahead and heated up before serving with garnish.roasted garlic, onion, and butternut squash


You can also make this into a soup: Put puree in a saucepan with 2 cups chicken or vegetable stock and heat.

You can make it into a pasta sauce by adding 1 cup chicken or vegetable stock.

If you have to serve a vegetable dish on Thanksgiving, this will hold its own.

Remember to count your blessings! I count you as one of the things I am grateful to have in my life. It’s a treat to find people who share my passion for tasty, wholesome food that is beautifully served.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Gluten free stuffed French toast

I worked 18 hours yesterday. It’s probably crazy but it doesn’t feel like a long day to me, even though I was in my studio until 2:30 am. It feels like this moment, then this moment, then this moment. On Thursday I will be able to open the kiln and see what my long day produced. There are many preordered nesting bowl sets, and one new Modern Lace platter that I glazed in gray and chartreuse that I want to see.

This morning I made a wonderful French toast with gluten free bread. It is tricky because the gluten free breads are dense and don’t absorb the eggs as readily as wheat breads. I overcame this by soaking in a thick eggy mix, and using my old cast iron griddle. I stuffed this batch with peanut butter and jelly and it is about as perfectly tasty as any breakfast could be.

Gluten Free French Toast stuffed with peanut butter and jelly

Gluten Free stuffed French toast

serves 2

1.  In a small bowl, whip 2 eggs with 2 T lowfat milk. Substitute dairy free or water if lactose intolerant. Pour a depth of 1/4” into a plate with a deep lip. I used one of my salad plates, which are 7 1/2” D and worked perfectly. You want the egg mix to soak into the bottom of 1 slice of bread without touching the top.Soak 3-5 min.


2. While waiting for the bottom to soak, coat a separate slice of bread with peanut butter and jelly. Remove soaked bread and set atop the PB&J with the eggy side up. Pour 1/4” of eggy mix in the plate and use a spatula to transfer your sandwich onto the egg mix in order to soak the bottom. Cook on buttered griddle on medium high heat, approximately 3 min per side. Watch for the eggs to set, turning a golden brown.


I served mine with a pat of butter and maple syrup. Powdered sugar would be tasty, too.

I’ll be making this more often!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Thanksgivukah! Thanksgiving + Hanukkah

Thanksgiving and the first night of Hanukkah coincide for the first time in 125 years! Latkes and cranberry ginger relish, hey, what’s not to love about that? The food is easy since our Thanksgiving dinner is served early afternoon so we can waddle off for a hike afterwards. Hanukkah will be my homemade latkes, rustic applesauce, and an extra dollop of leftover cranberry relish on top, with the sour cream optional. I’ve always served gingerbread Hanukkah cookies for dessert. So the only problem left is how to set the table to morph easily from the riot of fall colors to the cool blue of Hanukkah. My solution is to go with showy white flowers, vases and candles, accent the rustic side of Thanksgiving d├ęcor, add gray as a transitional tone, and use blue for color pop. My husband made the new rustic menorah, which we will light fully for the afternoon meal, and reset for Hanukkah in the evening. Here are some style shots you can use to help style your own Thanksgivukah.

Hanukah table on Thanksgiving 2 lilies in cone vase


rustic menorah rustic hanukkah 2

flower frog vase with star cookie table set for Hanukah Thanksgiving


Hanukkah place setting River Journey dinnerware with a rustic Hanukah setting

Harvest arrangement

May we be forever grateful for the miracles of light that bless our lives with hope and abundance. Have fun setting your table! The pottery here is available at Lee Wolfe Pottery.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

2013 Ornaments

It’s a magical time of year! Here are some things to celebrate the holidays:

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white tree


minimalist woodland holiday decor 2013 winter collection


owl house 2013

peaceand love bird ornaments owl house ornaments

tree candles