Thursday, January 18, 2018
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You Asked For It: Gluten-Free Cranberry Nut Bread

I'm looking for gluten-free quick bread recipes that are tried and true. Thank you.

Paula Prentiss, Crystal Beach

Rachelle Stratton of Rock Springs, Wyo., reads this column online and has experience making gluten-free recipes. I have to admit I hesitated about publishing her cranberry nut bread recipe — after mine fell apart. But, this was my first venture into gluten-free baking and I learned a lot. And, this bread is just too yummy not to share. As I made it, we emailed back and forth so she could answer my questions. Unlike the batter I am used to, this is very crumbly and doesn't hold together. Next time, I may work it with my hands to see if it will stick. Rachelle told me that gluten-free flours can be temperamental and brands vary, so she is always adding or subtracting from recipes. But, she said, gluten-free baked goods have a distinct texture and this bread is a good example.

Her recipe called for one egg; I added another in hopes of changing the consistency. It did, but not enough. The finished bread is very moist and has a hint of orange flavor. I used Bob's Red Mill brand coconut flour I found at Whole Foods in Tampa ($7.99 for a 1-pound bag). Rachelle suggests using Cup4Cup, a brand she says she buys online but can be found at Williams-Sonoma stores. Xanthan gum can be found at Publix ($15 for 8 ounces). Those familiar with gluten-free baking may get it right on the first try. Less experienced bakers may have the challenges I did. I will try again, though, because it was that good. Maybe add a third egg or a bit more orange juice.

Another tip from Rachelle: Don't double gluten-free baking recipes; they don't seem to work for her.

Recipe request

Joyce Galiardo of Seminole is looking for a shrimp dish made with Kahlúa. She said she had the dish at a restaurant in Mazatlán, Mexico, a decade ago and would love a recipe.

Recipes tested by Times correspondent Ellen Folkman unless otherwise noted. Send requests to You Asked For It, P.O. Box 1159, Crystal Beach, FL 34681 or email [email protected] Include your name, city and phone number.

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