Close up of two buckwheat sorghum biscuits.

Buckwheat Sorghum Biscuits

Despite it’s name, buckwheat is not related to wheat and is gluten free. It is actually related to sorrel, knotweed and rhubarb. The name ‘buckwheat’ or ‘beech wheat’ comes from its triangular seeds, which resemble the much larger seeds of the beech nut from the beech tree, and the fact that it is used like wheat.

Front of package of Arrowhead Mills Organic Buckwheat Flour.

I used regular milk in these biscuits instead of buttermilk and they turned out a little bit crumbly. I think they would be much better with the buttermilk. The buckwheat flour gives these biscuits a hearty flavor and whole-grain texture. These are really good with a little gluten-free cream gravy on top!

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup buckwheat flour
  • 1/2 cup sorghum flour
  • 1/2 cup tapioca starch
  • 1/2 cup potato starch
  • 1 tsp xanthan gum
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 T baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup butter, chilled
  • 1 cup buttermilk

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 425º F. In a large mixing bowl, mix together all of the dry ingredients.

Dry ingredients mixed together in a white bowl.

Dry ingredients mixed together – buckwheat flour has a dark brown color.

Cut the butter into small pieces and use a pastry cutter to mix it into the dry ingredients.

Dry ingredients with blobs of butter mixed in.

I used a pastry cutter to blend the butter into the flour mixture.

Add the buttermilk and use a large spoon to mix well. The dough will be thick and sticky.

Buckwheat sorghum biscuit dough in a white bowl.

Add buttermilk and mix until a thick, sticky dough is formed.

For drop biscuits, use floured or moistened hands to form balls of dough and place them on a cooking sheet.

Baking sheet with 14 balls of dough ready to bake.

I moistened my hands with water to form the balls of dough. You can also use flour to coat your hands or to roll the dough out for cutting.

Buckwheat sorghum dough formed into balls on baking sheet.

Bake for 15 minutes at 425º F.
Makes about a dozen 3″ biscuits.

Baked buckwheat sorghum biscuits on baking sheet.

Baked biscuits – crispy on the outside, soft on the inside.

Two buckwheat sorghum biscuits on a small plate with a butter dish and a stick of butter in the background.

Two buckwheat sorghum biscuits cut open with butter on a small plate.

The biscuits were a tad crumbly – possibly because I used regular milk instead of buttermilk.

Recipe from Janice Mansfield

 

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Four gluten free pancakes on a white plate with syrup and fresh blueberries.

Gluten Free Pancake Mix Review

This week I’m reviewing two gluten-free pancake mixes that contain sorghum flour. Both of them were very good, and they each had a unique flavor and appeal.

Hodgson Mills Gluten Free Pancake Mix is a whole grain, hearty mix with flax seeds.

Front of Hodgson Mill Gluten Free Pancake Mix box.

Hodgson Mill has a nice traditional design on their box with all the pertinent information.

Side of Hodgson Mill pancake mix box showing the ingredients.

Hodgson Mill has less sugar and additives in their mix and more whole grains.

I added fresh Texas blueberries to make these pancakes extra healthy and just plain yummy.

Washed blueberries on a paper towel.

Fresh Texas blueberries.

I used buttermilk and the batter came out very thick. I had to use a spoon to spread the batter out on the grill so they would be thin enough to cook completely inside. I think I would have liked them better if I had added a bit more milk to the thin out the batter.

Metal mixing bowl containing pancake batter with blueberries stirred into it.

The Hodgson Mill batter was a bit thick – I should have added a little more milk.

Four blutberry pancakes cooking on a griddle.

If the batter is thick, be sure to spread it out with a spoon on the griddle so the pancakes will not be to tall and cook well in the middle.

Stack of gluten free blueberry pancakes on a white plate.

Finished stack of Hodgson Mill Gluten Free blueberry pancakes.

 

The other day I found this new gluten-free pancake mix I had never seen before – Kerbey Lane Cafe Gingerbread Pancake Mix.

Front of box of Kerbey Lane Gingerbread Pancake Mix. It has cartoon image of a gingerbread man flipping pancakes.

Kerbey Lane Cafe has several locations in the Austin, TX area. I think they’re packaging has a fun design.

The package was really cute and when I turned it over to read the ingredients I was amazed to see sorghum flour was the first ingredient!

Side of Kerbey Lane pancake mix box showing ingredient list.

Sorghum flour is listed as the first ingredient.

They also had a fun slogan on the side:

The side of the Kerbey pancake mix box has the slogan Peace Through Pancakes and graphic of flying pancakes above their allergen information.

Peace Through Pancakes – I’m all for that! Love those flying pancakes.

So, I HAD to try this, right?

Kerbey Lane Cafe is actually a small restaurant chain in Austin, TX that also produces packaged products for retail. I found this mix at Drug Emporium. You can buy them online, too. They have regular and gluten-free mixes. The gluten-free ones are manufactured in a dedicated facility, according to the package, so that made me feel safe trying the product.

The Kerbey Lane mix has everything in it, so all you have to add are eggs and water.

White mixing bowl containing Kerbey gingerbread pancake batter.

Kerbey Lane Gingerbread pancake batter.

The pancakes looked and smelled like soft gingerbread cookies while they were cooking.

Four gingerbread pancakes cooking on a griddle.

The Kerbey Lane pancakes look like big fluffy gingerbread cookies when they are cooking.

And they tasted as good as they smelled!

Four gingerbread pancakes stacked on a plate.

Kerbey Lane Cafe gluten free gingerbread pancakes.

I added a small amount of butter and maple syrup, but these might also be good with fruit and whipped cream. The texture was just like I remember real pancakes being.

I would definitely recommend either one of these mixes to my celiac friends.

Remember: Peace Through Pancakes!

 

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Whole grain sorghum pilaf with toasted corn in a serving bowl with Parmesan cheese sprinkled on top.

Sorghum Pilaf with Pan-Roasted Corn

Here is another whole grain sorghum recipe developed by Barbara Kliment of the Nebraska Grain Sorghum Board. I added chopped kale to the recipe to give it more color and just because I love kale.

Metal bowl containing chopped up kale.

I added chopped kale to add color to this dish.

I soaked my sorghum for two hours before cooking, which made it a little softer and more sticky. I cooked the sorghum for about an hour until all of the broth was absorbed. I think I could have taken 10 minutes off of the cooking time and drained off the excess broth and the texture of the sorghum would have been a bit better.

The chicken broth gives the whole grain sorghum a nice flavor and the almonds give this pilaf a very pleasing crunch. Enjoy this pilaf as a meal by itself or as a side dish.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup uncooked pearled sorghum
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 ½ Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen corn
  • 1 cup carrots, sliced thin
  • ½ cup celery, sliced
  • ½ cup onion, diced
  • 2 cups kale, chopped (optional)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ½ cup slivered almonds
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese, shredded or grated
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

Package of chicken broth next to rinsed sorghum grains in a strainer.

The whole grain sorghum absorbs the flavor of the chicken broth.

Rinse and drain sorghum grains. Bring chicken broth to a boil in a 3-quart saucepan, add sorghum and simmer for 45 to 50 minutes, until tender. Drain off any excess broth and set pan aside.

Cooked whole grain sorghum in a saucepan.

I cooked the sorghum until it absorbed all of the chicken broth (about an hour) and it was a little bit mushy.

While the sorghum is cooking, chop the vegetables. Measure out two cups of frozen corn and let it sit out to thaw. I didn’t have slivered almonds so I chopped up some whole almonds in my food processor.

Corn and almonds in measuring cups next to bowl of cut of carrots, celery and onions.

Chopped vegetables, almonds and frozen corn.

Heat olive oil in a large skillet. Add corn and cook until toasted.

Corn sautéing in a skillet.

Sauté the corn in a skillet in olive oil until it starts to brown a little.

Add onion, garlic, celery and carrots and sauté until onions are translucent, 3 – 5 minutes. Add salt and pepper to season to taste.

Carrots, onions, celery and garlic added to the sautéed corn in skillet.

The rest of the vegetables are sautéed with the toasted corn.

Add chopped kale, cover and steam for 2 minutes.

Skillet containing vegetables with glass cover on top.

I covered the skillet after adding the chopped kale to let it steam for a few minutes.

Add almonds, cover and cook for 2-3 more minutes, until nuts begin to toast.

Vegetables and almonds mixed together in skillet.

I steamed the kale until it was wilted (about 3 minutes) and then added the almonds.

Add cooked sorghum and heat through, adding extra broth if the mixture looks too dry. Add cheese and stir until melted.

Skillet containing cooked vegetables, whole grain soghum and parmesan cheese.

Cooked sorghum is added to the vegetables, warmed up, and then the Parmesan cheese is added.

Remove pilaf from heat and pour into serving dish or platter. Garnish with additional cheese and almonds, if you like.

Plastic container of grated Parmesan cheese.

You can use shredded or grated Parmesan cheese.

 

 

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Close up of gluten-free chocolate muffin on a dessert plate with white chocolate drizzeled over the top.

Gluten-Free Triple Chocolate Muffins

Here is an amazing chocolate muffin recipe from Carol Fenster’s book “100 Best Gluten-Free Recipes”.  It’s a chocolate muffin with chocolate chips and white chocolate drizzled over the top. I could hardly believe these muffins were gluten-free!

In the book, it says this recipe makes 12 muffins, but I got 19.

Be careful eating these – they are very addictive!

Ingredients

Drizzle

  • 1/2 cup chopped gluten-free white chocolate, melted
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons milk of choice

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 375º F. Grease muffin pan cups or line with paper liners.

To make the muffins: Beat the eggs with an electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds. Add milk, oil, and vanilla and continue beating on low speed until just blended.

Eggs, milk and vanilla mixed together.

Eggs, milk, oil and vanilla mixed together.

In a small bowl, whisk together the sorghum blend, sugar, cocoa, xanthan gum, baking soda and salt.

Dry ingredients mixed together in metal mixing bowl.

Dry ingredients mixed together.

Gradually beat the flour mixture into the liquid ingredients until the batter is smooth and slightly thickened, about 1 to 2 minutes.

Gluten-free chocolate muffin batter in a mixing bowl.

The batter is smooth and creamy.

Stir in the chocolate chips and almonds.

Gluten-free chocolate muffin batter with chocolate chips and almonds stirred in.

The nuts and chocolate chips added to the batter.

Divide the batter evenly in the muffin pan.

Two muffin pans containing chocolate batter.

I got 19 muffins out of this recipe.

Bake 20 to 25 minutes on a rack in the middle of the oven until the muffin tops are firm, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the muffin comes out clean. Let the muffins cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then take them out to cool another 5 minutes.

Close up of baked chocolate muffin - the top goes about an inch above the edge of the muffin pan.

The muffins rose quite a bit during baking.

Close up of baked chocolate muffin in muffin pan.

Chocolatey goodness!

To make the drizzle: Combine melted white chocolate and 1 tablespoon of milk to make a thin smooth frosting. Add more milk a little at a time if needed. Drizzle the white chocolate mixture over the tops of the muffins.

Close up from above of several gluten-free chocolate muffins on a plate with white chocolate drizzeled over the tops.

White chocolate drizzled over the tops – yum!

Close up from above of several gluten-free chocolate muffins on a plate with white chocolate drizzeled over the tops.

 

Close up from above of one gluten-free chocolate muffin on a plate with white chocolate drizzeled over the top.

You can’t go wrong with triple the chocolate!

 

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Finished sorghum chicken casserole in a bowl.

Cheesy Sorghum Chicken Casserole

Here is another recipe using whole grain sorghum. The green chilies and red pepper flakes give it just a little bit of spicy kick that is absorbed by the whole grain sorghum. I got the idea for the recipe here, but I changed it up a bit.

Here’s a fun little video about whole grain sorghum from Bob’s Red Mill.

I soaked the sorghum for several hours, then cooked it ahead of time in vegetable broth, just like in my pea salad recipe. I hope you enjoy this healthy, spicy recipe!

Ingredients

  • 6 strips of bacon, fried and crumbled into pieces
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 white onion, chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 1 large tomato, chopped
  • 1 8oz. can tomato sauce
  • dash of red pepper flakes
  • salt & pepper
  • 2 cups cooked & shredded chicken breast
  • 2 cups cooked whole grain sorghum
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 small can of Hatch diced green chilies
  • 1/2 cup kale, chopped
  • 2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese, divided

Instructions

Cook the whole grain sorghum ahead of time (instructions here).

Whole grain sorghum in a 2-cup glass measuring cup.

I cooked the whole grain sorghum ahead of time in vegetable broth.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and spray a 7 × 9 baking dish with no-stick olive oil spray.

Chopped red bell pepper and green onions on a cutting board with other ingredients lined up behind.

While the whole grain sorghum was cooking, I chopped up the vegetables.

Fry the bacon and set aside to cool. Remove some of the bacon grease and cook the chicken breast in the same pan until cooked through. Cut chicken into bite-sized pieces.

Chopped up cooked chicken breast on a cutting board.

After frying the bacon, I cooked the chicken breast in the same frying pan and then chopped it up into bite-sized bits.

In the same skillet, over medium-high heat, add olive oil, garlic and white and green onions. Sauté for 2-3 minutes.

Chopped onions and garlic in a frying pan with olive oil.

After cooking the bacon and chicken, I used the same pan to sauté the onion and garlic.

Add chopped tomato, tomato sauce, red pepper flakes and salt & pepper. Stir and simmer for 5-7 minutes.

Tomatoes, sauce, onions, peppers and garlic in a frying pan.

The tomatoes and tomato sauce are added to the sautéed onion and garlic, plus a couple of shakes of red pepper flakes.

Meanwhile, combine sorghum, chicken, crumbled bacon, red bell pepper, green chilies, kale and 1 cup of the cheddar cheese in a large bowl. Season with salt & pepper to taste.

Chicken mixed with vegetables and sorghum in a large bowl.

Chicken, bell pepper, green chilies, kale and cooked whole grain sorghum, plus 1 cup of shredded cheese.

Add tomato sauce mixture to the bowl and toss to combine.

Pour mixture to the baking dish.

Casserole dish containing all ingredients mixed together.

After combining all the ingredients, adding more shredded cheese on top is all that is left.

Top with remaining cheddar cheese and cover with foil.

Bake for 15 minutes. Remove foil and bake for another 10 minutes.

Remove from oven and garnish with additional green onions, if you like.

Sorghum chicken casserole in a bowl, melted cheese on top.

Finished casserole ready to taste.

 

Makes 4-6 servings.

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Slice of gluten-free rosemary focaccia on a plate, golden brown on top with melted Parmesan cheese.

Gluten-Free Rosemary Focaccia

Here’s another recipe from Gluten-Free Quick & Easy. I had some of Carol’s Yeast Bread Mix left over from the dinner rolls I made a couple of weeks ago, so I decided to try another yeast bread recipe.

Focaccia is a type of flatbread, almost like a thick pizza crust. I topped this one with Parmesan cheese and rosemary, but you can try any seasonings and/or any cheese you like.

This is a very flavorful bread and is good dipped in olive oil. It can be sliced in half for sandwiches or used for a thick-crust pizza.

Bread Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 2 cups Carol’s Yeast Bread Mix
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2/3 cup warm (110 degrees F) 1% milk (cow’s, rice, soy, potato or nut – I used almond)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon cider vinegar

Topping:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher or coarse sea salt, or to taste
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions:

Combine all the bread ingredients in a food processor (I used a large spoon and it worked just fine.) Process the ingredients until they are thoroughly blended. The dough will be soft and sticky.

Gluten-free focaccia dough in white mixing bowl with spoon.

The dough was very soft and sticky.

Transfer the dough to a 7 x 11-inch nonstick cake pan that is generously greased with olive oil. Using a wet spatula, spread the dough evenly in the pan.

Gluten-free focaccia dough spread out in the bottom of a non-stick cake pan.

The dough covered the bottom of the cake pan and was about 1/2-inch thick.

Cover the dough loosely with foil and let it rise in a warm place (75 to 80 degrees F) 45 to 50 minutes, or until the dough is about ½ inch below the top of the pan. The dough will rise further during baking.

Rosemary focaccia dough in baking pan, puffed up about 1.5 inches.

My dough didn’t rise very much – I think it wasn’t warm enough in my kitchen.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. For the topping, drizzle the oil over the dough and tilt the pan to distribute evenly. Sprinkle evenly with the rosemary and salt.

Bake 30 to 35 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and clicks when tapped with a spoon. Cover the bread with foil if the top browns too quickly. Remove from the oven and immediately sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese. Let cool in the pan 10 minutes, then cut into 10 slices. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Baked rosemary focaccia in baking pan covered with grated Parmesan cheese.

I took the focaccia out of the oven after 25 minutes, put the cheese on and cooked it for five more minutes. I used more than two tablespoons of cheese, I think.

 

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Gluten-free pea salad with whole grain sorghum on a plate with bbq ribs.

Gluten-free Sorghum Pea Salad

The weather is getting warmer and it’s time to start thinking about good picnic salads. For this recipe, I took a traditional pea salad and added whole grain sorghum – and bacon, of course! I also added tomatoes to make it more colorful. This was so good I could have eaten it for the whole meal! I hope you enjoy it, too.

Cooking whole grain sorghum:

  • 1 cup dry whole grain sorghum
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup vegetable broth

Soak whole grain sorghum in water for 3-4 hours. Drain and rinse.

Uncooked whole grain sorghum covered with water in a metal bowl.

I soaked the sorghum grains for about 4 hours so they would cook faster and be more tender.

Place soaked sorghum, water and vegetable broth in sauce pan.

8 oz package of Pacific organic vegetable stock.

I cooked the whole grain sorghum in vegetable stock to give it a richer flavor.

Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer 45 minutes, until sorghum is tender and all liquid is absorbed.

Yields 4 cups of cooked sorghum.

Cooked whole grain sorghum in a white bowl.

Cooked sorghum ready to add to salad mixture.

Ingredients for salad:

  • 2 cups cooked whole grain sorghum
  • 1 10-oz package frozen sweet green peas
  • 6 slices bacon, fried and crumbled into bits
  • 1/2 cup celery, chopped
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 4 hard boiled eggs, chopped
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, cubed
  • 2 cups grape tomatoes, each cut in half
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder

Instructions:

Soak and cook whole grain sorghum according to directions above. While sorghum is cooking, fry the bacon, cook peas and boil the eggs.

Package of frozen Cascadian Farm organic sweet peas.

The frozen peas are cooked and set aside to cool.

Cooked bacon and chopped up hard boiled eggs on a cutting board with cup of mayonnaise sitting behind.

Bacon and chopped up hard boiled eggs.

Set everything aside to cool and cut up vegetables and cheese.

Chopped onion and celery in a metal bowl.

Chopped onion and celery

Plastic measuring cup containing cubed cheddar cheese.

I like sharp cheddar cheese, but you can use any cheese that you like.

Two-cup glass measuring cup filled to brim with grape tomato halves.

Grape tomatoes sliced in half.

Chop up cooled eggs into bite-sized bits. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.

Cooked peas added to whole grain sorghum in a white mixing bowl.

Cooked peas added to whole grain sorghum.

Pea salad mixture with tomatoes added.

All ingredients combined, except mayonnaise.

Front of jar of Hellmann's mayonnaise.

This mayo has always been gluten-free and is great in pea salad.

Finished pea salad with mayonnaise added.

Finished salad with mayonnaise added.

Cover and place in refrigerator for at least 1 hour. Serve cold. Makes 6-8 servings.

 

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