Gluten-free-Dairy-free-Sugar-free Biscuits: Lemon-Black Pepper-Ginger Biscuits

May 30, 2015

When I found out that one of this weekend’s guests could not have dairy, gluten or sugar, I thought, “Yikes.  Wonder if there’s any kind of a biscuit that I can figure out to try?”  So I used my normal baking powder biscuit recipe as a base and substituted and added until I thought it might work.  I had found a flour blend at the health food store downtown called “Pamela’s Artisan Flour Blend” that said on the bag that you could simply use it cup for cup.  So that’s what I used.  I was experimenting, so I only used 1 cup – (it is very expensive and I’ve tried other things only to have them fail, so I didn’t want to waste more than a cup this time around).  And by golly, Miss Molly, it WORKED.  I had made 4 regular sized biscuits, along with a very tiny one for me to taste, and they had just come out of the oven as our guests walked back through our front door after their evening activities.  I was pumped about my little culinary adventure because I’d just sampled the small one, finding that it was pretty darned amazing, so I told the mom (the guest with the special dietary needs) about how I’d been playing in the kitchen and what had happened – that I’d made her some biscuits.  She stared at me with wide eyes and said, “Biscuits?  Real biscuits?  Do you know how long it’s been since I’ve had a biscuit?”  I asked her if she wanted to try one.  “Could I?” she asked.  So she followed me into the kitchen, stood right by the stove and bit into the warm biscuit.  Her eyes got wide again and she said, “This is delicious.”  I asked her if she wanted another one.  “Could I?” she said again.  “Of course,” I told her.  So she ate the second one, told me about how she’d eaten what she could at the event earlier in the evening, but that she’d been limited.  She then gave me a big ‘ole hug and went upstairs, with her tummy full, ready to drop into the bed.  Gosh, this is an awfully fun job.

The Biscuits

1 cup Pamela’s Artisan  Flour Blend (gluten free, dairy free, sugar free)

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

Freshly grated ginger root

Bit of nutmeg

Freshly grated lemon zest plus 1 T juice

1 tsp coarsely ground black pepper

1/4 cup coconut oil

1/2 ripe banana

1/4 cup + 2 T coconut milk

Mix all ingredients together except the milk.  Cut in coconut oil.  Add milk.  Shape into biscuits.  Grind some sea salt onto the tops of the biscuits.  Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes.

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