I got a hot tip from a woman in Indianapolis about how to get brownies to work without egg: The magic ingredient- pumpkin!
1 brownie mix (milk or nut free if you also are avoiding those, I used duncan hines)
oil and water called for in the recipe
1/2 can pumpkin pie filling (the extra spices seem to add to the brownies or just plain canned pumpkin also works)
Make the brownies following package directions, mix in the pumpkin in place of the egg.- I used 5 degrees cooler in the oven than called for and probably 5-10 minutes longer than called for in my pan- use the toothpick test to tell if the brownies are finished.
I made a double batch using an entire can of pumpkin for our 4th of July family reunion (two 11 by 13 pans and no one guessed that they were special brownies safe for my daughter!!!
I ran across this application in the Apple Apps store while browsing on my iPad. Looking at the developer’s website, I found that they also have applications for the iPhone.
Here’s the link:
The Allergen-Free Baker’s Handbook, written by Cybele Pascal features recipes for baked goods that omit milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, soy, wheat, sesame and gluten. You will find allergen-free versions of traditional favorites. The recipes are also vegan, free of cholesterol, hydrogenated fat, preservatives and artificial colors and flavors. The book is available for $25 from the publisher at www.tenspeed.com, of from Amazon.com for $16.50.
A reader recently asked about coconut oil as a substitute for butter and margarine. Coconut is the seed of a “drupaceous” fruit. Examples of other “drupes” are peaches, dates, plums, and cherries. Coconut milk, coconut oil, and shredded coconut can be assets to the allergy kitchen.
Coconut oil has a mild flavor and can be used as a substitute for butter in cooking, baking, or at the table. Use the same amount of coconut oil as you would need if you were using butter or another oil. Coconut oil has a higher cooking temperature than vegetable oils. The best brands of coconut oil are unrefined, expeller-pressed, and found in dark containers to keep out the light and lengthen shelf life. Store your coconut oil at room temperature. You will notice that it becomes solid at temperatures below 76 degrees, but repeated cooling and warming will not hurt the quality of the oil.
Coconut milk is a combination of coconut meat and water, making it a great substitute for cream, sour cream, yogurt, or milk. You can use it diluted with one to three parts water in recipes that call for milk, buttermilk, or yogurt, or use it one-for-one to substitute for cream. You can dilute it with water, fruit juice, or broth – whichever makes the most sense in your recipe. Canned coconut milk is very convenient to use and easy to find. Once opened, store coconut milk in the refrigerator, or freeze in ice cube trays to later add to recipes.
Shredded coconut is delicious in sweet dishes or used in place of nuts. Look for unsweetened coconut and store in the refrigerator for a year, or in the freezer for two years. The FDA is now considering coconut to be a tree-nut, so check with your allergist before using coconut with your nut-allergic child.
1/3 c safe margarine
1/3 c chopped onion
1 small can mushrooms, drained (optional, if you’d like “cream of mushroom” soup)
1/3 c flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 14 oz. can safe chicken broth
1/4 c water
Melt margarine in 2 qt. saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and cook for 2 minutes or until tender. Stir in flour, salt and pepper until well blended. This will make a thick “roux”. Slowly add broth and water and cook until bubbly and thickened. Add chopped canned mushrooms if desired.
This recipe is great for a sauce for a safe chicken pot pie, safe green bean casserole, or anywhere else you need to use a can of condensed cream of soup.