Gluten-Free/Casein-Free Pumpkin Bread

Wow! What a busy day today!  Stopped at the electric co-op to pay that bill (that was pretty scary… they hit us with both a rate and a tax increase… bill was almost double what it was a year ago at the same time.)  Then to the thrift store (while waiting for the bureaucrats at the Social Security Admin Office to get back from lunch… I dinked around until 1:30 at the thrift shop, I was the ONLY person in there and it still took them 25 minutes to wait on me… seriously these people only work 5 hours a day, 4 days a week and are taking money out of our pockets in the form of taxes to pay their salaries… so you’d think maybe they could work a little harder???  Annoying.)

Anyway, my oldest Farmer Boy Charles, has suddenly outgrown nearly every pair of pants he had (around the middle, as he’s a stockily build laddie, just like his grandpa (my dad)… very likely will be much taller and broader than his father, as our Pioneer Pa is rather short with an average frame.)  Some of Charles’ dietary issues cause him to tend to bloat in the afternoon and that makes fitting clothing tricky.  Right now he just went from a size 12 husky to a 14 husky around the middle (of course at 8 years old, they are a mile long and must either be hemmed, but not cut off so we can let them out when he gets taller, or roll them up so that he doesn’t walk the excess length off his jeans.  So, I was at the thrift shop looking for him some pants.  Only found 1 pair of jeans in his size, so I snagged them and several pair of sweats/athletic type pants and found a couple pair for his little brother too.  Anna picked out a couple toys ( a rattle, a stuffed frog and a bucket & shovel) and a pair of sneakers to wear outdoors in the garden.  I found a couple chapter books I thought the boys would enjoy reading aloud, a beginner’s knitting book that I got as a gift for a friend and several nice old cookbooks (have I mentioned my cookbook collection yet???  Well, that is a long story for another night.)  Then over in the housewares, I found a couple nice glass bottles for making my own flavoring extracts, 2 stainless steel travel mugs for Pa and a syrup pitcher.

Then the stop at the SS Admin to just get Anna’s SSN (I know I have the card someplace, I remember it coming in the mail, I remember putting it away somewhere where I was supposed to remember WHERE I had put it… unfortunately, I can’t remember WHERE THAT WAS…  Is 36 years old, old enough to start having senior moments?  I wonder???)  Well, I just needed my little pioneer girl’s number so that I could finish my Fed. tax returns and get that sent in to the IRS.  That took OVER AN HOUR  and I wasn’t even applying for a replacement, doing a name change or anything complicated like that.  Dealing with the government drives me crazy.  (So tomorrow, I am cleaning house and spending quality time with TurboTax, until it’s time to meet the boys as school for their 1st 4-H meeting in their new club afterschool… have to fill out some paperwork to change counties.  Our old 4-H club was too inconsistant, always cancelling meetings or planning them at the last minute.  It didn’t work for Charles, he needs consistant and predictable time and place to be able to participate funcionally.)

After my oh so fun afternoon with the government employees at the SS Admin, then had to do my grocery shopping.  Stock up on staples we were out of and get some friuts, veg and meat (I hate buying meat in stores, but we are low on beef w/ 6 mos. to go before, Little Hector, our steer is ready for the freezer, low on cabrito, since we’ve not had an extra buck kid in 3 years, out of lamb and chicken and the hog we are buying from a friend won’t be ready until after Easter.)  Then arrived home about 15 minutes before the school bus.

After going through the backpacks, found out that spring pictures were rescheduled for tomorrow (got cancelled by a snow day).  So two young laddies had to have hair cuts.  Oldest wanted to keep the back of his “long” (it’s almost down to his shoulders right now)… Pioneer Pa was horrified that the boy wanted a MULLET, it was such a late 80’s/ early 90’s thing and considered such a redneck-rocker thing.  I didn’t care, Charles was good and he was happy and there was no screaming or freaking out about having his hair cut. (Big area of sensory issues in the past!  I’m totally proud that he’s come so far and cares enough about his person now that he’s even interested in choosing a hairstyle… I might have drawn the line at a purple mohawk though.)  After a long busy day and getting two boys ship-shape and bathed, then myself too… after 2 haircuts I was so covered in hair, I’d never be able to sleep for the itching… it feels fabulous to sit here and write and wind down for sleep.

So here it is (after all of my rambling on and on)  the promised recipe for my Gluten-Free/Casein-Free Pumpkin Bread that I baked yesterday.  Yeah that loaf is already totally gone! (My 3 fellas polished off the last of it for breakfast)

Gluten-Free/Casein-Free Pumpkin Bread

1 (15 oz) can Solid Pack Pumpkin Puree

1 stick of Casein-Free Margarine (BestLife and Earth Balance both work well)

1 cup of sugar

3 large eggs (or equivalant of egg replacer)

1/2 cup canola or safflower oil

2 TBSP ground flax meal

2 -3 tsp. ground cinnamon (to taste, I like lots of spice)

1 tsp ground ginger

1 tsp. ground cloves

1 1/2 cups brown rice flour

1  cup sweet sorghum or millet flour

1 1/2 tsp Xanthan Gum

1/2 cup soy flour

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

2/3 cup your favorite chopped nuts (optional)

1/2 chopped dried cranberries  + 1 tsp. granulated orange peel (optional)

Using an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar.  Add eggs or egg replacer and mix well.  Add pumpkin, oil, flax and spices and mix well.  In another bowl, stir together flours, leavening, salt and xanthan gum.  Adding a 1/2 cup at a time, slowly stir in dry ingredients (do not worry about over mixing, as you would with wheat flour quick breads).  Stir in nuts and berries if using them.

Spray a standard sized loaf pan with Pam-type spray (or you could make these as muffins by lining muffin tins with cupcake papers and proceeding) and fill with your batter.  Bake in the oven at 350 F for approx 1 hour to  an 1hour and 15 minutes (your oven may very from mine which took an hour and 10 min).  Test for doneness with a toothpick or skewer as you normally would.  When done remove from oven.  Cool in pan for approx. 15 minutes before trying to remove the pan and coolng the bread on a cooling rack or cutting board.  Slice carefully and serve with butter (or jam, apple butter etc) toasted or untoasted as per your preference.


2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Corinne Cassara on November 2, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    Casein is great since it is slowly digested by the stoamach. This means that you get continous supply of protein over a long period of time comapared to whey protein. `

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    • Corinne,
      For many people Casein is a great protein, however there are also many other people who have varying degrees of allergies to it. Two of my children are of that allergic group. Casein causes my oldest child to vomit violently and develop both sinus and ear infections.
      He also has autism and a condition known as leaky gut syndrome in which his body can not break down and properly digest the proteins “casein” (milk protein) and “gluten” (aka wheat protein). These proteins are only partially digested in persons with a “leaky gut” and pass through the wall of the small intestine and into the the bloodstream as protein peptides rather than as the amnino acid components as they are properly meant to do in normally functioning digestion. Once in the bloodstream these protein peptides, called
      “Opoids” travel to the brain where they fit the brain’s nerve recptors for OPIUM. The effects of this process worsen the symptoms of Autism in about 1/2 of the people who have autism and over a long period time can produce a chemical addiction to high-gluten foods and dairy foods. This is what we experienced with our son, a severe addiction to these foods, as if they were the drugs craved by a drug addict. We unfortunately had no idea when he was a little tyke that wheat or other foods could hurt his body in this way. He was 7 1/2 years old before we realized this was a problem for him and started him on a gluten-free and casein free diet.

      He was allergic to cow’s milk from early in infancy, but tolerated goat’s milk for many years (probably still would if not for the problems digesting these two proteins). When he was a year old we purchased a farm and we milked dairy goats (upto 20 does) twice a day, everyday for almost 8 years (we also used the milk to raise calves and lambs and make soaps and lotions was well as milk, butter, cheese, yogurt etc for our family.) I know well the many benefits of milk proteins from making cheeses and also gluten from making homemade breads. there really is nothing better in this world from a culinary standpoint, as a tangy well aged goat cheese, a slice of artisan bread and a lovely merlot… all wonderful “slow” foods.

      My daughter was born allergic to casein. She had difficulties even with breast-milk unless I was also casein-free. When her pediatrician wanted her supplemented with formula we tried every possible “hypoallergenic” and regular formula known to man and the only one she tolerated was soy formula. Now at 14 months old, she has also become allergic to not only milk, but also bananas, avocados and very allergic to soybeans to the point that my neighbors harvesting their soybean fields caused her to break out in hives just from the plant dust.

      Since my kids all have food allergies, when I write recipes, I write them from that perspective to share with others in a similar boat. There is a growing group of people out there in the world who have similar allergens or for other reasons avoid certain foods.


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