Gluten-Free Gingersnaps with Orange Glaze

I love putting a new spin on old recipes for the holidays.  Gingersnaps can seem a little ho-hum compared to other holiday cookies.  But with a healthy dose of candied ginger and a little orange glaze, these are cookies you’ll be proud to serve to Santa!  This is also the third and final post in a series using King Arthur Flour.  For these cookies I used King Arthur’s Gluten-Free Measure for Measure Flour.  Non-yeast recipes are a great way to swap out regular flour for a gluten-free one.  And the punch of ginger in this recipe from both ground and candied works really well, since we all know gluten-free baked goods need a little extra help in the flavor department.

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Saffron Buns

Saffron buns are traditionally baked around Christmastime in Sweden, especially in celebration of St. Lucia Day on December 13th.  Delicately perfumed with saffron, with an adorable “S” shape and a traditional topping of raisins or decorative sugar; these buns certainly have a holiday vibe.  While I am not Swedish, and had actually never tasted a saffron bun until I started testing out this recipe, I hope you enjoy my adaptation of them.  This is also the second in a three part series using one of our favorite flours, King Arthur Flour.  King Arthur All-Purpose Flour helps keep these buns fluffy despite rich ingredients like ricotta and butter.

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Sourdough Starter and Basic Loaf

If you have been interested in making sourdough but have held back because maintaining starters and baking with wild yeast seems complicated, or have just begun to bake with sourdough and would like a straightforward recipe for a basic loaf, this post is for you!  I am excited to share Cultures for Health Sourdough Starter Kits as an easy way to begin your own sourdough starter.  They carry four different kinds: San Francisco Sourdough, Whole Wheat Sourdough, Gluten-Free Sourdough and Rye Sourdough.  I tried out all but the Rye one, and was pleasantly surprised by how quickly I had a starter going, and how precise and helpful their included instructions were.  Within a week, I was baking with their starters and turning out scrumptious sourdough loaves.

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