Lately we have been experimenting with gluten free recipes from a Trini cooking perspective and thus far we have had some success converting some of our local recipes; now it time for some GFCF raisin drops. I must say that in some of them you can’t really tell the difference because of how close they were to the original, like the GFCF Saltfish Accra. Recently, we stumbled upon another flour blend that has xanthan gum and in using it we were satisfied with the results. Which has led us to today’s recipe.
An Original GFCF Raisin Drops
Personally, I have a need to prove that many of our trini recipes can be made GFCF (Gluten Free Casein Free); because I am aware of the many people who are allergic to gluten or casein and find cooking to be a bit of a problem. This is another recipe for those who are on the gluten free diet. I am quite sure they will enjoy it: including those who are not.
To prove how good the gluten free casein free raisin drops tasted, we served it to people who weren’t on the GFCF diet and they found it tasted marvelous. It was remarkably lighter than its normal wheat flour counterpart, but with all the richness you would expect in a drop. I just wish we had coconut. So why we didn’t use coconut? Actually there wasn’t any coconut at hand and it was raining cats and dogs all day. And of course sick me couldn’t drive to go get one.
Anyway, there are lots more Trini GFCF recipes to come; I can promise that. So, I hope my regular readers don’t feel neglected. Recipes like these are a treasure to have. Enjoy some GFCF Raisin Drops.
GFCF Raisin Drops Recipe
2 1/4 cups gluten free flour* (we used a gluten and wheat free flour blend – Doves farm brand or Bob’s Red Mill)
3/4 cup raisins
1/3 cup oil
1/3 cup water or coconut milk**
3/4 cup sugar (preferably the light brown sugar)
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. mixed essence
Sugar for dusting (optional)
If you want to try this recipe with flour instead, here are the ingredients you would use instead:
* Substitute Gluten free flour with same amount of all purpose flour
** Substitute the water or coconut milk for milk
Note: For those of you who are on the GFCF diet and would like to try coconut milk, use fresh coconut milk. What we have discovered recently is that many powdered coconut milk have casein (milk protein) added to them.
If you wish you may dust with a little sugar.
Well, that’s it for today. I hope you enjoyed this Trini gluten free post, GFCF Raisin Drops.