Saturday, March 28, 2015

Kifles for Al

Kifles are much more fun to make when making them with Friends. 
It's not that they're hard to make in fact they are so easy you'll get bored
if you don't have company to entertain you. 

Me and my kids spent countless hours making Kifles for Al, his all time favorite treat we would quadruple the recipe the trip to Florida, 1 batch for Al, freeze 1 batch for 1/2way thru roadtrip, l batch for my Mom & Grandparents to share, 1 batch for immediate consumption.
 Al took his Kifles very seriously
Al didn't wait for dessert he thought they were to enjoyed from breakfast till they were gone
Don't use Bob's Red Mill All Purpose Flour the All Purpose Blend has Bean flours, the bean flavor was to strong for the Kifles.  I used it because I had no other GF flours :0( 
King Arthur has a great GF Flour Blend that is Certified Gluten Free no gums added
did you know gums are a natural laxative
just what a celiac doesn't need added to their diet
plain brown rice flour does work it is a little more crumbly than if you use King Arthurs GF Flour
it's how I made them for 25yrs even Al approved
Cream together the cream cheese and butter
I was making half of a recipe so I just mixed it all by hand.
Mix in the flour, regular flours get tough when over mixing gluten free flours do not,
there I said it there is an advantage to Gluten free flours.
Roll the dough into walnut size balls you will get about 24 balls.
 kids love making Kifles
Triple or quadruple the recipe then set up everyone with their own station or assign everyone a task.
Use different preserves or pie fillings strawberry is the only preserve that is great in these little pastries.
the old gardening rule applies here 2 for the basket 1 for wild life, the wild life being your helpers
no one can resist eating several especially when hot out of the oven.

Kifles freeze well the challenge is having enough leftover to freeze


Serving Size  : makes 24 kifles

3    cups  flour I prefer King Arthur Gf blend or my own GF Flour Blend
1    cup   butter
1    8 ounce  cream cheese
 powdered sugar
 ½ cup strawberry preserves or your favorite preserve.

Cream butter and cream cheese, mix in flour.  Roll dough into walnut size balls.  Refrigerate 1 hour.  Sprinkle powdered sugar on your work surface.  Roll out balls in powdered sugar.  Place 1 teaspoon preserves on half of the rolled out dough.  Fold over and seal.  Cook 375 degrees for 17 minutes.
Kifles are best baked on parchment paper
preserves tend to ooze out much easier to clean on parchment paper
I have been making in bulk this GF Flour Blend for all my baking needs 20 yrs - took a few years to figure it out.

GF Flour Mix 

2 1/2 C Rice flour (brown or white is fine)
1 Cup Potato Starch Flour
1 Cup Tapioca Starch Flour
1/2 Cup Cornstarch
2 Tbsp Xanthan Gum


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