Wheat-Free Orange Anise Rolls and Lovely Crafty Gifts!

Thank you for all the fauxfee recommendations! Quite a few of you guys think Teeccino is good, so I'm most excited to try that one first!

Last week I teased you with those Wheat-Free Orange-Anise Rolls that I was having with my Pero fauxfee, so let's not dilly-dally and jump straight to business! These rolls are crusty on the outside thanks to their sugar coating, but they are not overly sweet. They are inspired by Celine's Almond Spelt Sweet Rolls of insane awesomeness, which I have blogged about before. See the picture that I took of Celine's rolls? Now look at the one I took of these anise rolls. Yep. Just call me a one trick pony.

Wheat-Free Orange Anise Rolls
Orange Anise Rolls and Roastaroma!

Wheat-Free Orange Anise Rolls (Inspired by Celine's Almond Spelt Sweet Rolls)

3/4 cup brown rice flour
1/4 cup almond flour
1/4 cup golden flax seeds, ground
1/2 cup potato starch
1/3 cup sugar
2 tsp ground anise seed
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp xanthan gum
1 tsp baking powder
1 tbsp active dry yeast

2 tbsp margarine, melted (I use soy-free Earth Balance)
1/4 cup orange juice, warm
1/4 cup almond or rice milk, warm
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tbsp orange zest (more if you're an orangey nut!)

sugar for sprinkling

1. In a medium sized mixing bowl combine the brown rice flour, almond flour, ground golden flax seeds, potato starch, sugar, ground anise seeds, salt, xanthan gum, baking powder, and yeast. Mix well.

2. Add the melted margarine, warm orange juice and milk, vanilla extract and orange zest.

3. Use an electric mixer to beat the dough for about a minute. The dough should not be stiff and crumbly, it should be firm but quite sticky. Thicker than muffin batter, but softer and stickier than a wheat based yeast dough.

4. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and spray a muffin pan with cooking spray. Scoop about 2 tablespoons of dough into one of the muffin pan cavities (I wish they weren't called cavities, they remind me of dentists!) Watch it for a couple of seconds. If the dough spreads down and to the sides, it means it's too soft. Add a tablespoon or two of brown rice flour to the dough until it complies. The dough should be soft enough to *scoop*, but not too soft that it spreads to the sides. Fill each cavity with about two tablespoons of dough.

5. Place the muffin pan on the stove top (with the stove top off, you're just putting it there so it stays warm!) and sprinkle each roll with plenty of granulated sugar (turbinado works OK, but in this case the evil white stuff works better) If you want to throw a few anise seeds on top for decoration, go for it. Let them rest for 20 minutes.

6. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and transfer the rolls to a cooling rack. Eat them while they're warm! :)

Makes 12 rolls.

NOTE: These aren't as yummy at room temperature or cold. Give them a quick flash in the oven/toaster oven if you need to reheat them.

Wheat-Free Orange Anise Rolls

It took me a few weeks to get the hang of wheat-free baking. I found that there's a fine line between a perfect dough and a dough that is too dry or too sticky. The dough for these burger buns/hockey pucks was obviously too dry...

Wheat-Free... Hockey Pucks?
Mmmm, hockey pucks.

On a non-food related note, check out all the crafty gifts I've received lately! Lately? It's been weeks! There's no excuse, I'm just a slowpoke. Bianca sent me this rockin' craftiness that now lives happily in my kitchen:

Kiss My Grits

Kiss my grits! Isn't it super crunky and awesome? It's cross stitch perfection! Such meticulous work! I love it! It lives by the bread maker, and it goes with all the red stuff I have in the kitchen. Score! That picture is blurry, here's a close-up:

Kiss My Grits
Thank you, Bianca!

I also received a fabulous crafty gift from Katie! Check out this bird-tastic pouchy pouch!

Katie's Pouch
Thank you, Katie!

So colorful and fun! This is excellent craftsmanship craftswomanship, people. I can only dream of one day being so skilled with a sowing machine. It's my new makeup pouch, and it carries all my make up: concealer, blush, and lip balm. Lip balm isn't even make up, is it? :P

One more thing before I go burn or break something in the kitchen. When I deleted the gigantor MoFo bundle from google reader, it took along with it a few of my pre-MoFo subscriptions! They got deleted just like that! I only realized yesterday that I have been involuntarily snubbing some of you, but the problem is fixed now and all the missing subscriptions have been restored... I think! Please let me know if I have been involuntarily snubbing you so I can add your blog to my reader again! Kthxbai!

funny pictures - Did you just hear a loud crash in the kitchen? Because I didn't. KTHXBAI
I've missed my daily MoFo LOLCats!


  1. Oh, I've had that hockey puck problem before--so annoying! Your orange anise rolls look amazing though! Love them!

  2. I love all your cute little cat posters! :) Those rolls look great too. I like the idea of anise in them. Very fun and unique.

  3. I love all the craftiness. Love it. And the rolls, yum!


  4. Wait. Is that an actual photo of you without anything blocking your gorgeous face? Just sitting up there at the top of your blog? Why have I never noticed that before? And I just found the "about me" page with a bigger version. Excellent.

    The rolls, minus the anise seeds, look and sound like they should be sitting in front of me this minute, waiting for me to finish typing and take a big bite.

  5. Those rolls looks great! My son is newly wheat free and potato free-like (meaning he can tolerate a little but of potato starch but it has to be just a little bit) and so I am looking for good recipes we can both eat! And I *love* the crafty things. Before the RA took hold I was very crafty. Now that the meds and lifestyle changes have started helping I need to start again....

  6. Knowing how to bake well is one thing, but knowing how to bake delicious vegan treats takes a lot of skill. thanks for sharing

  7. You had me at anise. And then you lost me at yeast.

    I am so scared of yeasty gluten free baking. Maybe I'll try it. Someday. Maybe.

  8. What perfect texture! I think you nailed it. When I first started gluten free baking I sure had some disasters.. lol.. wow..

  9. Wow, those rolls look spot on - amazing for gf and egg-free! I can see how those took some practice.

    Insanely adorable gifts. The Kiss My Grits reminds me of that old diner sitcom show, Alice I think?

    Love that the LOL cats are back!

    Is that a new picture of you? way cute.

  10. so making this ASAP. knock one of them hockey pucks into my pie hole, would you?

  11. Those rolls look so good I can almost smell 'em. And cute gifts too! You's a lucky lil' winger.

  12. Gluten free baking is an art, for sure. Looks like you nailed it! I can't wait to try these!

  13. Mm, how unusual, I never think to bake or cook with anise. I can imagine how well it would pair with citrus though... Yum!

  14. These look marvelous! What an ideal was to enjoy rolls, and wheat free! The pictures have these little rolls looking moist, the perfect side for a cup of tea! Beautiful pictures.

  15. Those look like perfect rolls to me! I am still trying to get the hang of GF baking. . . it's a loooong learning process. And I *just* learned to like fennel (raw), but anise is not my bag. . . will have to try something else instead if I ever mix up those rolls.

    Sorry to say I am not in the least crafty--but hopefully chocolate will compensate. "KTHXBAI"--love it! ;)

  16. Those rolls look wonderful! I still have a lot to learn when it comes to wheat-free cooking! Right now I'm back to playing with spelt.
    You did get some happy, crafty gifts. If you're interested in more such things, I'm thinking about hosting some swaps starting in February.
    I really like those square plates of yours. I must keep my eyes peeled for such things! We have a few and it's so nice to mix up shapes in the kitchen...maybe that's just me.

  17. Those rolls look so perfect! Awesome flavour combination!
    You got some pretty wonderful gifts. I love that pouch.
    The same thing happened to me and my reader. I accidentially deleted so many blog subscriptions and have no idea how that happened.Weird.

  18. WANT! sweeeeeeet. ive been wanting to kick my coffee habit for far tooo long.

  19. Love your blog, love your post!


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