buttermilk biscuits, gluten-free

buttermilk biscuits, gluten-free II

“Biscuits in the oven going to watch em rise…
right before my very eyes.
Hey hey.”

We have been dancing around here, to music we never expected to love.

Our friend Monique gave us a cd before Little Bean was born, telling me it was one of her kids’ favorites. When I saw the name, I wanted to cringe, but I resisted. Raffi. I had heard of him, and I thought he was cheesy. I had a flash image of concerts with kids in the audience, all waving flags, everyone singing music that the parents couldn’t stand to hear again. Before Little Bean was born, I swore we would never listen to music meant just for kids. Instead, we’d teach her how to sing with Johnny Cash, and Alison Kraus, and Elvis Costello. All our favorite music was good enough for her, right?

So I took the disc and thanked Monique and tucked it away.

One afternoon, about a month ago, Little Bean was crying. It was late afternoon, the time when babies grow fussy, mysteriously. (Does anyone know why that is?) She’s such a sunny little being, with the wide-open eyes and tiny pursed mouth of a cartoon character, that her crying took me by surprise. I went through the usual routine to soothe her. Nothing worked. I danced her around the room to Prince, which had just come on the iPod. She was having none of that. We went outside. I took her in the kitchen to smell herbs. She jiggled on my knee. I tried to stay calm, which calmed her for a moment, but she went right back to crying in jagged sobs.

Exhausted, I remembered Monique’s present. I flipped Baby Beluga into the cd player and turned it on. I swear, from the first high-pitched squeaks and giggles of the whale in the opening moments, Little Bean was transfixed. She forgot to cry. She started to smile.

“Hell with it,” I thought, sinking back into the couch cushions. “Kids’ music is fine.”

When “Day-O” came on, I started to sing, exaggerating every syllable with my mouth, like Harry Belafonte on steroids with a face made out of rubber. Little Bean looked up at me, and she stayed looking. At that point, she only made glancing eye contact. The Chef and I both longed for her stare, the adoring eyes. Until that moment, the ceiling captured all her grins. But when I sang to her, the words tumbled from my memory, even though I didn’t know I held them. As she bounced on my knee, she watched my mouth, looked at my eyes, and took me in, for the longest time since the day of her birth.

That was the point I began to love Raffi.

Since then, the Chef and I have been playing this album for her every day. She loves it every time, her eyebrows flinging upward, her feet beginning to kick. Each song makes her happy (except for one called Joshua Giraffe, which goes dark and stormy in the middle, and she cries every time). She always dances.

Here’s what we never expected, however. The Chef and I are hooked on this music.

He’ll call me from the restaurant and say, “I’ve been singing that one song all day.“
“Which one?“
Now, normally, the answer might be some sappy country music song we heard on the radio on the way to work that made us both teary. Or some old song by the Clash that mirrors any anger in our minds. Or any of two dozen Beatles songs that are important to us.
But lately, it has been: “You know, that jaunty one, how oats and beans and barley grow.“
And I start whistling, right away.

(I’ll ignore, for the moment, the fact that barley contains gluten. We’ll come up with another grain when she’s older.)

These are great songs. I’m not kidding. They’re funny and loving, memorable and whistle-able. (I don’t care if that’s not a real word.) And more than that, they are the kind of music we want Little Bean to listen to, as she’s growing into this world.

One of the songs, “Thanks a Lot,” feels like the only kind of prayer we’re likely to say around the dinner table. A traditional song that Raffi sings so sweetly, “To Everyone in All the World” reminds me every time that our political system would be mighty much better if we lived like this: “I may not know the lingo/but I can say by jingo/no matter where you live, we can shake hands.” And perhaps for obvious reasons, one song makes me cry every time:

“All I really need is a song in my heart
food in my belly
and love in my family.”

Whenever that one comes on, the Chef and I scoop up Little Bean, hold her in our arms, and dance her around the living room, singing.

Okay, so we have become those parents. And you know what? We don’t care. Little Bean has been in this world for less than three months, and already she has encouraged us to let go of ridiculous expectations. There’s nothing wrong with admitting it: we love Raffi. If he were still giving concerts, we’d be first in line to wave flags and sing earnest songs that we still love to hear.

(So if any of you have recommendations for great kids’ music that’s still pretty damned cool for parents, we’d love to hear them.)

Besides, the best song on the disc is all about biscuits. “Biscuits in the oven, going to watch ‘em rise.…” After weeks of singing this to Little Bean, I couldn’t stand it any more. I had to make biscuits.

I remember my mom making biscuits from scratch some evenings. Now, I realize she used Bisquick as the base. What does that matter? She still put them together with her capable hands, cut through the pillowy dough with an antique cutter given to her by her mother, and pulled the golden warmth from the oven to our oohs and ahhs. I remember standing beside her in the kitchen one day, when I was about seven or eight, and watching her hands make biscuits. They seemed so sure, so reassuring. I wondered if I would ever be that strong.

Now, I look down at my hands, almost exact replicas of my mother’s at my age. And I wonder if, a few years from now, when I am making gluten-free biscuits inspired by the Raffi song, Little Bean will look at my hands and wonder what hers will look like when she is an adult.

I found, this week, that I had to create a gluten-free recipe that worked for me. The first two years of living gluten-free, I didn’t really care that much about baked goods. But now that our darling, hilarious daughter is here, I realize I want to make her biscuits some evenings and have her ooh and ahh at the warmth I am pulling out of the oven with my hands.

“When they get ready going to jump and shout
roll my eyes and bug them out.
Hey hey.”

buttermilk biscuits, gluten-free

BUTTERMILK BISCUITS, GLUTEN-FREE

Of course, the only problem with baking biscuits in this house after hearing that song is that gluten-free biscuits simply don’t rise the way that regular biscuits do. Why? No gluten. That doesn’t mean they can’t be darned fine, however.

I’ve been baking biscuits for days around here, cutting butter into different flours and waiting in anticipation for the moment I could open the oven door. The first batch was horribly disappointing — the expected gluten-free hockey puck. But I love this trial and error process. Every batch taught me something different. And by the time I crafted the recipe you see below, I really was jumping and shouting to see them, like Raffi sings in the song.

The egg white takes the place of the protein gluten provides to a baked good. Lately, I’ve been finding that just a bit of egg white gives strength and structure to gluten-free goods.

I’m pleased with the softness of these biscuits, the fluffy center with air holes, and the crispness of the bottoms. They’re a little bit pillowy, and a little bit crusty. Frankly, I’m glad I found the recipe I like, because I have to stop eating so many biscuits now.

1/2 cup sorghum flour
1/2 cup tapioca starch
1/2 cup potato starch
1/2 cup sweet rice flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
1 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
4 tablespoons butter
1 egg white
3/4 cup buttermilk (give or take a bit)

Preheat the oven to 450°.

Combine all the flours, the baking powder, and the salt. Stir them up well so they are one. Sift them into a large bowl.

Cut the butter into small pieces and drop them into the flour mixture. Using a pastry blender (also known as a pastry cutter), or two forks if you don’t own the fancier tool, cut the butter into the flours. You should have a good blend, with the butter the size of small peas, by the end.

Froth up the egg white with a fork or small whisk. You are not looking to make meringue here. Simply whip some air and volume into the egg white.

Pour the egg white and the buttermilk into the dry mixture. Stir them in slowly with a rubber spatula, taking care to not overwork the dough. When the liquids are incorporated into the flours, stop stirring. Bring it all together with your hands.

Drop small balls of the biscuit dough onto an ungreased cookie sheet. (I prefer these biscuits small, about the size of a plum, to help the middles bake through.) Slide the tray into the oven.

Bake the biscuits for about 20 to 25 minutes. Test for your own version of doneness.

Makes about 8 biscuits.

151 comments on “buttermilk biscuits, gluten-free

  1. dr sherman

    I miss biscuits sooo much. Can’t wait to try this recipe: honey and butter, ham biscuits, maybe even sweeten them up for shortcakes.

  2. Michele @ Frugal Granola

    We’re a Raffi-loving family, too! :) We get them at the library often.

    We also like the various world music CDs by Putamayo Kids. There is a wide assortment of genres, so pick one that you like! :) http://www.putumayo.com/en/putumayo_kids.php

    The biscuit recipe sounds wonderful. I’m excited to try it! I just made up a biscuit recipe the other day with coconut flour, and it was the first time I’d had biscuits since going gluten-free. What a delight.

    Blessings,
    Michele

  3. Helen

    yum! I’ll make some of these this weekend! Your post made me laugh — we had a similar conversation about kids’ music when our 2 year old was wee… and now we have memorized everything by Dan Zanes, Elizbeth Mitchell, Putumayo Kids, Recess Monkey, and all of the bluegrass singers on the Seattle Farmers Market circuit (plus Woody Guthrie & Jerry Garcia’s kid CDs)! I have no idea what adults listen to these days…

    Enjoy your days — even the “witching hour” period passes soon!

  4. erita

    What a happy time! Sing your heart out.

    The first time I heard Raffi he didn’t appeal to my adult sensibilities either, but he made my nieces happy. And nothing is better than happy, excited little children–brings joy to my heart.

    Those biscuits sound amazing–I’m in awe of your patience in the ‘trial and error’ process. Keep up the great work!

  5. selena

    Hi Shauna,

    I don’t even have kids, and I love Raffi. Banana phone is awesome, and I love Baby Beluga. I think he’s really witty and has great turns of phrase.

    I teach little kids, and I find that The Wiggles really get ‘em going. I believe they were a regular rock band before they did kids’ stuff, and they’re super catchy without being too cheesy. My charges LOVE “Shake Your Sillies” and much prefer their version of “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” to the traditional one.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wiggles

    1. TheGFCookie

      Yay wiggles! Yep they were the ‘cockroaches’ well 2 of them anyway… They used to do both for a while. My husband snuck into a pub when he was 16 and saw them live, hehehe.
      I love that the wiggles actually have early childhood degrees. That’s why we listen to them!

  6. Kate

    Shauna, there is never any shame in admitting that you love Raffi. When LB starts to read she’ll love the apples & bananas song where you put in a different vowel with every verse. I like to oot, oot, oot, ooples and banoonoos … ;)

  7. Kim

    We really like Laurie Berkner. She has some very cute songs that are good for adults too…although the one about eating everything from speghetti to tabasco is a little odd.…but I love the good night song.

  8. Amy

    Mmmm.…biscuits! My mom always had a box of Bisquick around the house too.

    I like Jack Johnson’s Singalongs and Lullabies for the film Curious George. I don’t have any children of my own so I don’t know what children think of it — I suspect it is aimed at the 3–5 year old demographic — but I can’t help but sing the songs to myself for days and days after i hear them.

  9. Annie

    oh man do those sound delicious! add some rosemary and they are my favorite biscuits i do believe! i am in love with elizabeth mitchell currently and my girl loved her through the early car screaming months. she is a gift for families and there is no guilt involved.… we love raffi too though; wholeheartedly.

  10. DeerDominique

    There is a Johnny Cash Children’s album! We mostly listen to anything by “They Might Be Giants.” I second Dan Zanes. There is also a cool kids album by Sam Hinton called ‘Whoever shall have some peanuts’ released in 1964.

  11. Julana

    I know what you mean.

    Art Garfunkel has a sweet album I really enjoyed. From A Parent to a Child, or something like that.

    Wait till she hits the Wiggles.

  12. Liz

    Add me to the Dan Zanes fan club.

    I also highly recommend Ralph’s World. Ralph has probably 6 records out now (I guess I should say CDs ;>) and they are great. He is funny and clever for the adults while charming and imaginative for the kids. The Coffee Song in particular is one of my faves. Check him out. Happy Lemons and At The Bottom of The Sea are our faves.

    When our Bean was wee and would go on crying jags, we used to sing The Itsy Bitsy Spider. But we’d go through the alphabet with animals. “The itsy bitsy coati…” At 3am, it’s a sanity saver ;>

  13. GREEN KEY

    I am so happy to see this recipe! Thanks for working so hard on getting it right! I’ve been working on a gluten free apple (or other fruit) cobbler, which has biscuit dough on top, although they generally have a little sweetener added. I will definitely try using this biscuit recipe, with some added sugar, for the cobbler. I’ll let you know how it turns out.
    Here’s my post about the first stab at it:
    http://never-a-dull.blogspot.com/2008/10/e-for-effort.html

  14. mindy

    ha! this made me laugh. when my son came home from kindergarten raving about raffi i was puzzled. at his insistence we checked out one of his dvd’s from the library & then proceeded to enjoy it as a family. there’s just something about raffi!

  15. Laurie

    I love your photo of drop biscuits because they look exactly like the ones my mom made when I was a kid–always drop biscuits, because she didn’t have time for patting or rolling and cutting, and I loved the crusty tops. Biscuits were usually a breakfast treat at our house.

    Music: I like Laurie Berkner. In fact, just because I read your post, I now have “Victor Vito” stuck in my head. It’s catchy.

  16. Diane

    We loved Raffi when my son was young, although at 14 he would consider himself much too mature to enjoy those selections again! When Little Bean is a bit older, I highly recommend the story telling cds by Jim Weiss. We found out about him through the Chinaberry catalog, another wonderful resource for books and toys for families.
    http://www.greathall.com/ (Jim Weiss)

    http://www.chinaberry.com/

  17. b

    Trout Fishing in America: My fave album is “Mine!”. But they are all great!

    They Might Be Giants: Again any album is going to fun but “Here comes the 123s!” is great for kids.

    I can’t wait to write about food in my own voice. You’re such an inspiration to me!

    Thanks!
    Barb in MO

  18. b

    Trout Fishing in America makes great kids music. My fave album is “Mine!”. Also They might be Giants are great fun for everyone and they’re still touring. Gotta have “Here come the 123s!”.

    I can’t wait to write about food in my own voice. You’re such an inspiration to me!

    Barb in MO

  19. Meg

    Check out Ann Hills and Cindy Mangsen’s “Never Grow Up”, a collection of folk and children’s songs. It has some sweet lullabies and a couple of really funny songs — best is “Now he’s sorry that he spoke”!

    I have been putting off the Raffi effect myself, but now you’ve convinced me maybe I should give it a try after all. I have a not very musical three year old but his baby brother LOVES music.

    Oh and for adult music, they both loved Paul Simon when they were babies — soothing and great rhythm. Some what disturbingly, the fav was 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover. (Not “Loves me like a rock” which of course would have been my choice!)

  20. AMY @ CRABTREE STUDIO

    I second (third, sixth?) They Might Be Giants children’s albums. The 123’s AND The ABC’s (both can be bought with the accompanying DVD of the little videos for the songs, which are just delightful). I hated, hated, hated kid music before I heard this album. TMBG also has a nice video podcast you can subscribe to as well. Here’s an example of one of their songs on youtube:

    Never Go To Work

  21. Anonymous

    I KNOW JUST WHAT YOU MEAN ABOUT CHILDREN’S MUSIC. ONE THAT MY HUSBAND AND I ENJOYED AS MUCH AS OUR SON DID IS ALPHABET ZOO BY RALPH MCTELL. WE ALSO LOVED PLAYING SOME MUSIC BY CHAS & DAVE, SOME OF WHICH WERE RATHER LIVELY, OTHERS VERY SOFT WALTZY LULLABY TYPE MUSIC. ENJOY, ENJOY, ENJOY THIS TIME!

  22. M

    Have you ever tried grating frozen butter into the flour? It works wonders for scones. I imagine it would work wonders for this recipe too.

  23. laughingatchaos

    Laurie Berkner saved my sanity when the boys were younger. Now they want the soundtrack to “Cars” so they can play air guitar. LOL We also loved They Might Be Giants, the Johnny Cash children’s album and any of the music from the Music Together classes we took together (highly recommend those, BTW).
    And I’ll be making these biscuits this weekend. Now that it has finally cooled down here, I need to start baking. I can’t keep justifying the cost of the bread I’ve been buying. Thanks for the recipe!

  24. Christina

    Barenaked Ladies have a kids CD called Snacktime. My kids love it! I also love Dan Zanes and They Might Be Giants.

  25. wildflowers

    I grew up listening to Raffi and my kids love him also. We also love Laurie Burkner.
    And thank you very much for the biscuit recipe. We have been gf for a little over a year now and biscuits is something I miss insanely.

  26. momcan'tdance

    Oh yeah.…it’s a weird phenomenon, the changes parents go through, and the things we do (and listen to!) that we said we’d NEVER do. (Wait til she’s old enough to watch “Barney”…ouch.)

    One of our favorite CD’s was Woody Guthrie’s “Grow Big Songs”. It’s probably out of print, but it’s fun and hokey and takes you back to a simpler time.

    Thanks, too, for the biscuit recipe, and the trip down memory lane.

  27. Ana

    LOL! Welcome to the parenthood club, you’ve officiall graduated ;)

    We love all the music others have mentioned PLUS my DD’s curent favorite — Milkshake. Also highly recommend the soundtrack for Curious George, its good even for grown ups!

    Glad to see your cooking mojo is still intact even with Little Bean in the picture (since she can be adorably distracting!)

  28. McDolan

    It is so true about that kid music! Your story made me laugh and smile. We have couple cd’s that we like — Peter Himmelman “my Green Kite” and then there is a CD we have that is song from soggy alaska (something like that) we like the peanut butter jelly fish song. My husband was even caught singing / humming it a work and a co-worker recognized it.

  29. jill elise

    Oh, I love Raffi. Or, I did when I was a kid, then revisited him recently to teach my husband-to-be about him since he didn’t know.

    Another great one I listened to when I was a kid was David Grisman and Jerry Garcia’s ‘Not for Kids Only’. It’s great.

  30. The Kanz Famil

    These biscuits look delicious! I made a bunch of raspberry jam this summer that will go great with them. Makes my mouth water…

    I’m sure that Dan Zane’s has been suggested but it’s my kids favorite along with the Beach Boys greatest hits — not traditionally a kids CD but they love to boogie to it and it has us dancing through the house. My daughter sang “ba ba ba” to Barbara Ann well before she could talk.

    Have fun dancing in the kitchen!

  31. Dolores

    It´s amazing how much we learn from our kids even when they are little babies!! they open our eyes to a new world, they guide us to open our minds to a new dimension, they help us to go over the limits we set for ourselves… they are great masters!!!
    thank you for the recipe I´ll try it this weekend!!!
    (if you want some nice music in Spanish look for a chilean group called Mazapan, music is fantastic!)

  32. Kathleen

    We listened to a lot of Raffi when the kids (now 6 and 9) were little. I think reading your post got the Oats and Beans song stuck in my head for the day! We are also big, big fans of Dan Zanes. He used to be with a Boston band called the Del Fuegos in the 1980s and when he had a child ended up getting together with other Brooklyn parents to create a band. He does lots of old folk tunes that are wonderful and fun. He often performs at the Moore Theater and will be here in early December, I think.

  33. bridget

    Barenaked Ladies “snacktime” is great. The Popcorn Song is so much fun I rear-ended someone while stuck in traffice…just got swept away popping.

  34. kt

    Oh I have been thinking about biscuits lately too.
    I am sorry you have succumbed to the dark side (aka Raffi), but it is certainly better than kids bop. But she has her tastes, and they will change. My three year old loved the Clash & Stray Cats, when he was 7 he loved Charlie Parker & the Velvet Underground and now at 13 he likes (yuck) Guns N Roses. I cannot tell him he was cooler at 7 though. I gotta ride it out.
    I am intentionally forgetting a Christmas compilation CD he played for over a year and a hlf and also listening to radio Delilah late at night with her terrible dedications.

  35. Anonymous

    Raffi is great — glad you found that out too. My youngest is 21 and oldest is 23… And I still love Raffi. Your blog always makes me cry — good tears. My kids listened to Raffi and Muppet Babies. I think I still remember all the words. I love reading your blog and enjoying your recipes

  36. Cynthia

    My favorite thing to do with my kids is sing and dance with them. I can’t twirl them in my arms as I used to, but I have wonderful memories of the times we did. I’m so glad to read about how you have that joy as well.
    This looks like a yummy recipe! We just discovered within the last few weeks we have to cut out milk and eggs from my son’s diet in addition to gluten. We have been gluten free for two years. I am struggling with it, and trying to find the joy in cooking you seem to have. Thanks for the inspiration to keep trying.

  37. Dr. Jean Layton

    I love to watch your love swelling up to encompass the vast array of typical kid things. I too thought I would only play the “good Stuff” for our daughters. Found out the good stuff comes in all sorts of ways.

    One of our girls favorite songwriter/singers was Tom Hunter. He was a local minister/minstrel who captivated audiences yearly with his library lawn concerts and Christmas eve celebrations.
    He died this past June from Crutzfeld-Jackob disease. We truly miss his warmth and energy but are grateful that his music lives on.
    We originally found his discs at his concerts but now they are online at http://www.tomhunter.com/

    also October 24th has been proclaimed Tom Hunter day by Gov. Gregoire

  38. Anonymous

    Oh, how I am in need of a great biscut recipe. This will be the first Christmas without gluten for me and my sister. And tradition says we have to have Christmas Eve breakfast (for supper) just like always. That includes biscuts..

    Question: Can you roll the dough out and cut them into circles? I’d like them to look as much like the biscuts everyone else will be eating! Even though it kills my soul when someone says “It looks just like what I’m eating. Why can’t you just have this?”.

    Best wishes to your beautiful family!

  39. NiNi

    OMG! I can’t believe I get to have ham biscuits this year!! I’ve only been GF for two months, and thanks to this site, I know I won’t have to be jealous of what everyone else is having around the holidays.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  40. Fiona

    I’ll definitely whip up a btach of these. Thanks so much.

    Ah, I have fond memories of listening to Raffi with my two girls. Our other absolute favorite is Laurie Berkner. We were lucky enough to have her come sing at our then two year old’s birthday party (before LB she became famous in kids’ music).
    They Might be Giants are pretty cool, too.

  41. Sammi

    Clever you! What’s funny is I never thought about how important the gluten was to biscuits, I’ve always tried to handle them as very little as possible to keep them from building up huge gluten strands and getting chewy — I’m all about the fluffy =D

    I’m not gluten-free, but I love to be able to cook for anyone, so it’s such a joy to be able to see your process and recipes and learn more about food itself! thank you for being out here sharing!

  42. Schuyler

    My twin girls have always loved Raffi (much to our chagrin at first!). Now they are three, and last week we got an album titled “All Together Singing in the Kitchen” by the Nields, and it is amazing. One step up from Raffi, who we also think is wonderful. We have owned the cd for a week, and all of us have memorized it. Dance parties are on a whole new level in our house now. You can find it on Amazon… Enjoy!

  43. lauren

    You really sent me down Memory Lane with your post. My mom made Bisquick biscuits which we slathered in butter and apple butter.
    Recommend: Jessica Harper “It’s a Wonderful Life“
    Barney Salzberg
    Peter Paul and Mary
    NO They Might Be Giants.
    Enjoy!

  44. stephaniegbrown

    Oh honey.… I feel your sweet pain! I did EXACTLY the same thing, and thought the same thing! “My daughter” would NOT listen to that drivel. Boy was I wrong, and I learned to enjoy it as well. But when she was 4… and I wish I would have had it sooner, I discovered David Grisman/Jerry Garcia (Grateful Dawg) “Not For Kids Only”. I absolutely LOVE this album… Some of those songs get in your head and you just can’t get them out…

    And biscuits… Thank you, thank you, thank you. You can BET I will be making them this weekend… I love a good, warm biscuit. I think we will have them with dinner. The way my southern grandma served them!

  45. Christine

    Elizabeth Mitchell is wonderful! We were given Catch the Moon and I soon bought You are My Flower and You are My Little Bird. They are just lovely. Also, try the Now the Day is Over by The Innocence Mission. And, one of our new favorites is Putumayo’s Dreamland. Have fun!

  46. Shayla

    Oh, Shauna, thanks so much for the biscuit recipe!!! Been missing them.

    I’ve got some tunes you’ll love. The best song on the cd is called “Blueberry Pie” so, can’t go wrong. It’s called “In Harmony-A Sesame Street Record.” So upbeat! We used to have a blast singing it. You can still get it on Amazon.

  47. Bonnie

    I know a few others have mentioned it, but, please, go right now and get some Elizabeth Mitchell. You won’t regret it! And if you get teary at some of Raffi’s songs (and believe me, I do too!), you will get a little emotional over her as well. Our little ones love both singers, but these days we lean towards Elizabeth. You should also have a listen to Raffi’s “let’s Play” CD. Some great songs there as well, and I’m pretty sure there are some tear-inducing ones on it. I know I was crying anyway! I think people can go a little overboard with the kids’ music, but it is possible to have a balance, and our kids love everything. Some children’s musicians and songwriters just seem to know how to get to the heart of the matter, if you know what I mean!

    And I’ve never liked Joshua Giraffe either, so Little Bean is right to cry!

  48. Anonymous

    Love Raffi! When my sister was about 1 or 2 she had this ritual where my dad would start playing “Baby Beluga” (on the record player!) before he went into her to wake her up and then he would carry her out into the living room and she would lie on the couch in her pajamas listening to Raffi for about 15 minutes as she was waking up. It was the only way she’d get up without crying!

    Other good albums for kids are “Shake Sugaree: Taj Mahal Sings And Plays For Children” and my sister really loved “Smilin’ Island of Song” which has Bob Marley’s mother as one of the narrators and lots of great reggae songs. It tells a story between the songs so it is geared for kids a little bit older but it is fantastic! For slightly older kids I recommend Jim Weiss and the Classical Kids CD series.

    And I enthusiastically second whoever mentioned Chinaberry. They have fantastic books and even better, a great write-up about each book they select. They also have a great audio selection.

    Jo

  49. kyrie

    We felt the same way when we found Raffi. Really, so sweet. We love love Elizabeth Mitchell, too. All of the kids’ CDs put out by Smithsonian Folkways are good. And Innocence Mission has a lullaby album that is amazing and very special to us. My little one can’t go to sleep without hearing me sing one of the traditional songs.

  50. Ron and Cathy

    Some of my most fond childhood memories involve me dancing around the house and singing Raffi songs with my parents… the man was a genius! It warms my heart to know that little ones like Little Bean will cherish those same memories.

  51. TJ

    When my kids were little, they like Parachute Express and Disney songs. However, had he been singing at the time, I know my daughter would have loved Jack Johnson if she needed to mellow out. She and my husband love him now. It’s calming homework music. {But it would have been perfect back in the day for naptime or family time, too.} I believe Jack Johnson wrote a kid-friendly soundtrack for the Curious George movie.

  52. Liz

    Oh my, some of my best childhood memories revolve around Raffi. The new dress I got to wear to his concert (my very first) when I was five, dancing with my best friend to “Baby Beluga” and “Robin in the Rain” and my kindergarten teacher using “Shake Your Sillies Out” to get fidgety five year olds to calm down. I still listen to his albums at Christmas, and my college friends and I got a kick out of watching on old Raffi VHS — he’s terrific. And a love of music certainly includes music palatable to little ears.

    I’m not a parent, but I do listen to lots of Dan Zanes music that’s meant for kids. I listen to “Polly Wolly Doodle” for fun, and I want to dance in my kitchen with my kids (someday) to “All Around the Kitchen.”

  53. Bonnie

    I second many of the comments here for kids’ music — our children deserve equal time using the home or car stereo (just make sure you switch out Raffi sometimes for your own choices). Our 4-year-old daughter loves everything by Laurie Berkner too — you can watch her videos on the Noggin website if you’d like a preview. And we can bear listening to her over & over (not so with all kid music.)

    We love Go With the Flow by Mother Goose Jazz Band (available from King Co. Library System), the first World Playground CD by Putumayo, Choo Choo Boogaloo by Buckwheat Zydeco, Quiet Time by Raffi. When our girl was an infant, we were all soothed by Bedtime Songs for Babies, a series by Direct Source. My husband, a classical musician, thought the guitarist on the Blossom CD in this series was awesome. We’ve bought them at TJ Maxx/Ross/Marshall’s in the Seattle area & on Barnes & Noble’s website. Enjoy dancing & singing with your babe!

  54. Naomi Adams

    Thanks so much for your blog and your recipes! Like many others with Lyme Disease, I have gone gluten-free, so I have started following your blog. The wonderful positive attitude that comes through in your writing has been an inspiration to me.

  55. Karen

    Woman, I think I love you! I have missed biscuits and gravy, both full of gluten until now. Tonight I made Tuna A La King, using tapioca flour. It turned out really good. As soon as I can get to a store to buy some buttermilk, I’m making these biscuits and some more gravy.

  56. Anonymous

    Sandra Boynton has several albums out that our kid-free (but absolutely kid-friendly) household adores: Philadelphia Chickens; Rhinoceros Tap; and Dog Train. (I understand there’s a newish one, Blue Moo, but I haven’t heard it yet.)

    And, if you want to ensure total geekdom, check out these Singing Science Records from the late 1950’s. Educational and retro-fabulous! http://www.acme.com/jef/singing_science/

  57. excelsior

    My favorite record (yes, record, in those days) growing up was “Free To Be… You And Me” — the book’s still available and the music is on CD now. I give both to all the kids I know when they’re about four.

    About 12 years ago I stumbled across a CD of children’s songs called “For Our Children.” It includes Bob Dylan singing “This Old Man,” (a classic!), Paul McCartney doing “Mary Had A Little Lamb,” and Little Richard singing “Itsby Bitsy Spider.”

  58. Katy and baby

    Our 7-month-old has loved the They Might Be Giants CD “No!” since birth. We’ve tried all of their music, but this one album works every bedtime and also when he gets cranky if we’ve been in the car too much in one day. It’s a fun album…I think we’ve heard/sang “Don’t cross the street in the middle, in the middle, in the middle, in the middle, in the middle of block,” about 9000 times.

  59. Sho

    Those biscuits look so yummy! I used to make baking powder biscuits that looked like those.

    My recommendation for children’s music is to get a local parenting magazine or your weekend section of the local paper, and look for the children’s shows. Many of them are for free. We went to them in coffee shops, bookstores, and malls.

    Take care,

    Shoshannah

  60. Emily

    I second the Wiggles. No kids for me yet, but I worked one summer in a nursery room day care. The kids loved the Wiggles.

  61. Anonymous

    Another great one on the children’s music that is parent friendly front-that I am surprised no one recommended– is Justin Roberts. We have many of the other artists mentioned, but he’s our current favorite–
    and I think he’s going to be in Seattle in a couple of weeks!

  62. glutenfreeforgood

    Life takes on some mysterious twists and turns when you add a little one to your family. You just have to smile and enjoy every magical minute, Raffi and all! Oh, by the way, your biscuits look wonderful.
    :-)
    Melissa

  63. Megan

    Thank you thank you thank you! I made the WORST gf biscuits this week, trying to modify a favorite old gluten-filled recipe I had. We had to smother them in butter and honey to make them palatable! I have everything in your recipe, I’ll definitely be trying it!!!

    And I’m another Raffi lover here! Have you heard his Christmas album yet? It’s fabulous, my siblings and I were raised on it! And as far as other cool music, I think you would love some of the Putumayo children’s collections. My favorites are Sing Along with Putumayo and African Playground. Have fun dancing!

  64. Pam

    If you freeze the butter and then use a small cheese grater to grate it with directly into the flour, the butter mixes perfectly with the flours every time. I love this trick for biscuits! It never fails.

  65. Nova

    These are so good. I have tried many different gluten-free biscuit recipes and this is the best one ever. The flavor and texture are perfect. My family, which eats gluten, loved them as well. We had them last night with some pumpkin soup that simmered away in my slow cooker all day. It was the prefect Autumn meal. Thank you for going through the trial and error with this recipe because you came out with a winner.

  66. GunAttitude22

    Sound and Spirit’s “Welcoming Children Into the World”

    Ellen Kushner’s award-winning National Public Radio program Sound and Spirit celebrates the contrasts and connections of diverse world cultures, exploring traditions and themes that define the human experience. None transcends the language barriers better than the push and pull of family, especially the birth of a child. This album, a collection of songs from one of Kushner’s most requested shows, highlights the rituals of childbirth and the joys and frustrations of baby’s first year. From Serbo-Croatian and Nepalese lullabies, to a Navajo chant, to an American song about adoption, and finally a Baka nursery rhyme, these various baby-related meditations are brought to life by such artists as Sweet Honey in the Rock, Sally Rogers, and Woody Guthrie. The artists share the beauty of the miracle of birth, the heroism of women in labor, and the comforting sense of global unity in life’s daily struggle. Best of all, they bring succor to that most neglected of nurturers, the exhausted young mother.

    I give it to all my friends and family with new babies. My faves are “Little Potato” and “Hey Pretty Baby”

    Putomayo cds rock =)

  67. AJH

    Raffi brings back many happy memories when bringing up my daughter. He is even better in concert. Another children’s music performer my daughter liked is Charlotte Diamond. Get the CD with the song, “Three Hugs a Day”.

  68. Kristina

    I loved Raffi as a kid– even learned to play some of his songs on the piano!

    I’ll admit I haven’t read all 81 comments, so this may be in there several times, but I saw at least one for the Putumayo CDs. I’ll second that– I use them in my classroom all the time! My kids especially love the African Playground one. They are all fantastic!

  69. Julialuli

    I can’t read through all the posts, but here’s our list (our kids are now 9 & 12):
    Tom Chapin Family Tree (Awesome)
    Trout Fishing in America
    Kenny Loggins Return to Pooh Corner
    Steve Songs (any)
    Rock-A-By-Baby (Disney)It’s a cover CD including Beautiful Boy…makes me cry every time

    I agree about Jim Weiss. I was never an audio book person…I’m visual-but my son is aural and he’s introduced us a world of incredible audio books. The great thing about audio is that kids can listen to literature far beyond their reading years. My son’s vocabulary is amazing because of audio books. When it’s time…Harry Potter with Jim Dale. They just don’t get any better than this!

    Best! Julie

  70. stephanie

    What a fun post! I’ve made the Bob’s Red Mill biscuits, and they leave that awful powdery taste on my tongue that far too many g-f baked goods leave–what is that?! I’ll have to pick up some sorghum and try yours!

    Music, music, music. My daughter, at 2, would choose each night between Fran Friedman (nice kid’s music) and Janis Joplin! About 50/50 split, too!

    I second the They Might Be Giants vote, definitely! And mine adore Indigo Girls. We were on the D.C.Metro and my son (just before 3rd birthday) said “Look, a map!” I started singing the Dora “I’m the Map” song, and he jumped in with “Get out the map”! I was one proud mommy.

    Basically, though, it almost doesn’t matter what they listen to. They will listen to even your favorite songs over and over until you hate it! So whatever makes them smile works!

  71. Lovie

    oh thank you so much for the Raffi memories! 22 years ago I was singing those very songs with my toddler, only it was a cassette and not a cd. Now I am singing those very same songs along with a cd to my grandchhildren!

  72. carwyn

    Hi highly recommend Dan Crow. My son adored his music as a toddler. We sang it in the car every day.

  73. Vincci

    That is beyond cute! Weird how Raffi has that touch. Also, the biscuits look amazing… I definitely want to try gluten-free baking someday but it will definitely be a bit of an investment for all those flours!

  74. Diana

    Ah, Raffi. I wrote about some music and story CDs we love to dance around to in this post: http://www.betwinned.com/archives/125

    Thanks for the biscuit recipe. I am actually, right now, about to run off and try your roll-out sugar cookie recipe with two very excited 5-year olds (and some Halloween cookie-cutter shapes)!

  75. Anonymous

    Check out the Rockabye Baby series — they set adult music to lullabye tunes, so you can listen to Radiohead, U2, everyone else but it’s soothing for baby. You can find them on Amazon.

  76. Heather

    I’m sure others have already recommended Laurie Berkner, but I’ll say it again: Laurie Berkner. She’s wonderful. We started with the album Under a Shady Tree, and I think that’s a good one to start with. We used to swear we wouldn’t listen to kids’ music either, but her stuff is fantastic, and our little guy loves, loves, loves it.

    :) Heather M.

  77. cryogenetics

    WOW, as I am sure you have been told many times how fantastic you and your site are, I am here to tell you again. My six year old son and I have just been diagnosed, I am a nurse and his father is a chef, what a combo! With your site now I feel like I can move forward. Thank you so much!

  78. Mia

    Raffi is great. I don’t know if it has already been suggested, but we LOVED “In Harmony” which is a Sesame Street album. Also, (if you celebrate Christmas??) Sesame Street Christmas Album–its still the one that makes me feel like Christmas is really here. And finally, the “Follow That Bird” soundtrack–from the Sesame Street movie about Big Bird leaving Sesame Street—so sad and good! Can you tell I was a strictly PBS kiddo? Enjoy.

  79. Jen

    I agree with pps–
    Laurie Berkner Band
    They Might Be Giants (NO!)
    BNL (Snacktime–awesome!)

    I also found a band (I don’t think it was mentioned here) Milkshake at http://www.milkshakemusic.com. Very fun. They are a rock band that makes good music with kid lyrics. My 15 mo loves the pirate song… “Hey Ho…”

    PS the biscuits look awesome!

  80. Anna

    I’m so glad I happened upon your blog. Just a few weeks ago we found out that my daughter is allergic to wheat, cow’s milk and egg whites. She has easily accepted the soy milk and I’ve been using rice flour and trying to find recipes for gluten free food but the problem I’m coming across is what to do about the egg white allergy. How do you substitute eggs whites in recipes? I read somewhere that you can use two yolks and some oil, have you ever heard or tried that?

  81. BC

    Kids music is great and should be encouraged. Trust me.

    You realize this when your child belts out the chorus to “American Pie” in the middle of church or requests “We Will Rock” you by Queen at circle time.

  82. Laura at Wild Parenting

    I highly recommend Billy Jonas! This is definitely music that parents love, too. “What kind of cat comes in the mail from Sears? CATALOG!”

  83. Delilah

    Pete Seeger — “How to Raise Kids with a Forklift.” My mom had this album when my sister, 10 years younger than me, was little. And as a dorky pre-teen, I loved it.

  84. matt wright

    I hear ya about kids music. Before our son, my wife and I were the same way. We tried a bunch of music that we liked, and nothing seemed to calm him down.. In the end we found that radio static worked.. So when driving we would often just keep static on if he started crying.

    Before having a kid, even 1second of static on the radio used to really tick me off!!

    Since then, I am sad to say that we have a Wiggle’s CD. Drake (our son) just adores it. It is sodding catchy, which makes it really annoying!

    He really won’t wave his arms and kick his feet to any other music.. so what are we to do!

    The evening/afternoon fussies (about 7pm for lad) is a phase that thankfully passes pretty quick!

  85. Anonymous

    Going to try the biscuits tonight.

    Highly recommend the Laurie Berkner Band. And Dan Zanes (man, I miss The Del Fuegos!). And Lisa Loeb makes kids music now, too. My little man liked early Simon & Garfunkel–anything folk really.

  86. Allison

    We called the early evening Happy Hour (a la Sears) because it was sooo not happy for our son. We concluded, with our little person, that by evening he’d just had enough. The world is a really stimulating place for people newly arrived and it builds up as nervous energy in them. Their release: crying. I wore our boy in the sling with the outside pulled up and would nurse him while I went about my dinner preparation and it helped a lot. Wearing him in the sling during the other parts of the day helped a lot too. At least for us it made everything all better.

    Wearing a really young baby is different from wearing a baby who has strong neck control and a strong, straight back, so like most stuff with babies, it’ll change daily. And they react differently to being worn at different times, so get her rested and fed, plop her in and start moving. I put our son in the sling to fold laundry, walking from the gigantic pile of laundry to the basket on the other side of the room, or vacuum the floors and the back and forth movement was like magic.

    Regarding music for kids, there’s a lot of good stuff, but there’s also lots of dreadful pap. We like Raffi too, but we also like Dan Zanes (Parades and Panoramas is the BEST!) and a fabulous record by NRBQ called You’re Nice People You Are. Smart lyrics, great instrumentation, and excellent melodies!

    http://www.danzanes.com/pages/home_new2.html
    http://www.amazon.com/Youre-Nice-People-You-Are/dp/B0000003GV/ref=sr_1_23?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1224525687&sr=1–23

  87. Claire Berman

    Shauna, I’ve been reading your blog for the last 5 months since I was diagnosed, and I love it! I wanted to write because when I read about your daughter loving Raffi, it struck a chord. I used to LOVE Raffi (I even went to see him in concert when I was 7 or 8). The nurses had to play Raffi for me to get me to go to sleep when I had surgery as a 3 year old. And the one song that terrified me of his was Joshua Giraffe!! My mom played that one for me all the time, and inwardly I would be panicking as the song went on and became darker in tone. I just thought it was funny that your daughter is afraid of the only Raffi song that always scared me as a child too :) Thanks for all your wonderful recipes and stories! I wish you and your family well.

  88. BealcA's Pad

    The biscuits are beautiful looking and I want to try that recipe as mine are terrible.

    I love to hear you talking about little Bean, it is wonderful when we see ourselves changing with the addition of a child in our home.

    I really enjoy just reading your writing, I don’t get on here as often I would like, but life keeps me busy even without/kids.

    Bless you…

  89. Anonymous

    A few more fabulous “kid” CD’s I listen to even when the kids have fallen asleep in their carseats… new talent Frances England “Fascinating Creatures”; The Roches (that awesome threesome of sisters with the crazy harmonies released a kids album donkey’s years ago, available through kcls.org); Dean Jones (mixed lot, but a great remake of “Hush Little Baby” on the CD available at kcls); and “Peter, Paul and Mommy, Too” (great, ancient album of kids’ songs by Peter, Paul and Mary. And not just because it includes “Puff”). And ditto the recommendations for Elizabeth Mitchell (awesome, all of them); Dan Zanes; They Might Be Giants (in a few years; “No” rocks); and Laurie Berkner.

    Mostly, though? “Tra la la, sugar bowl, sugar bowl” will do the job nicely, so long as you keep singing and dancing and gazing into each others eyes.

    Molly

  90. Jill

    Yes — you’ve joined the ranks of millions of parents around the world — Singing fools :) Just wait ’til you see “The Wiggles” in concert! It’s OK to admit you enjoyed them a bit. They are kooky, likeable guys! Be sure to sit on an aisle seat up close. Yep, I’ve been there! Quiet time music for babies is great for bedtime (but only if you try it and it works — it actually made our first little guy agitated!). My kids still want “Alaska” music at bedtime.

  91. Anonymous

    As an Aussie I have to recommend our boys “The Wiggles”. Both of my boys now 8 and 11 loved them and I can highly recommend their concerts. Every Mum has a favourite Wiggle and mine is Anthony! My boys also loved classical music or ‘mums relaxing music’ as they still refer to it. Lovely to put on at bedtime or sleep time. I just introducing babies and children to music is a wonderful thing and whatever you play will resonate with them as they grow older.

  92. Tara

    Dang now I need to go get sorghum flour and sweet rice flour before I can make these. I don’t have all the kinds of gluten free flour yet. I have many more than I used to though. I also have started using whipped egg whites. I use them in my pancakes and they turn out so great.

  93. Bethany

    My girls’ favs (OK, I love them as much, if not more)…

    Swingin’ in the Rain by Maria Muldaur (a great take on old favs with fabulous jazz scat)

    Choo Choo Boogaloo (I see someone else here mentioned this one…and I second that)

    But my FAVORITE newly discovered kids’ CD is Renee and Jeremy’s “It’s a Big World” You can hear some of the tunes on their site. Be forewarned; you’ll fall in love with their quiet acoustic sound. I have become an “It’s a Big World” evangelist, buying it for all my friends and giving it away reluctantly (I keep giving away every copy I buy, so we have to listen online). http://www.reneeandjeremymusic.com/

  94. Sara R

    I have yet to find a non-“hockey-puck” biscuit myself. Thank you! I can’t wait to try this recipe.

  95. Geek Porn Girl

    You have given me so much… now it’s my chance to give you something:

    Our favorite ever kid’s cd is “House At Pooh Corners” by Kenny Loggins. I used this as nap-time music until the sleepy-eyed response was absolutely Pavlovian. My son is now 12 and it will still put him to sleep!

    Actually, it was the only kid’s cd we could tolerate, the rest of the time it’s been “regular” music at our house!

  96. mbdoctor

    I totally appreciate your sentiments about kids’ music. As a pre-k teacher I’ve been forced to listen to endless hours of kiddie tunes. Fortunately there are some really fun artists who create music that appeals to kids & adults. Dan Zanes tops my list of faves, followed closely by Laurie Berkner. The Wiggles have been pretty popular, too. They Might Be Giants and Barenaked Ladies also have cool albums for kids.

  97. MaggieMu

    Hi, my kids love Peter Paul and Mommy by , Peter Paul and Mary.
    You can’t go wrong with that. And you can feel secure you are introducing the Little Bean to the Classics. Gordon Bok from Maine also has some good choices.

  98. ljallbee

    HAHA, my kids are 14 and 16 and I still know all the words to Raffi–we had it on video tape.

    And my 14 year old celiac is going to love the biscuits–he has really missed his breads. Thank you!

  99. Anonymous

    Ah…Kid’s music that doesn’t make parents want to barf. May I heartily suggest Trout Fishing in America? Eminently singable, creative, and FUN!!!

    Monique in TX

  100. VThuskies

    Thanks for the yummy recipe! These will definitely be on our Thanksgiving table.

    My daughter loves Laurie Berkner and BNL, but our favorite cd’s are from a band in northern Virginia called Rocknoceros. They are awesome! You can get their cd’s from their website or Amazon. My husband and I couldn’t get the songs out of our heads after listening to them!

  101. Cliff Girl

    Dear Mrs. Ahern,
    Thank you so much. Silly me, as my little GF girls are off haunting for treats they’ll need to trade to me for things she actually can eat, I read your post and teared up. Some days I feel so guilty for handing them my awfully bad genes…then again, they have a mom who is passionate about their welfare and has awesome resources :)
    I really appreciate your blog!
    <3
    Hannah and Elise’s mom

  102. Anonymous

    Shauna,

    Thank you. For the biscuit recipe, yes, but mostly for your honest & straightforward treatment of living joyfully gluten-free. I have resisted the lifestyle for years until I have finally had to embrace it for the sake of my well-being. I check out your site every day & it helps me keep my chin up. I want you to know how much you have helped me.

    Love–
    S

  103. Cinnamon

    Okay I tried the recipe and something went wrong. After all the liquid and fat was added it was still waaaay to crumbly to even stick together. I ended up adding more milk/butter and eventually I got it to stick together. They came out like little french bread biscuits. Is that what they are suppose to be like?

    Still working at getting it right with 8 little pairs of eyes looking at me and a husband with his eyebrow raised wondering what I’m trying to make now :-)

    Love your blog~ Cinnamon

  104. Anonymous

    I read your blog for the first time this morning and have just finished reading this post. I also reserved your book at the library.

    My daughters are now adults, but I can still sing every Raffi song you mentioned–and so can they.

    I look forward to learning to cook gluten-free, so that I can provide good, healthy food to my friends who live with celiac.

    Thank you for a beautiful website and recipes that make me salivate as I read them.

  105. Jennifer

    I shed a tear reading this post. My mother made Bisquick biscuits for us all the time, and I learned my love of baking and feeding my family from her.

    She passed 8 years ago. I’d give anything to see her hands make those biscuits one more time.

  106. Rachel

    These worked out beautifully! Even with zillions of substitutions for this dairy and egg-allergic girl! I was feeling sad about not having creamy things this weekend so I picked up some coconut milk kefir. Didn’t like it much on its own, but it was a great sub for buttermilk in this recipe! I could detect just a bit of that round coconut taste in the baked biscuits, but it wasn’t off-putting at all, very subtle. Flaxseed meal + water for the egg, and I combined Earth Balance and some shortening for the butter (neither really mimic the behavior of butter, but together it works out ok).
    I don’t know if it was the different ingredients, or perhaps the toastiness of my oven, but these got a little bit too crunchy. But… yum yum.

  107. Anonymous

    I love these cookies, which in Brazil are not so common, I learned from my sister-that is American and as I am trying to reduce the ingestion of gluten that will try your recipe. Thanks for share it with us. Hugs! Aretusa
    ps I found your blog via http://www.delishvillesemgluten.com

  108. Lisa

    I can’t remember the last time I had a proper buttermilk biscuit. I made these this morning and they were so good I almost cried.

  109. Jenny

    Hi– I tried this recipe over the weekend to make strawberry shortcake. I used agave to sweeten it, but maybe didn’t use enough. My biscuits were hard, yet rubbery and salty! I wonder– does Xantham gum go bad?? I have had the same stash for a while now… You may have noticed I posted a comment on Irish Soda bread recipe too. I’m sad that my attempts at baking this weekend were both flops!! I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong.

  110. Jenny

    Hi again! Greetings… I made these biscuits again last night– so much better! I still find the insides to be a bit rubbery. Would my use of lard instead of butter be a factor? My biggest mistake in the first try was mixing up the batter ahead of time, so I could socialize with friends when they arrived & still bake off warm biscuits in time for dessert. Best intentions, but my batter sat in the fridge for a couple hours & I didn’t realize you can’t do that with biscuits!

  111. Robin Fosler

    Shauna, you are this transplanted southern girls new best friend! I have biscuits again!!! Now I have to go walk off the butter I just put on them…

  112. Abigail Pari'

    Hey there. I’m hoping you check your blog often because I’m making this recipe in about 10 hours! Urgh! I couldn’t find tapioca or potato starch & I only have corn starch so I’m not sure if should replace both starches with an even amount of corn starch or if there should be more or less corn starch.

    Your advice would be marvelous since I’m bringing this delicious looking recipe to a big dinner for Thanksgiving so the gluten-free brothers can have biscuits with the rest of us.

    Thanks!

  113. Abigail Pari'

    Hey there. I’m hoping you check your blog often because I’m making this recipe in about 10 hours! Urgh! I couldn’t find tapioca or potato starch & I only have corn starch so I’m not sure if should replace both starches with an even amount of corn starch or if there should be more or less corn starch.

    Your advice would be marvelous since I’m bringing this delicious looking recipe to a big dinner for Thanksgiving so the gluten-free brothers can have biscuits with the rest of us.

    Thanks!

  114. Abigail Pari'

    Hey there. I’m hoping you check your blog often because I’m making this recipe in about 10 hours! Urgh! I couldn’t find tapioca or potato starch & I only have corn starch so I’m not sure if should replace both starches with an even amount of corn starch or if there should be more or less corn starch.

    Your advice would be marvelous since I’m bringing this delicious looking recipe to a big dinner for Thanksgiving so the gluten-free brothers can have biscuits with the rest of us.

    Thanks!

  115. Nathan Strange

    Oh. My. Gosh.

    I am *so* excited! Biscuits have been on the brain lately, so I am heading to the store as soon as Atlanta becomes un-frozen! Absolutely cannot wait to try these and all the possible variations thereof…ham and cheese…herb…oh wow. I’m drooling!

    As for music, I’m surprised no one has mentioned Shana Banana! I guess she’s not that well known yet, but I can tell you she’s *terrific*. Adults seem to love her as much as the kids, and her songs are all very positive and playful. She’s got a Banana Bedtime CD that helps kids wind down for bedtime, as well as a Banana Yoga DVD. Check her out…you will like her. http://shanabanana.com/

    Thank you so much for your amazing recipes! You’re the best!
    Nathan

  116. Exzo Emelle

    I made this recipe for breakfast this morning using Bob’s Red Mill All-Purpose gluten free flour. I used 2 cups of flour and then followed the recipe as shown. We were very pleased with the results! Just as described: puffed, crispy bottom, tender inside. I made some smaller and some larger as an experiment. All good! I’m quite happy you bothered to share this recipe. Many thanks! xoML

  117. Lori Irminger

    Mothering for over 30 years. Raffi brought silliness to our home when life tended to be stressful. Silly is good!
    Being new to the gluten free lifestyle and breads a mainstay in my diet, I have been searching for recipes. I am Thankful to have stumbled upon your biscuit recipe. Thank you for experimenting!
    Compared to the last recipe yielding Hockey Pucks, yours rate a 10!
    Keep being silly and sing!
    Ever heard of Vegi Tales? Excellent!

  118. Kari

    This is well over 2 years after you posted this recipe, but I echo Anonymous’ suggestion for Justin Roberts. We have seen him several times in concert and all four of our girls (aged 18 months to almost 9 years) love him, as do we.

    We’re about to make these biscuits, and we have high hopes :)

  119. A Novel Woman

    My kids are all grown now (25, 23 and 21) but we listened to Raffi (and Sharon, Lois and Bram) as we drove from Montreal to Prince Edward Island every summer. It’s what got us through more than 14 hours of driving with 3 kids in the car, starting when they were all under the age of 5.

    I’m not kidding. We’d put on Raffi, if they got fussy, and they would settle right down like we’d preformed a magic spell.

    Your post made me very nostalgic. And my kids turned out just great, too!

  120. Cam dad of PJ

    Raffi is a lot of fun. But the one that our son loves is the Bare Naked Ladies… their kids album is awesome.

    He has his own playlist on both of our iPods and goes to it when he wants to listen to music.

    Have fun with the tunes and Little Bean!

    Cam.

  121. nikki

    Raffi was who I grew up on… and when I started raising my goddaughter… the little ducks song became hers too. Gary Lapow is pretty funny too… velcro RIIIIP, and “diddy-bop dinosaur” are still in my mind

  122. ann

    Love that you call your daughter Little Bean! My sister nicknamed me Bean or Beaner when we were kids (actually it was a bit longer and not so flattering, but fortunately it got shortened and that stuck. Her friends never knew my real name, and as we had families, I became Aunt Bean, and now I am officially Grammy Bean! Enjoy your precious “little Bean”. And I’m enjoying your blog and recipes!

  123. Michelle

    Dear Shauna,

    I’m aching to make these, but my family and I can’t tolerate much cow’s milk. Any idea of these would work with soy milk + lemon juice/vinegar?

  124. Van

    Where did you find the gluten free buttermilk? All that I check has modified food starch in it.

  125. Nancy

    I always have Kefir around, but not buttermilk, so I gave that a try. I had to add some water to make it the proper texture. Had a little trouble getting them done in the middle, but I modified the baking temperature to get it to come out mostly right. Maybe I’ll stop with less water next time and just let the dough be more crumbly. Onto other things now. Thanks to your site, my husband and I have lost a lot of weight and his cholestrol has plummeted to a healthy level.