Millet Biscuits and Birthdays

by Lauren | Celiac Teen on April 20, 2010

2 years ago, on my 15th birthday no less, I started this blog.  A few months before, I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease and when searching for information or anything on eating gluten-free, a few blogs popped up.  I couldn’t tell you what the names of all of the first few I looked through were, but some were so wonderful that I still read today.  I started this crazy fantastic journey with the idea of writing down recipes, as my mom and I were trying a slew of random recipes in our attempt to find something that would work for us.  In the end, Celiac Teen became just what I thought it would be (although I surely didn’t expect the fantastic community and other aspects like Facebook and Twitter adding to my experience) – a recipe journal (although that is sort of an understatement now!).

Those first few months, Celiac Teen was a recipe-book-fashion-journal-blog, and although you may not know that, it was just what I needed.  I posted on an almost daily basis, usually short and sweet.  I joined the Daring Bakers and took place in certain blog carnivals and events.  As time went on, I began to blog less, but with more recipes.  Recently, most of the recipes have been my own, or heavily adapted equivalents.  2010 especially (even thought we’re just 1/3 through) has been amazing.  I had the privilege of not only being the Daring Bakers host to usher in the new decade, but the youngest one as well.

I cannot begin to express how amazing this has been.  I have never considered Celiac as a hardship, it was my gateway to health, but it’s been an absolute pleasure to have you around.  Although my comments aren’t all around (a couple were lost in the transfer, so I’m recovering them =D), they have meant the world to me.  Every time you leave one, I save it away.  They make me smile, they make me laugh.  Without question, I started this for me, and still do it for myself, but you guys play such an amazing role in this journey.  Between fellow bloggers, real-life friends and all of you lurking in the background, thank you for being here.  Thank you for coming back.  Thank you for the emails, thank you for everything.  You make this insanely beautiful (and delicious!) journey so much more fantastic.

Today, I have a recipe for you that everyone loved.  They were just right.  Exactly what I needed.

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Millet Biscuits
An original recipe by Lauren of Celiac Teen.

1 cup millet flour
1 cup tapioca flour
1/2 cup sweet rice flour
1 1/2 tsp xanthan gum
1 1/2 tsp sugar
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 stick unsalted butter, cubed and frozen
1 1/4 cups buttermilk

Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a cookie sheet with a silpat or parchment paper.

Whisk together dry ingredients. Cut in butter with pastry blender until butter is the size of small peas.

Stir buttermilk into dough until it just comes together. Turn dough out onto a well-floured surface (I use sweet rice flour). Pat dough into a rectangle that is about 1 inch high. Cut into squares.

Place squares on baking sheet (I like to place them on a silpat on the baking sheet) and bake for 10-15 minutes.

This post is linked to Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays.

Biscuit Bite

Buttery, comforting.  Great with a warm stew or with any meal :).

Biscuit Split

After a bite, I split it open.  Yum.


So here we go, I’m headed into another year, one of life and one of blogging.  One of cooking and one of baking.  One that will surely be nothing I expect.  So, hello Seventeen.  I hope that we enjoy each other.  (I’m sure that we will :).)


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{ 29 comments… read them below or add one }

Julie @ Willow Bird Baking April 20, 2010 at 10:26 pm

Happy happy blogiversary and birthday!! Is your birthday today (well, yesterday now, where I live) — on April 20? Because that’s my birthday too!

I hope seventeen is wonderful :)

Thomas April 21, 2010 at 1:17 am

Happy 17th Lauren – and Happy Blogiversary!

And here’s to the many more wonderful years ahead of you!!!

Theresa April 21, 2010 at 3:16 am

Happy Birthday!
I love your blog, it’s so cute, delicious and your photos are beautiful. Oh, plus I totally understand being a young blogger :) I’m just out of my teens.
That is so true, what you said about coeliac being your “gateway to health”, I think that more G-free people need to see it like that, in a positive light instead of being grumpy about it all.
I hope your next blogging year will be wonderful and that you’ll love being 17!

Erica Lea April 21, 2010 at 6:21 am

Congratulations! Many happy returns of the day! Your biscuits look delicious.

Iris April 21, 2010 at 7:05 am

Lauren, I cannot begin to tell you how much I enjoy your posts! Happy #2! And by the way, those biscuits look to die for! I will definitely be making them soon!

Valérie April 21, 2010 at 9:03 am

Happy birthday to you… and you blog! :-)
I love reading you, and look forward to the upcoming year!

I’ll take one of those biscuits now, please!

Katie April 21, 2010 at 10:22 am

Happy belated birthday and blogiversary! I’ve loved reading your recipes and your beautiful words on here and twitter, and I can’t wait to see what the next year has in store for you.

Jeanine April 21, 2010 at 1:23 pm

Wow, the Wordpress set up is lookin’ good, Lauren!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! Oh, to be 17 again… enjoy it! And those biscuits look delicious! Great job!

Maria April 21, 2010 at 3:57 pm

Happy Birthday! The biscuits look perfect. I want one with some homemade raspberry jam:)

Tia April 21, 2010 at 3:59 pm

I will for sure try your delicious looking biscuits.

I hope your birthday was WONDERFUL!!

Sally Parrott Ashbrook April 21, 2010 at 4:00 pm

Happy birthday! Those biscuits look delicious!

Evelyne@CheapEthnicEatz April 21, 2010 at 5:13 pm

Happy Birthday!

Lindsey April 21, 2010 at 5:33 pm

Happy birthday – mine is today too! I have been reading your blog since I was diagnosed in January, and I love it. I hope you have a fantastic birthday. Here’s to a year of health and happiness to us both :)

Fuji Mama April 21, 2010 at 8:44 pm

Aaaaaah! I meant to come and comment yesterday and then misplaced my brain… HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Wow, what a journey you have made in the past 2 years. I think that your future holds amazing things! XOXO

Vivian April 21, 2010 at 8:47 pm

Happy birthday and blog anniversary! The biscuits look wonderful. I will have to give them a try.

Lindsay at Kitchen Operas April 21, 2010 at 9:13 pm

Happy Birthday to you, and your blog!!

These look GREAT, thanks for this recipe & all the others!

bake in paris April 22, 2010 at 5:26 am

Happy 17th Birthday, Lauren…. and Happy Blogiversary!

I love the new look of your blog. Fresh and smart :-)

Sawadee from Bangkok,

Linda April 22, 2010 at 7:25 am

Happy belated birthday, Lauren! I love the new blog look, and of course your biscuits look delicious too.

baking&love April 23, 2010 at 8:35 am

Happy 17th birthday, Lauren! I didn’t know we are born in the same year!! LOL. And Happy 2nd birthday to CeliacTeen too :) My, time really flies! I read your previous post and you know what, banana is one of my favourite fruit. Haha!! Thanks for sharing all your baking adventures in this blog, it’s nice reading them. Happy baking always :)

With love. Doreen.

Juliana April 23, 2010 at 2:19 pm

Happy belated Birthday Lauren! and Happy Blog Anniversary :-)
The biscuits look delicious, I always enjoy reading your posts…you are an inspiration!

Julia April 24, 2010 at 11:37 am

Those look delicious! What would you recommend as a millet flour substitute? After a year of looking, I still haven’t been able to find any around here…grr.

Happy belated birthday!

Ricki April 25, 2010 at 4:47 pm

Happy (very belated!) birthday, Lauren! Your blog is a joy to read, and those biscuits look amazing! I look forward to many more years of blogging from you–and can only imagine what you’ll produce as you work your way through the teens to the twenties! 😀

Winnie April 26, 2010 at 7:41 am

Happy Belated Bday Lauren!
I admire you so much for all you’ve accomplished in life so far Lauren- you are a really special person!
Your blog always makes me happy when I visit (esp. with the spiffy new design)…and the millet biscuits really look great- I’ll be sure to give them a try one of these days!

Dia May 5, 2010 at 1:30 pm

Happy late-late BD!
These sound yummy – I haven’t used millet flour yet – love sorghum flour! & tend to use a mix of coconut oil & butter in recipes – I make more scones than other baked goods – they usually disappear pretty quickly, even at ‘non- GF’ events!

cathy/ShowFoodChef May 19, 2010 at 8:00 pm

Happy Lauren-Day and Blog-Day! You are an inspiration to so many, including me.

Kristin @Peace, Love and Muesli June 16, 2010 at 10:51 am

I’m going to try these today! I have lots of berries needing a biscuit.

Erin Smith January 11, 2011 at 7:48 pm

Congratulations on your birthday and your anniversary of writing your blog. It really is quite an exciting feeling.

I have been gluten-free for THIRTY years this year and have been writing my blog for four years. I cannot believe how time flies.

Keep up the great work!

Erin at Gluten-Free Fun

Erin Smith January 11, 2011 at 7:49 pm

Strange, your birthday/blogoversary were last April but this was the blog posting I got to when clicking on a Tweet today in January 2011. Happy VERY belated. :-)

Kate June 18, 2011 at 8:46 am

I cannot even begin to explain how amazing these biscuits are!! *new favourite*

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