The batter is made with whole grains in the blender. Sue and husband Rich Gregg explain that families with food intolerances and allergies may use non-wheat, non-gluten grains, and the results will be not only edible, but also tasty, and good for you, too! The Greggs include substitutions for eggs, cow's milk, and wheat.
I tried an expensive gluten free cornbread mix once, a long time ago. It was rubbery, better for a toy for bouncing than for something to eat.
I eyed the Sue Gregg recipe for cornbread and the one for pancake/waffle batter with interest. Could I use the batter to make hushpuppies? Corn dogs? Onion rings? Chicken nuggets?
First, I had to make one of the recipes -- and I chose corn bread. My version started with coarse corn meal because it was the closest thing I could find to dried corn. I used organic rice in place of wheat. I used rice milk soured with vinegar and lemon juice.
The taste test -- BIG THUMBS UP. My gluten free girl thinks it is WONDERFUL -- and that's important, because I'm looking for more recipes for her that we all can eat with her.
It is not rubbery. It's light, almost cake-like, slightly sweet, really tasty (and the texture is not like the awful gluten free boxed mixes I've learned to avoid).
I got a couple of teensy pieces of gritty something in my slice--probably a piece of rice that wasn't broken down small enough. I'm guessing I didn't blend the batter long enough (I stopped at three minutes) or I didn't leave the batter sitting long enough (I let it sit for seven hours today). Overall, the texture is quite smooth. (Some products made with rice flour are so gritty they're like eating sand from beginning to end. Ugh. This cornbread is not like that.)
I have some renewed hope that I may indeed expand my recipe files with some help from the Greggs! :)
UPDATE from the Greggs: "Blend Longer after soaking until the batter feels smooth between thumb and forefinger (or to the amount of "crunch" you want.)" Sue Gregg also gave me a source for the dried corn that I was unable to find locally.