After much experimentation with gluten free baked goods, I got a rough estimation of how rice flour is compared to your basic baking flour. It holds shape a lot more and also has a dryer taste, but that shouldn’t turn you away from trying it out, especially if you have gluten free friends like I do. You just have to perform more tests to concoct the best confection! Or you might just make a giant dough monster. Who really knows when it comes to science?
The shape holding quality of rice flour is why we’re using it as the ingredient of choice for deku nuts, as seen in the Legend of Zelda franchise. Now, I’m no Deku Scrub when it comes to Zelda or baking, so I wanted these bad boys to looks as authentic to the nut as possible, while still tasting like a treat and not a punishment for Ganon.
- 1/4 Tsp Baking Soda
- 1/4 Tsp Baking Powder (GF optional)
- 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
- 1 Cup Rice Flour
- 1/4 Cup Butter (melted) (1/4 Cup Coconut Oil if Vegan)
- 1 Large Egg (1/4 Cup Banana if Vegan)
- 1/2 Cup Peanut Butter
As per tradition, gather up all your dry ingredients first ( baking soda, baking powder, brown sugar, rice flour) and sift them together. You can use a sifter or do what I do and just stick a whisk in it and twirl like you’re doing a spin attack. Once all the dry ingredients are melded, add the egg and butter (not peanut butter yet). Mix until it’s the same consistency as chu chu jelly (squishy) the add the peanut butter, stiring until everything is mixed. The reason why the peanut butter is last, is that adding the peanut butter before the egg and butter has a weird tendency to make the cookies more like biscotti. If that’s what you’re looking for, go for it, but I prefer softer scones.
After the mixing is complete, form the deku nuts like the halves of a walnut shell like above. Take care to make sure the dough is tight together, otherwise it may spread out during baking. For added flair, take a toothpick and draw lines along the surface to recreate the surface of a nut. Set your Din’s fire gem or oven to 350˚F and place the formed cookies into the freezer until the preheat is done or about 10 minutes; whichever is longer. Slam those suckers in, one baking sheet at a time, and wait 12-15 minutes or till the edges turn brown.
This portion is optional, but you can melt some baker’s chocolate up and coat the bottom to add more flavor to your nuts. You can also use this process to stick two halves together to make whole deku nuts. As you can see from the picture below, I made my cookies a bit larger so they more accurately reflect the size of deku nuts from LoZ, but you can go smaller so they are bit sized treats. Should you be bringing these treats over to a business party or your parents, and you don’t want to admit your nerdiness, call them cocoa pods. No one will know.