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Gluten Free Banana Pecan Muffins

Gluten Free Banana Pecan Muffins

Gluten free baked goods seem to be getting more popular all the time. This means that there are more products out to help you bake gluten free things than there were, say, five or six years ago. For instance, you can now easily pick up a bag of gluten free flour, such as the Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free All Purpose Flour I keep in ... Read More »

Allergy-Free Desserts

Food allergies can range in intensity from mildly annoying to deadly serious. They can force strict limits on what an allergy sufferer can, and cannot cook – which is especially tough if you’re used to whipping up a favorite batch of peanut butter cookies before your child is diagnosed with a peanut allergy, or you’re diagnosed with a wheat allergy. Allergy-Free Desserts: Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Egg-free,Soy-free ... Read More »

What is arrowroot?

Arrowroot starch

Arrowroot, or arrowroot starch, is a powdery product made from the arrowroot plant, a starchy tropical root. The plant is dried and ground up to make the powder, which is primarily used as a thickener in the kitchen, much like cornstarch. Much like cornstarch, it is an excellent thickening agent. It has about twice the thickening power of regular flour. Unlike cornstarch, however, arrowroot is ... Read More »

Vanilla Yogurt Cheesecake

Vanilla Yogurt Cheesecake, from above

I recently had an interesting discussion about how many types of cheesecake there are. My friend seemed to feel that there were an almost uncountable number of cheesecake flavors – cookie dough, mocha, raspberry, marble, etc. – that all these were types of cheesecake. I disagreed. While there are lots of different cheesecake recipes, a basic cheesecake with different types of add-ins does not make ... Read More »

What is gluten?

homemade baguette

The word “gluten” is probably so well know these days because we are all so much more aware of people with gluten intolerances and products that are gluten free. Of course, this doesn’t really describe what gluten is. Gluten is protein in wheat flour and some other cereal grains. Gluten is elastic, and when combined with water, the proteins first come together in long strings. ... Read More »

Macadamia Oatmeal Lace Cookies

Macadamia Oatmeal Lace Cookies

Lace cookies get their name from the fact that the cookies look like lace: delicate, thin and with a lot of holes. Lace cookies were one of the first types of cookie that I baked with regularity. Regular oatmeal cookies and chocolate chip cookies were very high on the list, too, but lace cookies appealed to me because the ingredient list was very short and ... Read More »

Gluten-Free Baking Classics

If you have a gluten intolerance (Celiac’s), wheat is out of the question as far as your diet goes. And when wheat goes out, so does a whole category of foods: baked goods. Wheat flour is the basis of the vast majority of cakes, cookies, breads and other bakes, so it’s no surprise to hear that the inspiration for this book was to give those ... Read More »

Trader Joe’s Gluten Free Brownie Mix, reviewed

Trader Joe's Gluten Free Brownie Mix

Mixes, as you might guess, are really not my thing. I always prefer to make something from scratch if I can. That said, I don’t think that mixes are inherently bad or anything.They’re certainly useful in a pinch because they can be made very quickly and with little fuss. And there are some pretty good mixes out there – I like the Ghirardelli triple chocolate brownie ... Read More »

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