For all you lucky people of the world who don’t have to contend with food sensitivities and can pretty much eat whatever you like whenever the mood strikes you, please understand that those of us who can’t tolerate gluten, dairy, soy, etc. have different expectations when it comes to baked goods.
It has been too long since I last updated this blog, and for that I apologize. The summer has slipped away from me while I’ve been happily distracted with other things.
I plan to continue with my “Cake Blogging 101” series, as I have a few more topics I’d like to cover, and in a week I’ll be in Lexington, KY for the ICES Annual Convention. I’m packing my Chromebook and will have my iPhone, so if you follow me on Instagram, look forward to photos and maybe even some video clips. But for now, here’s the review for that gluten-free bread mix I used over a month ago. Finally.
School was out on Monday, so the kids and I visited a local coffeehouse. Their coffee might be fantastic as rumored, but I ordered a chai tea and wasn’t impressed. It was too sweet and a bit heavy on something… cloves, maybe? It’s the same issue I have with chai tea from Starbucks. I prefer the chai tea at Whole Foods, even though it’s made from a concentrate.
Thanks to a recent online discussion about gluten-free baking, a couple of flour blend recipes came to my attention, and I agreed to try them both and report on my results. Originally, I was only going to try one gluten-free flour blend, but it called for sorghum flour and I didn’t have any.
One of the truly frustrating things about following a gluten-free diet is how much more expensive the gluten-free version of anything is. I know, ideally I shouldn’t be buying and using packaged foods in the first place, but every once in a while I want bread, dang it. Both prepared gluten-free bread loaves and the boxed mixes are pricey, so I couldn’t afford to have them all the time even if I wanted to.
I love cornbread, and even though it’s not at all difficult to make from scratch, I decided to try some Pamela’s Gluten-Free Cornbread Mix when I saw that it was on sale. When I mixed and baked this cornbread the first time, I was not impressed. The muffins were thick, dry, heavy, and tasted more like grits than cornbread.
I’m not entirely sure what possessed me to attempt more gluten-free cupcakes, but I stumbled upon this recipe from Elana Amsterdam’s archives while searching for something else, and I was curious how it would turn out. The other cupcake recipe of hers that I tried uses almond flour, and while still yummy, those cupcakes are dense, heavy, and moist to the point of almost seeming soggy.