Pizza is one of the foods I miss most since going gluten-free, and while places like Mellow Mushroom offer really good gluten-free pizza options, they cost a small fortune. So it’s not something I can afford to have every weekend. Or even once a month.
I’m still working on clearing out old expired stuff from my kitchen, and I finally found a use for my King Arthur Gluten Free Multi-Purpose Flour that had a sell by date of January 2013. I wasn’t all that keen to make the popover recipe on the back of the box, so I ventured to the company website for further inspiration, and I’m glad I did because it has a good selection of recipes. That’s where I found this one for gluten-free cinnamon rolls.
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.
I’ve had my new Chromebook for more than a week now, and I’m still very happy with it. The only thing I don’t particularly like about the machine itself is that it’s hard to open. That probably sounds crazy, but with my MacBook, which is bigger and heavier, I just lift up the lid. Thanks to the way my Chromebook closes and the fact that it’s so light, if I try to lift the lid, I end up flipping the whole thing over.
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.
Back before going gluten-free, I ate a LOT of bread and craved starchy carbs often. Since giving up the gluten, I find that I don’t need bread, but every so often I still enjoy having it. I particularly miss cheese and Branston Pickle sandwiches and cinnamon toast. Unfortunately, gluten free stuff can be really expensive, and it rarely seems to go on sale, but I recently picked up a box of Gluten Free Pantry’s Favorite Sandwich Bread Mix at a decent price.
I’m a huge fan of almond flour and use it often. It’s a fantastic high-protein, grain-free ingredient, and it makes terrific gluten-free baked goods. All of the recipes in one of my favorite gluten-free cookbooks (Elana Amsterdam’s Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook) call for blanched almond flour, which I initially had trouble finding. Despite the book’s warning, I tried to make cookies with some leftover almond meal I found in my pantry, but they were a disaster. The flour and oil separated and made a nasty, runny, gooey, disgusting mess, so I didn’t post it on here, but now I wish I had.