I hope you all had a fantastic holiday season and ate way too much. I know I did. Well, until I got the flu, and then I went a few days without eating much of anything, but that still didn’t cancel out all those days I stuffed my face.
Last week I cleaned out my freezer, which is something I don’t do nearly often enough. I never know what I’m going to unearth in there since things often get pushed to the back corners and buried underneath bags of frozen mixed vegetables.
This time I discovered a stash of leftover flour blends I put together AGES ago to make some recipes from my Gluten-Free Baking with the Culinary Institute of America cookbook. I had completely forgotten all about these, and knowing that they had been around for quite I while I figured I better try to use them up soon.
Yesterday I mentioned that I was trying something different. I love Elana Amsterdam‘s recipe for gluten-free chocolate chip cookies, only I make it with coconut oil instead of grapeseed oil and maple syrup (the good stuff!) in lieu of agave because I hate agave. But everything else is the same, unless I sub out a handful of the almond flour for coconut flour. This makes more of a dense, soft cookie that doesn’t spread when baked.
Last year on New Year’s Eve I posted my top 5 favorite recipes I made in 2010, and I’d like to do the same for 2011. I actually intended to share more recipes this year, and more regularly, so I apologize for the lapses in blog posts here and there.
Often I make something new, really like it and want to post the recipe, but then I never quite get around to making the same thing again or don’t have time to take all the pictures. Then there are times when I decide to make a recipe specifically for a blog post, and it’s disappointing. Sometimes I go ahead and share the recipe anyway, especially if I think I did something wrong or I feel like I’m long overdue for a post. Maybe in 2012 I’ll have enough to do a top 10, but this year I’m sticking with just 5.
Back in February I made rolls using Pamela’s Gluten-Free Bread Mix. I was pretty happy with how they turned out, and I decided next time I had a bag of this stuff to make the cinnamon bread variation listed on the back.
Here’s yet another recipe I found on my Whole Foods Recipes app, but if you don’t have an iPhone, the recipe is also posted on the Whole Foods website. Let me just go ahead and admit that I didn’t have any amaranth or millet flour when I decided I had to make these muffins, but I did have exactly 3/4 cup of Pamela’s Baking Mix sitting in my pantry just begging to be used, so that’s what went into my muffins instead.
I know Mardi Gras is over, and it’s not really something I celebrate anyway, but Tuesday I found a recipe online for a gluten-free king cake and decided on a whim to bake it. Of course, I did have to make a few substitutions and slight changes, but I think it came out just fine.