Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Gluten-Free Baking Madness

The past couple of weeks have been a gluten-free and baking whirlwind. I trialed three bread mixes, one from Sylvan Border Farm and two Breads from Anna, each quite successful. I was in pure shock at the Breads from Anna Gluten Free Bread with Yeast. It was no easy feat (you should have seen my kitchen!) but the bread was amazing. It was just like the store bought whole wheat bread I loved as a kid. There was no way anyone could guess it was dairy and gluten free, seriously.

I also received a shipment in from Gluten-Free Essentials, and we have quickly put the two cookie mixes to good use. On our behalf, how could anyone resist Chocolate Chip and Cocoa Mudslide Cookies? Delicious.

All of this baking has given me some practice on the new digital camera we just picked up. I am a complete photo rookie, as you may be able to tell from my pics. But, I have been checking out some pictures online to see what works best in photographing food. Today I snapped some shots of the Cocoa Mudslide cookies. I was pretty proud of myself on these (you should see my earlier ones, ugh!):

While I was in a baking mood, I put together an article based on some information from the dairy alternatives section in my book. I needed to write something for Just Baking, so “Baking without Butter” seemed like a good theme for the week. If there are any other suggestions, I would love to hear them...for both baking without butter and good baking topics to write on!
We do have many more fabulous GF baking mixes to trial, but my oven will get some rest. A shipment of Nana’s cookies also just arrived this week (they look soooo good!), and we may have one or two more types of pre-made cookies on the way. I impatiently await the UPS man. Hmmm, I am not so sure this counts as nutritious, but gluten-free/dairy-free sounds health-conscious.


Mike Eberhart said...

I agree with you on the Anna's bread comment -- her packaged mixes are truly amazing! Though my wife bakes her own bread much of the time from these Gluten-Free Bread Recipes (many of which are dairy-frree too), Anna's definitely help out when it comes to simplicity and getting the bread ready quickly.

Happy baking! And, I love the title of your blog and this article.

If you want your items to show on the Gluten-Free News and Blog Posting Aggregator, just let me me. Follow the "blog feed setup instructions" (see link at the top of that page) for how to setup an RSS feed I can pull from.

allergicmom said...

Thanks for the great blog, Alisa! I'm so glad you found me, so I could find you back!

I've added you to my blogroll -- love the number of new allergy blogs that I've found recently!

Katie said...

Yes, arn't the K-toos delicious? They make for an excellent chocolate pie crust! Your blog is really fun...what made you try all this gluten free baking? I have been baking up a storm in my kitchen lately, lots of trial and error trying to come up with all sorts of gf breaded goods! Thanks for commenting, I will be sure to check your blog often!

Proud Vegetarian said...

I haven't made vegan cookies in awhile but your recipe makes me want to cook some.