Wednesday, May 2, 2007
A Rare Baker's Triple Play
Three items have survived the gluten-free launch pad in the past week, rocketing my gluten-free baking statistics into the stratosphere. First, I cooked up a fantastic Ginger Cake, after seeing the recipe on Mrs. G.F.'s excellent gluten-free cooking blog. Check it out, she really has some great recipes posted there. I made the cake exactly as she describes, thinking that 1/2 cup of minced ginger was maybe a typo, but proceeding anyway. It is a very aromatic and lovely textured cake, with the pieces of ginger sort of getting caramelized and mellowed by baking. If you love the strong taste of ginger beer, you will love this cake. It is great with a cup of tea. I didn't have coconut milk on hand to whip up the chocolate icing, so I just made a buttercream frosting for the top and it paired well. A big hit with Dan.
Next up was to cook up the bag of gluten-free breadstick mix that I had gotten from the Risotteria Restaurant in New York City in February. All went well and they were eaten immediately by all the Jags. I will try making up some more with other bread mixes and see how that goes.
The third baking triumph was a batch of Coffee Cake Muffins from Elizabeth Barbone's Easy Gluten-Free Baking cookbook that I blogged about last month. I already divulged her luscious Lemon Bars recipe, so it wouldn't be fair to give out more recipes, but you can check out her Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe on her own blog. I'm very pleased with this cookbook. Everything that I've made has turned out just great and I am happy with the detailed instructions and common ingredients she uses.