Saturday, February 11, 2012


Carol Kicinski's book, "Simply...Gluten Free Desserts," published by St Martin's Press, is one of those cookbooks you will refer to again and again. These clear and well-written recipes lend themselves to minor tweaks that will allow you to take advantage of what you happen to have in your pantry at any given moment. What a good feeling it is to be able to make gluten-free desserts that are so much healthier than many commercial gluten-free baked goods available in your local supermarket. This is homemade baking with a vision: sugar free, and using many gluten-free flour substitutes that are much healthier than the standard "gluten free flour mix" you find on store shelves.
So many of the recipes in this book called to me, but in the end, my stock dictated my choice. I bought a case of organic pureed pumpkin and was having trouble making my way through it, so pumpkin muffins it was.I was, however, low on dried cranberries, so I had to fill in with some dried sour cherries and dried currants, which all worked very well together.I used to pay a pretty penny for blanched almond flour (blanched almonds ground to a powder) until the lower price of Trader Joe ground almonds (unblanched) caught my eye. I used them here, and although I'm pretty sure the result would have been a bit more delicate using the more expensive almonds, I kind of like the whole grain grainy texture these particular almonds gave the muffins.


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