I’m currently on month 4 of being gluten-free and by each day, it does get easier. I’ve tried a variety of gluten free alternatives and there are some things that are easy to find good gluten free versions of and others that there are not. Pizza = good. Bread and cake = not so much. So as someone who likes to bake, it kinda sucks! I’ve tackled a few dessert recipes (salted chocolate brownies and salted caramel cheesecake cupcakes) that taste just as good as the originals. But the problem with gluten-free baking is that you need gluten in order for baked goods to rise and bind the way they should. Brownies and cheesecake are both dense, so they can easily be substituted with other alternatives without sacrificing taste or consistency.
Breads, cakes, cookies, and muffins, on the other hand, aren’t as easy. And that’s where America’s Test Kitchen comes in. Jack Bishop and Julia Collins Davison (of ATK) have already gone through the legwork involved with gluten-free baking and are now sharing their revolutionary techniques and groundbreaking recipes with us in the “The How Can It Be Gluten Free Cookbook”. They’ve tested different combinations of flours in muffins, cakes, and cookies to determine which work best. Unfortunately, they also say that there are some baked goods that are just impossible, namely phyllo dough and puff pastries. Cream puffs are one of my favorites. So disappointed.
I know it seems like everyone has a Kickstarter these days. Soon you’ll find me starting one to support this blog, right? Okay, not really. But between all those Kickstarters are those few that are actually really great ideas with great teams behind them. And that’s where the Gluten-Free Forever Magazine comes in. It’s aimed to be a quarterly magazine for “people who don’t want to compromise quality, flavor, or fun while enjoying a gluten-free lifestyle.” I’m totally in.
Behind GFF is a team of food media vets who will be bring recipes gathered from top chefs, authors, and bloggers. Gluten Free Girl has already announced that she will be contributing to the first issue and I’m sure there will be a lot of great recipes that even our gluten-full friends will enjoy. I’m really hoping that this Kickstarter reaches it’s goal so that I can take advantage of GFF so please help out and spread the word! You can take a look at more information on GFF and some of it’s pretty imagery (including the one above) at it’s Kickstarter page here.
Does anyone have any other great gluten-free resources, recipes, or tips? Let me know in the comments.