Sunday, January 29, 2012

Cupcakes and Sundry in Inside Weddings

Back in July I made some cupcakes for my friends Enuka and Joe's wedding. The wedding in featured in the current issue of Inside Weddings. Although a picture of the cupcakes was not included in the print version, it was in the online version. Please check it out!

Photo Source: Inside Weddings/Donat Photo

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Gluten Free Muffins

So this past week I have made a couple of recipes. I tried out some cranberry walnut muffins and some corn bread muffins. The conclusion I have come to is that you either have to freeze or eat the muffins right away. Due to the amount of flour in them, they go dry really quickly.

I've decided not to post the recipes for them because I feel that they are not worth sharing. This week I ordered four new gluten free baking books and I can't wait to try some recipes from them, especially that Valentine's Day is approaching. I will need to find a great recipe to make my loved one.

I'm sure to find a good one in one of the two Babycakes books I ordered, I'm super excited for these ones.

And an Artisanal Cupcake book from Kelli & Peter Bronski

I can't wait to blog more about my gluten free adventures.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Gluten Free Oatmeal and Quinoa Cookies

The cookies!

My first attempt at baking with gluten free flours was a success! I made these delicious cookies that I took to work and everyone loved (they didn't know they weren't from regular baking practices until after they ate them). I made a box of cookies for my partner and his parents (who are going gluten free as well) and a bag for my freezer, so I can have a cookie whenever I want.

I put a lot of extra things into these cookies. Instead of just using raisins, I used goji berries and chai seeds as well.

Try the recipe out and let me know how it goes. I got the recipe from Wheat Free Mom and made a few adjustments. I also made the cookies quite large so they could be soft in the middle and chewy around the edges.


3 cups of oats (make sure they are wheat free)
1 1/2 cups quinoa flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda (make sure it's aluminum free)
1/2 tsp nutmeg
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup softened unsalted butter
2 large eggs
1 cup raisins
1/4 cup goji berries
1/4 cup chia seeds

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Measure the oats, quinoa flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, and nutmeg into a bowl. In a separate bowl, beat the butter until light and fluffy about two minutes, add both sugars and beat for about two minutes more.
Add the eggs and vanilla and mix well. Add the oat mixture to the butter mixture and blend until a soft dough forms. Stir in the raisins, etc.

Use a large ice cream scoop to get equal sized cookies. Place cookie dough balls on cookie sheet. Press down with wet hands. Bake 10 minutes.

Cool for a couple of minutes on the pan then transfer to a cooling rack.


Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Going Gluten Free

It's been quite a while since I've blogged. I'm currently working on my Sweet Table project as well as moderating a blog that my students are working on which is taking up most of my "computer" time. During the Christmas season the tweeted that I was going gluten free. I got a lot of response from my followers (thank you!) and I've decided to test a new gluten free recipe each week and blog about it. I just got pack from Whole Foods, Bulk Barn and Planet Organic (of course not one place could have everything in stock you'd like) and spent just over $120 retrofitting my pantry.

So here we go. Tonight I'm going to try some cookies!