I have only written one other book review over here at Sweet and Crumby. And basically, that’s because usually I find cookbooks very nice and inspiring, but I don’t find them something worth talking about necessarily.
But Gluten-Free Baking Classics, honestly, changed our lives and made us happier. When else can you say that about a cookbook? I have a gluten sensitive family member and trying to make things taste “as good as” was impossible…so I thought.
Until I found GF Baking Classics, and my world changed. I made delicious, every bit “as good as”, chocolate chip cookies with her help, pancakes and waffles that were fluffy and soft and crepes that could make your mouth water and make any filling dance and sing that it was wrapped in such utter perfection. She has any recipe that your comfort foodie self is missing if you are eating GF. From basics like sandwich bread to fancy things like lemon layer cakes (pictured on the cover above). I have a 100% success rate with her recipes and have made many of them.
Nearly all of my GF recipes on this blog have been inspired by this book. Yes, I have learned to bling them out and make them mine, but I couldn’t have done that without the jump start that I got from her recipes.
Ms. Roberts has several GF flour blend recipes in this book that are easy to whip up and store so you have them on hand. She has great advice about making the flour and detailed directions in her recipes so that you are SUCCESSFUL every time if you follow her advice like the words from the Bible. OR, if you are like me, you actually will follow her commandments even closer than the real ones because food is a sort of religion for me.
My ultimate success story from her book are BAGELS. Yes, you heard that right, BAGELS for those of you who weren’t paying much attention the first time. They are CHEWY, slightly CRISPY, have ZERO graininess to them and TASTE AMAZING! They might have been my daughter’s second favorite birthday present on her 16th birthday last Friday. They are THAT GOOD! We all ate them, gf sensitive or not, and we ALL ooh’d and aaah’d. Yeah, I may have gotten up at 4:30 AM to make the dough to allow it to rise in time so she could run off to school, but I am just that crazy so whatever. And it was well worth it!
But I am afraid I cannot and will not give you the recipe here for the bagels because I firmly believe if you or someone you know or love needs to eat gluten free, then you need to BUY HER BOOK. It’s reasonably priced ($12.56 ), sold on Amazon and is written with anyone in mind from the kitchen impaired to the adept bakers. We need to financially support authors and efforts such as hers which are an obvious labor of love.
For those of you who would like a recipe on this recipe blog, just stay tuned for future programming and you won’t be disappointed.