Baked Goods

Santa Hat Cupcakes

gluten free Christmas cupcakes

Santa Hat Cupcakes courtesy of Lauryn Cohen

I know you might think I’m clever, but really, I’m not. Full credit goes to Lauryn Cohen, aka Bella Baker, who came up with this cute concept. Lauren is the queen of sweet and is known for her uniquely creative treats and crafts. She recently launched a holiday baking guide (entitled Sweet Gifts Holiday Baking and Crafting Guide– available nationwide) filled with innovative and delicious recipes for the holidays.

Lauryn was nice enough to share one of her creations with The Family Chef. In this recipe, she calls for a red velvet cupcake (you will find a gluten-free, no-dye recipe in my upcoming cookbook). You can always use a basic vanilla (gluten-free).

Here is her technique for making super cute holiday cupcakes for your friends or family. Read More »

Snickerdoodles Recipe (Egg Free, Gluten Free, Soy Free, Vegan)

We are in Week 3 of the March Madness Kitchen Desserts giveaway with Bob’s Red Mill (CLICK HERE, and scroll to bottom for more details), and my kitchen has had its floors full of gluten free flour and sugar, just because of you (I’m smiling when I say that).

gluten free dairy free soy free egg free snickerdoodle cookies sweetnsavorylifeYou know –

I use to say that going vegan was the toughest thing in the world. And I do not try to deny it, baking without eggs can be – and is – Read More »

Spiced Sweet-Potato Cake Recipe; Gluten and Dairy Free

sweet potato cakeThis cake is soft and reminiscent of the filling in pumpkin pie.  Not surprising really, when it has mashed sweet potato as its main ingredient.

To do ahead of time

Cook sweet potatoes in the microwave (or oven if you have it running for something else) until they are soft.  Mine took about eight minutes – four small sweet potatoes. Leave to cool then remove the peel and mash.  I found it easiest to cut an end off and scoop the sweet potato out with a circular action with a fork.  Do this ahead of time so you don’t be tempted to work with them while they are very hot and burn yourself.   Keep the peel and spritz with oil, put on a baking sheet, and cook for 20-30 minutes in the oven for a crisp scoop for spicy salsa.
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Spring Forward with Pistachio Cheesecake Recipe

Kim Bouldin Gluten Free Works

Did you remember to Spring forward Sunday? I can’t believe it is this time already!  I am so excited about it being light later, that I really don’t care about the hour of lost sleep.  Make sure to ask me how I feel about that in a couple of weeks when my schedule is all screwed up, okay?

With Spring, comes St. Patrick’s Day and Easter. I don’t quite celebrate St. Patrick’s Day the way I used to, and my body thanks me for that.  This St. Patrick’s Day, perhaps I’ll indulge in some green eggs & ham or Pistachio Cheesecake (just happens to be green), instead of green beer.

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Sugar Free & Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

Jenny Manseau Gluten Free Works

gluten free sugar free chocolate chip cookies

These are mostly sugar-free because I used chocolate chips instead of a sugar-free alternative like carob chips. Substitute carob chips for the chocolate chips and you have yourself some delicious sugar-free cookies.

The cookies are made with Isomalt, which is a sugar substitute that is suitable for those who suffer from diabetes. Isomalt also has only half the calories of sugar, however it is suggested that adults should not consume more than 50g per day and 25g for children. I first learned of Isomalt while I was in my Baking and Pastry course at school. I am in no way an expert of working with sugar alternatives but I wanted to give this a try seeing as Bryan’s dad has diabetes and both of my grandfathers (who have now passed away) had diabetes.  We are really trying to cut back out sugar intake this year and when I was sent samples of this I wanted to give it Read More »

The Joy of Cooking: Gerri’s “Sour Cream” Pound Cake

I get so much joy when I cook for others, so last Saturday I threw a little dinner party at my house with two of my close friends. There are so many positives to this:

Positives: I love to cook and bake, It makes me happy, allows me to escape the pain, I can eat a safe meal with friends, I can try out a new recipe, my friends love my cooking, and most importantly,  we always have a good time together.

Today I am going to share with you the dessert I made for the dinner party. It was a cake recipe my mom got from a friend, which I converted to be gluten/dairy free. When making the recipe I had to Read More »

Toasted Quinoa, Blueberry and Banana Muffin Recipe

Lois Parker Gluten Free Works Author

Quinoa is a very nutritious food, being a complete protein, but it can have a rather acrid flavour. This is caused by the coating the seed has to discourage insects from eating it.  If you rinse whole quinoa you can get rid of this.  I have used rinsed quinoa in these muffins, which I then toasted to a light brown before adding to the flour.  The whole quinoa gives a crunchy texture.  If you don’t want this blitz the quinoa in a blender to get a smooth texture.

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