Blackbird Bakery Gluten-Free: 75 Recipes for Irresistible Gluten-Free Desserts and Pastries Hardcover – Sep 22 2010
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About the Author
Karen Morgan is the Big Bird" at Blackbird Bakery and the blogger behind http://blackbird-bakery.com/. She lives in Austin, Texas.
Knoxy is a food and lifestyle photographer based in Austin, Texas."
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I am trying to do gluten free from a whole grain/seed perspective, but when you want a dessert it should be yummy, right! Many of these recipes include whole grain or seed flour like millet, buckwheat or sorghum. The numberous flours and the use of guar gum (which is made from the whole guar bean and can be purchased organically) seem to be the trick.
Once you have these all on hand and in convenient containers that you can scoop into quickly, the recipes are pretty fast and simple to make. I do not use refined sugar, and so far subbing with coconut palm, maple sugar or raw dehydrated cane juice has worked great. The Hummingbird Cake and Lemon Squares have been my favourites so far. Best part, is no one can tell that they are gluten free...success!
Because you are using guar gum and rice flours in many of the recipes, I would suggest finding an organic source. I use Cuisine Soleil, a Quebec company for most of my GF flours/starches which is all organic.
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So I gave up. Until Blackbird. I was so used to being disappointed after every trial, that after the first batch of chocolate chip cookies, I literally went back to the book, back to all of my ingredients-just to make sure they really were wheat free! Every recipe I've tried has been a delight!
The only substitution that I have made is that I use Xantham Gum (it's easier to get for me) instead of Guar Gum. HOWEVER! If you do this, use HALF the amount or the food will get a weird tacky consistency (which is not pleasant).
I've read negative reviews about the extraordinary number of ingredients-I sigh. If you can't eat wheat/gluten, you kind of have to deal, and this book makes it soooo much easier. The recipes are also fairly simple-they just take some time-once again, if you don't want to die from something you REALLY want to eat, suck it up and there will be no regrets! Blackbirdbakery.com is also a great resource for recipes she develops (there's a recipe for fried chicken people!!)