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Blackbird Bakery Gluten-Free: 75 Recipes for Irresistible Gluten-Free Desserts and Pastries Hardcover – Sep 22 2010

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (Sept. 22 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811873315
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811873314
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 2.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 771 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #191,082 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Karen Morgan is the Big Bird" at Blackbird Bakery and the blogger behind She lives in Austin, Texas.

Knoxy is a food and lifestyle photographer based in Austin, Texas."

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I am a newby to gluten free baking, and have found most of it awful, full of sugar and mostly white rice flour and starch. These recipes do include sugar, but it is in a balanced way consistent with traditional baking.

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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I have never had such consistently excellent gluten free baking. I will highly recommend this book to my celiac and gluten intolerant friends and I would actually recommend this book to anyone. Even my family members who are gluten tolerant love all the recipes we have tried so far.
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This is a nice light machine. It's nothing spectacular but it gets the job done. Filters can be bought on eBay or I just called my local vacuum store and they ordered it for $22 bucks. It sits on the stairs nice which makes vacuuming them frustration free.
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HASH(0xa43fd294) out of 5 stars Great Buy Jan. 11 2011
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My mom bought this book for me a week ago. I've tried 3 recipes from it. All of them have come out so well. I tried the onion tart, Apricot Clafoutis (couldn't find apricots, so I used cherries), and lemon bars. Another review mentioned all of the ingredients. Most of the ingredients should be staples of a gf kitchen. To really bake gf from scratch you do need a quite a few ingredients. It does use dairy and I didn't try any substitutions. Once I've tried the recipe a few times I will try to tweak it. If you're looking for gf, dairy free and sugar free try The Spunky Coconut. So far I'm thrilled with the book and highly recommend it. Give it a go if you enjoy baking.
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa40b74bc) out of 5 stars I love this book!! Feb. 11 2011
By ScottS986 - Published on
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The recipes are organized and clear. The photos and layout make it a joy to read. Most importantly, the recipes are delicious! My favorites are the Lemon Rosemary cookies, the Apple Pie, and the Sunday Morning Pancakes. A bonus tip is that if you are looking for a Classic Vanilla cupcake recipe, just use the cupcake base in the Caramel Cupcake recipe. The author was super nice and even answered some questions I had emailed about a recipe. I highly recommend this book!
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HASH(0xa42ec864) out of 5 stars At last ! March 3 2011
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Gluten free foods and pastries that taste like the things I hated giving up. It is easy to stay away from gluten in meat and vegetable dishes...but pastries and breads ?!?! And so much of the bread you buy at the store goes into the trash after one slice. But these recipes put joy back into eating desserts and pastries.
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HASH(0xa527fca8) out of 5 stars Ok, but with a lot of technical problems. Dec 10 2012
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I've tried several recipes from this book, and not one has come out well. I really like the banana bread, but it often comes out too wet, so I've had to tweak the recipe. The ginger gingerbread was very strong and very starchy. The chocolate chip cookies were gummy. And the sugar cookies were downright rubbery. I was so disappointed, I just threw them out. I really want to like this book, but am losing faith.
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HASH(0xa41bead4) out of 5 stars Not Fakin' It! Jan. 23 2012
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I was diagnosed with a wheat allergy (not celiacs) about 4 years-so needless to say, I am no expert in discovering delicious wheat free products. I found this book at a Borders and bought it purely on the fact that there were beautiful pictures for every recipe, my "wheat-free" frame of reference goes from "I can swallow this down" to "Oh my god, I think that was cat litter." My boyfriend, who has been outstanding and encouraging (to the point where he has willfully chosen to not even purchase wheat containing ingredients into the house) has watched me horribly "fake" my approval for some truly heinous products.

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! is also a great resource for recipes she develops (there's a recipe for fried chicken people!!)