You Won’t Believe It’s Gluten-Free

    Playing with ingredients, dreaming up recipes, and trying to get that ‘just right’ texture is a fun kind of challenge for me and one that I greatly enjoy. But as Clara has reminded me on more than one occasion, some of you like to get in and out of the kitchen while still preparing good gluten-free food. The chemist-like experience of blending mixtures of flour does not thrill everyone.
    It does make sense to have a variety of gluten-free recipes to draw upon. and Rita completely agrees with this philosophy. Then Clara loaned me one of her favorite cookbooks, Rita brought over a bag of certified gluten-free oats, and a new round of recipe testing began.
    The book is You Won’t Believe It’s Gluten-Free by Roben Ryberg published in 2008. Her approach to simplification is single-grain recipes and she presents four basic ones to choose from; corn, potato, rice, and oats. We had the oatmeal so this past weekend we were off and running.

You Won't Believe It's Gluten-Free

You Won't Believe It's Gluten-Free

    We usually cut all of our test recipe ingredients in half because we just can’t eat all of our experiments. The first recipe we tried was for the oat-based pancakes. It was extremely helpful that Ms. Ryberg wrote the measurement for oat flour in cups and grams. Because of that we were able to weigh out the rolled oats and run them through the blender to make the correct amount of oat flour. These pancakes were so close to our old family stand-by, Kiddies’ Favorite Pancakes, which I created for them when they were toddlers that it was amazing.

Oat Flour Pancakes

Oat Flour Pancakes

    The next recipe attempt was a little more ambitious – the oat-based Carrot Cake. I love a good carrot cake and the carrots and apple juice were already in the house, so no extra trip to the grocery store wasa needed. Since the recipe was for a single layer I made the whole recipe. Plus carrot cake begs for raisins and I added 1/4 cup of raisins. Usually I make cupcakes rather than a cake layer and attending to the cautionary note regarding ‘slightly crumbly ‘I added a little more xanthan as suggested. Rita nominated this cake to be our standard carrot cake recipe for the future!
    You Won’t Believe It’s Gluten-Free is a keeper and before I return this one to Clara (thank you so much for sharing) I will purchase one of my own.

Gretchen (Mom) and Rita


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