Last year around this time I did my first gluten free cookbook review, it was on Robert M. Landolphi's Gluten Free Everyday Cookbook which I was very excited to receive a copy of. The two recipes I made the last time around were savory, and very good. I used the flaky buttermilk biscuit and hearty new england clam chowder recipes as the basis for my post and I can honestly say I enjoyed them both very much. You can read it here Living Without Wheat: Gluten Free Everyday Cookbook Review.
I thought I would go back to this cookbook and try some of the recipes on the sweeter side. Once in a while I just need to "bake" something sweet and tasty, while I'm much more fond of cooking, which is more feel and less accuracy I still need to measure and weigh occasionally. There were two recipes which struck my fancy as I perused the pages of Gluten Free Everyday this time around.
The first was the Blueberry Coffee Cake. I'm a sucker for anything with a streusel topping, especially if I have the excuse to eat it for breakfast. I'll have to say that this recipe called for quite the blend of flours, luckily I have an extensive collection in my gluten free pantry so didn't have to run out for anything, I had it all on hand. Very quick and easy to throw the batter and topping together. The hardest part was waiting the 50 to 55 minutes for it to come out of the oven.
It was a beautiful sight and made the house smell lovely, my three year old even ran into the kitchen to see the yummies as I set the pan on the counter. I had plenty to share as this recipe fills a 9x13 pan, and so I had my husband give a bit to his gluten free friend. All raves from him as well. The cake was light and had a great mouth feel, not too chewy, not grainy at all. In fact, to tell the truth while I usually slather butter on my coffee cake when I eat it, I ate this one without any. It didn't need it hot or cold, it was a great tasting coffee cake. This is going in my box.
The second treat I decided to make was the carrot cake with cream cheese frosting. This was one of my favorite desserts in my pre-gluten free life. I ate it often and had a recipe that I just loved. I haven't tried to convert it yet, you see I'm not a baker and finding the right mix of flours just isn't up my alley. I try to leave that to those of you who excel in that area. So I saw this recipe and was very hopeful.
All in all, I like this cookbook. I don't think its stellar but its also not a bad thing to have on the shelf. I have most the ingredients (base gluten free flours and such) in my pantry already and the recipes are generally quick and pretty easy to prepare making it a go to. Its an easy to handle book at 184 pages, packed with recipes and information so you really can't go wrong. Whether you're looking for a gift for a newly diagnosed friend or something handy for yourself this is a pretty good addition to mix.