Gluten Free Baking
It can be a challenge to find a good gluten free recipe! The texture of many gluten free baked items is just not a pleasant one. Fortunately I do not have to eat a gluten free diet. However, several members of our House Church do! And as we share a communion lunch together every Sunday, I have spent hours scouring Pinterest in search of a good dessert! Some have been excellent! Moist and rich and full of flavor. Some have been…not so excellent.
So I decided to include my favorite 5 for you in hopes of saving you some time and experimentation!
5 of the BEST Gluten Free Bakes!
This recipe is from Fearless Dining. It was a moist, light, and pleasant cake. I actually used buttercream icing since I had the ingredients on hand, but I’m sure her Cream Cheese Frosting is also very good. FYI, this is a small cake! I used three 8 inch round layer pans (I typically use 4 but did not have enough batter). This just barely fed our group of 14 people. If you have a larger crowd definitely consider doubling the recipe.
This recipe is seriously one of my favorites! I would make it even if not feeding a gluten free audience. The lemon flavor is so rich. And I could not stop licking the bowl after pouring the glaze over the top! Gluten Free on a Shoestring has a lot of other great looking recipes that I plan to try out!
I made this recipe at Thanksgiving. Because who wants to miss out on all that awesome pie because of a little gluten?! I will admit, my first attempt was a mess. The pie crust stuck to everything as I was rolling it out. But I was determined to make this work! So I tried again and had a much better time after mixing again and adding slightly more four. Also, I was using wax paper to roll out the crust. But Kirsten from Comfortably Domestic recommends parchment paper. I would strongly urge you to learn from my mistake and taker her advise!
I made a wonderful pecan pie and apple pie using this crust recipe. Just make sure to use GF flour in your apple pie filling if your recipe calls for it!
I had to include some chocolate for you! Life is much better with
a little a lot of chocolate! It was a challenge for me to find gluten free graham cracker crumbs as the recipe calls for. Publix does carry them. Make sure to check around early so you are not scrambling to find them last minute…like I was!
So this one is not written as a gluten free recipe. I decided to substitute the 1 cup of all purpose flour called for in the recipe with 1 cup of King Arthur Measure for Measure Gluten Free Flour and see how it turned out. It was delicious! I have had a lot of luck with this flour blend. It already contains Xantham Gum, which is needed to give gluten free recipes the structure missing when you remove the gluten. I love that its included in the flour blend because…I honestly have no clue where to buy it! Haha. Leave me a comment and let me know!
...the gluten free adventure continues!
There are so many wonderful gluten free recipes out there! Unfortunately you are sure to run into a few that are not so tasty along the way. But keep trying! I hope my top 5 has given you a good place to start. Also consider taking some of your favorite recipes and converting them to gluten free! They may turn our great, just like the corn bread from #5.