King Arthur Flour’s Gluten-Free Version of Recipe of the Year — Chocolate Chip Cookies #weekendcooking

Weekend Cooking buttonIf you subscribe to the King Arthur Flour (KAF) baking newsletter, you know that the 2015 Recipe of the Year was for Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies. They looked great, but I didn’t get too excited until a day or two later, along came the recipe for KAF’s gluten-free version of Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies.

Neither recipe looks all that different from the one you find on the bags of chocolate chips, I thought, but for G/F bakers, that’s a nice change from complicated flour blends and unusual ingredients, so I thought it would be a fun and easy Weekend Cooking post topicture of KAF flour box make the recipe exactly as is, report on the results, and post a photo.

In typical fashion, however, the box of KAF multi-purpose flour I was picturing in the cupboard had been used up over the holidays, so I had to substitute Bob’s Red Mill G/F All-Purpose Baking Flour.

I also forgot to bring the egg to room temperature before starting.

I had all the other ingredients, though, and baked up a batch of cookies that came out fine, except for spreading a little more than expected – which at least one of the zillion commenters on the recipe mentioned also. They were good, but not great. I brought them to an event and they all went.

(Parchment paper! Where has it been all my life? It’s great stuff! I had plenty of it on hand, because it’s used a lot in gluten-free baking.)

I’m going to order a box of the flour the recipe calls for, and try it again. I think the KAF flour might make a big difference. Watch this space for another (hopefully, better executed) experiment!

Tips for Baking Chocolate Chip Cookies, G/F or Regular

  • Never ever use “artificially flavored” chocolate chips
  • Always use real butter if you can (use half shortening, half butter to reduce spreading, but that will reduce buttery flavor)
  • Don’t taste cookie dough before adding all the ingredients (messes up proportions)
  • Use KAF’s Madagascar Bourbon vanilla extract or another good vanilla extract
  • Substitute a small amount of KAF’s Princess Cake & Cookie Flavor for part of the vanilla, if you don’t mind mystery ingredients in your food
  • If you add nuts, toast them in the oven first

This post is linked up to Beth Fish Reads weekly Weekend Cooking feature. Check out more foodie posts here.

My Guest Post at Book Bloggers Int’l on The Future of Libraries! @bookbloggersint

Banner of Book Bloggers InternationalI was invited to do a guest post for the week’s theme, The Future of Books, at Book Bloggers International but by the time the date rolled around for it to go up (last Wednesday), I had forgotten all about it!

My scintillating post is titled The Future of Libraries and has so far been met with a resounding silence, but here’s the link in case you want to visit…

Book Bloggers International: The Future of Libraries

Mini Bloggiesta To-Do List January 17-19 @Bloggiesta #bloggiesta

Mini Bloggiesta Jan 17-19 badgeIt’s Mini Bloggiesta time already, January 17–19! Sadly, I missed the big spring and fall Bloggiestas this year, and I probably won’t get a lot done on the blog this weekend, either, but here’s my overly optimistic to-do list:

Mini Bloggiesta To-Do List
Write and schedule two reviews and/or reader’s advisory-related posts
Update review index by author and index by title
  DONE – Due to a long blogging slump, I must have gotten out of this habit, because I hadn’t added titles or authors to the review indexes since June. With Johannes Cabal, Necromancer and The Quick added to the title index, now I only need to read something starting with the letter X to have the whole alphabet represented!
Delete plug-ins and remove old widgets, badges, etc.  DONE
Delete revisions taking up unnecessary space DONE Deleted 94 revisions (saved draft versions) that had accumulated since Dec. 27. (Yes, I save drafts compulsively, and WordPress saves automatically, too.)
Try out a new WordPress theme  DONE – After spending too much time previewing new themes, I was going to put this change off to the Spring Bloggiesta, but then decided to try out a new look now. Not sure if I like it or not!
Update blogroll to include only active blogs
Add a book list to Book List page
Set up a giveaway for Giveaways page

Added to List: Ideas for Spring Bloggiesta
Create a cookbook review index

Bloggiesta started as a twice-yearly event when book bloggers around the world devoted time to sprucing up their blogs – especially the tech-y things that would never get done otherwise. But two Bloggiestas a year was not enough! So by popular demand, the talented organizers – Suey from It’s All About Books and Danielle from There’s A Book – set up two Mini Bloggiestas, and regular Twitter chats throughout the year. Follow @Bloggiesta on Twitter, and join the Mini Bloggiesta Twitter chat if you can, on Sunday at 2 p.m. EST, using hashtag #Bloggiesta. (I’ll miss the chat because I’ll be at the theatre that afternoon, at a performance of a new play, A Future Perfect…none of us getting in at the under-40 discount!)

Speakeasy photo advertising A Future PerfectNew to Bloggiesta? Check out the About page on the Bloggiesta blog.

 

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