Gluten-Free Baking Classics by Annalise G. Roberts #weekendcooking @BethFishReads

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cover image of Gluten-Free Baking ClassicsI never realized how many gluten-free cookbooks there were until we set out to buy a couple. All we needed was one for cooking meals and one for baking.

At least, that’s what I thought at first. It seems easy enough to adapt standard meals like salads and meat dishes to be gluten-free without owning several special cookbooks, but gluten-free baking is trickier. Each cookbook author seems to have slightly different ideas on the best methods and ingredients. (Much the same as in regular baking, I guess, where every cookbook author has discovered the best way to make pie crust or the exact combination of ingredients to make the perfect chocolate cake.) The problem, too, is that every cookbook author has developed a different blend of flours as a stand-in for all-purpose flour, so you may end up with different flour mixes around and have to be good about labeling them or you will forget which is which.

Gluten-Free Baking Classics by Annalise G. Roberts has us covered for family standards like oatmeal cookies, brownies, sugar cookies, gingerbread men, sour cream coffeecake, blueberry muffins, apple crisp, cheesecake, banana bread, and much more. If you miss homemade bread, this book has you covered there, too, with recipes for Irish Soda Bread, focaccia, dinner rolls, sandwich bread, whole-grain bread, etc. There’s pizza crust, bagels, eclairs, and really just about every classic recipe I thought to look up, except for date squares. Carrot cake, cinnamon rolls, cranberry nut bread, pumpkin bread, etc. Her extensive introduction to gluten-free baking ingredients, methods, and what to stock your new pantry alone is worth the price of the book for a home baker learning to bake gluten-free.

Also, who could resist a come-on like this highlighted quote from an article in Gourmet Magazine about the “perfect chocolate chip cookies” you can bake from the recipe in this cookbook?

“We were captivated by [the] perfect chocolate chip cookies…and we dare anyone to detect that they weren’t made with traditional wheat flour.” — Gourmet

Gluten-Free Baking Classics is a revised and expanded 2008 edition of the book first published in 2006, with 42 new recipes. You can check out the author’s style, baking background, and g-f creds at her Web site, My Gluten-Free Table.

I made the recipe for Orange Juice Bread for a March event, and followed the directions to keep it chilled until slicing. It was a lovely tea bread, quite sweet and moist. I froze leftover slices and defrosted them on Easter morning and it was just as good! (Explanation for the exclamation point – Finding make-ahead gluten-free recipes is still exciting!) We substituted it for the biscuits that never got made that day, and its light, citrus flavor went well with a meal of springtime foods.

picture of food on serving plate
Orange Juice Bread made from Gluten-Free Baking Classics recipe. Unfortunately, my camera doesn’t do it justice here. It was delicious!

Happy Weekend Cooking!

Gluten-Free Baking Classics
Roberts, Annalise G.
Surrey, 2008
209 pp.
$17.95, US

Disclosure: I received a copy of this cookbook as a gift from my husband (who’s doing so well on his low-carb diet that I’ve been hard put to find occasions to try out these recipes.)


13 thoughts on “Gluten-Free Baking Classics by Annalise G. Roberts #weekendcooking @BethFishReads”

  1. My husband is always worrying about his weight and he won’t eat bread anymore this might be worth getting and trying for him. I adore bread! Too bad you didn’t include the Orange Bread recipe! Kudos to your hubby for doing so well!

    1. The Orange Juice Bread is just gluten-free…not low-carb or low-calorie. (So my husband hasn’t even tried it!) If a cookbook author shares a recipe on a blog or Web site, I’ll link to it, but otherwise don’t like to post recipes without permission, especially when I didn’t receive a copy specifically for review purposes. The recipe is worth the cookbook price! 😉

  2. Hi Laurie,

    Thankfully, neither hubbie nor myself have need of gluten-free recipes, although we could both benefit from a much lower carb diet, as routine!

    I have a friend who only tolerates gluten-free and I have to say that when she has tried out a new recipe, she generally brings in a little extra for us all to try. I find everything tends to be rather dry and bland though, so I might suggest the orange juice bread to her, as a good moist sounding option.

    Thanks for sharing this worthwhile find and have a good week,


  3. With so many with gluten intolerances, and Coeliac disease it’s great there’s an extensive range of specific cookbooks to make things easier. The Orange Juice Bread sounds lovely 🙂

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