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Weekend Cooking: Gluten-Free Holiday Baking #weekendcooking @BethFishReads

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In my last Weekend Cooking post, I mentioned that our homemade gluten-free pies and spectacular gluten-free pumpkin cheesecake from Thanksgiving would require their own post, but now it’s already past time for the gluten-free Christmas baking update, so I’m combining the two posts here. Although I wasted spent a lot of time pinning recipes to my Gluten-Free Thanksgiving and Gluten-Free Christmas boards, and although we did use some of them, these are the cookbooks we relied on most for recipes this holiday season:

From Artisanal Gluten-Free Cooking we tried recipes for pie crust, apple pie with streusel topping, pumpkin cheesecake, and frosted sugar cookies. All pretty successfully. The pie crust was very easy to work with. Personally, I wasn’t crazy about the graininess of the g-f streusel topping on the Thanksgiving Day apple pie, but other people didn’t notice a problem. At Christmas, everyone said that although they were slightly more crumbly, the flavor of the frosted sugar cookies was the same as the ones we traditionally made from a Joy of Cooking recipe. Although it was gorgeous to look at, the pumpkin cheesecake was a little pumpkin-y at Thanksgiving, we thought. We froze half of it and brought it out before Christmas, and it was amazing! So, we just need to remember to make this recipe ahead and freeze it next year to give the flavors time to meld. Artisanal Gluten-Free Cooking isn’t limited to baking. The General Chang’s Chicken is delicious, and can be made with chicken or tofu. We also devoured the Spinach and Cheese Quiche this week. Cookbook authors Kelli and Peter Bronski blog at No Gluten, No Problem.

From Gluten-Free Christmas Cookies, we loved the Brazilian Sugar Cookies, Caramel Pecan Bars, and Almond Pine Nut Macaroons, but did not care for the beet-like flavor of the Christmas Sugar Cookies made with amaranth flour. There are many other recipes I still want to try from this cookbook, including Cornmeal Dried Fruit Cookies, Cranberry Nut Bars, Almond Bars, and Marble Fudge Brownies.

Nosh on This will get its own review post, once I’ve had a chance to try more recipes from it.

A sample of our calorie-laden but gluten-free baking successes:

Gluten-free baking is trickier than taking a tried-and-true family favorite recipe and subbing in a gluten-free flour blend for the all-purpose white flour. We owe many thanks to Lisa Stander-Horel, co-author of Nosh on This, for adapting our traditional Christmas morning yeasted coffee roll, Maple Butter Twist, to be gluten-free. To see Lisa’s adaptation on her adaptation, check out her recipe for Maple Twisty Donuts on her and her husband Tim’s blog, Gluten-Free Canteen, where the motto is: “No Cookie, Strudel, Brownie, Pie, Cake, Tart, or Treat Left Behind.”

This maybe isn’t the best photo, but I think we ate half of it before I remembered to take a photo of a slice!

Gluten-free Maple Butter Twist
Gluten-free Maple Butter Twist

Happy Weekend Cooking!

Disclosure: A close family member works for The Experiment, publisher of Artisanal Gluten-Free Cooking and Nosh on This. Both cookbooks are distributed by Workman. I purchased my own copy of Artisanal Gluten-Free Cooking and received a copy of Nosh on This as a gift. I purchased my own copy of Gluten-Free Christmas Cookies, published by Cider Mill Press and distributed by Simon & Schuster.



Weekend Cooking: Gluten-Free Thanksgiving #weekendcooking

Weekend Cooking ButtonWeekend Cooking is a weekly feature hosted by Beth Fish Reads, linking up food-related posts. Click here for links to this week’s Weekend Cooking posts on Beth Fish Reads and other blogs.

Nine family members gathered (some dubiously) for Thanksgiving dinner at our house, which was going to be strictly vegetarian (except for the turkey) and completely, utterly gluten-free (including the turkey.)

photo of appetizer tableThe appetizers were maybe the biggest crowd-pleasers: Tostitos corn tortilla chips and Spicy Cranberry Salsa; warm Brie and apples; Mediterranean Snacks lentil crackers and Riceworks chips with Baked Artichoke Dip; and an enormous antipasto platter (oh, yeah, another thing that wasn’t vegetarian, but which pleased the low-carb dieters.)

photo of turkyBut the dinner was widely considered a success, thanks to the variety of available sides and desserts, and especially to the centerpiece dish, the Thanksgiving turkey, cooked to perfection by my husband. He made sausage-free stuffing the usual way with celery and onions, but substituted cubes from two loaves of store-bought g-f bread, one wheat and one white. (The gluten-free bread seemed dry even when fresh, and so was well suited to becoming stuffing.)

photo of filled plate
Vegetarian loaf with mushroom gravy on the right

The vegetarian main dish, Thanksgiving Meatless Loaf with Savory Mushroom Gravy, wasn’t as impressive-looking a centerpiece as something like Acorn Squash Stuffed with Quinoa and Roasted Almonds might have been, but it was very tasty except for the mushroom gravy being too sweet from accidentally using vanilla-flavored almond milk in it.



Vegetarian Sides:

Butternut Squash and Goat Cheese Gratin (from Gratins cookbook)
Green Beans Almondine
Mashed Potatoes (of course!)
Shredded Brussels Sprouts and Kale Salad
Sweet Potato Pumpkin Seed Casserole

IMG_2194Two gluten-free appetizers that were on the menu plan but didn’t happen:

Mini Rosemary Cheese Balls
Cheese Straws (saw this recipe in Gluten-Free Baking for the Holidays, but I couldn’t remember this fact at Thanksgiving)

photo of hot cranberry drinkThe after-dinner drink that we had on Friday night was a delicious digestif recommended by Lynne Rossetto Kasper on The Splendid Table.

Hot Cranberry Punch with Sage and Peppercorns

Where we really missed gluten was the rolls and pies. The gluten-free rolls were not that great, but the gluten-free cornbread (that also got added to the stuffing) was pretty good. My mother-in-law brought g-f pecan pie and chocolate-covered macaroons from Twist Bakery & Cafe in Millis, Mass., that were delicious.

Gluten-free truffles from the bakery

Our homemade gluten-free pies and spectacular gluten-free pumpkin cheesecake will require their own Gluten-Free Baking post!

Happy Weekend Cooking!