So this is my first public service announcement on my blog. And I come to you as a wholly unsponsored user of the following product:
I became gluten-free about three years ago. No celiac disease or “diagnosed” issue with gluten. I just felt so much better without gluten in my diet that it was a no-brainer not to continue. Ironically, at just about the same time as I chose to eliminate gluten from my diet I discovered my passion for cooking and baking. After some initial research on using replacement flours in baked goods, I had some success adjusting favorite recipes. Since baking is science (and science I don’t really know much about) my tinkering didn’t always work and I still remember a pretty dramatic fail with a banana bread recipe that ended up all over the oven.
Quite by accident, as I was only half listening to a Barefoot Contessa show on Food Network, I heard Ina say that she was making a gluten- free meal. And that’s how I found out about Cup 4 Cup. As the name implies, this flour can be substituted into any recipe where all-purpose flour is an ingredient without any other adjusting of ingredients. Intrigued, I tracked Cup 4 Cup down in Williams-Sonoma (now they carry it in Whole Foods!) and got busy baking. I was skeptical but I needn’t have been. In each and every recipe where I have used this gluten-free flour the results have been divine. And this includes both sweet ( all the goodies on this blog) and savory (béchamel, binders in fritters, etc.) dishes. I am fairly certain that in terms of both taste and consistency no one could tell the difference between these items and items made with all-purpose flour.
As I search for recipes online I often see comments from readers who are wondering how to make delicious looking recipes gluten-free, so I’d like to do my bit to get the word out about this amazing product. OK, my bit is done.
And here’s my latest obscenely delicious (and gluten-free) dessert. This is a bittersweet chocolate cake courtesy of (where else?) Smitten Kitchen:
No shortage of powdered sugar either (oops!). So dig in, feel good and enjoy.