When Kyra Bussanich realized she had to go gluten-free, she mourned the toasty morning muffins, moist birthday cakes, and fruity crumbles she thought she'd have to give up. Attending pastry school during the day, Kyra used trial and error to recreate her favorite treats--sans gluten--at night. Word-of-mouth spread about her scrumptious confections, and soon Kyra opened her very own Portland bakery, Crave Bake Shop. When she competed against "regular" bakers on the Food Network's Cupcake Wars--and won!--she proved that gluten-free can taste just as good as the original. With delicious flavor combinations and unique recipes like Cherry White Chocolate Scones, Boston Cream Pie Cupcakes, and Mexican Chocolate Baked Alaska, this collection of 50 foolproof recipes invites home cooks to whip up sweet treats that everyone at the birthday party, brunch, or potluck can enjoy.
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Superior Gluten-Free Baking
Are you like me—a “nourisher”? Someone who enjoys creating things that make a real difference in others’ lives? Do you enjoy making people happy—through food—and coming up with something that at once elicits oohs and aahs and makes their day?
Well, this book is definitely for you. It’s an opportunity to do all this—and much more.
When I appeared on the Food Network’s Cupcake Wars, one of the judges—to my surprise and delight—called me the “inspirational ‘It Girl’ for gluten-free baking.” And I’m bringing that inspiration to this book so that you, too, can wow your friends and family “judges.” With these recipes as your guide, you can create light, fluffy cakes, buttery scones, rich and impressive ice cream desserts, silky tiramisu, and more.
But, more importantly, this book is to help you discover that gluten-free baking can be tastier, better textured, and more appealing than traditional wheat-flour baking, and to make it easy for you to share your baking passion with those who eat gluten-free and still create addicting desserts for those who don’t.
I think there’s something magical about creating desserts that
• bring people together, so everyone can share the same special sweets
• are safe for your family and guests to eat, regardless of whether they
have a diagnosed gluten allergy, sensitivity, or intolerance
• taste even better than “regular,” gluten desserts, meaning that you can indulge and still feel healthy afterward
And I’m going to share this magic with you.
Makes 12 servings (unless I’m one of the twelve: in that case, this recipe will serve 2)
There are many types of strawberry shortcake—biscuity, pound-cakey, angel food–cakey—but they all have two things in common: the lightly sweetened berries and clouds of whipped cream. I have always preferred the biscuity type, and often made these for dinner when I was in college. I couldn’t afford to buy groceries for both dinner and dessert, so, like a good little future pastry chef, I often just skipped dinner (bet you aren’t surprised).
The biscuit bottoms of this shortcake provide crunch and melt-in-your-mouth butteriness and make you feel as if you’re eating something vaguely healthy. I like my fruit to taste like fruit, so the berry mix has minimal refined sugar; I use orange juice for natural flavor and sweetness. The whipped cream is the kicker—if you’re like me and really like whipped cream, then double the amount called for. You can make the shortcakes up to a week ahead of time—just freeze them in an airtight container. Simply refresh them in a 300°F oven for 3 to 5 minutes. This is a fantastic dessert for summer dinner parties when strawberries are in their sweetest and juiciest prime.
3/4 cup / 110 g millet flour
1/2 cup / 89 g rice flour
1/2 cup / 67 g tapioca starch
1/4 cup / 47 g potato starch
2/3 cup / 151 g sugar
1 tablespoon / 14 g baking powder
2 teaspoons / 7 g orange zest
1 teaspoon / 4.7 g salt
1/2 teaspoon / .5 g xanthan gum
1/4 teaspoon / 1.2 g baking soda
6 tablespoons / 76 g butter, cold and cubed
3/4 cup / 178 ml heavy cream
2 tablespoons / 30 g sanding sugar, for topping
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
To make the shortcakes, mix together the flours, starches, sugar, baking powder, orange zest, salt, xanthan gum, and baking soda. Using your fingertips (or a food processor), mix the butter into the dry ingredients until the mixture resembles coarse pea-sized crumbs. Add the cream and combine just until moistened. Spoon 12 golf ball–sized lumps 3 inches apart on the baking sheet and press gently to flatten. Shortcakes will spread during baking. Sprinkle about 1/2 teaspoon of the topping sugar over each shortcake and bake until lightly golden brown around the edges and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 12 to 18 minutes.
Remove from the oven and let cool completely.
Rinse and drain the berries. Slice off the stems and cut into 1/4-inch slices, or cut in half before slicing if the berries are very large. Place the sliced berries in a bowl, sprinkle with the sugar and the orange zest, and gently stir to coat. Pour the orange juice over the strawberries and chill until ready to serve, up to 4 hours.
To make the whipped cream, chill a mixing bowl and add the cream, confectioners’ sugar, and orange juice. Whip on medium-high speed until thick and fluffy and medium peaks hold.
To serve, place one shortcake at the bottom of a small bowl. Stir the berries to mix them up with the juice, and divide the berries and the juice among the bowls. Place a dollop of whipped cream on top of the berry stack and devour!
Table of ContentsPreface
Introduction: Superior Gluten-Free Baking
The Scoop on Gluten
Guide to Ingredients and Adjustments
Chef’s Tips and Baking Secrets
Muffins and Scones
How Less Sugar Can Be More
Chocolate Chocolate-Chip Muffins
Cherry White-Chocolate Scones
Buckles, Cobblers, and Crisps
Naturally Delicious Fruit Desserts
Gramma Tishie’s Strawberry
Triple Berry Cobbler
Blueberry Buckle Breakfast Cake
Quick Breads and Coffee Cakes
Sour Cream Coffee Cake
Cornbread with Spicy Honey Butter
Pumpkin Spice Bread
Lemon Pound Cake
Cookies, Brownies, and Bar Treats
Mocha Truffle Fudge Brownies
Ginger Molasses Cookies
Chile Lime Coconut Macaroons
Peanut Butter Truffle Crispy Rice Bars
Spiced Apple Crumb Bars
Oatmeal Chocolate-Chip Cookies
Puddings, Cakes, and Other Pastries
Comfort and Amaze!
Bubbie’s Secret Honey Cake
Chocolate Mousse Meringue Pie
Coconut Rice Pudding
Chocolate-Ginger Pots de Crème
Vanilla Chiffon Cake with
Little Treats That Pack Big Taste
African Yam Cupcakes
Boston Cream Pie Cupcakes
Orange-Vanilla Dreamsicle Cupcakes
Persian Love Cakes with Cardamom
Tarts, Pies, and Puffs
Desserts to Impress
Mexican Chocolate Baked Alaska
Coconut Cream Pie
Hazelnut Pear Tart with Goat Cheese Whipped Cream
Chocolate Hazelnut Tart
Classic Cream Puffs
Mascarpone Cheesecake with
Lilikoi Chiffon Pie
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I just received this book and devoured it. Very readable. Much more than just a bake book, the author relates inspirational story of her diagnosis with an auto-immune disease, going to a first-rate baking school (after college) and having to figure out how to be able to bake what she herself could eat, gluten-free. Kyra Bussanich has twice won the Food Network’s Cupcake Wars, the only Gluten-Free baker to do so (and given no handicap, competing on flavor and texture and creativity against “regular” flour bakers.) She’s the only Gluten-Free winner to date. I was super impressed both with her “can-do” approach and her creative use of flavors that I wouldn’t have thought to put together. I enjoyed her stories and introductions to each recipe, a very personal approach. And found the sections on her experiences competing on Cupcake Wars fascinating. Because I live near her physical bake shop, I can attest to how incredibly delicious is her baking. I’ve tried lots of items, including many in this book. And, though my wife is Gluten-Free, I’m not; still the best baking I’ve personally eaten, GF or not (many experts,from the quotes on the back of the book, seem to agree. Among the best parts of the book are the numerous “secrets”/keys to delicious GF baking. While I don’t purport to be an expert baker (or even close), this book seems to a lot for a lot of people (recipes are coded for 3 levels of ease/challenge.) I highly recommend Sweet Cravings as a groundbreaking, highly readable book.