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Cinnamon Spice Muffins

I had tried making an oat-free version of these chocolate chip oatmeal cookies by simply leaving out the oats. Alas, the dollops of cookie batter spread and fused together as they baked, becoming flat and crumbly. Thankfully, there was still some batter left – I’d only used half of it for the attempted cookies – and I baked the rest as muffins. As muffins, it worked out beautifully.

It’s been nearly a year since I experimented with that recipe and since rediscovering the recipe, they’re currently my favourite muffins to make and to eat. Good eaten on their own, they’re especially good spread with some butter or solid coconut oil. (In fact, when I tried one with coconut oil, I liked it more than butter.)

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Giveaway! Cybele Pascal’s Allergy-Free and Easy Cooking

If you or a loved one have allergies or an intolerance to gluten, wheat, dairy, eggs, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, and sesame, or if you know someone who does, Cybele Pascal’s newest cookbook Allergy-Free and Easy Cooking is for you!

All of the recipes are made without the eight most common allergens (sesame was a surprise to me – I had no idea!) and are simple to make, without using unusual ingredients or heavily relying on store-bought products that substitute for “the real thing”. Two recipes that immediately jumped out at me were the Homemade Gnocchi (page 47) and Mu Shu Pork (page 142). Allergy-Free and Easy Cooking is neatly organized into clear, concise categories and there is something for everyone, no matter what you could be allergic to. One particular category all families will love, especially those with young children, is Takeout at Home. There’s even a recipe for a gluten-free version of an In-N-Out Burger!

I am giving away 1 copy of Allergy-Free and Easy Cooking, which the publishers have generously offered to ship to the winner.

This giveaway is open to US and Canadian citizens. To enter the giveaway, simply fill in the form below*. Please include your name and a valid, working email address that you check frequently. The winner will be picked at random using random.org on April 15th, 2013. The winner will be notified and contacted by the email address provided and will be asked for a shipping address. A copy of Allery-Free and Easy Cooking will be shipped to the winner by the publishers Ten Speed Press. If the winner doesn’t respond within 48 hours, another winner will be randomly chosen.

*Since changing the settings for comments, I’m trying out using a form for the giveaway instead and seeing how it goes. This is based on feedback that I received on Twitter and Facebook.

Giveaway is now closed. The winner is Amanda!

chocolate olive oil madeleines with almond or pecan flour

Chocolate Olive Oil Madeleines with Almond or Pecan Flour

chocolate olive oil madeleines with almond or pecan flour

I’m going to be the first to admit that I’ve never eaten a traditionally made madeleine. I make mention of this since I was recently asked in a comment on one of my previous madeleine recipes if they tasted like “real” madelienes.

The only madeleines I’ve eaten are the ones I’ve made and that I’ve posted here before. The only wheat-laden madeleines I’ve seen around here are at Starbucks, sealed in a plastic package and sold in threes, by the tip jar and I’ve never tried them simply because – truth be told – I like mine. (I hope that doesn’t make me sound like a snob!)

It’s almost a month since I last posted a chocolate recipe, so I hope it isn’t too soon to be posting another.

This recipe I’d actually marked down a long time ago – cough, two years ago – and only made it just this month. No time like the present, right? Everyone here has loved them and I’ve made them several times already. Using either almond flour or pecan flour doesn’t seem to make a noticeable difference in flavour, so use what you have on hand or prefer. They’re soft and moist, almost on the plush side. The olive oil works nicely with the cocoa and can be tasted even after baking (usually an issue when baking with olive oil), so be sure to use a good, quality oil.

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