I first borrowed the ebook version of Gluten-Free Baking for the Holidays by Jeanne Sauvage, better known as gluten-free baker extraordinaire at Art of Gluten-Free Baking, last year from my library. When I bought the hardcover last month, I was even more blown away by it; I was amazed by the recipes, and also by Jeanne’s depth of knowledge and expertise.
As implied by the title, Gluten-Free Baking for the Holidays is a cookbook for the winter holidays, such as Thanksgiving and Christmas, but there are some recipes that are versatile for any time of year like the Dinner Rolls and Super Soft Bread. In a similar vein to Sweet Cravings, another gluten-free baking book, the recipes are built on a foundation of classic techniques and use simple, natural ingredients that are easily recognizable and staple items, so that it feels as if one was reading a traditional, wheat-filled baking cookbook. Best of all, they’ve all been meticulously made to not only taste just like their wheat counterparts but even have the same or similar texture and mouthfeel.
I’ve gotten to know Jeanne online, through her blog and conversations on Twitter. I’ve made her recipes on her blog, and now from her cookbook, and they’re all winners! For Christmas, I made her recipe for Pepparkakor (Swedish gingerbread) many times, which everyone loved, and I’ve also made her gluten-free pie crust with success, which has made me want to master pie making (and that I’ve started to do). As I read the introduction in her cookbook, I became more and more duly impressed with her aforementioned expertise. I expressed this on Twitter and was delighted when she said yes to an interview.
I ask Jeanne about the research that went into writing her cookbook, recipe testing, the merits of learning and utilizing classic baking techniques, and the progress of her second cookbook (with a projected release date of Autumn 2015). This interview was conducted over email.
(Interview after the jump!)
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Shortly after I posted a recipe for cheddar and green onion biscuits, I made them again at the behest of my brother but with bacon instead and, this time, no cheese. The result was flavourful, with a nice smokiness from the bacon and bite from the green onions. Garlic compliments the bacon and, I dare say, enhances it a little.
While I posted before an improved recipe for baking powder biscuits, I was playing around with the flours and proportions again and I think I’ve found a blend that I like. The result is a fluffier and softer dough (you can feel the difference when you’re working the butter into the dry ingredients) and biscuits with a slightly lighter crumb.
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I love baking and I love looking through beautiful baking books, with gorgeous photography and irresistible recipes, the kind that are easy to make, yet impressive. Like a fond memory, the kind that are remembered and talked about long after they’re gone; leaving you wanting for more.
Impressive is high on the list in Sweet Cravings: 50 Seductive Desserts for a Gluten-Free Lifestyle, which I received an advance copy of by the publishers. Written by Kyra, owner of Kyra’s Bake Shop, a gluten-free bakery in Lake Oswego, Oregon and first-time gluten-free winner of Cupcake Wars, Sweet Cravings is packed with gluten-free variety that you would expect in a traditional, gluten-filled cookbook: proving that gluten-free does not mean compromising quality. With Kyra’s baking book under your arm or on your kitchen counter, you’ll be able to whip up baked goods and desserts that will have everyone clamouring for more and without anyone knowing the difference.
On behalf of the publishers Ten Speed Press, I am giving away one copy of Sweet Cravings. To enter the giveaway, click after the jump (“read more”) for details, following my review and a recipe for Apple Crisp.
Sweet Cravings is available now. Order it on Amazon or wherever books are sold!
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