Sometimes I’ll make a recipe for the first time and it’ll be perfect.
Other times I’ll make a recipe and I can’t stop myself from playing with it. Case in point: these chocolate cupcakes from Elana Amsterdam’s Gluten-Free Cupcakes. It began as a simple affair, with mixing wet and dry ingredients together. The cupcakes, as they stand in the original recipe, are already great. I just couldn’t resist putting my own spin on it.
So I began to play with the recipe.
I had used butter and melted it instead of grapeseed oil, because that’s what I had on hand. Then I read that using melted butter in a cake recipe can give it a muffin texture and that it’s better to cream to the butter, as the pockets of fat are distributed and melt while baking – resulting in a fluffy crumb. Well, the cupcakes with the melted butter were soft but were also kind of dense. Point proven.
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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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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!