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food: adventures in gluten free baking

i know i’ve said i don’t want to become one of those “substitution products” people, but i also have a curiosity about this junk.
and sometimes, when things go on sale for $0.99 i become powerless against them.

the heath food store beside my office has been an excellent source of things i need and things that i definitely don’t need.
for instance, when i need a snack, they have raw nut mixes in convenient containers.
they also have gluten free cookies.
see… need vs want.

the health food store also heavily discounts products close to their expiry date.  and this is where i’m most prone to splurge on crap that i really don’t need.
and they definitely suckered me in the other day… so here’s my bounty of baked good mixes and such…

first off, the famed $0.99 muffin mix.

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it required me to add an egg, buttermilk, lemon zest, butter & blueberries.
so it was actually pretty similar to the muffin recipe i used to use.

the dough/batter was very thick.  like, i used my fingers to put it into the muffin cups.  but it actually made a “normal looking muffin” for all intents and purposes.
i got 12 small(normal sized?)  muffins from it and they were not bad at all.

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the texture is on the crumbly side, but the flavour is pretty good overall.  they are vastly improved by heating them and slathering them with butter.  but really, what isn’t?

the iron test?  my husband ate 4 of them fresh out of the oven with minimal complaints on them… really the texture and “hard to eat with your hands/requires a plate” was the only real issue he had.

so overall, a fun experiment, but i’m honestly not much of a muffin person to begin with, so i don’t think i’d rush out and buy something like this again.

my other discount baking purchases were: a cornbread mix

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and a cake mix.

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the cornbread mix will get my usual cornbread treatment… meaning i will throw in a shitload of cheddar, chipotles and green onions and that will make anything awesome.
so i anticipate that one going well.  i mean, cornmeal muffins have little flour in them to begin with, so really, how bad could this be?

and the chocolate cake mix will be made and slathered with terribly unhealthy icing and so i also anticipate that one going well.  but i’ll let you know.

my other purchase that day, and the only one i paid full price for is coconut flour:

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i’m actually pretty excited about this one. couple reasons…
first off, this and almond flour are the only real “paleo-approved” baking flours that are easy to come across.
and second, i just flat out love coconut, so i’d probably use this product anyways, regardless of any dietary restrictions.

it was not cheap.  i paid $14 for 1kg of it and i have no idea if that’s a good price or a bad price… i’ll admit, i did no research.  mostly because i have no idea where else to get it, and overall i’ve found this store’s pricing to be competitive, so i just assumed this was as well.

anyways, i have yet to crack open the bag, but i’m pretty stoked on some of the recipes that i’ve come across for using it.  people LOVE this shit.  there’s whole blogs dedicated to it.  so i assume i will also adore.

 

lastly, and maybe this should go in the “shame category” from my previous blog… but holy cracker, i found THE BEST cookies ever.
of course, those assholes at trader joe’s make them.  and they are so freaking delicious it’s not even fair.

they’re so buttery and crispy and they literally melt in your mouth with magic.
you should buy them.  even if you eat wheat.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Moonbeam Bouvier
    Jan 25, 2012 @ 18:52:38

    Let me know how the cornbread turns out. I shore do lurve me some cornbread.

    Reply

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