After my daughter was diagnosed with Celiac several months ago, I resigned myself to a life without (or with very little) homemade desserts (no birthday cakes, cookies, or special impromptu baking adventures with my daughter). If you know me at all, then you know how much I love, love, love to bake sweets…and refined white flour is my favorite (bad, I know). So for this carb + sweets loving gal it has been a tough change to take (and certainly not easy on my daughter either).
But now my dears, my frown has been turned upside down with the discovery of Simply Gluten-Free (found via Cassie on pinterest). The author, Carol, creates and sells her very own gluten free flour…and with a satisfaction guarantee I just couldn’t pass it up. A week later (this past Saturday) my flour arrived and I quickly whipped up a batch of Carol’s Strawberries & Cream Cupcakes (she included the recipe in the box with the flour, but their are a bunch of other tasty looking recipes on her site too).
I have to admit that I was pretty nervous about how they would turn out (a lot of hope was riding on these babies). So I’m delighted to report that the resulting cupcakes were super yummy and far more tasty than any gluten free variety (cupcake or other baked goody) I’ve ever tried. So good in fact, that I had 3 on the first day (shhh).
So did they taste like 100% traditional flour cupcakes?…not exactly…but it was not a bad difference at all. If anything I’d say that the flavor is spot-on, with an oh-so-slight graininess that gives these treats a little bit of a muffin-y vibe (again, not a bad thing). Update: the flavor is best on the first day…they seem to dry out rather quickly (but this can be easily remedied by even more cream topping or some freshly macerated strawberries).
To be honest, I can hardly stomach most gluten-free baked goods. In fact a common refrain of exasperation you’ll hear around our house as we try to sample yet another disappointing excuse for a dessert is: “Do they just think that people with Celiac also have no tastebuds? Ick!” But this new flour mix is definitely a keeper in our kitchen, and I cannot wait to start trying out all the desserts that I’d thought I’d never get to make again (like these for instance). Oh yum! xo Ez
Just in case you were curious…the little bowls I used in these shots are Mini Latte Bowls from Anthropologie. The cupcakes were not baked inside them, just placed in after baking. The fork is from the Orleans Flatware Set made my Kikkerland (I couldn’t find any white ones online anymore, but there are some clear ones available here).
All photos by me – Ez Pudewa