I’ve been baking gluten free for almost 10 years. Through trial and error, lots of error, I’ve succeeded in converting some favorite recipes into gluten free confections. When the need arises, I’m not above inventing a new recipe to accommodate a wish. My baking philosophy is pretty simple; baking gluten free doesn’t have to be taste free and whenever possible, use chocolate. Making my share of disasters over the years, and proud to be a member of the cake wreck society, I am not afraid to jump in where other baker’s good sense might fear to tread.
I come from a long line of bakers who emigrated from Eastern Europe to the suburbs of America at the turn of the last century supplied with heirloom family recipes that are slowly being converted to gluten free. My gracious neighbors count on me to supply them with the weekly overflow of freshly baked treats – and not one of them can guess that those confections are gluten free. And in a fair and balanced baking world, I strive to make sure my two Boston Terriers, who are also gluten free, get their share of homemade treats. Covered in gluten free flour dust, I can usually be found in the kitchen wielding some sort of spatula.
Cast of characters
I’m Lisa. I’m the one who buys the chocolate and notices when we need cookies. Sometimes I think we need more than one kind of cookie at a time. I’ve been known to have two or more cookie tins on the counter at once. Count on it.
And then there is the husband who is also gluten free. He has recently taken up the cause of finding a way to create gluten free croissants, puff pastry and brioche. Therefore he is now known as Captain Awesome. Anyone who can make me a gluten free croissant is awesome. Formerly known as the Geek for so many reasons, not the least of which that he is, Captain Awesome is now referred to as the bread maker.
And last, but not least by any means, are Lulu & Phoebe, the most adorable and frankly quite fetching Boston Terriers. They also eat gluten free. No. Not kidding. We cook their food and bake their treats much of the time, all gluten free. Really.