24 January 2012

Gluten Free Baking With, Oops...

If you have a gluten-free friend with whom you get together for family meals, you think about gluten-free cooking and baking, at least I do, from time to time. That Deb, at Smitten Kitchen, recently posted a lovely sounding thing called "apple sharlotka", and we were having a pig roast with the gluten-free friend, and dessert was in my hands, and I thought, "oh, the apple thing will work fine with gluten-free flour".

So I made some lovely deep dark caramel sauce - another Smitten Kitchen recipe, because, well, let's put it this way, I'm totally buying her cookbook - and I chopped apples and I mixed up the eggs and sugar and flour, and just as I was about to dump the batter over the apples, I remembered the goddam gluten-free flour on the other side of the kitchen. Yup, I'd completely forgotten to use it.

But I only had two eggs left, and when I'd greased the pan, I'd used Baker's Joy, a wonderful product that combines grease and ... flour, so I couldn't have used the apples even if I did have enough more eggs, and I didn't have enough more apples, and I really should have been paying a little more attention in the kitchen.

Oh well. Gluten-free friend forgave me, and ate ice cream with caramel sauce for dessert. And the pig? The pig her husband made? The pig was hands-down awesome.

I still don't know if the apple sharlotka would work with gluten-free flour, but it is a really good and very easy thing to make for dessert, and it is divine with some deep dark caramel sauce dribbled over the top, and maybe I shouldn't try gluten-free baking anymore.


alejna said...

I am drooling over the deep dark caramel sauce. I just spent the last 10 minutes following links on making caramel. I love caramel. I love butter. I love salt. (I also, right now, am trying to cut out sugar from my diet. Maybe I just need to eat some butter. But...caramel..)

I'm sure that your gluten-free friend was happy that you figured out your oopses rather than feeding them to her, and how lovely that she still could enjoy a dessert with caramel sauce. (Did I mention I love caramel?)

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

I love Baker's Joy. I also LOVE caramel sauce.

leanne said...

What I want to know is how I missed the fact that Deb's book is available for pre-order?!? Thank you, thank you for the Amazon link!!

Also now drooling over the caramel sauce.

Carol Steel 5050 said...

Sounds so yummy! Thanks for sharing about the story and the cookbook.