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Allergy-free Desserts: Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Egg-free, Soy-free, and Nut-free Delights Hardcover – February 15, 2010
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Some twelve million Americans suffer serious allergic reactions to nuts, dairy, gluten, and other ingredients typically found in desserts. Finally, here’s a collection of delicious dessert recipes offering a safe option for allergy sufferers who don't want to give up their favorite treats. Even though these recipes are completely free of gluten, dairy, nuts, soy, and eggs, you'll hardly notice the difference.
Allergy-free Desserts includes recipes for all of your favorite baked treats—cakes, cupcakes, pies, quick breads, cookies, and dessert bars. Written by Elizabeth Gordon, herself allergic to eggs and wheat, this indispensable cookbook will finally let you enjoy desserts safely again.
• Featuring 82 recipes and 44 full-color photos
• Recipes that taste just like the real thing—but without the gluten, dairy, nuts, soy, or eggs
• The perfect dessert cookbook for the millions of people who suffer from food allergies or Celiac Disease
Allergies shouldn't hold you back. Allergy-free Desserts finally lets you indulge your sweet tooth.
Recipe Excerpts from Allergy-Free Desserts
Pretend Peanut Butter Cookies
Cool Mint Patties
Crispy Rice Squares
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Diagnosed with a variety of food allergies after the birth of her first child, Elizabeth Gordon thought her dream of becoming a professional baker was over. But rather than give up, she decided to re-create her favorite childhood treats using ingredients that were safe for food allergy sufferers like herself.
The result of her efforts is in your handsan entire book of desserts so good that even those without allergies won't know the difference. Baking without traditional ingredients might seem daunting, but Allergy-free Desserts makes it easy with baking tips and simple tricks for mouthwatering treats that are safe for people with allergies, celiac disease, or any other condition that requires adhering to strict dietary guidelines.
These recipes include cookies that will make the kid in you grin, dessert bars that are bar-none delicious, and cakes of all kinds. Donuts and lemon sugar cookies taste just the way you remember them. Lemon Squares and Red Velvet Cake will delight kids and adults alike. Gooey and rich chocolate brownies are no longer off limits, while allergy-safe pie crusts mean you'll never have to go without American classics like apple or Key lime pie. If you're in the mood for a cold treat, try Elizabeth's one-of-a-kind Fudgsicles! And what about breakfast? You'll find plenty of options for muffins, pancakes, scones, and more. Allergy-free Desserts proves that with a little ingenuity, you can still enjoy almost any sweet treat.
In addition to these crowd-pleasing recipes, you'll also learn how to use allergy-free alternatives in your own favorite recipes. Instead of wheat, use gluten-free garbanzo bean flour and create wonderful textures in cakes and cookies. Xanthan gum makes your baked goods rise just like traditional recipes, but without the gluten. Flaxseed meal is not only a great egg substitute, but it's also high in fiber and healthy Omega-3 fatty acids. Mix cider vinegar and rice milk to create the perfect replacement for buttermilk. There's almost no limit to what you can bake!
Each and every one of these luscious desserts is completely free of gluten, dairy, nuts, soy, and eggs. With 82 recipes accompanied by gorgeous full-color photos, you'll never run out of delightful dessert options. Finally, allergies don't have to hold you back. With Allergy-free Desserts, you'll enjoy all your favorite desserts without fearand without sacrificing the flavor!
Top Customer Reviews
I'd tried some of the author's allergen free cookies, found them far superior to similar products on the market...so why not try to learn to make such desserts myself?
Too many dinner parties of making a scrumptious dessert, only to watch in envy as it was devoured by friends...while I suffered in silence, unable to consume the dreaded egg, sugar, wheat trifecta of doom.
First of all, the book looks great...wonderful photos of mouth watering, allergen free cakes, cookies, and other treats. For my first experiment, I zeroed in on a long time favorite...vanilla cake. Directions were clear, recipe simple to follow...and it wasn't long before I stared at my reward for a holiday of dairy abstinence. I'm embarrassed to say that I devoured most of the cake before I could share it with my egg and wheat eating brethren. Unlike many of these 'healthy' desserts, it was delicious...moist, and a rich and creamy frosting. None of that disappointing aftertaste. (like you get with carob...I hate carob. I loathe carob)
I'm really happy with the book, and what I've sampled so far. Looking forward to dinner parties at which I don't have to sip green tea, clutching the saucer in resentment as I watch others down their sweet treats. The book is really wonderful, and I highly recommend it for its layout, photos, and most of all...delicious, easy to follow, recipes.
For those who gave this a bad review because of bean flour, I say substitute it. I substitute coconut milk for rice milk in every recipe because coconut mild is super creamy (rice milk can a bit of grit to it). I also substitute flour ingredients (if I'm out) with Bob's Red Mill GF flour and haven't had any issues. I haven't been able to find the palm oil shortening so I use coconut oil and am very pleased with the results.
So far this book gets an A+.
As any allergic person knows, dairy, eggs, wheat and soy are nearly ubiquitous in commercially prepared foods in America. If you don't want to be sick, you gotta prepare your own food! If you want really good desserts that taste the way you remember they're supposed to taste, that won't make you sick, buy this book and make your own.
I love the fact that there's lots of pictures. Makes you want to just drop everything and try the recipe! There's descriptions of ingredients in the front, and helpful tips all through the book. Elizabeth even gives you storage and freezing tips, so you can save some of your treats for later, instead of pigging out and scarfing them all up immediately (which would be my inclination!). Seriously, I'm actually pretty good at eating a balanced diet, which is why I just love this book. I want a dessert to be scrumptious and not make me sick. I want it to be so good that I can take a bite and close my eyes and savor it. This book is truly a gift. Thank you Elizabeth Gordon! Please write more books like this one.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love book and recipes for us allergy people! Gave as gift and person also loved!Published 27 days ago by secret shopper
Daughter loves this book. Allows her to make "normal" desserts for her family's restrictive diets.Published 2 months ago by Mamafrijoles
I purchased this for a xmas present. He loved it! It's really hard to find recipes for all the allergies. Read morePublished 11 months ago by ltran
lovely economical & yummy desserts that are fairly easy to create. no more spending major dollars at specialty bakeries for birthdays! Read morePublished 14 months ago by peggy
I love the Black and White cookie recipe! I also tried the chocolate crinkle cookies that were delicious. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Krista