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Recipes are not working out
on February 18, 2012
I am an avid baker and cook, gluten free for 10 years, and vegan on-and-off for 15. I was so excited to see my library had this gf, vegan book with baking recipes, by the owner of a bakery nonetheless.
I love that she avoids margarine. I use it only for pie crust, and finding icing recipes without it is so tough. And I appreciate the lower sugar content of the recipes (so many cookbooks say "low sugar" but mean "lots of maple syrup instead"). I also like the use of healthful flours. And she limits the use of gums. All of these are things I incorporate in to my own recipes.
Not so good: the three recipes I've tried have not worked out.
1. vanilla roll out cookies' dough was so goopy, it couldn't even suffice for drop cookies. I needed to add *cups* more flour.
2. Apple tart was okay, good for serving to my kids, but not high-quality enough for company. The crust was a little too healthful-tasting and crumbly (and rock-solid when cold).
3. Seedy baguette was certainly dense as promised, but in no way chewy. I liked the flavor, but even fresh out of the oven it was crumbly. Perhaps some other binder (gums, flax meal, tapioca) would have helped while not greatly destroying the nutritional value.
I'd still be willing to try her bakery's cookbook, since I think she has innovative ideas, and, well, hopefully her bakery's goods were tasty, but I'd pass on buying this one.