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There are better recipes out there
on October 19, 2011
I bought this book to give some variety to my repertoire of allergy-friendly baked goods for my son with dairy, egg and nut/peanut allergies. So far, I'm not really impressed. The recipes SOUND good, with tasty-sounding names and nice descriptions, but the two recipes I've made so far have been less than great. (Just FYI, I've baked professionally, so it's not that I'm a crappy baker who can't follow directions.)
I had high hopes for the Lime Coconut Bars, since regular lemon bars use eggs and there's nothing I could easily use to make my own substitute for him. Well... the crust, even though baked for the proper amount of time/browning came out SO hard, it was even hard to cut. Then the filling, again cooked for the proper amount of time and to the appropriate thickness, never set up that well in the fridge. Perhaps if you're looking for a cookie that is cold (it has to be stored in the fridge) and topped with an unappetizing-looking, pale green-flecked pudding, you'd be happy...but that's not what most people are looking for IMO. As a side note, the flavors weren't bad, but the appearance, texture and temperature made this a flop. (I may use some of the techniques for making him some pudding, though.) :)
On to the Peary Berry Muffins: again, high hopes. This recipe wasn't so bad, but the muffins never baked through even though I baked them until they had gotten as brown as possible, probably because of an excess of moisture from the pears (I used quite hard Anjou pears, so they weren't overly juicy, either). I sliced the muffins in half and toasted them, and the flavors were good enough to make them worth eating. A little Earth Balance margarine and it made a tasty breakfast.
I came away from the last attempt thinking that perhaps the bar is set a little lower for vegan recipes, since maybe people are so desperate to have a substitute for their favorite animal-based recipes! If I try another one and it has a different result, I will be sure to adjust my rating.
I gave it two stars since for the low price of the book I gleaned the pudding idea.