Sunday, February 19, 2017

Gluten Free Buckwheat Crepes


We have always liked making crepes, but to make a gluten free version was more than just simply swapping out flour with buckwheat. It required quite a few experiments and the end result is a straight-forward recipe that requires only four ingredients. That's right FOUR! Unlike other gluten-free recipes that use xanthan or guar gum, this recipe is really simple in terms of ingredients and steps. The basic ingredients are just: Milk, Eggs, Buckwheat Flour, and Oil. That's it!

This recipe is based on a volumetric ratio instead of a weight-based ratio. That means you don't need to use a scale. Instead, just half an egg shell and a 1/4 measuring cup will do. See what we mean in the video that we created below:


Monday, February 13, 2017

ChocoVine Pot de Crème + Giveaway


I have a confession to make: I have a sweet tooth, not just any kind of sweet tooth but a chocolate one. Dan sometimes says I like to hoard varieties of chocolate from everywhere in all places of the house. If you're like me, and like to try pairing things, you've also found that red wine pairs very well with chocolate. So instead of trying to find a wine to pair with your favourite chocolate - what if the chocolate was already in your wine? In November 2016 during the Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival, I was introduced to ChocoVine. ChocoVine is produced in Holland and there are three different flavours available: ChocoVine Original (which is made from Dutch chocolate and red wine), ChocoVine Vanilla and ChocoVine Raspberry.

The Western Canadian distributors of ChocoVine recently asked me to make a recipe featuring their wine. This recipe for Chocolate Pot de Crème has the perfect combination of smooth chocolate and the nice finish of ChocoVine.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Vitamix Blender Lemon Cream Pie (Gluten Free)



I have been meaning to write my recipe for this blender lemon cream pie for a while! After much testing, sampling, and testing some more I present to you this deliciously creamy yet simple to make gluten free lemon cream pie made in the Vitamix! Okay, so the gluten free pie crust isn't made in the Vitamix, but I did use it to blend up the gluten free oats into a fine flour. The beauty of the recipe is that you get a very creamy, lemony filling and you don't need a double-boiler at all.

To start, make the gluten free pie dough. After it is assembled, wrap up the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for approximately 1 hour. Just remember that this pie dough recipe makes a double batch so you can fridge or freeze the other half for another baking project. About 15 minutes before you are going to roll out the pie dough, take it out of the fridge and place on the counter top so it can come to room temperature. It is ready to use when you can push your finger into the dough and there is a bit of resistance. 

While the dough is in the fridge, assemble your ingredients for making the blender lemon cream. You will need the following ingredients and a thermometer:

Ingredients for Blender Lemon Cream

  • 100g (less than 1/2 cup) sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon zest (approx. one large lemon)
  • 90g lemon juice 
  • 2 large eggs
  • 150g (less than 3/4 cup) unsalted butter- cubed; room temperature

Directions:
  1. Place the lemon zest and sugar in a bowl. Gently rub the lemon zest into the sugar to make lemon sugar.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Saying Good-Bye to 2016 and Hello to 2017!



What a year 2016 has been! I went through my blog and pulled out the top 9 recipes from 2016! I've hyperlinked them all below so you can get to them easily.  
  1. Earl Grey Macarons - My Earl Grey Macaron Recipe Take 2!
  2. Strawberry Macarons
  3. Gluten Free Cheese Soufflé
  4. French Madeleines at Home
  5. Dan's Ramen Recipe - Version 8 - Yup, this is one of Dan's real passions in life! 
  6. Mushroom Arancini
  7. Salted Caramel Macarons
  8. Easy One Pot Fudgy Brownies
  9. Peanut Butter Macarons 
Now, before we look at Food Resolutions for 2017 let's look back at my Food Resolutions for 2016. One of my resolutions was to bake from the Duchess Cookbook. I feel I took a good shot at it (as my instagram pictures and a few blog posts will show you), though there is certainly more recipes to try out for 2017. Another one of my resolutions was to learn to bake bread. Though I did start to learn (we even had a starter named Stanley), much of my learning to bake bread had to take a back burner for the time being as I found out in the middle of 2016 that I actually have a gluten sensitivity. So, while I will still bake and create recipes with gluten in it (especially when trying new cookbook recipes) we have started to experiment more with gluten free flours and alternatives to flour in our cooking and baking. However, the good news is that macarons are most certainly gluten free (as they are made with almond flour), and as such I will continue to be creating, baking and blogging about macarons in 2017. 

Friday, December 23, 2016

Cookbook Review of Dorie's Cookies by Dorie Greenspan


Now that we live in an actual house, I get super excited when it is mail day. I'm pretty sure I get even more enthusiastic when it just so happens that I am home when the packages arrive. With that being said, I was super excited to receive a copy of Dorie's Cookies from Raincoast Books a few weeks after moving.

Dorie Greenspan has written a number of cookbooks over the years and Dorie's Cookies is her latest book which focuses just on cookies! In fact, there are more than 160 recipes in this cookbook and the size and thickness of the book is impressive. In the first section, Dorie includes a guide on cookie techniques, ingredients and gear followed by brownies, bars, high tea cookies, bake sale cookies, squares and of course, holiday cookies. There are so many recipes in this cookbook, you might not even know where to start! When that happens to me, I grab a stack of sticky tabs and go through the entire cookbook tagging whatever recipe catches my eye. Certainly, like in the case of Dorie's cookies there are so many mouthwatering recipes that it is hard to not tab the entire cookbook!

tabbed copy of Dorie's Cookies
My tabbed copy of Dorie's Cookies

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