Crave Bakery Book Review and Giveaway!

I was delighted when Cameo Edwards asked me to review her deliciously looking brand new ebook – Crave Bakery Gluten Free Cookbook. 

You can download Crave Bakery Gluten Free Cookbook here.

Or…try to win one of the three in the giveaway. Good luck!

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The book boasts 60 recipes created specifically for Crave Bakery, San Francisco’s first gluten-free bakery. The bakery has been open for 10 years, and Cameo candidly relates the very beginnings of her business, as well as her own journey of discovery of Celiac Disease. I’m extremely proud of having been selected to do this review!  As well as excited for Cameo’s sweet (and gluten free) successes. (Cameo – my favorite part is when you talk about having cojones! Indeed!)

Toasted Coconut Cupcakes. Gluten free, lactose free, grain free, nut free. @glutenfreeskinny.net
This is a great starter book if you are new to the gluten free world – Cameo does a great job developing the How to Get Started Section. Once you discover you are gluten intolerant, I think one of the steepest learning curves is the getting acquainted with gluten free ingredients. Almond flour? Tapioca flour? Potato Starch? The book discusses all ingredients in depth, and also provides suggestions on where to buy them. (I’m sure I have not been the only one here lost in Whole Foods for more than 30 minutes in search of Xanthan Gum.) And with the tarts and exquisite frostings, this is also a great book for when you feel a little bit more daring and use a candy thermometer!

All her recipes are very accessible to us, the common folk. For example, the book lists the weight of each ingredient, but also the cup or teaspoon equivalent. This is also the book that taught me that I needed wet hands to work with pizza dough if it was gluten free! Who knew. So for all the mini yet extremely important technical details… THANK YOU.

Ok, now back to business. The book’s recipes are organized against difficulty level- from vanilla cakes to pink velvet, and apricot frangipane tart. Some of the most tempting ones have been: Mama Z’s Chocolate Cake (book cover), Pink Velvet Cake and the Monster Cookie. I don’t think you can go wrong trying out any of her cupcakes, muffins and tarts. I am planning to bake one every Sunday and surprise my sweet-tooth boyfriend (who does not need to eat gluten free, but patiently waited by the mixer to lick the attachment).

DSC_1431I tried the Toasted Coconut And Dark Chocolate Swiss Buttercream Cupcakes. They are corn-free, dairy-free, gluten free, and nut free. And amazing, creamy, sweet, perfect.

Toasted Coconut Cupcakes. Gluten free, lactose free, grain free, nut free. @glutenfreeskinny.netThe cupcakes are spongy and sweet, and the toasted coconut adds an extra layer of unexpected flavor that goes great with the strong flavor of the dark chocolate frosting.

Yum.

I can’t wait to have dinner today so I can have another one for dessert! All and all, a great book. You will use it regularly and amaze yourself at the bakery quality goods coming out of your kitchen. And, the recipes can fool anyone who eats with gluten (case in point: boyfriend – not only did he lick both mixer attachments, but he gulped a full one in one bite. He was pleased!).

Toasted Coconut Cupcakes. Gluten free, lactose free, grain free, nut free. @glutenfreeskinny.net

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway! 

And if you just can’t wait… go straight to buying it right now. Just follow this link. 

Toasted Coconut Cupcakes. Gluten free, lactose free, grain free, nut free. @glutenfreeskinny.net
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Nutritional Info: Gluten free cookie dough waffles

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Recipe makes 5 waffles. Nutritional information below is for 1 waffle with 2 dollops of Skinny Coconut Cream Frosting.

 

Enter to win: Baking Mixes from Glutino Foods

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Come say hi.

Click here to visit the Gluten Free Skinny Facebook page and register to win 1 box of pancakes mix and 1 box of pie crust mix from our friends at Glutino Foods.

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Note:  I was not paid or compensated for this feature. I was provided with free product to spread the gluten free love; however, I was not required to write a positive feature in exchange.

Gluten Free Pizza with Glutino

Gluten Free Pizza with Glutino

I loved this pizza crust from Glutino with four cheeses, basil, and pepperoni. Use freshly grated Parmesan, provolone and mozzarella for a delicious dinner you can do while watching TV.

Review: Bob Red Mill’s Coconut Flour

Amazon is a beautiful thing at the time of trying to find crazy flour and gluten free and organic and vegan ingredients. I keep a shelf well stock at home of flours, gluten free soy sauces and almond milk.

This flour was fantastic to work with…the smell as you first drop it in the bowl is quite delightful. I almost wanted to eat it raw!

So what can you do with coconut flour? (By the way, you can buy it here: click for flour!)

For starters, awesome pie crusts, like in this Dark Cherry Mini Tarts recipe.

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I’ve also found a few more online I’m looking forward to testing soon:

Yes. I will buy it again!

Coconut Oil: A Girl’s Best Friend

A fan of extra virgin oil myself, and also not the one to clutter kitchen counters and shelves with extra things for the kitchen, I am here writing this post about: Coconut Oil.

They are tricky to find, even at Whole Foods. So if you see it, buy a few.

They have a buttery consistency at first, but it melts so quickly, even from within your fingers.

Great for: salmon, scallops and grilled chicken. I also liked it for some baking recipes, but not all of them (you have to experiment!).

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Glutinos Cornbread Mix

Glutinos Cornbread Mix

This has under 5 ingredients, which is one of my favorite rules to keep the tummy happy! I found it in local supermarkets, such as Publix and it is relatively expensive. You can make cornbread with just 5 minutes preparation, … Continue reading

Awesome beers that won’t upset your tummy

Though most experts will allow one or two glasses of wine or beer, I’d much rather go gluten-free all the way.

They say a good idea could come from anywhere- and so does a good tip for delicious beer that is less likely to bother you! Men’s Fitness Magazine Best Gluten-Free Beers has a nice selection of favorites.

Many of them are at Whole Foods or Fresh Market. My favorite one? Greens and New Planet.

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Bob’s Red Milll Pancake Mix

This is a delicious alternative to bad, bad flour pancakes. It’s pretty natural and they almost taste great. I like to add chocolate chips and spread raspberry jam over them. I’m dreaming of making a really large one and stuff with egg whites and turkey bacon, too!

Here’s a recipe. 

What do you think?

Best Bread for gluten-free peeps: Udi’s White Sandwich Bread Loaf

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This almost tastes “normal.” Ouch- sorry… I had to say it! Finally a bread we can eat and don’t pay “consequences” later. It also only has 70 calories per slice, which is perfect. I’ve found it in the regular supermarkets. Whole Foods has been very hit or miss for this product, and of course, you can order it from their own website or from Amazon.com, too.

I typically have two slices as a mid-morning or mid-afternoon snack. Or in the morning, for breakfast. Here’s a recipe you can check out.

Udi’s – White Sandwich Bread Loaf at Amazon.com

Udi’s Gluten Free Bread: Official Website