October 20, 2010 - Probably the first two food items that people think about when they begin to realize the implications of eating a gluten free diet is bread and desserts. Either one by itself would be bad enough, but the both of them together is quite a cruel blow.
However, I’m happy to say that gluten free bread and gluten free desserts are both available and easy to cook. If you’ve had to deny your sweet tooth since going gluten free, never fear. In this post we’re going to look at some of our favorite gluten free dessert recipes, and you’ll soon be able to start cooking your favorite sweets again.
One of our favorite desserts is gluten free cookies, and we have recipes for several kinds of cookies on our site. We’ve got gluten free chocolate chip cookies, gluten free sugar cookies, and even a recipe for forgotten cookies (which happen to be naturally gluten free). The sugar cookie recipe uses our gluten free flour mix, and the chocolate chip recipe uses peanut butter and eggs. (The peanut butter provides a great texture, and the eggs hold everything together nicely.)
Cookies are great for dessert a lot of the time, but when a birthday rolls around you’ve got to have some cake. We cooked a nice gluten free cake for my birthday a couple of years ago, and it was quite yummy (if I do say so myself). I took the leftovers to work a couple of days later, and my co-workers ate it up pretty quickly. No one ever thought that it might be gluten free.
Gluten free pie is another great dessert that you want to be able to cook, especially around the holidays. Although I usually love to cook all of my own gluten free foods, I have to confess that I do not cook my own pie crust. I’ve experimented with a couple of different crusts, but Whole Foods has a gluten free pie crust that is simply fantastic. I just grab a couple of them when I’m going to bake a pie, and then all I need to worry about is the filling.
One of the experiments that I did involved using Bisquick to make a pie crust. I wrote about it in my gluten free pie crust post. If you don’t have a Whole Foods or something similar nearby, check out that post for some ideas on making your own pie crust.
Lastly, I’ve been hearing a lot about flourless chocolate cakes lately. The “flourless” is indeed true – these cakes use eggs and cocoa, no flour at all, so they are naturally gluten free. I haven’t found a recipe that I’m crazy about yet, but feel free to give it a shot on your own. You may find a new favorite!