I’m poking fun at my dear world-traveling friend Jane, who emailed me and asked how my “gluten-free, dairy-free, silly-free” birthday was, and also is concerned that I will never be able to eat a “real” cupcake with her her again!
Have no fear, my Korean transplanted dear!
I had the silliest, sugar-rushy-est, treaty-est birthday ever this weekend! The sugary baked goods started Friday night and didn’t stop coming until Tuesday. That’s b/c my husband loves to spoil me and Betty Crocker came out with gluten-free mixes and my mother-in-law bought me gluten-free pizza crust mix!
It was a group effort!
Friday night we made the Betty Crocker gluten free yellow cake mix into cupcakes. I used three big scoops of organic applesauce for the eggs and they came out great… not falling apart, not too, too dry, although I might use more next time, or use something to replace eggs called “flax goo”. It’s flax meal dissolved in water, something I’ve heard about courtesy my mom friends in the Yahoo group “Foodlab”.
I made the icing out of my new favorite product, Spectrum Palm Oil Shortening. It’s seriously as creamy and terrible-looking for you as Crisco, but organic, non-hydrogenated… certainly more “natural” for those of us that care, since its simply palm oil. So, that and a little bit of honey and vanilla… it tasted exactly like whipped cream. Healthier than trans fats, but still I think about half your days worth of saturated fat in a teaspoon! But if you are going to eat frosting, I say make it the best fat you can.
So the cupcakes were so great… I haven’t made a Betty Crocker or any other commercially boxed cake probably in years. Twas like being a teenager again, when me and my friends would make a Betty Crocker cheesecake for dinner and snack on icing. I shiver to think of it now! The things you can get away with when your body is young.
Next, Payman made me homemade gluten-free cinnamon rolls from a Recipezaar recipe, it’s easy to find. No, they don’t puff up like those made with wheat flour, but I was one happy cinnaminny girl either way.
Then Monday night I made the pizza crust, Namaste brand. I had heard mixed reviews about it. We were happy with it. Now here’s the kicker… I actually tried soy cheese! I truly had no desire to try these vegan cheese products. I’d rather just not each cheese than something gross. But MIL bought us some and some more was on sale. Oh and I also have been avoiding soy for Ada but we aren’t sure if she’s allergic so I figured we’d see how she did. A day after the soy cheese she did have some symptoms but I’m not sure if it was that or not. Have to test one more time when her rashes clear again.
Either way, this gluten-free pizza with soy cheese was awesome in its terribleness. It tasted just like the cheap frozen pizzas of my youth. Not a high quality pizza… nice and junk foody. When you’ve been eating only homemade baked chicken, fruit and veggies for six months, this isn’t a bad thing.
Note that the crust was great, it’s the soy cheese that makes it taste like cheap freezer pizza! By itself, the soy cheese was gross. But on the pizza, with the sauce, onions, mushrooms and red bell peppers, not bad at all.
I’ve seen some recipes for making vegan cheese out of cashews. We may try it one day.
My general philosophy is not to imitate things I can’t or won’t eat, but to be happy with what I can, lest you try to copy something and its not the same and is just a big letdown.
But not on birthday weekends!
And how could I forget, then Tuesday morning Payman made me almond butter chocolate chip raw cookies. Awesome. I’ll post the recipe. He made it up himself, but I imagine it’s probably pretty similar other raw cookie recipes you can find.