BabyCakes Covers the Classics: Gluten-Free Vegan Recipes

BabyCakes Covers the Classics: Gluten-Free Vegan Recipes from Donuts to Snickerdoodles By this point, about 15 books in, I am definitely seeing some overlap in most of these cookbooks but I did quit reading this one when I got to the Caramelized Onion and Cheddar Cheese Crepes because I am heading to the kitchen to give these bad boys a try Will finish the book later grin In theory this is a great cookbook I want to make everything Erin has to offer me But in practice, the ingredients are ridiculous only a specific kind of soy powder will work Really and the results are never as good as when I visit Babycakes.After the first cookbook came out, I was talking to a girl at Babycakes in FL and she told me that McKenna had to alter the recipes for the book That the ingredients they use in the bakery cannot be bought by the average home cook So they made chang In theory this is a great cookbook I want to make everything Erin has to offer me But in practice, the ingredients are ridiculous only a specific kind of soy powder will work Really and the results are never as good as when I visit Babycakes.After the first cookbook came out, I was talking to a girl at Babycakes in FL and she told me that McKenna had to alter the recipes for the book That the ingredients they use in the bakery cannot be bought by the average home cook So they made changes to get the recipes as close as they could Which means I ll never be able to replicate the cookie sandwiches I gladly overpay for in the bakery.So why bother Feb 2012I m not gluten free, although I am vegan, and love trying new techniques in baking I honestly find gluten free baking a bit boring but I love tackling the nuances However, the recipes I tried out of this book all ended poorly despite my following their instructions something I do not generally do and cannot help but wonder if that was the problem I am confident in my baking skills and have no problem creating wonderful treats regularly so I have little doubt that the recipes were t Feb 2012I m not gluten free, although I am vegan, and love trying new techniques in baking I honestly find gluten free baking a bit boring but I love tackling the nuances However, the recipes I tried out of this book all ended poorly despite my following their instructions something I do not generally do and cannot help but wonder if that was the problem I am confident in my baking skills and have no problem creating wonderful treats regularly so I have little doubt that the recipes were to blame The cinnamon buns rolls I cannot remember how they referred to them were especially horrid My cinnamon bun loving family could barely handle a bite I ll stick to my non GF but vegan sweet potato cinnamon buns.gosh they sound good about now I do hope that those in the GF community havesuccess and enjoyment from the book I always say that while people think vegans have it hard, GF individuals have it much worse I ve had MANY GF foods and, well, no thanks generally For a gluten free, vegan cookbook it s fantastic Not all the recipes are winners the pancakes were horrible The plain cake donuts are light and fluffy are are full of flavor The texture is perfect for a donut The Snickerdoodles are amazing once I doubled the amount of applesauce in the recipe I generally don t use bean flours so I have swapped out the garbanzo and fava bean flour for sorghum flour with positive results I m excited to work throughrecipes in this book.She does use a For a gluten free, vegan cookbook it s fantastic Not all the recipes are winners the pancakes were horrible The plain cake donuts are light and fluffy are are full of flavor The texture is perfect for a donut The Snickerdoodles are amazing once I doubled the amount of applesauce in the recipe I generally don t use bean flours so I have swapped out the garbanzo and fava bean flour for sorghum flour with positive results I m excited to work throughrecipes in this book.She does use a lot of agave nectar which has a strong taste and is very expensive I ve avoided her recipes that use large amounts of agave nectar as we don t care for the flavor.I like that her recipes are not dependent on soy such as tofu We really like coconut oil and I m thrilled she uses it and canola oil instead of a packaged vegan margarine Overall a good cookbook The Classics include baked donuts, cookies, savory snacks, gluten free vegan versions of commercial brands like Chips Ahoy, Thin Mints, and Nilla Wafers, and traditional things like Hamentaschen, Irish soda bread, Rugalach, and because this bakery is in NYC chocolate egg creams.Ingredients include Bob s Red Mill All Purpose Gluten Free Baking Flour, garbanzo fava bean flour, brown rice flour, coconut oil, agave nectar, vegan sugar, potato starch, arrowroot powder, rice milk, applesauce, xantha The Classics include baked donuts, cookies, savory snacks, gluten free vegan versions of commercial brands like Chips Ahoy, Thin Mints, and Nilla Wafers, and traditional things like Hamentaschen, Irish soda bread, Rugalach, and because this bakery is in NYC chocolate egg creams.Ingredients include Bob s Red Mill All Purpose Gluten Free Baking Flour, garbanzo fava bean flour, brown rice flour, coconut oil, agave nectar, vegan sugar, potato starch, arrowroot powder, rice milk, applesauce, xanthan gum, flax meal Recipes All have head notes, most have a color photo, none have storage advice Measurements are in U.S volume The difficulty level of each recipe is ranked on a scale of one to four cake slices, with four slices being the hardest The pancake recipe I m looking at right now rates a single cake slice It also calls for nearly a cup of agave nectar for two cups of flour So that s nuts I feel like a lot of these recipes have way too much sugar in them, but I ve never cooked with agave nectar, so I don t know how sweet it is compared to honey or sugar I still know that s way too much sweetener for pancakes.As far as the tone goes, the first BabyCakes cookbook had a serious problem I didn t notice any food policing or fat shaming in this one, though it s possible I was only skimming out of self preservation Still, nothing jumped out at me.The other good news is that, unlike the first cookbook, everything in here is gluten free There s no spelt flour in these recipes, but McKenna does give advice on how to take these recipes and swap out the gluten free flours for spelt in case you happen to have a wheat intolerance and not a gluten intolerance There s also some advice for how to use different sweeteners and oils Wow Gluten free, dairy free, vegan recipes for DESSERTS O my, o my Makes me want to run out and buy a lot of coconut oil milk, rice flour and xanthum gum Donuts, seriously, donuts, that are baked, not fried A Mounds like candy An ice cream cake AND they have a bakery in NYC, LA and Orlando My beloved daughter, Riley allergic to dairy and beef is going to NYC for a chorus trip next springwonder if they d let her go visit the bakery and indulge I do remember, after stalking their w Wow Gluten free, dairy free, vegan recipes for DESSERTS O my, o my Makes me want to run out and buy a lot of coconut oil milk, rice flour and xanthum gum Donuts, seriously, donuts, that are baked, not fried A Mounds like candy An ice cream cake AND they have a bakery in NYC, LA and Orlando My beloved daughter, Riley allergic to dairy and beef is going to NYC for a chorus trip next springwonder if they d let her go visit the bakery and indulge I do remember, after stalking their website and FB page, about Anne Hathaway having her wedding cake from there, read it in People magazine Time to try some new recipes Cannot wait to try the doughnuts Thank you Erin for making GF began baking so very doable I truly thought I could never make cookies decently again and had given up on them entirely Thanks to your cookie recipes, not only can I make them again, but I have confidence to step and and experiment with others. Babycakes books grow on me I finished just about every recipe in the first book so I was delighted to discover this one I love these recipes They are healthy enough and allergy friendly enough for me to eat But sugary and normal tasting enough for the family to like them. For people who need to eat gluten free and vegan, baked goods can be one of the greatest losses Thank goodness for the people at BabyCakes, who have now written two vibrant cookbooks full of creative and satisfying recipes I made pumpkin gingerbread pancakes loosely based on her gingerbread pancake recipe, and then wonder buns and hame antaschen Gluten free baking is a challenge The ingredients are pretty expensive and the end result s proximity to its non gluten free equivalent depends on w For people who need to eat gluten free and vegan, baked goods can be one of the greatest losses Thank goodness for the people at BabyCakes, who have now written two vibrant cookbooks full of creative and satisfying recipes I made pumpkin gingerbread pancakes loosely based on her gingerbread pancake recipe, and then wonder buns and hame antaschen Gluten free baking is a challenge The ingredients are pretty expensive and the end result s proximity to its non gluten free equivalent depends on what kind of baked good you are going for For things like pancakes no sweat For anything that would normally be fluffy and yeasty, well, you re in for a challenge But still, I d start here There is even an entire chapter on donuts For those with food sensitivities, these desserts have remained a distant dream until now Following her widely adored debut cookbook with this delectable and extensive new collection, Erin McKenna, celebrated baker and proprietress of BabyCakes NYC in New York and Los Angeles, satisfies all your food fantasies with fifty recipes for perennial favorites all created without gluten, dairy, eggs, or refined sugarIn addition to its important primer on key ingredients and easy substitutions, BabyCakes Covers the Classics includes a section filled with Erin s insightful solutions to frequently asked questions, which will lead you to newfound baking glory As for the goods themselves, prepare for untold hours of refreshingly simple and undeniably delicious recipes adapted from the ones that sprinkled our collective childhoods They include Thin Mints Madeleines Chocolate Chip Waffles Snickerdoodles S s Hamentaschen Square Pan Tomato Pizza Six Layer Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Preserves Banana Royale Five variations of BabyCakes NYC s famous donuts many BabyCakes Covers the Classics is filled with timeless sweet and savory temptations that vegans, celiacs, and the health minded can safely indulge in Erin shows people of all stripes how to take control of a vegan, gluten free pantry, and she proves that once you do, there are no limitations to what you can bake

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