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Good in parts,
This review is from: Flying Apron's Gluten-Free & Vegan Baking Book (Paperback)
I've been avoiding wheat and dairy for a couple of years now, so this book seemed ideal, and I was really excited when it arrived. I've made the Maple Berry Muffins (pretty good, bit of an odd after-taste), the thumbprint cookies (really good) and the macaroons (excellent, lots of requests for the recipe).
My reservations about this book are probably a result of the author trying to avoid such a huge number of ingredients. She's very keen on palm oil which, given its environmental impact, I'm not, but I tracked some down and tried to make her icing with it. It was very orange, and it had a nasty taste. I decided not to ruin perfectly good cake with it, and thanked my lucky stars that I'd halved the recipe. I haven't tried the bread recipes, having read someone's blog (and numerous comments from the blog's readers) about other people's attempts to use them, I don't think I'll bother. Things like sorghum flour and teff flour seem to be pretty much unobtainable in the UK - even my local wholefood wholesaler doesn't seem to have heard of them. The author doesn't have a web presence, so there is no way of getting feedback from her on how to swap ingredients, tweak the recipes etc. - that would be a huge bonus.
I'm lucky - I can eat wheat and dairy, but I try not to as they seem to be a factor in my arthritis attacks. If I had been deprived of cake for a decade, I would probably think this cookbook was the best thing ever. I will use many of the recipes in this book, but I will approach it with caution.
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Initial post: 23 Aug 2011 14:52:56 BDT
Hi, you might be able to find some of the more unusual ingredients in Indian grocery stores. For instance, sorghum flour is jowar flour, millet flour is bajra flour, garbanzo flour is gram or chickpea flour and amaranth flour is rajgira or rajgro flour. You'll also be able to find many flours made from other grains and from beans and pulses in Indian stores. All these are generally reasonably priced, cheaper than in health food stores. Hope this is helpful.
Posted on 13 Mar 2012 21:17:39 GMT
it's me says:
This was great feedback thank you - I've recently discovered a problem with wheat dairy and eggs... :-( cakes are the main problem other food is absolutely fine for my taste.
Presume you have tried Red Velvet & Chocolate Heartache? Not egg free, but most are dairy and all are wheat free from what I've read so far ... and all I've tried so far are delicious!
Red Velvet Chocolate Heartache: The ultimate feel-good book of natural cakes that taste naughty
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