Gift Guide: For the Gluten-Free Friend
Know someone on a gluten-free diet? Any of these gifts will make their holiday season tastier and their baking life more enjoyable.
Bagels: If your gluten-free friend misses bagels, treat them to some Joan's Gluten-Free Bagels. All of the bagels from Joan's are chewy, a triumph for gluten-free bread. Plus, they also carry egg-free bagels for your gluten-free, egg-allergic friends. Joan's also makes gluten-free bialys. $9.50 for a package of five bagels or bialys
Glow Gluten-Free Cookies: Stash a few boxes of Glow Gluten-Free Cookies in your pantry. When gluten-free friends visit, surprise them with cookies that are safe for them to enjoy! This time of year the gingersnaps and crispy snickerdoodles are particularly nice. Glow Gluten-Free; $5.99
See's Chocolates: Most chocolates and holiday candy either include gluten or carry a "may contain wheat" warning, making them off-limits for those on a gluten-free diet. Thankfully, almost all of See's candy is gluten-free! In my opinion, a box of anything from See's would be a welcome gift. (Only a few of their candies contain gluten. Check the current allergen list before ordering.) See's; prices vary
The Gluten-Free Asian Kitchen by Laura B. Russell: Thanks to Laura Russell, folks on the gluten-free diet can once again enjoy dumplings, noodles, and mu shu pancakes. Her book, "The Gluten-Free Asian Kitchen" makes Asian cuisine accessible to any gluten-free cook.
Small Angled Spatula: Every gluten-free baker needs a small angled spatula in the kitchen. It's perfect for everything from spreading batter into a pan to schmearing butter on toast to icing cakes (its intended purpose). ConfectioneryHouse.com; $4.59
Bread Machine: For the last ten years or so, I've used a Zojirushi bread machine. It's never disappointed me. It doesn't take up too much counterspace and easily mixes thick gluten-free bread dough, producing a perfect loaf every time. King Arthur Flour; $279.95
Loaf Pan: If someone's gluten-free, chances are they are that they bake their own bread. This one-pound loaf pan turns out great yeast and quick breads. Of all the bread pans I have on hand (and I have A LOT), this is the one I use again and again. $12.99; Chicago Metallic
Gluten-Free Licorice: "Licorice contains gluten!?!" Yup! Thankfully, Orgran makes a gluten-free licorice that's pretty similar to the classic, wheat-filled candy.
Storage Containers: Gluten-free bakers usually joke about their "tower of special flours." Help your friend organize their various gluten-free flours and starches with a set of these nifty containers from ClickClack. They'll thank you. Trust me. The Container Store; $9.99 to $32.99
Toaster Bags: If your friend wants to enjoy gluten-free toast at a restaurant, Toast It bags make it easy. Simply slide two pieces of gluten-free bread into the bag and have the kitchen toast the bread—in the bag. As long as the bread isn't removed from the bag, cross-contact with gluten is prevented!