The first time I tried farinata, the baked chickpea pancake from Italy, it was dry as particleboard. The second and third times were just as bad. Only after I'd dismissed it as an inexplicably terrible product of the Italian kitchen did I finally taste the real thing, and then I understood why people loved it so much. Savory, custardy, and simple in the best possible way, it's also dead easy to make at home. Here's how.
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We can't get enough pumpkin recipes this time of year, and these pumpkin-spice cupcakes are just one more reason to celebrate. Spiked with a good does of ginger (but not so much that they taste like gingerbread) and a hefty splash of orange juice for sweetness that isn't cloying, these treats are perfect for an autumn birthday or seasonal party.
We've been watching the comments, and it seems a fair number of you wanted a gluten-free version of a donut, or a beignet. A beignet is traditionally made with choux pastry and then deep-fried. These jelly-filled donuts are made with choux pastry and then deep-fried. The difference? No gluten.
A dense, fudgy brownie seems easy enough to make without flour; after all, isn't there flourless chocolate cake? The Everyday Art of Gluten-Free answers that question with marbled cheesecake brownies that are still plenty dense, but with a cake-like quality that supports the weight of a pound of cream cheese, thanks to author Karen Morgan's Cookie Jar Blend.
Apple fritters should not be jelly doughnuts in which the jam is merely replaced with an apple filling. No, an apple fritter is a nubby affair with crisp bits of chopped apples scattered throughout and just the slightest hint of confectioner's glaze. Gluten-free fritters can be tough to make, but as it turns out, size matters. Our small fritters come out with the ideal ratio of crisp fried exterior to apple-packed crumb.
Ah, the glorious chocolate chip cookie. Crispy, chewy, salt-dusted, or just sweet—no matter the variation, it's an American stand-by. But until recently, a gluten-free version of the classic was not common. The Everyday Art of Gluten-Free beautifully mimics that tender yet crisp chocolate-chip balance, without relying on standard flour.
When you can't have gluten, finding palatable substitutions to your favorite foods can be a real hassle. Luckily, we have Karen Morgan's The Everyday Art of Gluten-Free to help you through that quest. Take this thickly-frosted, fruit-stuffed pop tart as a shining example of what can be done with a little starch manipulation.
This chocolate bundt cake follows the inelegantly named "dump cake" method. You dump all the ingredients into one bowl, whisk, and you're done. Be sure to whisk the dry ingredients together before adding the coffee, oil, and eggs. This prevents clumping of the xanthan gum and tapioca starch. An optional chocolate or confectionary glaze finishes it off.
This dessert was developed for Tonia George's young daughter, who was diagnosed with Celiac disease. Not wanting to exclude her from enjoying sweets, The Ginger & White Cookbook author came up with this Middle Eastern-inspired loaf cake heavily flavored with pistachios and lemon. It's a crumbly take on pound cake, made super-sweet with the addition of a sugar and rosewater syrup.
These flavorful corn cookies take a page from the Momofuku Milk Bar cookbook, combining freeze-dried corn powder and a whole lot of butter for a sweet dessert somewhere between buttery corn on the cob and a buttery bowl of Cap'n Crunch.
Inspired by a back-of-box Jell-O pie, this rendition combines fresh-squeezed lemon juice and sweetened whipped cream with some gelatin to hold it all together. The result is an addictively light, zesty pie reminiscent of lemonade.
With the farmers market filled with plump, juicy tomatoes, stacks of smooth-skinned zucchini, and aromatic fresh herbs, now is the perfect time to combine summer's best produce into one vegetable-filled pasta. Some bonus crabmeat kicks it up a decadent notch.
Quartered plums cook into a rich, jammy base for the tender, flavorful crust in this gluten-free take on Lisa Fain's cobbler in The Homesick Texan's Family Table.
This gluten-free all-day lemon cakes is one of those confections that goes equally well with a morning cup of coffee or a post-dinner, end of the day drink.
These rich gluten-free treats puff as they bake and then settle as they cool into flat, crisp cookies.
These peanut butter cookies bake up soft and chewy. Milk chocolate chips mimic the flavor of a classic peanut butter cup. If you're dairy-free or don't like the taste of milk chocolate, simply replace the milk chocolate with dark or dairy-free chocolate chips.
Part cookie, part brownie, this brownie brittle is as easy to make as it is to eat. A batch comes together in under 30 minutes. While the brittle tastes great on its own, adding chocolate chips, chopped nuts, and other toppings takes it over the top.
It took several test batches to get them just right, but these gluten-free fig bars inspired by classic Fig Newtons are a dream come true: Lightly orange-scented, tender cookie surrounds a sweet and flavorful dried-fig filling.
Homemade gluten-free pasta is often gummy, gritty, and disappointing. Not this version. Made with brown rice flour, tapioca starch, and xanthan gum, it results in beautiful, tender noodles once cooked. The dough more eggs per cup than traditional wheat-based fresh pasta does: Don't omit that extra egg, it makes a big difference.
These almond butter cookies have a crisp, crunchy texture that anyone can enjoy as they are gluten-free.