I know I know you must think all I like to do is bake, which is partially true and partially untrue. I do love to bake. I am working on enjoying to cook just as much, but my true passion (if I had to choose of course) between cooking vs. baking is baking....all the way!
Given my lack of time to simply have two hands free for enough time to bake something from scratch always, I do lean on the pre-packaged mixes from time to time. I'll admit, they're never quite as good as home made but they meet a need and certainly do make it easier (and faster) to enjoy gluten free baked goods in the house. To me there's nothing quite like the smell of peanut butter cookie's wafting through out the house, heck, cookie's or baking of any kind makes me smile. My biggest problem is that once they're made and I've eaten a few...I'm done (usually) and then I have to gift them out to friends and family otherwise we will just gobble them right up. Gluten free baking is for sharing at least that's how I feel.
As we all know, there are many gluten free products out there that are not yet available in Canada and only in the United States. While this is an entire topic for another post, I will simply focus on sharing a newly found (to me) brand of gluten free baking product. My parents were in Seattle awhile back and they brought me a few gluten free mixes and products to try out.
This brand is called "The Cravings Place". This particular product is a gluten free, wheat free, egg free, nut free and dairy free peanut butter cookie mix. It says on it all purpose baking mix and from the information on the back it seems you could substitute it into almost any kind of baking similarly to gluten free flour blends. I used it for peanut butter chocolate chip cookies, well, squares. I opted to fill the entire baking sheet, bake and then cut into squares. Look at all that perfect golden brown on top....mmm.
I must say that while this product was super easy to use and turned out pretty good, there's nothing quite like a 3 ingredient peanut butter cookie recipe...you know the one I'm talking about: peanut butter, sugar and an egg. I felt that this mix left the cookies with a very different texture, more crumbly. The flavor was still definitely there and of course I am a lover of peanut butter so how can you go wrong? But I like my cookies to have more of a chewy texture to them.
Has anyone else used any of the other "The Cravings Place" products?
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