This month for Adopt a Gluten-Free Blogger, I adopted a good blogger friend of mine, Carrie from Ginger Lemon Girl. I identify with Carrie quite a bit – we’re both gluten and dairy-free, love baking, and we both juggle full-time jobs, family life, and a blog. And yet, for all of our similarities, I love that we venture into different areas in the kitchen! This makes this whole “adopting” thing that much more fun. While I have not spent much time worrying about gluten-free pizza crusts or bread in my kitchen (while I miss it a great deal, pizza has become something I only eat once in a great while – same with bread), Carrie has perfected some amazing recipes. I tried two – her vegan crusty bread, and her almond flour pizza crust.
Both were quite lovely. I was concerned that I’d ruined the bread recipe – I am not all that successful in the bread-making department, gluten-free or otherwise. Her dough was wetter than I’m accustomed to, and given my previous bread attempts (which have often turned out gummy in the middle), I was sure I’d messed it up. And while my boules did not raise very high, the texture was amazing. Lots of nice little holes in the bread that just begged for a schmear of vegan buttery spread or jam, and an oh-so-delicious crusty exterior. To date, it was the best bread to come out of my oven.
The pizza was also delicious. The crust is not chewy like a gluten-y crust, but it was very light and flavorful from the addition of herbs. I topped mine with a bit of pizza sauce (homemade – I didn’t really follow a recipe, just added some spices to tomato sauce), a touch of Daiya, and sauteed mushrooms, spinach, and a few sundried tomatoes. Divine. It was also good leftover for lunch the following day, in case you made enough to have leftovers.
Carrie has many more recipes I’m dying to try – vegan chocolate cake, for example. (hmm, maybe I could make that right now…) Or good ol’ chocolate chip cookies, egg-free. Or one of my favorites – Almond Joy impossible pie.
If you’re not yet familiar with Ginger Lemon Girl, I strongly encourage you to check out Carrie’s blog!