Valentine's Day may be in the rear view mirror, but we want to send love to someone very special to the Bob's Red Mill family, Carol Fenster. Carol has written numerous books about getting started with a gluten free diet and how to enjoy it once you've gotten started. With 10 different books under her belt, Carol is our go-to gluten free expert! She has helped us develop some of our most popular gluten free baking mixes (including our newest Gluten Free Pie Crust Mix) and been a longtime friend of Bob and Charlee Moore.
Today we are celebrating the relaunch of Carol's best-selling Gluten-Free 101: The Essential Beginner's Guide to Easy Gluten-Free Cooking. This book has helped so many of our customers get started with their new gluten free lifestyle. We recommend it for anyone new to the gluten free diet because it is not just a cookbook. This book is full of essential information starting with the basics of who might need a gluten free diet, where to go for help with a diagnosis and how to be your own advocate. It covers the essential ingredients for gluten free baking with beautiful definitions for each. Carol shares her go-to flour blend and explains which proportions of flours and starches to use in different applications. She helps you stock your pantry and understand how to use the mysterious xanthan gum.
Add to this helpful information 175 tried-and-true gluten free recipes for everything from a healthy breakfast to a decadent dessert. Hamburger buns, crepes, bagels, and other amazing gluten free creations join basic recipes that seem so simple until you remove the gluten, like gravy and white sauce. This book is truly a must-have for the gluten free beginner.
We have two copies of Gluten Free 101 to giveaway to two lucky winners. In addition to the book, we'll be throwing in a package of our Gluten Free Sorghum Flour, Gluten Free Potato Starch, Gluten Free Xanthan Gum and Gluten Free Tapioca Flour so you can get started with Carol's Gluten-Free Flour Blend right away. If you don't win, you can pick up a copy on Amazon. To enter, simply follow the prompts below. We will select two winners at random from all who enter by 11:59 pm on 2/27/14.
Red Velvet Cupcakes with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting (GF)
Gluten-Free 101: The Essential Beginner's Guide to Easy Gluten-Free Cooking
by Carol Fenster
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt January 14, 2014) Printed with permission
Makes 12 cupcakes
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Baking time: 20 to 25 minutes
- 1 cup Gluten-Free Flour Blend (see below)
- 2 Tbsp unsweetened Cocoa Powder
- 3/4 tsp Xanthan Gum
- 1/4 tsp Baking Soda
- 1/4 tsp Salt
- 3/4 cup Sugar
- 1/2 cup Butter or Buttery Spread, melted and cooled slightly
- 2 large whole Eggs, at room temperature
- 1 tsp pure Vanilla Extract
- 1 Tbsp Red Food Coloring
- 1/2 cup Water, at room temperature
- 1 batch Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting (see below)
 Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a 12-cup standard nonstick (gray, not black) muffin with paper liners.
 In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the flour blend, cocoa, xanthan gum, baking soda, and salt until well blended.
 In a medium bowl, beat the sugar and butter with an electric mixer on low speed until well blended. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, until well blended. Add the vanilla and food coloring to the water. With the mixer on low speed, beat in one-third of the flour mixture at a time alternating with the water, beginning and ending with the flour mixture. Spoon 1/4 cup of the batter into each liner.
 Bake until the cupcakes are firm and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes. Cool the cupcakes in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Transfer the cupcakes to the wire rack to cool completely. Frost and serve.
Per frosted cupcake: 325 calories; 3g protein; 16g total fat; 1g fiber; 43g carbohydrates; 37mg cholesterol; 135mg sodium
Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting
In a medium bowl with an electric mixer on low speed, beat 3 ounces softened, reduced-fat cream cheese or cream cheese alternative, 2 cups powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons milk or water, and 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract together until well blended and smooth.
Gluten Free Flour Blend
Whisk together and store, tightly covered, in a dark, dry, place.