Monday, 27 May 2013

Book Review - The Allergy-Free Cook Bakes Cakes and Cookies

I don't have Laurie Sadowski's first book The Allergy Free Cook Bakes Bread but after my experiences with this book, I'd really like to get a hold of it!

This book is the middle one in a series of three (pick me for the next one!) showcasing the ease and deliciousness of eating gluten-, dairy-, egg- and soy-free. There are 2 introductory sections dealing with allergies and allergens, and specific gluten-free hints and tips. I found the sections informative and worth reading. The recipes are laid out well, either one to a page, or a double page, with short introductions and clear instructions. The only thing I found was that the times were not entirely accurate for my oven - in some instances I had to nearly double the time stated to get the result as described. There are no pictures of the recipes, just the odd random black and white photo of bakeries, which I'd have preferred to be of the food!

I didn't make loads of recipes from this book, and the ones I did make were spread over a number of weeks as while gluten-free they are treats and I didn't want to completely over-load us with goodies. The recipes I made were delicious, using mainly sorghum and teff flours (plus starches) as the base for the baking, with added xantham gum of course. I made -

Page 42 Loaded Carrot Cake with Coconut Cream Frosting
I didn't make the pineapple filling, instead made double the frosting and went mad with it. SO lovely and coconut-y which complimented the moist cake very well. You could only eat a little at one go, but so good!

Page 64 Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting
I made these as mini cupcakes and baked for the time as for the full size to get them done. They were lovely and richly chocolate-y and the frosting was divine. Eat out of the bowl with a spoon good.

Page 89 Essential Chocolate Chip Cookies
These I had to cook much longer than stated as well. But they were worth it in the end. Lovely textured cookie, a little chewy but soft. mmmm.

Page 96 Double Chocolate Cookies with Raisins
Though as my kids don't like cookies with raisins, I left these out and added more chocolate chips and a few cocoa nibs instead. Triple Chocolate Cookies. Soft, fudgy, brownie like and very very chocolate-y! Super easy to make too.

Page 118 Rich and Fudgy Brownies
There's hazelnut butter and coffee in these and my nut- and coffee-hating daughters were asking for me to bake another batch before they'd even finished the first brownie! Very high praise indeed. Will make often I think as they were so very good.

Recommended? Absolutely - sweet treats for everyone! I can't wait to have an excuse to bake more from this book.


Laurie said...

Thank you so much for the wonderful review! I really appreciate it and am so glad you enjoyed everything!

I hope you don't mind that I've linked this to my review page.

Laurie Sadowski

Laurie Sadowski said...

Oh! And I forgot to add I LOVE the cacao nib idea! Mmm, I'm totally a chocolate girl and that would hit the spot.

Great idea!