Turn your Gluten Free Mistakes into delicious new creations!
Life, as they say, sometimes gives you lemons. That can be true with baking too. But did you know that with a little confidence and creativity, you can bake your way to that proverbial lemonade with your gluten free recipes? Indeed!
Many people are afraid to bake gluten free. Heck, many folks are afraid to bake, period! It’s my job to help people achieve baking success with gluten free products and recipes, but things don’t always turn out as we’d expect. It happens to all of us at some point, and that’s ok.
The best tip I have to avoid the mistakes in the first place is to simply use my gfJules™ Flour or baking mixes. I designed them to make people happy, not frustrated, because they take all the guesswork out of baking — they just work. They eliminate the need to buy lots of different gluten free flours or other funky ingredients and they save you time and money because everything tastes so good, your whole family will want to enjoy it together (even if they don’t have to eat gluten free!).
My mixes are all designed to make the most beautiful, yummy whatever they’re made for: the muffins have a lovely crown on top with no sinking; the pizza is crunchy on the outside and chewy in the middle; the cookies don’t spread … you get the idea. And my gfJules Flour (as well as my mixes) was voted #1 in the Gluten Free Awards because they’re loved by both new and experienced bakers — people just like you!
But every once in awhile we all have a bad baking day. Forget an ingredient? Oven too hot? Don’t set a timer? It happens! Here are some of my lemons and the lemonade I’ve made with them. I hope these inspire you to venture boldly into the kitchen with renewed excitement, no longer fearful of the outcome! I’d love to hear about some of the ways you’ve made the best of some less than perfect baking outcomes – do share!
Gluten Free Bread Too Dry or Too Hard: I sliced and cubed the loaves, then froze them for croutons, bread crumbs (pulse in blender or food processor), bread pudding, stuffing … (croutons recipe here)
Gluten Free Cookies Too Flat: I crumbled them and sprinkled on top of ice cream and pulverized them in a food processor for delicious cookie pie crust (see a recipe for gluten free cookie crust here) or in the centers of a gluten free ice cream cake! (recipe here)
Gluten Free Graham Crackers Too Soft/Thick: I used the soft graham crackers for s’mores and ice cream sandwiches! (s’mores recipe here)
Gluten Free Graham Crackers Too Crispy/Thin: Pulverize them in a food processor and freeze to make graham cracker pie crusts later! (graham cracker crust recipe here)
Gluten Free Pie Crust Dough Too Dry/Fragile: In my early GF pie crust experimentations, I couldn’t get a pretty top crust with the dough because it fell apart, so I used cookie cutters to cut small pieces of decorative crust and laid them individually on top of the pie, covering the whole top with small, manageable pieces (it was quite beautiful!). Meanwhile, if you’d like to make a gorgeous WHOLE top crust, try my pie crust recipe and tutorial! It makes all the difference!
Making Homemade Ravioli & Realize You’re out of Cheese: We empty out the fridge on ravioli night, now that we learned that the fillings can be deliciously unconventional! Hummus, tapanade, grilled veggies, taco filling, pesto … (ravioli recipe here)
Your Homemade Gluten Free Flour Tortillas are Overcooked: No worries! Cut them with a pizza cutter and toast or broil lightly for crunchy toast points for dips! (tortilla recipe here)
Gluten Free Brownies Won’t Set Up: Ever heard of a spoon?! Seriously, there’s little better than eating warm brownies with a spoon, even if you can’t cut them into squares, who cares? Top with ice cream, and that’s a little piece of heaven!
Gluten Free Brownies Too Crunchy: There’s a new craze called Brownie Brittle. It’s basically overcooked, crunchy brownies that people actually MEAN to make! That’s what you were going for … right?? 🙂
Gluten Free Muffins Too Dense and Moist in the Middle/Undercooked: (This can happen especially with wet fruit muffins like peaches or strawberries, especially). If it’s too late to simply bake them longer, cut up the muffins into crumbs and sprinkle on top of cut fruit like berries or peaches, drizzle some melted butter on top, sprinkle some cinnamon and sugar, then bake until set. Voilà! A new spin on fruit cobbler!
Leftover Gluten Free Beer: I often bake with GF beer but there are always leftovers … so I drink it! See, baking is fun! 😉