I have said it before and I will say it again: I am not a cook. My kitchen and I do not get along very well. To be completely honest, I have one outlet in my kitchen I can get to and my microwave is hooked up to it. So, I do not own a hand mixer, let alone a stand mixer. When I mix anything, it is by hand and it is always a bit of a prayer that my gas oven gets to the right temperature.
That being said, I have always enjoyed playing around with light baking. If the recipe is simple, I am your girl. If it is a box mix, well, that is just an added bonus. I don’t bake often though, because I live alone and am always on a diet.
At the Chicago GFAF Expo, I was a lucky recipient of a box of the Snickerdoodle Cupcake Mix from two-time(!) CUPCAKE WARS Champion, Kyra Bussanich. I met Kyra a year ago, after her first victory but before the 2nd, and was super excited to try out this mix. It had to be for the right reason and a friend in town from California followed by a birthday celebration for Frannycakes certainly qualified in my book!
The texture of the mix is super fine. It actually required a bit of shaking of the bag to make sure I had it all out. This excited me because it was different from what I am used to with gluten-filled cake mixes and the thick, clumpy mix. Not this! After I whipped some butter by hand for 2 Kelly Clarkson songs (or 6-8 minutes according to the directions), I accidentally skipped a step in the instructions and added the wet ingredients to the mix.
So other than making a baker cringe when I mentioned skipping a step, I think a full-on body twitch occurred when I told her I mixed the batter with a fork, as I find it helps eliminate clumps better than a spoon. You are all allowed to yell at me. Anyway, there was a minor panic attack when I discovered my lack of a cupcake pan and the presence of mini cupcake cups. Thank goodness for some ingenuity on my part.
After some playing with my rarely used oven and figuring out baking time, this is what the mix produced:
Since I used Earth Balance as my butter, they did not rise that much. But even with all my kitchen foibles, these cupcakes were AMAZING!!! At the party multiple people went back for 2nds, 3rds, 4ths, 10ths. They were a hit with everyone telling me that they could not believe they were Gluten Free.
I am really hoping that these get into stores soon, as this is going to be my go-to mix brand whenever I have to make something. If you are not adventurous enough to try the Snickerdoodle, these are also available in Chocolate and Vanilla. Easy, tasty, and passing the non-GF taste test equals something that I highly recommend you seek out.
I went to see Iron Man 3 on Saturday (enjoyed it, liked a lot, not sure if I loved. May need to see again). There is one thing in the movie that jumped out and made me happy/irate.
Here is the dialogue:
Tony Stark: “I don’t even know what I had for breakfast this morning.”
Jarvis: “Gluten Free waffles, sir.”
To be honest, a part of me jumped up and down inside to hear a Gluten Free shout out in a major Hollywood blockbuster. But another, larger, part of me sank like a rock.
The reasons are simple:
1) There has been no sign in any movies that Tony Stark has any sort of gluten intolerance whatsoever. See: Shawarma eating at the end of The Avengers.
2) If there is no gluten intolerance, then he is eating it because eating GF is the “hip, trendy” thing to do. Based on evidence in all films Tony Stark has appeared in, he wants to do whatever is current and hip.
And that is the rub. There are products out on the market that claim to be gluten free, but when you look at them closer, you discover that they really are not safe at all for anyone with gluten intolerance to ingest. We are fighting a poorly informed media spreading false information, people who are eating it “just because” and giving those of us who need to be militant a bad name/making it so servers and chefs do not take precautions.
Yes, a lot of good Gluten Free products are out on the marketplace. Yes, the rise in people being diagnosed has helped with that.
So, while it sounds great to have Tony Stark have Gluten Free waffles for breakfast, I just have one message to Hollywood:
I am not a fad. Neither is my health.