If there’s one thing I love it’s a good cook book! I usually always pick a print copy over an ebook, just because I love stocking up my book shelves. But you cannot deny how convenient the ebook is, especially for a cook book. Within minutes of purchasing the book I was already recipe testing!
GF Mom Certified is such a great website filled with many recipes and great resources for anyone gluten free. I was so excited when I got the opportunity to review their book! This book and very easy to follow and all the recipes are fairly simple. The recipes I tested took only a few minutes of my time, perfect for busy nights!
The first recipe I tried was the corn bread. Since I needed something to bring to family breakfast I decided to make them into muffins. I also subbed out the sugar for honey to avoid the refined sugars, they still came out moist and tender! I made 9 muffins from the corn bread recipe. Toasted with butter they were such a great breakfast.
Next I tested the vanilla pudding recipe. When reading the recipe the pastry chef inside me did not agree with the method. It is not how I had ever made pudding perfect. However, since I was writing a review I decided to ignore that little voice and follow the recipe. It worked surprisingly well, I’m not going to lie I wasn’t expecting it too. The pudding was silky smooth and not overly sweet. I brought some to my buddy Sloan, who was my little sous chef when I made candied speckled snickerdoodles, she said “It tastes a little bit yummy, but I really think this is not chocolate.” Which I think is 3 year old for I like this, because she ate it with no complaints.
I was going to test the lemon cake recipe next. When I went to the store I forgot a key ingredient, the lemon. Reading the recipe it seemed like a could omit the lemon and make a nice white cake. I decided to combine it with the pudding to make mini Boston cream pies. Holy moly! It was so delicious!
I baked the lemonless lemon cakes in a cupcake pan, the cakes alone were awesome. They had a beautiful crumb structure and just melted in my mouth! Once the cupcakes were cooled I sliced them in half and filled them with a spoonful of the vanilla pudding. I topped them with a ganache of equal parts chocolate and heavy cream. Since this book is geared for moms and I don’t have children of my own I brought some to my little buddies Graham and Norah. They both loved them, and proceeded to get them all over their faces and clothes!
I am all for whimsy, I love recipes with titles that grab your attention. So you know I had to try the mystery meat recipe. I mean what?! Is this really in a cookbook?! But reading the recipe it sounded so good! The combination of taco meat, beans, and tomatoes all some of my favorite things. While they were good in tacos, I liked them even better for breakfast. Heated up the left overs and topped with a fried egg and some avocado: perfection.
The last recipe I tried was the season rice. Rice is definitely an important stable of a gluten free diet. I am always looking for a way to make this grain a bit more exciting. The combination of garlic and herb added a nice freshness to this often bland side dish. I made a big batch and had rice and beans for lunch all week!
Overall I would 100% recommend this book! All the recipes I tried were great and the directions were easy to follow. While I do prefer to focus on healthy recipes, sometimes it’s good to indulge in some sweets. And I know those Boston cream pie’s would not have been nearly as good without the sugar!
Disclosure: I was provided free product for this review, all opinions are my own.