November 27, 2010

Puffs & Pies

I love the holiday baking season!

I altered the Pumpkin Puffs recipe to a gluten-free alternative by adding an extra egg, 1/2 tsp of both soda and powder, and using GV flour. I also wanted it to be "old fashioned gingerbread"-like so I put all the batter on my pizza stone at once, slid it in the oven, and crossed my fingers that it would turn out like I expected....I took it to a LIFE group lunch and it was a hit! I added a layer of cream cheese frosting to the top and sprinkled with with pumpkin pie spice for appearance sake. I then cut it into squares and let people serve themselves straight off the stone. It worked really well.

This week for my husband's family's traditional, don't rock the boat, Thanksgiving dinner I made the Pear & Plum Pie. Usually when I serve them something non-traditional they take a small piece and I get, "mmm...that's good; it's really different" (which translates to: "that's too weird for me, don't make that again") I expected this with the pie, but it sounded really good, so I took it anyway. I followed the recipe as stated except for the cinnamon. My brother-in-law is allergic so I used just a bit of ginger and nutmeg. It turned out beautifully and I went home with an empty pie plate. Success! I loved the combination of flavors and will definitely make this one again!


  1. I'm so glad your family enjoyed the pie! And that you took a risk on the pumpkin cookies! I'm going to try making them on a stone now! Interesting that gluten-free flour requires additional egg and leavening. Is that because the flour absorbs more moisture than all-purpose?

  2. I've read that the extra egg adds back in the lost protein from the lack of wheat flour, which aids in the leavening. There either isn't protein, or there's less, in the gluten free flours options. A lot of GF recipes call for more eggs, or egg replacer, than non-GF. It's like learning to back all over again.

  3. I have never had peaches and basil together but I love them both separately. So, I know that I would love this pie. The right man will come along for you one day. Just keep yourself open to possibilities. Thanks for sharing on A Well-Seasoned Life's Sweet Indulgences Sunday. Thanks a lot from puff & pie.