I hope you’ll find something to get excited about in this Recipe Round Up of my Holiday Baking. I love trying a few new recipes every year and hope to find a keeper for my recipe collection. Christmas baking can be nostalgic so there are always old recipes to remake gluten free.
Words Of Wisdom
Before we jump into the recipes I have a few words of wisdom. We all need strategies to deal with the overwhelming amount of information coming at us. A gluten free lifestyle demands lifelong learning and when you’re new on that journey it adds a lot of overwhelm. Even for those comfortable with the day-to-day lifestyle the thought of baking might push you outside your comfort zone. When I’m frustrated with my gluten free baking I try and remember this wisdom.
“Everything is hard before it’s easy.”
Of course everything is hard before it’s easy, we humans just like to forget that. Get yourself in the holiday spirit and just try one new recipe. Sure, just one. I guarantee that if you pay attention and try, any single recipe you make will become easier every time you make it.
Then you’ll be saying “gluten free shortbread, simple!”
Holiday Baking – The Classics
This classic recipe for gingerbread cookies let’s you express your creativity in the kitchen. It’s a big recipe so make it a party. Put on some music, pour some wine (or punch), enjoy the aroma and be sure to taste test along the way.
No Bake Holiday Treats
No Bake recipes have a lot of appeal for their ease and high probability of success. They are perfect for young children or people who don’t like to bake. I think you need a few of these recipes on your list for last minute gifts or treats to round out your holiday tray. Two of my favourites are Easy Toffee Squares and White Chocolate Candy Cane Popcorn.
Everyday to Gourmet
Even an everyday Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe can be dressed up for the holidays. In this recipe for Cappuccino Cookies I added coffee to the basic dough, made them in a baking pan and cut them into diamond shapes. I can’t wait to be standing in my kitchen, probably very late one night, cutting them up and tasting the tiny edge pieces that aren’t nice enough to serve.
I have been known to put those pieces in a brown paper bag labelled “Factory Seconds” and share them with a few special people, but most of them are for me.
Up For The Challenge
Up for the challenge implies a certain level of difficulty but really it just takes practise. This Holiday Pavlova is a classic meringue dessert that is naturally gluten free and once mastered can be made in different variations all year long. The Nanaimo Balls are a take on Nanaimo Bars that was a Twitter challenge I accepted one year (what was I thinking?). It was a tedious process and if I ever did it again it would certainly include a friend and a bottle of wine.
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Get The Tools For Holiday Baking
In each recipe description on the website I share tips and tricks related to that recipe plus a comment about the kitchen tools. You don’t need a lot of kitchen tools to bake but having just the right ones can turn a “chore” into a pleasure. In the spirit of giving (and receiving) here are a few of my favourite tools for baking.
- A small funnel to refill little spice bottles is very useful. You can laugh at my Dymo label maker but I know how much xanthan gum to add to a cup of flour because it’s on the label of my bottle and I put it there.
- Every kitchen needs portion scoops to make uniform sized cookies.
- Gluten free bakers need a variety of wire whisks and strainers.
- We’re two decades into the 21st century so if you know anyone who still puts a slice of bread in their brown sugar to keep it soft please give them a brown sugar disk. This is about awareness of cross contamination and it’s time. Buy them with cute designs in sets of 6 or sets of 4.
- My top book pick for learning to bake gluten free comes from America’s Test Kitchen. Both the original volume, The How Can It Be Gluten Free Cookbook and Volume 2 The How Can It Be Gluten Free Cookbook are filled with a lifetime of advice to get you baking with confidence.
I’d love to hear in the comments below what your biggest challenge is with holiday baking.
More Recipes – Help For Cookies
Cookie Flour Blend – I’ve done a lot of experimenting with cookies and have several recipes using a different blend. In the description of the recipe post I share more specifics about remaking old favourites gluten free.