My friend, Cara Reed, at Fork & Beans is well known to my regular readers as the genius who converts my Christmas cookies every year for those who can't have gluten. I am so happy to announce that her first cookbook Decadent Gluten-Free Vegan Baking is out and rocking! Besides all her fantastic recipes, this book contains lots of tips for egg substitutions, two gluten-free flour recipes, lots of sauce and toppings, too! Oh. And gluten-free and vegan Girl Scout Cookie replicas. You heard me. Lucky, lucky you! She has allowed me to share one of the recipes from her book and give one of you a free copy! Since we're getting into soup season around here, I thought I'd share a cornbread perfect for pairing with soup, chili, or just a tall glass of (dairy free) milk. Gluten-free Thanksgiving stuffing, anyone? Cara also suggests adding jalapeños, canned chilies, or vegan cheese to mix it up a bit.
Makes 8 slices
1 c/165 g Cara’sAll-Purpose Blend (page 166)
1¼ c/153 g stone-ground yellow cornmeal
½ c/100 g granulated sugar
3 tsp/11 g baking powder
3 tsp/9.5 g Ener-G Egg Replacer plus 6 Tbsp/90 ml water, whisk until frothy (I used Cara's chia seed substitution on p. 172)
1 c/120 ml nondairy milk
4 Tbsp/56 g vegan butter (I used Earth Balance Coconut Spread that I melted in the microwave.)
Preheat oven to 400°F/ 200°C and grease an 8–inch/20-cm round pan.
Combine the dry ingredients in a medium bowl. Make a well in the center and pour the wet ingredients into the well. Mix until just combined. Pour batter into the greased pan and bake for 20 to 25 minutes until the top is lightly browned.
Drown in nondairy butter.
My whole family liked this! Even my youngest who doesn't like cornbread. It's sweeter than what we normally make, being Southern and all, but the flavor and texture are nice and my husband said, "It doesn't taste gluten-free at all!" My eldest said, "It's sweeter and butterier than normal." Considering there's no butter in it, I'd say that was a pretty good endorsement!
Who wants to win this?! I know it's you. Whether you're making the switch to gluten-free, cooking for gluten-free friends or relatives, or maybe you want to give this as a Christmas gift. Now's your chance to win! Just leave me a comment below or on facebook and you will be entered. Last day for entries is November 20th by 5pm PST and the winner will be announced November 21.