Saturday, December 19, 2009

More Gluten-Free Craziness

I decided to go out on a limb last night and try out some gluten-free, vegan pizza from Mississippi Pizza. I was not disappointed. The crust took a little longer to bake than the instructions read, but part of that could have easily been because we all decided to try baking two at one time.

When I got to the restaurant, first of all, it was packed (note to self: never go to MP on a Friday night! yikes!), then, when I asked for my pizzas, I didn't specify that they were gluten-free, which was a mistake, because MP doesn't bake the gluten-free pizzas before giving them to take-out customers. Sooo, the poor clerk had to elicit the help of another waitress and chase my pies down in the special fridge in the back, where they were on some bottom shelf and wrapped in plastic so as to protect them from all the gluten in the restaurant. I really appreciated the attention to detail, but I also just wanted my pizzas, and I especially felt badly for making everyone behind me in line wait that much longer. But, the end of the story is a good one, and we all enjoyed the slices immensely. The crust is crunchy on the edges, a little soft in the middle, and I just got the normal MP Vegan Pizza toppings (pesto base, mushrooms, garlic cloves, sun-dried tomatoes, etc.), which were delicious as well.

After the pizza, we tried making sugar cookies from the recipe in Isa's newest Cookie Cookbook. They were not so much fun to make. I had made the dough much earlier in the morning, so I gave it enough time to sit and chill (haha), but unfortunately, with the different type of dough (I used Bob's Red Mill gluten-free all-purpose baking mix), the batter turned out pretty gummy. My friends and I just kept adding more and more flour (we probably added at least an additional cup and a half when all was said and done) and rolled it just so, and we were able to produce quite a few cookies. Then, the problem was that they were over-baked and kept falling apart. This, of course, was not really a problem, because we just ate those ones, but we wanted to decorate at least ONE cookie, so I turned up the heat about 10 degrees and started baking them for 12 minutes. Using that flour means they don't turn the golden brown that is the indication they are done, so I had no idea how long to bake them at the beginning. By the last 3 or so batches, though, we had some pretty great cookies.

Here, my friend is modeling her lovely cookie:

Yay for our Christmas cookie adventure!

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