Friday, December 17, 2010
Holiday Baking: Cranberry Bread. Vegan and Gluten-free
It's that time of year again. I feel like I use that statement more often than I would choose to admit, since there are a lot of "that time"(s) during the year. However, the aforementioned "that time" this time (confused yet?) is referring to the holiday season. Specifically, the winter holiday season. The one where people celebrate many different customs, including eight days of gifts, a baby's birth, and a fat man dressed in red (sidenote: why don't we get concerned about his health and his weight? shouldn't St. Nick be fed vegan cookies with a glass of almond milk from now on?).
I digress, however, because the main point of this post is to say that during "this time of year", when it's cold and there are only about two minutes of sunlight outside, people resort to baking (i.e., using the heated oven as an alternative to turning on the really expensive gas or electric heat throughout the rest of the house).
I had an excuse to bake the other day, when I had to make something for my staff meeting - slash - holiday party. Now, I've actually worked at this job for almost 5 years and I've [proudly] never attended a holiday party. However, my friend/coworker and co-car-pooler J said she wanted to go, so I didn't really have a choice. I decided to make the best of it and at least have fun baking in the meantime. Thus, a mad scramble to decide what to make began.
I had leftover cranberries from Thanksgiving in my fridge, just waiting to be used, so I tried to create an entire dish using them as the main flavor and ingredient. After a bit of scrounging around on the internets, I found this recipe from Gluten-Free Goddess. It fit the bill! I made a few changes here and there, depending mostly on my available ingredients (for example, I used a combination of yogurt and applesauce, garbanzo flour instead of sorghum, and a flax meal "gel" instead of eggs), but the overall result looked similar and tasted amazing. I should know; I had three slices, and even my omnivorous, gluten-guzzling coworkers enjoyed it, too!