I have known Thomas of the GFCF Experience for some years now, and he has become not just a fellow blogger, but a friend. Male bloggers in the Gluten-free blogging community are few and far between, although not unheard of. Brian of Fire and Salt is another talented example, and he has been the subject of many adoptions in the past. Thomas is something special, because he is not only a great blogger but also a dedicated father of four. Their family started following a gluten-free, casein-free diet to help their oldest daughter Helena, who was diagnosed at the age of 3 with autism. His blog shares recipes and fun and useful information that is very accessible for families following a gluten-free diet. And, Thomas is also a very active member of the gluten-free blogging community, and one of my most loyal participants in the Adopt-a-gluten-free-Blogger Event. So, when I stumbled across his gluten-free recipe for Pierogies and couldn’t stop drooling, I decided to adopt him on the spot. Of course, I planned to substitute a vegetarian filling for the turkey; but homemade pierogies sounded so good! That was in September. Yes, September, the same month our house closed, we moved from our apartment, and I lost a functional kitchen. Literally. Not only did I have all of my kitchen goodies packed in boxes, but the kitchen at our new house blew a fuse and we had to call an electrician. Oops. Well, not to worry. I apologized to dear Thomas and the other participants in the event, and vowed to fulfill my adoption the next month. And then- I came down with the flu. It was a particularly nasty one, too, with a wretched fever and chest wracking cough. I lay in bed for about a week, expecting to get better, but I just never did. I went in to the doctor, and they said I had bronchitis. Oops. Then I got a fever of over 103 one night, and went back to the doctor. They said I had pneumonia and had to go to the hospital. Well, shucks! How was I supposed to do my adoption now? Luckily I was only in the hospital overnight and then got to go home. And then my darling DH came to my rescue, and offered to bake a recipe from Thomas’ blog for me. I thought pierogies were a bit time intensive for a husband who had worked all day and cooked dinner, too. And, the new House of Yum has a beautiful and very productive apple tree yielding gorgeous green apples. So, I thought, why not try Thomas’ recipe for apple cake! We did make one mistake, though. The recipe called for a tube pan, and the only one we had was the kind that the bottom separates from the sides for ease of removal etc. Um. Don’t use that kind. Good thing we baked it in a baking sheet with sides, because half of the batter leaked out. The “volunteer” cake tasted pretty good but I think the cake remaining in the pan would have been fluffier and less dense with all its batter. Also, it just called for a gluten-free blend, and they vary so much I wasn’t sure mine was the best. I used sorghum, tapioca, corn starch and arrowroot starch and it made for a very thin batter. All these questions aside, though, the apple cake still managed to turn out delicious, and had Baby Yum wrinkling her nose and sniffing like a little puppy as we ate it. (No egg whites for my darling yet so it wasn’t on her menu.)
We would definitely make this recipe again, although we might experiment with a different gluten-free flour blend. And, we would use a less leak-happy pan to bake it in.
Thomas has many great recipes at his blog that I’d love to try:
If you haven’t visited his blog, I hope you will be inspired by this post to check him out. He has lots of yummy, gluten-free, Casein-free recipes to peruse, and is such a nice guy I know you’ll enjoy getting to know him.
*Whew* I finally fulfilled my adoption! Sorry it took so long, Thomas. On the up side, I am on the road to recovery and next month I might even be up for doing my own baking. Yay!