Tuesday, July 21, 2015

The first batch

We got a package of Better Batter to try out. I made a pizza on Sunday. Yesterday, we went for chocolate chip cookies. Erin wanted to help.

The recipe only called for one stick of butter, and similar amounts of remaining ingredients like in our former go-to cookie. After adding in all the ingredients and mixing, the dough had a slight elastic quality to it. The kids licked the mixers and said it tasted the same.

My mom's wheat-themed mixing bowl


Better Batter in a glass jar. Heart.


Each pan of cookies required a flash freeze and then bake off. When I pulled the first pan out from bake off, it looked underbaked and unattractively doughy. I let it set for ten minutes before removing them from the pan. That's when the magic happened.

They deflated and morphed into a regular-like cookie. And after waiting ten minutes as this happened, they were the perfect just-out-of-the-oven temperature. The chocolate flavor shined through.

Happy dance!

Also known as lunch.

I texted a gf friend we were making cookies.

"Save me one!" she replied.

"They're ready when you are!"

We gifted a bundle to a neighbor. We had some at dessert. (Yeah, ok, I basically ate four for lunch too).

Success.

Relief.

And then, as I put them on a plate, I realized we never had a cookie jar. I've always frozen our cookies. But these have such a delightful soft-baked quality, I wanted to leave them out. For whatever reason, at Zulily that afternoon, I found the cookie canister I missed out on over the weekend. And a cute shirt, which I scooped up immediately at Lanie's encouragement (it's a "Life is good." shirt with a rolling pin on it and the words "flour power." Sometimes things seem meant to be.)

Two weeks ago yesterday, we got the diagnosis ... sat at the table during a power outage with a sorry spaghetti squash ... uneasy sleep because the next day, you know, breakfast ... and I was in a distracted fog as I tried to figure out next steps. Two weeks later, I'm wowed (wow, wow!) by the support of friends and family, have read a summer-full of celiac and gluten-free books, shopped, planned, joined groups, pinned recipes and information, and now am in the experimenting stages as I relearn baking. My kids are eager helpers, and tasters.

Life IS good.

#flourpower

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No affiliate links or paid endorsement. But you can check out the cookies we made at this fabulous blog--a true lifesaver. I bought 3 of her 4 books the day we were diagnosed. And as for summer reading, here you go:

What Nurses Know ... Gluten-free lifestyle by Sylvia Llewelyn Bower
Celiac Disease, A Hidden Epidemic by Peter H. R. Green and Rory Jones*
Jennifer's Way by Jennifer Esposito
Mayo Clinic Going Gluten-free by Joseph Murrary
Eating Gluten-free with Emily by Bonnie Kruszka
Gluten-free Kids by Danna Korn
Nom Nom Paleo by Michelle Tam and Henry Fong
The Paleo Approach Cookbook by Sarah Ballantyne
Gluten-free on a Shoestring by Nicole Hunn*
Gluten-free on a Shoestring Quick and Easy by Nicole Hunn*
Gluten-free Classic Snacks by Nicole Hunn*

*favorites

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