Again, I'm working in my Moleskine. I'm loving the freedom to create with abandon and I get that with the Moleskine, unlike separate pieces of paper. So this last weekend I've had my nose stuck in cookbooks, internet sites and my SousChef recipe holder on the computer, perusing recipes and trying to decide what we should make for Christmas. The list always starts out lengthy then gets winnowed down to something only big enough to feed a small Russian army. ;o)
This year though, is different. All our old, tried and true recipes have to be tweaked and made gluten free. I'll admit, it's both a pain and a thrill. It means figuring out which GF flour etc. will work or finding that substitute GF ingredient, but the upside is we get to try recipe after recipe. And everyone knows that the only thing more fun that eating Christmas baking is actually baking it!! So far, our only real dilemma is Sugar Cookies.
We have these very old type cookie cutters that I found for mom as a Christmas gift last year. They're the same kind of cutters that my grandmother used and they're both a cutter and a mold at the same time, pushing a santa face (for instance) into your sugar cookie. Mom was thrilled and we can't wait to use them for the first time. BUT we have to find a GF sugar cookie recipe that tastes good and actually holds it's shape while baking!
I think this one (sugar cookies) is going to be our most difficult recipe to get right. We've already figured out the Nanaimo Bars, lemon squares and quiche recipes and some of our recipes actually are gluten free at the outset. We only have to make sure we get the GF substitutions like GF rice crispies and GF graham crumbs to make many of the recipes.
I have to admit, I'm looking forward to getting started. As the recipe list of appies and goodies gets tweaked and all the Christmas tree decorations come up from storage this week, it's going to be a thrill to see the tree all glowing. All I can say is, "Hurry up December first!!". I want to get on with it! :o)
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