Vegan MOFO Day 6: I thought that it would be so much fun to share some things that I’m really loving lately. I’m always on the search for what’s new, whether it be kitchen gadgets, appliances or food. Here’s a few of my favorites this week (oh, and I am not getting anything monetarily out of this list):
1. My Lodge biscuit pan: Really anything from Lodge is amazing, but this biscuit pan is uber-great. Look at the cranberry corn muffins I made in it. This pan also works really well for biscuits, muffins or small cakes, scones and English muffins. Who knew?
2. Barney Butter: My brother Jon (who is allergic to peanuts), just turned me on to this stuff. OMG (there I go again), this stuff is the bomb. Super creamy no stir almond butter, that is made in a peanut-free facility. This stuff is amazing on GF toast.
3. Earth Balance Coconut Peanut Butter: Sorry that you can’t eat this Jon, but this stuff is good! Move over Nutella, there’s a new boss in town. My friend Kittee (or maybe it was Kim) described this as the filling of a peanut butter cup candy. Yum!
4. 8 1/2-inch loaf pan from USA Pans: This pan is really the ultimate in loaf pans, it’s made out of steel (for even heat distribution), and is coated with a safe-silicone non-stick coating. No Teflon here, this pan is the BEST for making gluten-free bread and cakes. Oh, and it’s made in the U. S. A. Win! Did I mention that I’ve been professionally baking for 23 years? I know great pans: ) Oh, and I bought mine at Bed, Bath & Beyond (with my 20% coupon…of course).
5. Sorghum and teff flour: I am in love with these two whole grain flours. I get them locally at Bob’s Red Mill, but they are becoming a lot more common. They infuse the perfect amount of whole grain goodness into GF baking.
6. Casserole dishes: I can’t say that I currently have a favorite one, and maybe it’s because I am writing a casserole book, but I’m suddenly obsessed with cool casserole dishes.
7. Bundt pan: Another current obsession of mine. A great pan can make all of the difference, because you need good heat distribution for your cake to bake well. This is especially important for gluten-free baking too, since you don’t want any uncooked centers over over-browned tops. My favorite brand is Nordic Ware. Oh, and Costco has them right now for $19.00, compared to the retail price of $41.00 Did I mention that I LOVE a good deal?
I’ll probably have some more to add soon. But this is my list for the week. I hope that everyone has a great weekend!
Another cornbread muffin shot