Weekend Kitchen Tip – Flour and Pie Crusts

Our tips today are brought to you by two wonderful bloggers I met at BlogHer Food Conference back in September.  I thought their tips would be great the weekend you might be baking for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Alanna Kellogg writes two blogs, Kitchen Parade and A Veggie Venture.

Nicole Weston writes Baking Bites blog and has a new cookbook out with the same title. Baking Bites It’s available on her blog.

Neither of these ladies blog gluten free but the longer you eat gluten free, the easier it will be for you to take a gluten containing recipe and change it around.  For those of you that don’t eat dairy, like me, well I think I’m going to still give this tip a try with the Earth Balance Buttery Spread.  I bet it will work out just great.  And I asked Alanna if her tip applied to gluten free flours and she said yes, all flours.

I hope you will visit their blogs and learn about some new things to eat.  Tell them I said hi!  If  you give their tip a try I’d love to hear from you.

Good luck with all of your baking and cooking over these next few days.

15 Responses to Weekend Kitchen Tip – Flour and Pie Crusts

  1. Barb November 21, 2009 at 11:32 am #

    I tried the Earth Balance Buttery Spread in a cookie recipe and the cookies tasted burned and haven't tried it since. What did I do wrong? Maybe my assumption that the Earth Balance didn't work was incorrect. Anyone have any experience?

    • Diane November 23, 2009 at 1:25 pm #

      Barb- I'm far from a baking expert so I couldn't even begin to figure out what went wrong. The only thing I can think of is sometimes the butter substitutes have more liquid in them than real butter. All we can do is give them a try. You can check out gluten free easily, Karina's Kitchen and The Whole Life Nutrition Kitchen for more gluten free baking tips. Those guys are great and they could probably help you more in the baking department. I'm still getting used to measuring. 🙂

  2. Jenn November 21, 2009 at 11:51 am #

    Great timing for some awesome tips on pie crusts!!!! LOVE Nicole's blog! I just made a pie crust this week for a GF pot pie 🙂

    • Diane November 23, 2009 at 1:23 pm #

      Jenn- I agree, they shared great tips. Glad to hear you're putting them to such good use.

  3. gfe--gluten free eas November 22, 2009 at 1:47 pm #

    I always love these tip videos, Diane! I had actually heard the flour tip years ago and it does make an amazing difference. 🙂


    • Diane November 23, 2009 at 1:22 pm #

      Shirley- I'm so lucky that people shared such great information. Can you believe I still have a few more to go! When I get baking this week, I'll be sure to fluff!

  4. Stephanie - Wasabimo November 22, 2009 at 11:18 pm #

    VERY useful! Thanks a lot – just posted this to Facebook.

    • Diane November 23, 2009 at 1:21 pm #

      Stephanie- Thank you!!!!!

  5. easy recipes November 23, 2009 at 2:37 am #

    Thanks for the tips, I didn't know that.

  6. Barb November 23, 2009 at 2:08 pm #

    Thank you Diane for your kind comments! This whole baking thing is not really my forte either! Kind of something I'm trying to enjoy as I was somewhat forced into it! I must admit when something goes wrong with my latest experiment my husband is the first to hit the floor laughing. As he so kindly says "I don't think you passed Home Ec….why are you baking?".

    • Diane November 24, 2009 at 5:18 am #

      Barb- The things we attempt for our kids and our sanity. Let me know how the baking goes. I know what you mean by forced into it. If you want food free of the ingredients and preservatives you often have to make it yourself. I'm really enjoying Elana's Pantry and her new cookbook Gluten Free Almond Flour Cookbook. Short list of ingredients and easy to make. My type of baking. Also, Amy at Simply Sugar and Gluten Free just created a great down-loadable cookbook that many folks added recipes to. It's for kids and the proceeds go to St. Jude's Hospital. Can't wait to hear back from you on your Thanksgiving baking. I hope you have fun too!


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