Right off the bat, you’ll notice that there are no main dishes on this, my 2014 Gluten Free Easter Menu. That’s because, well, this is really a baking blog. Every once in a while, someone gets *really* mad at me about that. Emotions can run really high on the Internet (why, I honestly have no idea)! But you and I both know that if I started posting a bunch of naturally gluten free cooking recipes, we’d all get pretty bored. Not to mention that some of you would get kind of mad at me for that. And anyway, there are tons of other resources for that (have you seen this brown sugar baked ham recipe from my friend Mel? It looks amazing). I want to give you back what you’re missing on a gluten free diet. When is nostalgic food more important than on a holiday like Easter? I’m gonna prove to you that, if they can make it with gluten, we can make it without. The sights, the smells, the tastes of holidays past? They’re still yours for the taking. So let’s get started, friends:
[If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you know the drill with the clickable collage, but just in case—hover over each photo for the recipe title, then click the picture to open a new window with that post and the entire recipe]
Here’s the 10¢ tour of these 8 Gluten Free Easter Recipes, with a little bit about what I love about each and why I think they should grace your Easter table (plus another set of links):
Gluten Free Texas Roadhouse-Style Rolls: I’m embarrassed to say that, when I first posted this recipe for what I can only describe as the best dinner rolls I have ever made (or, frankly, eaten), I didn’t really think about Easter. But I have you. And right away you told me. This belongs on every gluten free Easter table.
Gluten Free Hot Cross Buns: If Easter brings to mind one food, it’s these. My favorite hot cross buns recipe is on page 147 of GFOAS Bakes Bread. Or you can use the old recipe from the blog. It still works! Whatever you do, don’t forget the cardamom. It’s just … what makes the hot cross buns. Well, that, and the fact that there’s a cross on top. :/
Gluten Free Angel Biscuits: Can you hear the angels singing? I have posted more than just one biscuit recipe here on the blog, but I have honestly never seen you all get as excited about any others like you did about these. Is it because of the magic combination of baking powder, baking soda and yeast?! It’s darn near a religious experience, I tell ya.
Gluten Free Soft Frosted Cut-Out Sugar Cookies (in Easter shapes!): This recipe is an oldie but a goodie. This is basically my Gluten Free Lofthouse-Style Sugar Cookie recipe, but I gave the post a facelift with some new photos, including Easter cutout shapes. I get asked a lot if this dough can be cut out in all manner of shapes for all manner of occasions, so I figured I’d “show” rather than just “tell.”
Gluten Free Carrot Cake Cupcakes: I really did mean to test out this recipe for the very best carrot cake cupcakes you’ll ever have (so moist! so tender!) as an 8-inch or 9-inch round cake! I just haven’t done it yet. No excuses. Maybe you have? Tell us about it in the comments! For what it’s worth, even though muffins don’t always work as quick bread loaves (that loaf shape can be tricky in the baking department), cupcake recipes almost always work great as cakes (just increase the baking time, and watch it carefully), and vice versa.
Gluten Free Easter Chick Cupcakes: Have you ever made modeling chocolate? Maybe you didn’t know just how easy it is. Well, it’s really really (really) easy. And I think you should try it. It’s so easy to work with, you’ll be amazed. It holds together way easier than fondant does in these sort of shapes, and, well, it tastes, like, 100 times better.
Gluten Free Cinnamon Roll Sugar Cookies: These fancy, easy little sugar cookies, all dressed up like cinnamon rolls, are so much fun. It doesn’t hurt that they’re super impressive, but not a lot of work. Lots of bang, very little buck.
Gluten Free Lemon Pudding Cakes: Yesterday’s recipe for these light and airy, tangy little cakes-that-kind-of-taste-like-pudding just says spring. And spring says Easter. Follow me?
P.S. If you don’t have your copy of Gluten Free on a Shoestring Bakes Bread yet, won’t you grab one today? If you’re looking for the perfect recipe for Gluten Free Cinnamon Rolls for Easter morning, turn to page 166. :)