Introducing Gluten Free Classic Snacks!
Everyone, this is Classic Snacks. Classic Snacks, this is everyone! I’ve been waiting what feels like forever to introduce you to one another! Gluten Free Classic Snacks, my next cookbook, is coming in just a few short months (March 2015, if you preorder**!). Since I just got the proofs for the book (my last chance to make any edits before the book goes deep into the bowels of production at my publisher!), I’m able to show you the actual Table of Contents (well, without page numbers since that hasn’t happened yet!). My editor thought that was a great idea, and I took the liberty of including some of the actual photos from the pages of the book itself (photos taken by the incredibly talented Jennifer May (whose name will be on the final cover and that’s a promise!), styled by the magical Erin McDowell) . Fingers crossed that no one is mad at me for that little executive decision! In the coming weeks and months, I’ll be announcing plenty of exciting giveaways designed to get you as excited about pre-ordering** this book as I am excited to share it all with you!
**ETA: The book is available everywhere now!
We start off with alllllll kinds of important basic information, as you can see for yourself in the first Table of Contents page above. Ingredients, substitutions (because I know you want to know about substitutions, you tinkerer, you!), equipment (hint: precious little is necessary this time around!), tips and tricks, and (of course) Shoestring Savings info. Then we jump right into the first recipe chapter: cookies!!
Each recipe chapter has an amazing chapter opener, like the one you see above and below. Which cookies can you spot above? It’s like Where’s Waldo, but much more important!
Were you missing all the name brand crackers you used to love? Well, miss them no more. We’ve got you covered.
Snack cakes are in full representation in this book. FULL.
Just look at these Weight Watchers-Style Gluten Free Chocolate Brownies. Oh, didn’t I mention that there would be some Weight Watchers copycat recipes? *my bad* And in answer to your question: YES! Each Weight Watchers copycat recipe has only as many PointsPlus as there are in the original. Of course. Otherwise, what good is that recipe, amIright?! It doesn’t hurt that these brownies taste as good as, if not better than, any other rich, chocolate brownie I’ve ever had. Score!
Weren’t you just daydreaming about Little Debbie Star Crunch? I thought so. And these are not just glorified Rice Krispies treats, by the way. Just like the original, there is an actual thin cookie inside, covered in caramel-chocolate-crispies. Amen.
Breakfast and fruity treats also abound!
Every type of Pop Tart you can imagine is in here—and they’re light and flaky and sweet and they are nothing short of amazing when you pop them in the toaster-oven. Just like the original.
We wrap up with a chapter on every type of gluteny candy imaginable—all safely gluten free. But before we get to those candies….
We have VitaTops. Lots of VitaTops. How delicious are these? Don’t have the proper pan to make larger, flatter muffin-top-style cakes? Just make them as regular muffins (instructions for how to bake are of course in the book). (don’t tell but that’s what I usually do—and I freeze them in batches and defrost on the counter overnight and feel great giving them to my kids for breakfast.
I leave you with these amazingly crispy, crunchy Kit-Kat-style wafers in milk chocolate. Please excuse my melodrama when I tell you that this is the recipe that I’ve been working on (off and on of course!) for 10 years. If you google “homemade Kit Kats,” every gluten-containing recipe you’ll find will make use of something called “tort wafers.” They come in sheets and everyone just buys them, layers them with chocolate and voila. But we are gluten free! We can’t buy tort wafers. And coming up with just the right ingredients and just the right method to make gluten free tort wafers that stay crispy in milk chocolate—and aren’t hard to make? Well, let’s just say it was a proud moment. *sniff*