Ask anyone who knows me really well and they'd probably tell you that calling me a skeptic would be quite apropos. I can't help it if I don't believe something right off the bat, just my nature I guess. Which is why I couldn't wait to get my hands on "The How Can It Be Gluten Free Cookbook" when America's Test Kitchen asked me if I would like to do a review. I was dying to find out for myself if their gluten-free recipes, especially the baking ones, were as incredible as they have touted. Several people in my circle are gf and being able to bake for them without having to sacrifice taste and texture would be incredible.
I knew I had to test a baking recipe and it had to be something that I normally would never make from scratch without gluten. I've dabbled a little bit in gluten-free baking before and although most of the results were pretty good they never really did compare to "normal" baking.
A friend recently commented that I don't have enough layer cakes on my blog so I immediately honed in on the Chocolate Layer Cake. Believe me when I tell you that this cake is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! Not only does it bake up beautifully, with a tight and tender crumb, but it tastes just like a rich chocolate cake WITH gluten would! I was completely stunned by how delicious it was. To corroborate my findings I had a few friends blindly taste a slice and they enthusiastically gave it two thumbs up. Then when I told them afterwards that the cake was gluten-free they were completely shocked...and kept on eating. If that's not proof, I don't know what is!
I can't wait to try the other baked (and non-baked!) recipes; think the the pies are especially calling my name. Trust me when I say that this cookbook is the real deal, but I should have already known that when it's coming from the folks at ATK!
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