Last night my friends hosted an early Thanksgiving. They normally go to Austria for Thanksgiving holiday and celebrate it the week before. My friend’s husband was diagnosed with a gluten allergy last year and is still being tested for Celiac disease. They have transitioned to gluten free living pretty easily, but he has been missing bread. We also wanted to make sure we could have all the traditional dishes for Thanksgiving, that were safe for him. My friend is a wonderful cook, but does not think of herself as a baker, so I wanted to test out the recipes before we did it together.
So a couple of weeks ago I started practicing for Gluten Free Thanksgiving. I made a loaf of bread using the local Turkish gluten free flour mix. Thankfully the flour mix also includes xanthan gum. The bread turned out really well, it was a little eggier than regular bread, but tasted great. It was also fairly easy to make, I found this recipe to be one of the simplest and was very pleased with it.
My friend and I got together on Wednesday to bake bread for stuffing. As it had the time before, the bread came out nicely. While we were baking she asked me to bake the pies for Thanksgiving as well. I took on the challenge of the GF pies. However, I have to say, it turned out to be much more difficult than the bread.
I have been making pie crust from scratch for years, but really had trouble with this. Perhaps it was the flour. Many of the gluten free websites specify a mix of certain types of flours, but I only had one option available in the store. Whatever it was, it was not working. I could not roll it out. Different recipes said rather than to roll out the dough, to extrude it, by rolling it between wax paper. that worked well enough but then I couldn’t get the dough off the wax paper. It was SOO sticky. I finally pressed the flour into the pie pan itself, for the pumpkin pie. I had been planning on making an apple pie as well, but since I could not roll out the dough, I decided on making an apple tart. I “extruded” the dough using baking paper and managed to scrape it off one of the papers using a sharp knife. Woot Woot! Step 1 completed!
Then, using the gluten free base, I followed the recipe from Smitten Kitchen for Apple Mosaic Tart with Salted Caramel. It came out really well. I loved the salted caramel with the apples. I think I will try it with the puff pastry base suggested in the recipe next time.
We brought both with us last night, and had a delicious and traditional gluten free Thanksgiving. As always, my friends cooked a beautiful meal, and the company was great! We had such a lovely time. This year I am not hosting Thanksgiving, much to Bülent’s relief, but I am very lucky to have such wonderful friends. I was invited to 3 Thanksgivings this year, unfortunately 2 of them are are at the same time. We so enjoyed Gluten Free Thanksgiving last night, and are looking forward to celebrating with a different group of friends next week.