Soft, sugared brioche; café-perfect red velvet cake; glazed, flaked Danish pastries; buttery croissants; crusty bread, warm from the oven and spread with jam: these are all foods that I love, and foods that I mourned as gone for good when I was diagnosed with coeliac disease.
Three years ago, when I was waiting to get the results that would tell me whether or not I was definitely coeliac, I despondently made myself a ‘gluten bucket list’ of things I thought I’d never enjoy again. The cake in the top left corner is a shot taken from my Instagram; a red velvet slice from the Fallen Angel bakery in Harborne, reverently and mournfully enjoyed as being one of my last tastes of gluten. I thought that delicious cake would be off the table for good.
However, the images that follow it prove just how wrong I was; these are a selection of some of the fun bakes I’ve made and loved since being diagnosed. A cappuccino cupcake with white chocolate ganache; raspberry and dark chocolate cake pops; Halloween brownie squares; the festive gingerbread truffles that won me the staff Christmas bake-off at work last year.
Brioche for Belsy is my blog to share a little bit about what I’ve learned in those three years: it’s also about my continued experiments in gluten-free baking and cooking. Not just sweet treats (although there’ll be a fair amount of those!), but other coeliac-friendly delicacies; and not just what worked, but what didn’t work.
Gluten-free baking is often like solving a puzzle; I just love that triumphant feeling when a recipe clicks into place, or, when your gluten-eating friend or family member tell you that they’d ‘never have known’ it was gluten free – which, patronising overtones aside, never fails to raise a little glow inside for me. I’ll be offering up my gluten-free baking successes and failures; reviews of gluten-free products; dining out guides for those of us in the UK; and my experiences travelling as a coeliac, too!
I’ve not yet found my perfect brioche recipe, but I will; keep reading for gluten-free cooking and baking without compromise!