Saturday, June 16, 2018

Going gluten free--epic cooking fail by Grace Augustine #OurAuthorGang



photo: Williams Sonoma

There are days I wonder why I even try to cook any other way than what is familiar. With all of the new health items and BMI rules and things we never heard of thirty years ago (and I will point out we were less obese then).


photo: Sunset Magazine

One of my downfalls is sweets...especially sweets with chocolate! I have many of the "one-cup" microwave dessert recipes...from apple cake to blueberry muffins. I found a recipe for a microwave brownie--no milk or egg. I thought I was in heaven!


Photo: YouTube

However...instead of using regular flour, I decided to make a gluten free version with coconut flour. I followed the recipe, measuring out the ingredients and popped the mug in the microwave. I could smell the delectable chocolate and taste its goodness!

After pulling it from the microwave, I allowed it to cool for 2 minutes, as instructed. Piercing it with a fork, I scooped a bite...sigh...only to find a grainy, unappetizing mess!  I didn't know that the ratio of coconut flour was different when cooking. You have to alter the recipes quite a lot. It was more work than I wanted to tackle.



I tossed it in the trash and made a regular brownie, smiled, and ate it all--gluten be damned!


photo: YouTube

RECIPE FOR MICROWAVE MUG BROWNIE
1/4 c. flour
1/4 c. granulated sugar
1 Tbsp softened butter
1 heaping Tbsp cocoa powder
dash of salt
1/4 c. hot water

Mix together, but don't over mix it.
Microwave on high for 2 minutes.
Remove and enjoy this guilty pleasure