Jack is Cooking Pastry # 5

Well Hello Internet!

During this class we made a Queen of Sheeba Cake.  its a “flourless” cake but not totally gluten free.  although it could be modified pretty easy to make it so, because it only had about 30 grams of flour in it.  that could easily be replaced with GF flour.  the cake part basically has almond flour and lots of meringue.  the decoration as lots of fun!  I actually haven’t eaten it yet because its so pretty looking im scared to cut into it!

Oh yeah, we also made a butt-load of croissants.  we made the dough the other day and made them during this class.  we made 4 types – plain, almond, chocolate (pain au chocolat), and chocolate almond (pain au chocolat avec amande)  that one i made up!  but it probably exists somewhere!!!
here they all are!
mmmm mmmmm delicious!

Jack is Cooking Christmas Dinner

Well Hello Internet!

So the last 10 posts have all been about Christmas Dinner, and i made so many things, that they’ve been pushed off the main page here.  so i decided to make one conglomerate posting with everything i made!

Heres what Rosie and I made (if you click on the links you will be taken to the individual post):

Gluten Free Croissants
Gluten Free Chipolata Sausages
Gluten Free Pancetta Chestnut Stuffing
Ginger-Garlic Brussel Sprouts with Leeks
Mashed Carrots and Swedes
Roast Potatoes
Roast Turkey
Glazed Ham
Turkey Gravy
Gluten Free Mini Key Lime Meringue Pies
the Leftover Sandwich

Enjoy, and Happy Christmas to Everybody!


Jack is Cooking (Baking) Gluten Free Croissants – That taste like REAL Croissants

Well Hello Internet!

Normally on Christmas morning we all wake up early and open our stockings (YES Santa still comes and visits our house even though we are all grown up! 🙂  ) and then eat some kind of delicious pastry before moving on to the more serious presents that have piled up under our enormous Christmas Tree.

However, in the last few years we have been at a loss as what kind of pastry to eat because both my mom and my sister can no longer eat gluten.

so i took it upon myself to figure out how to make Gluten Free Croissants.

i’ve never even made regular croissants before, but how hard could it be i figured…

haha!  apparently croissants are complicated!  but i did it anyway.
and i did it gluten free.

and guess what!  they were perfect.  they were more than perfect.  they are so perfect that im not even going to put the recipe here, because i feel like i’ve discovered some kind of Gold!

Gluten Free Croissants people!  all the gluten free people out there are gonna be breaking down my door to eat these things.

and since it was the first time, i know that i can make them even better, and even more perfect than they were before!

here are some pictures of the process – minus the ingredients…

Here i am preparing the dough:  it takes lots of pounding and punching!

Then there is a rising period…  followed by more punching, and then more rising.
Then the dough is rolled out, and butter is added.  LOTS of butter!!!  mmmm mmmm can’t have croissants without butter!
The butter is encased in the dough, and then all the folding and rolling begins
Roll and fold and chill and roll and fold and chill and roll and fold and chill
(this whole process takes about 11-12 hours at minimum btw)
finally they are ready for cutting and rolling!
 yum yum
then these little rolled croissants are frozen before baking

and tah-dah!  croissants!
that one in the middle got a sausage in it!  how did that happen?  mmmmm  check out the sausage post too.  we made those from scratch also!
mmmm mmmm delicious.
p.s. one day in the near future perhaps a bakery will open that i will bake in where people can buy gluten free croissants….