Memorial Day Weekend. We didn’t get to the beach, but we did cook out on Monday. We had some family over for sausage and peppers, corn on the cob, tomato salad. And I still had some sweet cherries in the freezer from last summer, so I made the first official pie of the summer season. Delicious.
I should preface this post by stating that this is the first gluten-free recipe I’ve ever made (at least knowingly). I have nothing to compare these to, so I’m not sure if the issues I had with texture are common? Flavor-wise I think these were okay. I made a batch of them for Hannah’s birthday party; I just wanted to have something on hand for any kids (or parents) who don’t eat gluten. Who wants to go to a party and not be able to eat any desserts?
So, I have to credit my book Whoopies! here. This is where I found the recipe, and this is really what gave me the idea to include something GF in the party goodies. And they did get eaten (some, but not all of them). My main issue was the texture; it was like the surface of the moon. But they were soft inside, just not wonderfully smooth chocolate orbs of awesome on the outside. They looked…homemade. Gluten-free folks, is this typical? Are there tricks for the texture?
Anyway, here’s the recipe.
Gluten-Free Chocolate Whoopie Pies (from Whoopies!)
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened (plus extra to grease the pan)
1 cup dark brown sugar
1 extra large egg (I just used my usual large eggs)
2 cups gluten-free all-purpose flour (I used Arrowhead Mills GF All-Purpose Baking Mix)
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1-1/2 tsp gluten-free baking powder (I thought all baking powder was GF…? What I used was definitely labeled as such)
1/2 tsp baking soda
Pinch of salt
1 cup buttermilk
Marshmallow filling (exactly the same for GF or non-GF recipe)
I finally picked an invitation design for Hannah’s first birthday last weekend, and I’m really happy with it. After narrowing down the choices, I went with this design from Eclectic Note Cards. It was amazingly affordable ($8!), Adam liked it, and it came with an entire suite of very cute options for thank you notes, labels, and signs. I also found this Cricut cartridge at a great price the other day, so I can add to the decor with some more die cut goodies.
We had a holiday party this year! We skipped last year because it was just too much with the baby on the way, but last Sunday we had a bunch of great people over for an early evening celebration. I forgot how much I missed this party. I took zero photos once the party started, which I’m horrible about every year. There’s always so much to do, so many people to talk to. Plus Hannah was up entertaining people, so at one point we had to go get her to bed.