Today’s the day! HFR is 5 years old today. I’m going to get the typical parent cliche out of the way here first by announcing I can’t believe she’s five, it feels like just yesterday when she was born, where does the time go, etc. These are all true statements that run through my head on a regular basis, and at every birthday she’s ever had.
Other posts on this trip: Disney Post the First, Harry Potter Day at Universal Plus All of the Food, Disney Post the Second.
This is my last post on our week at Disney, but I wanted to put the photos from the Halloween party separately. Because that’s where we got to sport our PJ Masks costumes, and it was also my favorite thing from the entire trip. I just loved being in Magic Kingdom when it was spooky (but not too spooky), and how cool is it to get to trick or treat around Disney World? It was pretty darn amazing, I thought. And so did Hannah, we didn’t get home from the party until just before midnight, she just kept going.
Halloween prep has taken up a huge, wonderful chunk of this month. It’s been a month of deadlines for some great projects, but it’s also been making Hannah’s costume and getting stuff together for this party. It was the most Pinteresty party that ever Pinterested.
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)