Clean Gluten-Free Baking for Love
I don’t do a lot of clean gluten-free baking. I can’t stand the texture of coconut flour so I rarely use this, and most other gluten-free flours available in the supermarkets are not clean. Manufacturers often use a variety of refined white flours and then dye them to make them look like they are wholemeal.
Added to this is the fact that I find gluten-free baking so crushingly disappointing. I’m not a natural baker and I lack the skill required to make a really good gluten-free bake.
I often bake on a Friday afternoon, I find it relaxing after a long and stressful week. Every Friday evening, MrN walks through the door, smells the delicious scent of fresh biscuits or cakes and looks hopefully at me. And I have to sadly shake my head to tell him that once again I’ve bottled attempting a gluten-free version so he can’t taste the wares.
But this week, I couldn’t bear to see his sad little gluten-free face looking all disappointed. So I gave myself a talking to. I’m a perfectly good cook, I know what tastes good, surely with a little forethought and planning, I could make a decent gluten-free cookie?
Instead of trying to track down a gluten-free, clean eating flour, I decided I would make my own oat flour. So I milled a few handfuls of porridge oats in my cheap, dependable food processor until it was a fine oat flour. Because gluten-free baking is so often dry and disappointing in texture, I mixed the oat flour with plenty of beaten egg, orange zest, cacao and dark chocolate chips. I formed a dough, chilled it, scooped out balls onto a baking tray, then I crossed my fingers and put the cookies in the oven.
They came out of the oven looking pretty decent, and smelling magnificent! But they needed a little extra something. So I melted some dark chocolate (a clean version sweetened with coconut flour) and stirred in some freshly squeezed orange juice to form a smooth, glossy chocolate orange glaze. I dipped each cookie into the glaze and then left them on a wire rack to cool.
When MrN walked in that evening to the unbearable beautiful smell of freshly cooked, chocolate orange cookies, he gave me the sad look and said, ‘I can’t eat them can I’? And do you know it just made my week to be able to tell him that he could and that they were not only gluten-free, but dairy-free too (MrN is also mildly dairy intolerant)!
We all ate them, kids too, and let me tell you they are REALLY BLOODY GREAT!!!!! Soft and cakey on the inside, crispy on the outside with a thick coating of chocolate orange.
So please make these Clean Eating Chocolate Orange Cookies too, because whoever you give these bad boys to is going to love you forever!!