Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Cookbook Giveaway: "The Cake Mix Doctor Bakes Gluten-Free"

Can a person have too many cookbooks?  Since I can count at least 300 of them sitting on my office shelves and stashed away in laundry baskets, I think I have plenty to spare.

So I am instituting a weekly cookbook giveaway. I will post a summary of the book and one of the recipes. If you comment on this blog throughout the week, you will be entered in the drawing. If you share this contest on Facebook, leave me a comment on this blog letting me know, and that will give you two entries.  And the comment has to be something pertaining to the blog, NOT an announcement of a sale on Rolex watches or some foreign website or spam.

 You don't have to comment with your full name. But you need to leave a first name, nickname or some type of identity. Keep in mind that your comment won't show up right away because it is sent to me before posting. And yes, if you find some ads on my site that you want to check out, feel free to click away. 

I'll announce the winner in this blog the following Friday.  At that point, you can e-mail me with your full name and mailing address, and I'll put the book in the mail to you.  No, I won't be putting your address into some type of mailing list or using it for any other purposes (Trust me, I'm not that organized!)

Today's featured book is "The Cake Mix Doctor Bakes Gluten-Free," by Anne Byrn (Workman Publishing, $14.95).

This is yet another follow-up to Byrn's popular "Cake Mix Doctor" books, this time for people who are gluten intolerant or sensitive to gluten.  All the recipes start out with a box of gluten-free cake mix that you "doctor" up with a variety of ingredients such as almond extract, berries, cocoa powder, grated coconut, various glazes and so on.

Recipes include Almond Cream Cheese Pound Cake, Magic Brownie Bars, Caramel Melted Ice Cream Cake, Chocolate Chip Layer Cake and Peanut Butter Brownies. Since many people who are gluten-intolerant are also sensitive to dairy, Byrne includes dairy-free versions of the recipes as well.

Having used recipes from some of Byrne's other books, I can say that the directions are wordy, but very precise.

Here's a recipe from the book:

Caramel Melted Ice Cream Cake
This bundt cake uses melted ice cream as the fat and liquid. The better quality of ice cream, the better the cake.
Vegetable oil spray, for misting the pna
1 tablespoon cinnamon sugar o rice flour for dusting the pan
1 pint Dulce de Leche ice cream, melted
1 package yellow gluten-free cake mix
3 large eggs
Caramel glaze
Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 350. Lightly mist a 12-cup Bundt pan with vegetable oil spray. Dust the pan with the cinnamon sugar, or rice flour. Shake out the excess.
Place the ice cream in a glass bowl. Melt the ice cream in a microwave oven set to th defrost setting, 2-3 minutes.
Place the melted ice cream, cake mix and eggs in a large mixing bowl and beat with an electric mixer on low speed until the ingredients are just incorporated, 30 seconds. Stop the machine and scrape down the side of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Increase the mixer speed to medium and beat the batter until smooth, 1 1/2-2 minutes longer, scraping down the side of the bowl again if needed. Pour the batter into the prepared Bundt pan, smoothing the top with the rubber spatula, and place the pan in the oven.
Bake the cake until it is golden brown and the top springs back when lightly pressed with a finger, 38 to 42 minutes. Transfer the Bundt pan to a wire rack and let the cake cool 10 minutes. Run a long, sharp knife around the edge of the cake, shake the pan gently and invert the cake onto a wire rack to cool completely, 30 minutes longer.
Meanwhile make the Caramel Glaze.
Transfer the cake to a serving plate. Pour the glaze over the cake and let the glaze set for 15-20 minutes longer, before slicing and serving the cake.
Caramel Glaze
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons lightly packed light brown sugar
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
 3 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Place the butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar and cream in a medium-size saucepan over medium heat and let come to a boil, stirring. Let the butter mixture boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove the pan from teh heat and stir in the vanilla. Pour the glaze over the cooled cake of your choice.

Yes, this book can be yours - just leave me a comment.


suburban prep said...

I really like the cake Mix Doctor. I have met Anne Byrn and she is such a wonderful and kind person in well person. The treats that she has brought to the book store that I saw her at were so tasty.
This sounds like a great book.
msgb245 at gmail dot com

Valerie Phillips said...

Suburban Prep, Thanks for your comment. You are now entered into the drawing for the book. Valerie Phillips

julieb said...

I have a friend who went gluten free almost a year ago and swears by it. It seems the way to go if you have gut issues, which she did. I know she misses her "treats" though so I think this would be a fabulous book to give her! juliebakker@

Anonymous said...

My daughter, in Orem, that just got married in October is gluten intolerant. Since going gluten free it has helped so many aspects of her physical and mental health. she isn,t the greatest cook and could use help wih recipes. Marian

Teslaca said...

I love Anne Byrn's books. And I'm eating almost no gluten these days, so this book would really come in handy. I'd love to read about how she de-glutens various baked goods. Thanks for the chance to win!