December 2011, pg. 70
I rarely make gluten free sweets, but more and more people are staying away from gluten for different reasons. There is no time like the present to try out a new recipe that is gluten-free.
I bought Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free All-Purpose Baking Flour. I think it was my only choice, or maybe it was the only brand I recognized (I don’t remember). Any how I didn’t realize that the December 2011 issue did a taste test with several gluten-free flours and published their thoughts on pg. 64, until I was in the process of making the pound cake. I read the taste test for the gluten-free flour I purchased. “…the flavor tasted slightly off in sweets; save it for pancakes or crackers. The texture of the items we tested was spot-on when we added xanthan gum, as the package suggests.” After reading that I was positive my pound cake was doomed because I chose and/or bought the wrong flour for sweets and I most definitely didn’t have any xanthan gum laying around my kitchen. DARN.
I continued mixing together the ingredients and my attitude began shifting to a more positive one. The batter smelled amazing. The orange zest really kicked it up a notch. The batter looked delicious with the dried cranberries and chopped pecans. How was it going to taste?
I ended up putting foil over the pan because it was beginning to brown too quickly. I took the pound cake out of the oven after 1 hour and 5 minutes and it was browner than I would have liked it to be. Now I’m back to thinking the pound cake was a flop…
It was a flop. It did taste good but the texture was all off. My husband tried it first and he said it was dry and the texture was strange. I decided to toast mine and add some butter. I didn’t help, the pound cake dissolved in my mouth. Not something I was expecting or enjoyed. The pound cake went into the trash.
Lesson learned: Pay attention to the taste tests when using new and unfamiliar ingredients. Who knows how it would have turned out if I added xanthan gum or used a gluten-free flour that was recommended for sweets? It really did smell and the inside looked delicious!