Cake, Bread & Gluten
I had never tried a cake like this before
It looks like a giant muffin until you cut into it and then…
…It’s more like fluffy, light, airy bread
From the Bauducco site: “Bauducco Panettone is a moist and ready to eat specialty cake loaded with a variety of SunMaid raisins with candied fruits and Hershey’s chocolate chips!”
I found the bread itself to be slightly sweet and then there’s chocolate melted into it.
Yum. It was really good and I could have really gone to town on this stuff.
I didn’t have more than a couple bites because gluten and me really do not get along well and I didn’t want to have a horrible stomach ache.
But Skylar got along very well with this bread!
That’s actually her eating pizza samples at TJ’s from a few months ago but she enjoyed the chocolate Panettone cake in similar face-stuffing type fashion while proclaiming, “Mommy, this is good bread!”
I noticed a recipe for french toast on one of the boxes. I think we need to try that and start using some of this bread up.
Because I still have the box of raisin Bauducco Panettone Raisin Cake to dive into, too.
And now it’s time to announce the winner of the Hoodie & Leggings Giveaway:
Ilana September 27, 2011
“right now I’m obsessed with this pair of Beyond Yoga pants I just bought. They’re so comfortable I bought two other pairs in different colors.”
All the talk of cake and bread reminded me of…
Both versions are gluten-free, vegan, and will make your house smell like a million bucks. Peanut butter and bananas baking have a tendency to do that.
And being that I have cake on the brain, I was also thinking about Angel Food Cake & Berries
I styled the food and took the photos at one of the food photography workshops I attended <— life changing event and I believe it changed the course of my life and what I want to be when I grow up
1. Do you like bread? Would you prefer bread or cake?
Scott is a huge bread lover.
When I went gluten-free and I was strictly GF for about 5-6 years, I never really missed bread. Sure, it would have been nice to have a hearty, chewy bagel with cream cheese or a warm piece of toast with melted butter or peanut butter on it every now and then, but the loss of bread wasn’t really that big of a deal to me.
However, I love cake, cookies, donuts, brownies, blondies, you name it, I never met one of those items that I didn’t like. And the loss of the traditional versions of those was hard to adjust to.
2. Do you eat gluten?
Going gluten free forced me to learn how to cook and bake without using gluten-containing ingredients and for most of that time I was also vegan, so no eggs or butter, either.
Gluten-free vegan baking can be tricky but lots of trial and error and experimenting was how I learned.
Recently, and on a very limited basis, I do use eggs and butter in my baking, but prefer to make things that don’t need eggs, don’t need egg-substitutes, and don’t call for gluten-containing flours. i.e. these Caramel Apple Bars
Sometimes it’s really hard to navigate around using an egg or a little all-purpose flour but I try my hardest not to use it because:
1. it’s hard for me to tolerate and digest gluten
2. I think it’s hard for most people’s systems so why use it if you don’t have to and can use something else instead
Just my own personal choices and to each her own.
As an aside, the gluten in certain foods does more of a number on me than in others, and bread is unfortunately one of those foods that I need to be really careful with.
Overall, I am less sensitive to gluten than I used to be because I believe I’ve healed my gut; but I also don’t abuse the privledge and go crazy with gluten, either, which would render me right back where I was with gluten issues, pain, and upset.
There are things I’ve trialed back in, but have had to cycle them back out, i.e. Included No Longer
It’s such detective work to figure out what works, what doesn’t, and certain days some foods are more likely to cause symptoms but on other days they don’t bother me as much.
And if you can go to town on bread, bagels, pizza crust, crackers and chips, pastries or baked goods that have gluten in them with no ill effects, more power to you and enjoy!
P.S. Don’t forget to enter the Case of Bella Bars Giveaway