Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Adopt a Gluten Free Blogger - Jenn Cuisine

For this month's Adopt a Gluten Free Blogger event - hosted by Wendy at Celiacs in the House, I chose Jenn from Jenn Cuisine. Jenn and her gluten-free husband currently reside in Switzerland, which is a bonus, because not only do you get great gluten free recipes, you also get amazing photos of Switzerland and Europe, like these.

Jenn started food blogging in 2008. On her About page, Jenn talks about how cooking gluten free is not necessarily a handicap when it comes to making delicious food, and how cooking gluten free has enhanced her creativity:

"Learning and discovering the main concepts behind making gluten free food has been surprisingly freeing. Always I am still learning, but the more and more experienced I become, the more and more my creativity is able to come out and I am able to just play and experiment. And that’s where all the fun of cooking and creating food comes back."

Jenn has an impressive list of recipes on her blog. But for this adoption, I chose probably the simplest - buckeyes. Not only does it combine two important food groups - chocolate and peanut butter - but it also is the perfect recipe to make in your kitchen with your 9-year old daughter. Which is exactly what I did.

Unfortunately, ours came out looking more like turtles than buckeyes...

We actually started out dipping our peanut butter and confectioner's sugar creations in the melted chocolate but quickly found it was easier to just put our creations on a pan lined with parchment paper and just spoon the chocolate over top. And in the end, we ended up covering them entirely in chocolate anyway.

But our intentions were pure. And they tasted divine.

And the added bonus of this recipe - a couple of beautiful pictures of Beaune France in Jenn's post!

The next time we make these (and there will be a next time), I am going to use freshly ground peanut butter instead of the Natural Jif that we used. I think a lot of the additives in the "natural" Jif (sugar, molasses, palm oil), may have contributed to the more runny texture we had (even after several hours in the fridge). Besides, you really can't get more natural that freshly ground peanuts...

And I will be back to try more of Jenn's recipes, and enjoy the pictures of the beautiful country where she lives.

Thanks for sharing your recipes Jenn. And thanks Wendy for hosting Adopt a GF Blogger this month!


Jenn said...

I love your buckeye turtles!! glad you enjoyed the recipe :)

One thing that helps with the dipping is the let them sit in the freezer for a bit, that way they hold their shape a little better, or just add a lot more powdered sugar into the peanut butter...

Thomas Dzomba said...

Thanks Jenn! I will try that next time.


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