Gluten-free pizza party

I’ve been wanting to give GF Patissiere‘s baking a try for a while now. Luckily, I managed to have a small order tagged onto a regular delivery to Edmonton and, after meeting Peter (delivery man, husband to GF Patissiere’s owner and baker Victoria, and the guy behind The Celiac Husband blog) and his lovely daughter, I had the goodies in my hands.

And then I had to promptly stick them all in the freezer for two weeks because I was saving them all for a get-together with friends. It was pure torture, let me tell you. But I was a good girl, and didn’t even open the box to peek inside. Who knew I had so much willpower?

The box that called out "open me!"

The box that called out "open me!"

In addition to dessert, I also ordered some gluten-free pizza shells so that we could assemble our own Celiac friendly pizzas. I took everything out of the freezer the day before, and I am happy to say that freezing didn’t affect the quality of the food at all.

GF Patisserie pizza shells

GF Patisserie pizza shells

We added a little cheese, a little tomato sauce, some yellow, orange and green bell peppers, some Mastro extra lean hot capocollo, and some Harvest Meats bison sausage before popping the shells into the oven. A couple of different side salads rounded off the meal.

my beautiful pizza

my beautiful pizza

The crust browned perfectly in the oven and took no time at all to make. If you like thin crust pizza, I would highly recommend these. And all of us agreed that you couldn’t tell they were made from special gluten-free dough, which is high praise because most gluten-free products do taste at least slightly different from the originals due to the mix of alternative flours.

one of the other pizzas

one of the other pizzas

And some sangria to go with the meal didn’t hurt either.

Yes we were lazy and didn't make it from scratch.

Yes we were lazy and didn't make it from scratch.

To end the meal we cracked open the box and devoured brownies made from Barry Callebaut chocolate and cream cheese. (To be perfectly honest some of us couldn’t hold out anymore and we had some of these before eating our pizza!) They were like biting into a piece of rich, thick cheese cake and were heavenly to eat. One friend said — and keep in mind that I quote her exactly — that they were “fucking glorious.”

Callebaut and cream cheese brownies

Callebaut and cream cheese brownies

If you want to learn more about GF Patisserie, make sure you check out their website, Peter’s blog, and also this profile on Victoria that Chris did a little while ago.

GF Patisserie
122 – 3rd Ave West
Cochrane, Alberta
www.gfpatisserie.com

Marshmallow hot chocolate mix

Another gift I gave to others over Christmas were jars of hot chocolate mix (mostly to give myself a break from making cookie after cookie). They’re actually quite simple to make, and everyone seemed impressed. And bonus, if you use gluten-free ingredients the mix is Celiac-friendly! Every recipe I looked at called for non-dairy creamer, which I was NOT willing to do. I finally found a recipe on another site, but felt that it needed some adjustments.

Marshmallow hot chocolate mix

Recipe modified from canadianparents.com

Non-food ingredients
Clean jars
Ribbon
Cloth (I found some Christmas remnants at the fabric store.)
Labels (Printed off some on the computer using a Christmas letter template, and glued them to the jars.)

Ingredients
(These ingredients make enough to fill at least 2 large jars, size similar to spaghetti sauce jars.)
3 cups powdered milk
3/4 cups powdered sugar (or use an easily dissolvable type like berry/castor sugar)
1/2 cup cocoa
dash of salt
mini-marshmallows

Directions
Combine all ingredients in a bowl until everything is well mixed. I tossed a handful of mini-marshmallows in the bowl as well, so that when the hot chocolate is scooped out you get a marshmallow-y surprise.

Mix into a bowl

Mix into a bowl

Spoon the mix into your jars, leaving a small gap at the top. Fill the gap with mini-marshmallows. Alternatively, you could fill the jars to the top and provide the marshmallows in a little bag tied with a ribbon.

Place the mix in a clean jar

Place the mix in a clean jar

For the cloth covering, I simply cut off a square of cloth and tied it to the top of the jar using some wrapping ribbon, then trimmed the cloth as needed.

For the label, here is the text I used:

Marshmallow hot chocolate mix

Directions:
Add 4 – 5 tablespoons to 1 cup of hot water or milk. Stir, and add additional marshmallows or whipped cream as desired.

And voila, the finished product

And voila, the finished product