Gluten-Free Recipe Contest Winner


The gluten-free recipe contest has ended.  The three finalists were chosen based on the number of replies.  My fellow judges and I were asked to make each recipe and judge it in three categories:  taste, nutritional value, and ease of preparing/cooking/baking.  The finalist recipes were:

The winner was Dreena’s Frosted B-raw-nies.  Congratulations Dreena!  These brownies were the favorite here at my house.  I made all three recipes in one day so we could compare them side by side.  The first one my 17 year old son tasted was the B-raw-nies and he said, “I think we have the winner right here!”

None of the recipes were perfect.  As you can see above, these brownies fell apart at the corners, and the banana bread was too moist and sunk, but there was no category for how well the recipe actually worked.  In addition to being too moist, the banana bread calls for Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free flour mix which contains a lot of bean flour.  For many people, and definitely for my family, bean flour gives an unpleasant taste.  That proved to be true in this case.

The chocolate sheet cake was wonderful.  If you need a rich, sweet, moist, and chocolately cake, it’s a great recipe.  Of course with 2 sticks of butter in the cake and 1 1/2 sticks in the frosting, along with plenty of sugar, I could not give the cake a high score for nutritional value.  It’s a great special occasion treat.

As I said, the b-raw-nies were the favorite here, and I made them again for Valentine’s Day.  I was able to get them to hold together better the second time around, although I’m not sure exactly what made the difference.  Dreena is careful in her directions to tell you not to overprocess the nuts so the mixture does not become oily.  I think, however, that I did not process them enough the first time.  Either that or my dates were more moist the second time around.  I also made sure I packed it firmly into the dish.  I think the best way to determine if the mixture will hold together is to squeeze some in your hand.  If it doesn’t hold, try processing a little more, adding a little water, or maybe a few more dates.  But even the ones that fell apart tasted good.  We loved the hint of cherry and the almond extract flavors in this.  And don’t skip the frosting.  There are many recipes where I do skip the frosting, but not with this.  I made a double recipe for Valentine’s Day and my family is already asking for more!

Disclaimer:  I am being paid to be a judge for this recipe contest, and was asked to write a post about the outcome.  The opinions in this post are my own and I judged the recipes on the given categories based on the opinions of myself and my family.

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