Last night, my non-gluten free daughter, Lauren, called her grandfather to ask if he would make her some pumpkin bread. His answer was yes, of course! She is the only granddaughter and is rarely told no.
My dad’s pumpkin bread is delicious! That is one of the things I’ve really missed since I had to start eating gluten free. I thought it was great that he was making a batch just for Lauren, but I didn’t get super excited since I knew my son, Nathan, and I couldn’t eat it—until I received a phone call from my mother this afternoon asking questions about gluten-free flour. My dad wasn’t leaving his only grandson out! He decided to make gluten free pumpkin bread, too! It would be his first experience with gluten free baking which is a bit different, so I suggested he try making pumpkin muffins instead of a large loaf of pumpkin bread which is what he decided to do. He used the recipe he’s used for decades only substituting gluten free flour for all-purpose wheat flour.
Dad stopped by this evening to deliver the muffins with strict instructions: “If you don’t like these, bring them back. Your mother loves them.” That’s great news because she hasn’t always been thrilled about baking or eating gluten free baked goods.
I don’t think Nathan was expecting the muffins to be very good. He was hesitant to eat them in front of his grandfather in case he didn’t like them, but after the first bite, he said, “These are delicious! Are you sure they are gluten free?” Since my parents’ kitchen is not gluten free, I used my Nima Sensor to test the muffins and was happy to see that no gluten was detected!
Nathan was so excited about his treat that he ate two muffins and was unable to eat his dinner. I had one for dessert and it was so good! It tasted just like the pumpkin bread I remember! The texture was a little different with gluten free flour, but they held together nicely and were quite good! Nathan said the muffins were “a little crunchy on the outside to hold them together and light and fluffy on the inside.”
I’m so glad that my dad made the effort to make gluten free pumpkin bread so everyone could enjoy it. What a nice treat on National Gluten Free Day!
Happy New Year! I apologize for not having updates in months. I've been dealing with personal health issues for the past year and had to take a break. It's great to be back and I hope you'll join me on my gluten-free journey in 2018! I have some exciting things in the works and I look forward to sharing them with you!