Monday, December 8, 2014

Making Chocolate Croissants with gfJules Gluten-free Flour and Pascha Chocolate Chips

As many of you know, I often use off-the-shelf gluten-free flour blends when baking. In addition to testing these flour blends for use in the recipes in my books, it’s almost a hobby of mine (okay, maybe an obsession) to search for the best gluten-free flour blends. In my experiments, I have discovered that there is tremendous variance between flour blends. Some work well for certain baked goods and perform poorly for others. Still others perform poorly most of the time. Few perform well across a spectrum of baked goods.

One of the flour blends I recommended in Learning to Bake Allergen-Free was Jules Gluten Free All Purpose Flour Blend. Since 2012, when the book was published, Jules Shepard, creator of that flour blend, left the company she founded. But she is back in a big way and I am thrilled, Jules’ new company (gfJules) now makes an even better version of that flour blend. The gfJules Gluten Free Flour is made in a top-8 allergen-free facility and the flour is non-GMO. Happy dance!

The flour is shipped in a really clever box.

I decided to test the gfJules flour with one of my favorite recipes from Learning to Bake Allergen-Free – Chocolate Croissants.

But wait, I have more new products to talk about!

At the Springfield GFAF Expo, I ran into the folks from Pascha Chocolate who were introducing their new chocolate chips. That’s right. Pascha now makes chocolate chips. Does it get any better than that? Yes, it does, the new top-8 allergen-free chocolate chips come in 55%, 85%, and 100% cacao. Not only do we now have another choice for food-allergy friendly chocolate chips, but the 100% is essentially baking chocolate – something very hard to find in a safe version. I am now singing while dancing!

I decided to use the 85% in my Chocolate Croissants, because I’m that kind of girl. (Many of you may prefer the 55% for a less bitter taste.) I chose not to drizzle chocolate on top of my croissants because the rich taste of the chocolate inside was enough.

The bottom line: I am thrilled with both of these products. gfJules Gluten Free flour performed flawlessly, and when paired with Pascha chocolate chips we have a winning combo!

You can find the recipe for the chocolate croissants here.

1 comment:

Jules said...

Colette, I'm thrilled to see Pascha's Baking Chocolates, as well! I've been trying every recipe I can to experiment and throw them in -- soooo yummy! Thanks for sharing this amazing recipe, as well. I can't wait to try it!!!