I love all the local GF people I meet both online and at events. When you have been diagnosed with celiac disease or gluten intolerance, you feel a sense of sister/brotherhood when you find out someone else is in the same boat as you.
We have the best GF community in Central Ohio. They help out daily with advice on recipes, doctors, restaurants and travel. It’s also exciting to see many gluten free businesses opening all around me. And guess what, many of them are fantastic. You can now find wonderful bakeries, foods and ingredients all originating from Ohio.
This is where Ella Bella comes in. While on Gluten Free Gang of Central Ohio I found Ella Bella. She wanted me to try her gluten free all purpose flour in some of my upcoming recipes. It arrived by mail along a bag of pizza mix flour! So her generosity is going to keep me baking for a while. I asked her suggestions on what I could make with the AP flour. She said, you can pretty much use it in any of your favorite gluten free recipes that call for a GF AP flour. Score! Since it has been so cold out, I was thinking I should try a batch of chocolate chip cookies.
I was very happy to have her AP flour on hand. I did not have to find several gluten free flours for this recipe. Without fail, I will have one of three I need in the house, so I end up hitting the store. The other bonus, the 5lb bag already had the Xantham gum in the mix. This was a big time and money saver.
Now it was cookie time. Here is the recipe I used. This is a modified version of King Arthur’s GF chocolate chip cookies. For original recipe and baking instructions go to: http://www.kingarthurflour.com/recipes/gluten-free-chocolate-chip-cookies-recipe . I used Ella Bella’s Flour and omitted the Xantham gum since it was already in my mix. The other change I made was the amount of nuts. I added less and chose pecans. Below are the exact ingredients I used. The dough needs to be refrigerated before baking.
- 1 cup butter
- 1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 large eggs
- 2 1/3 cups Ella Bella AP Gluten Free Flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 cups chocolate chips ( I used 1 cup of milk chocolate chips and 1 cup of mini semisweet since that is what I had in the house)
- 3/4 cups chopped pecans
This first photo is pre-baking.
The Results? OMG! I am not even kidding. These were my favorite GF chocolate chips to date. No exaggeration. I have made a few cookies before and there was always some strange lingering aftertaste that I am not getting with this recipe and flour blend. They were chewy with the perfect amount of crisp on the edges. A great big thumbs up.
My husband did not make the cookies with me, but he loved the end result. My son, you are going to find this crazy, is not much of a cookie lover. He loved these.
I am looking forward to trying this blend again very soon. I might try the pizza mix next.
If you want to pick up some of Ella Bella AP Flour mix, here is all the contact info. This is a good quality flour mix and it’s great to support local when you can. Win/Win! When you get it, please try this cookie recipe and tell me what you think. I am off to eat some more cookies.
*Source: Products were given to me by Ella Bella for review.