I’m 29 today…for real. Not “29″. I enjoy the idea of aging. Perhaps it’s because people usually think I’m 18 or perhaps because I find wisdom in my last year as a 20 something that I definitely did not have in my first year.
At at 20 I enjoyed apple strudel but my stomach did not. Back then I thought my “stomach problems” were because I was overweight.
Today at 29 I know that my stomach problems are due to allergies, intolerances, and illness. I’ve come a long way in 9 years.
This year I was going to miss out on a traditional birthday treat until King Arthur Flours sent me some of their gluten-free products to try.
Being new to gluten-free baking, I was eager to try their award winning mixes. What better to start with than birthday cupcakes muffins.
The ingredients and instructions were simple. I have a soy allergy so I appreciated the option to substitute oil in place of butter or margarine.
The community message boards available on King Arthur’s website was a great resource to determine how many egg whites to use in place of whole eggs. 2/3 cup in place of 3 eggs.
Then it was time for the hard decision. What mix-in did I want? The box pictured cranberries, but these birthday muffins that required something special. My favorite cupcakes are always vanilla cake with chocolate frosting. The muffin batter is vanilla flavored making mini chocolate chips the perfect addition.
For a little extra sparkle I added some cinnamon (beet) sugar to half the muffins and set them to bake.
The smell while they baked was pure torture. Oh me, oh my, can I wait? But these were worth the wait.
Hunni couldn’t tell the difference…and neither could I. Quick, easy and I’m a happy birthday girl.
Now to decide what is for dinner….Pizza perhaps?
One lucky It All Changes reader can win 2 King Arthur Flour mixes of their choice…gluten-free or their traditional varieties. Open to US residents only…sorry to all my international readers.
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*Deadline for entries is 12 Midnight on Tuesday January 18, 2011.*