I get contacted occasionally to test out new cookbooks. I enjoy this little perk of blogging, because it gives me a chance to see what is out there, and lets me give YOU my honest opinion of a book. You never know. Sometimes I am pleasantly surprised when I get a new cookbook. Enters Roben Ryberg‘s new cookbook “Gluten-Free in Five Minutes“.
I will admit to you, I was very hesitant to try this book. I flinched a little when I read the words “Make ‘Em in Your Microwave”. Not much good has ever been baked in the microwave, much less good AND gluten-free. But, I tried it. And?
I enjoyed some Gluten-Free Red Velvet cake…mixed & baked in about 5 minutes. Seriously. (I was out of red food colouring though, hence the lack of red). This cake was really very delicious, the texture was really good, and it was a nice late night dessert on the deck for my husband & I to share.
I had some cornbread, also ready to eat in about 5 minutes. And you know what? I’d make it again! If I were having something like chili for supper, and everyone else had their own bread to eat it with, I’d make myself a little cornbread. Really good warm, not quite as great cool, but hey, what do you expect with 5 minute & a microwave? I was quite happy that it was so good warm.
Oh yeah, there’s more…
You see the above? They are gluten-free blueberry muffins, made in the microwave one morning. Yes, they look a little off, but you know what? They tasted good! I actually preferred them once they had cooled, as opposed to warm.
Ok, I thought, I’ve had cake, cornbread, and muffins. And I have been surprised by all of them. I know what my readers really want to know…can you REALLY make a single gluten-free hamburger bun in 5 minutes? One that tastes good? My answer for you?
Absolutely! I really do not know how Roben does it. She’s amazing, and has totally gained my respect. This hamburger bun was really, really good. Moist, but not wet & spongy. Not crumbly, but not rubbery. I did not eat mine with a burger, instead I topped it with some honey and ate it that way. I shared it with my husband, even he was amazed (he’s not on a GF diet, btw). And you know what? I think we’ll be having burgers tonight for supper, and I will be having mine on a bun!
There are 4 hamburger bun recipes in the book, each is a little different. She tells you the differences in each recipe’s description. This one is more spongy, or this one is more moist. This one tastes like whole grain, etc. Helpful information! Plus, most recipes use only one flour. And you can pick which recipe will work best for you, based on what you have on hand.
Here are some tips from Roben Ryberg herself:
Two tips for baking with Gluten-Free in Five Minutes: 1. Beat egg until nearly uniform in color (or beat your batter well if you forget to beat the egg well) and 2. Remember that each microwave is different. If yours is very powerful, you will need to cook your food item less. If your microwave is not so powerful, you will need to cook your food item more. A 15 second adjustment in time is usually all it takes!
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 tablespoon canola oil
- 1 tablespoon applesauce
- 1/16 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1 tablespoon cornmeal
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon sugar
- Bake in: 2-cup ramekin or other straight-sided microwave-safe bowl.
- In a small bowl or cup, briefly beat egg until almost uniform in color.
- Add remaining ingredients and mix well to combine.
- Spray 2-cup ramekin with nonstick cooking spray.
- Pour batter into ramekin and tap base to level batter.
- Microwave on high for 2 minutes. Roll will rise and then settle.
- Gently remove from dish and cool.
One thing to keep in mind…the microwave will not brown your food for you the way a skillet (in the case of pancakes, which are now on my ‘must try’ list) or oven will. If you want the tops of the buns or muffins to be slightly browned (which will just make for better visual appeal), feel free to pop the item in a toaster oven or oven for a few minutes.
Do I recommend it? Yes. Absolutely. Right now on Amazon her book is selling for less than $12, which I think is a real steal. If you’re looking for a recipe book with quick, easy recipes, give it a try. I can not vouch for all of the recipes, but I tried 4 of them, and they were all really quite good.
The book includes other recipes like English Muffin, Sandwich Bread, Pizza Crust, Stuffed Mushrooms, Lemon Poppy Seed Pound Cake, Extreme Chocolate Cake, Pineapple Upside Down Cake, a section on Icings, Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars, Banana Bread, and Raspberry Cobbler. 123 recipes in total. Wow.