Stonewall Kitchen Gluten-Free Brownies & Pancakes
I'm a supermarket meanderer. I'm not ashamed to admit that I can spend hours wandering the aisles up and down again and again, much to my husband's annoyance. I however am not one of those people that manages to stand in everyone's way while I'm gazing at the shelves, those people annoy the hell out of me and it disrupts the zen-like experience I have when I'm considering my purchases.
During one of my meandering moments, I looked thoughtfully at the Stonewall Kitchen baking section for no particular reason only to do a double-take when I saw that they have gluten-free baking mixes! I picked up a box, read the label and then read all of the ingredients just to reallllly confirm it was gluten-free and lo and behold, it was.
I've always lusted after their products, with their charming packaging and food porn photos. To finally be able to try them was like a victory. There were only two gluten-free Stonewall Kitchen options at my supermarket, the brownie mix and the pancake mix. I bought both without batting an eye, which is hard to do considering it set me back almost $20. That's practically a bargain compared to the $18 gluten-free pancake mix and the $20 gluten-free chocolate chip cookie mix by Thomas Keller at Williams-Sonoma.
The brownies were very easy to make, although different from any method I've done before. Instead of just pouring the batter into a dish, you pour it into a dish lined with parchment paper, which I later I realized is freaking awesome since you don't dirty the dish. I opted to not use the fudge packet they included since it's not dairy-free and instead mixed some dried cherries into the batter, which made for a slightly tart bite in all of the chocolate goodness.
The brownies, simply put, are amazing. They are the best gluten-free brownies I've ever made from a mix, hands down. The first bite was heavenly, full of rich, dark chocolate and tart sweetness from the cherries. It seriously took all of my self control to not devour the entire batch. Even the gluten-obsessed hubby declared them "realistic tasting." We ate the whole batch in two days and even two days later they maintained their soft texture.
The pancakes were also really easy to make, but I decided to spruce them up a bit by adding sour cream and strawberries. The taste and texture of the pancakes were also amazingly spot-on. I've tried A LOT of gluten-free pancake mixes and I think this one is pretty close to if not my favorite so far. Even my toddler, who turns her nose up at everything, gobbled 4! I must have made about 20 pancakes, and ended up freezing the left-overs for the little one.
It hasn't be a low cal new year for me with all of the treats I've been eating since Christmas and if companies like Stonewall Kitchen keep producing amazing gluten-free products, I'll have to practically live at the gym to work off all of the delicious goodness!