PEEPS!!! Hello!!!! I just got back from an amazing roadtrip!!
This past Thursday, me and my Philly girl attitude headed up to Vermont to the King Arthur Flour Baking Education Center and took a gluten-free baking class!!!! For those of you unfamiliar with King Arthur Flour, check your grocery store - their high-quality products can be found on their shelves!
Ok, so, how did I end up 7 hours away for a baking class when the culinary institute is right here in Philly? Well, I figured, who better to teach me about how gluten-free flours behave in baking than flour people! Amiright???
Besides. It's King Arthur Flour. And it's an opportunity for a road trip to a state I haven't been to yet.
And...I got to stay at the Butternut Lane Bed & Breakfast. For any of you who follow me on Instagram, you saw all the pics I posted from this weekend which involved the absolutely phenomenal breadfasts I had all weekend. OMG. To.die.for.
Case in point.
An omelette, gluten-free toast, & bacon from a local farm. Holy delicious.
Gluten-free toast, gluten-free chicken sausage, and an egg souffle with goat cheese & onions. Amen.
Ok. Mop up the drool. These pics do the breakfasts no justice, btdubs. I tried so hard to eat slow & savor every morsel. Ohsogood.
Best part? The owners are a couple who lived in the Philly area for 30+ years, & the husband, George, is a descendant of the original owners/builders of the house! The house was built in 1820, & expanded on in 1860. Awesomesauce. The house had the original WORKING doorbell. You know, the kind with the wire that runs all the way over the wall & rings a little actual bell???? THAT KIND. I'm not sure even the old houses in Old City (Philly) have any of them in working condition!!!
Seriously. If you go to VT in that area, stay at that b&b. You will NOT be disappointed. Check out the link so you can see the pics of the house. So awesome. Oh - and I forgot - Carol, George's wife, emailed me my confirmation when I reserved the room so long ago, and asked if I had any dietary restrictions so they could accommodate (OK!), so I told her I was gluten-free. And poof - all these gluten-free goodies at breakfast. They are amazing people and you need to stay there.
Now. The actual purpose of my trip. Although, staying at that b&b could have been the purpose of my trip. For serious.
This is baker heaven, my friends. I love to bake, although I haven't had much time for it lately (plus, it's been too friggin hot to want to turn the oven on), but I do love it. I will not be sharing the recipes we tested at the baking education center during class, since their recipes are not posted anywhere, including their website, so I'm honoring their copyright, if you will.
However, this pic, which I also posted to Instagram, is the fruits of our labor -
Imma tell you something about those pumpkin muffins. Holy Mother of God. I will not be able to make these and keep more than 3 in the house. If I don't give most of them away, I will eat the ENTIRE batch. They are SO.FRIGGIN.GOOD. Now, I've been trying to be grain-free these days, too (like I need to be "free" of something else, but grains tend to be inflammatory for us auto-immune sufferers), but I've been treating myself to pieces of this ah-may-zing sandwich bread we made. It's hearty. It's yeasty. It's delish. YUM. Ohsodelish with peanut butter slopped on top. (peanut butter is my biggest weakness, btw. before sugar. the entire jar has gone missing in mere days & i've blamed ghosts b/c i don't want to believe i polished it off myself. plus, poultergeists get hungry, too. you've seen ghostbusters. slimer eats all that food off the room service tray. love that movie.)
I really don't know what else to say here, other than I had a great time learning a few new tricks about gluten-free baking! I would definitely go back there, even if it's not a gluten-free class; there are baking tips that are universal, and I'm always open to baking do's & don't's! If you ever have the opportunity to take a class there, DO IT. Their store is also fantastic - just walking through the store was worth the trip.
I have to run - but I hope you all have a wonderful Monday!!
Go forth & be crafty.....or BAKE ;-)
Much love ~~~