From Gnocchi to Toffee Pudding: 8 Gluten-Free Recipes from the Blackbird Bakery Cookbook

Baker on a Mission

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Nun cake

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"When life gives you lemons, make gluten-free lemon merengue pie," Karen Morgan, the official gluten-free spokesperson for Whole Foods, has been known to quip. Founder of the virtual online bakeshop, Blackbird Bakery, Morgan has been spreading the gluten-free gospel for more than a decade, and it's gaining steam at a quick pace.

Author of the best-selling cookbook Blackbird Bakery Gluten-Free: 75 Recipes for Irresistible Gluten-Free Desserts and Pastries (Chronicle, 2010), Morgan's mission is to create mouth-watering desserts and pastries as equally irresistible to gluten-free and gluten-full eaters alike. She has a special knack for adapting traditional gluten-based recipes, like the Nun Cake pictured above--a turn of the century confection scented with rose water and caraway seeds.

And while she's at it, she's got a new project on the burner: the Blackbird Bakery Community Cookbook, a work-in-progress that aims to be the first ever gluten-free community cookbook.

For more information on the initiative and to help fund the work, visit the Blackbird Bakery Community Cookbook Kickstarter page.

In the meantime, she shares some glorious gluten-free (and also vegetarian) recipes with TreeHugger.