Winner, James Beard Foundation Award, Best Book of the Year in Baking & Desserts
In this monumental new work, beloved dessert queen Alice Medrich applies her baking precision and impeccable palate to flavor flours—wheat-flour alternatives including rice flour, oat flour, corn flour, sorghum flour, teff, and more. The resulting (gluten-free!) recipes show that baking with alternate flours adds an extra dimension of flavor. Brownies made with rice flour taste even more chocolaty. Buckwheat adds complexity to a date and nut cake. Ricotta cheesecake gets bonus flavor from a chestnut flour crust; teff is used to make a chocolate layer cake that can replace any birthday cake with equally pleasing results. All of the nearly 125 recipes—including Double Oatmeal Cookies, Buckwheat Gingerbread, Chocolate Chestnut Soufflé Cake, and Blueberry Corn Flour Cobbler—take the flavors of our favorite desserts to the next level.
The book is organized by flour, with useful information on its taste, flavor affinities, and more. And because flavor flours don’t react in recipes the same way as wheat flour, Medrich explains her innovative new techniques with the clarity and detail she is known for.
“Alice Medrich introduces us to a new round of flours, revising the classics as well as creating a spectacular, contemporary range of desserts for today’s tastes using natural grains to dial up flavors. Flavor Flours breaks new ground for bakers, and each page tempts with a delicious new discovery. Get those pans buttered . . . and get ready to explore!”
—David Lebovitz, author of My Paris Kitchen
“I’m thrilled that Alice Medrich, one of America’s premier bakers, has embraced teff, buckwheat, oat, and rice flours. She understands that these flours are far more than substitutes for wheat flour. These flavor flours are stars on their own, full of character. Her recipes are sure to entice you to move into the kitchen and start baking.”
—Shauna James Ahern, author of Gluten-Free Girl Every Day