Being dairy-free and gluten-free around the holidays can be a difficult thing. Yesterday was not only Thanksgiving but our daughter’s 14th birthday. We tend to not do a traditional Thanksgiving anyway so we decided to skip any tradition at all and do something non-traditional. Talking with my best friend she suggested Chinese or Asian cuisine for the main meal. I liked the idea and floated it by everyone else. Devin liked it as did the birthday girl Treanna.
So the menu became:
Spicy Cashew Chicken from the official Cheesecake factory recipe (which needed a bit of conversion to be gluten and dairy free
Some stir-fried vegetables
And plain steamed rice.
For desserts I saved us all from a very odd thing as she wanted chocolate and yellow cake with multiple layers of flavors like mint, orange, lemon etc. Instead I suggested something much simpler yet more complicated.
So we had a gluten-free dairy-free chocolate cake made from a Bob’s red mill mix with a Crisco frosting that was pink and peppermint flavored. The second batch of frosting worked yet the first was a massive failure.
Then we had some pumpkin ginger bars which were really not that great not enough flavor so I tossed the recipe. Again gluten and dairy free.
Lemon bars that needed more lemon flavor but were still good. I screwed up a couple of things but surprisingly the crust turned out fine being made with gluten free flour and butter flavored crisco instead of traditional flour and butter.
And orange petit fours. I must confess the orange petit fours turned out the absolute best. We used a Betty Crocker gluten free yellow cake mix as the start. Added some orange oil (was supposed to be orange extract but T grabbed the wrong bottle) and baked them 12 at a time in my mini cupcake pan. Then we sliced them in half and put a thin layer of orange marmalade in the middle. Then I mixed up a recipe of petit four frosting glaze and added a few drops of orange extract along with the vanilla. They turned out pretty and WOW delicious. I need to make more petit fours.
I was able to use my black pastry stands to display the desserts. Treanna was extremely happy with how everything turned out and enjoyed her day.