Ginger, Vanilla and Quince Upside Down Cake from the book Alternative Baker

by Irvin on November 21, 2016 · 2 comments

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A recipe for a warm and inviting ginger, vanilla and quince upside down cake from the cookbook Alternative Baker by Alanna Taylor-Tobin.

Alternative Baker by Alanna Taylor-Tobin

This post is a part of a series of cookbook posts that I’ll be running from now through December. I was not monetarily compensated for this post but I did receive this cookbook for free as a review copy. I receive numerous cookbooks throughout the year and only choose to highlight and write about the ones I truly love.

It should not surprise anyone that Alanna Taylor-Tobin’s cookbook Alternative Baker is gorgeous. She’s a trained pastry chef turned food stylist for the New York Times and a blogger at the brilliant Bojon Gourmet. This is the book for all those who are looking for outstanding recipes that use whole grains and gluten free flours. (Jump directly to the ginger, vanilla and quince upside-down cake recipe.)

Alternative Baker by Alanna Taylor-Tobin

Sure I could go and on about how much I love the recipes in this book. From her Chocolate Cranberry Pecan Tart to her Lemon Ricotta Biscuit Bread Pudding with Berries and Honey, I basically want to make and eat every single recipe in the book. I love how Alanna chooses to pair her gluten-free flours with the flavors in her desserts. I’ve long advocating using whole grains and alternative flours in baking not just for the health benefits (strictly a bonus for me) but rather because those flours actually have MORE flavor than regular all-purpose wheat flour.

Alternative Baker by Alanna Taylor-Tobin

Alanna is definitely in the same camp as I am. I had a chance to taste her Chestnut Brownies at an event a couple of months ago and they blew me away with their earthy velvet richness. I have yet to experiment with chestnut flour (something that can be a tad difficult to source) but once I get my hands on it, I know I’ll be whipping up a batch. If you’re gluten free, or looking for a book that will help expand your baking experience, do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of Alternative Baker. You won’t be disappointed.

Alternative Baker by Alanna Taylor-Tobin

I’ll be doing a book signing with Alanna at Green Apple Books on Tuesday, November 21, 2016 here in San Francisco. If you are available, please swing by for tasty baked good samples from our book as well as an opportunity to buy signed copies of our book.

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Marisa Franca @ All Our Way November 22, 2016 at 4:38 am

What a wonderful cookbook. I love cookbooks and the inspiration they provide. Wish I could meet the both of you but, Alas!, I live in Indiana. Thank you for the chance to win this great cookbook. I’d love to learn about alternative flours. I’m not as much a “sweets” maker as a bread baker. I could always learn to use different flours in my bread. Hope you and AJ have a Happy Thanksgiving. Will you be cooking??

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Alanna November 27, 2016 at 10:05 am

Thanks for posting about my book and for all the kind words! And for setting up the fun book event at Green Apple (I’m still dreaming of that soft tofu soup – yum!) So honored to know you and AJ, too. And I can’t wait to share about YOUR gorgeous book. I spent the holiday weekend pouring over it and trying decide which of the hundreds of recipes and variations to make…

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