Suite of Sweets–Review of Free For All Cooking & Gluten-Free (and More) Coffee Cake Recipe

Full disclosure: The copies of Free For All Cooking were provided free of charge; however, this is not a paid review. The opinions expressed here are strictly my own.

This post is linked to Gluten-Free Wednesdays.

UPDATE:  This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to  Kristin (Slightly Irritating & Inconvenient)! Thanks to everyone else for entering and remember that your entries are still eligible for the final giveaway. More on that soon!

Suite of Suites for Sweethearts continues with a review of Free For All Cooking by Jules E. Dowler Shepard, and includes one of Jules’ recipes from her new book. You may know Jules from her all-purpose gluten-free flour mix; her other books, The First Year: Celiac Disease and Living Gluten Free, and Nearly Normal Cooking for Gluten-Free Living; from her blog, Jules Speaks Gluten Free; or from her numerous efforts to make gluten-free living better and safer for all. You may remember I mentioned Jules the other day in regard to her post on what certification truly means, and if in fact, Post Pebbles cereals can be considered gluten free. (You can read Jules’ post here.)

So let’s take a look at her new cookbook, shall we? Free For All Cooking starts out with heartfelt acknowledgments from Jules. She thanks “all those along the way who have shared their food needs and restrictions with me” and states that their experiences and her ultimate solutions for them inspired much of the content of her book. She also thanks family and friends, including Dr. Alessio Fasano, and his team at The University of Maryland Center for Celiac Research. To me her gracious acknowledgments set the warm and inviting tone for her book, which incidentally is subtitled, “150 Easy Gluten-Free, Allergy-Friendly Recipes the Whole Family Can Enjoy.”

Following the acknowledgments and the foreword by Dr. Fasano, comes the preface—a brief but eye opening section that further explains Jules’ motivation for writing Free For All Cooking. Did you know that the eight major allergens that must be shown on food labels per the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act, which became effective January 2006, account for 90% of all “allergic” reactions? Of course, those of us who are gluten free sure wish that manufacturers were required to show “gluten” on the label versus only wheat. An establishment of the requirements for a “gluten free” label could potentially resolve that problem, but years have passed since that was supposed to happen. However, I digress.

The next section of Free For All Cooking is  Part I, Essentials of Gluten-Free Cooking. This 26-page section is a gold mine of information with specifics not only on gluten-free cooking, but also guidance on cooking free of other allergens. Jules offers substitutions for dairy, eggs, soy, and nuts. This section is also where Jules provide her all-purpose gluten-free flour mix recipe that can be used for the recipes that require flour. Note that this recipe is not identical to Jules’ flour mix that is available for purchase; that flour mix contains Expandex, modified tapioca starch (note that modified in this case does not mean genetically modified). She does state that her retail all-purpose flour mix may be used in all recipes requiring flour, but she did not simply state that as a required ingredient with no other options; which I think is admirable.

Next up is Part II, The Recipes, which are divided into categories. This section comprises 200 of the 236 pages in Free For All Cooking and as stated previously contains 150 recipes. Despite its super allergy-friendly status, I consider Jules’ cookbook to be a mainstream, multi-purpose cookbook. I guess it goes back to the book’s subtitle, “recipes the whole family can enjoy.” So there are classics like:

Pancakes

Scones

Hushpuppies

Mashed Potatoes

Crescent Rolls

Crab Cakes

Macaroni and Cheese

Eggplant Parmesan

Green Bean Casserole

White Birthday Cake

Best Brownies Ever

(Note that some of Jules’ recipes are made healthier than the original, traditional versions.)

There are many recipes from this book that are on my “to make” list. In fact, there are few recipes that I don’t want to make. However, here are a few that are tops on my list:

Fried Green Tomatoes

Mango Avocado Salsa

Chunky Shrimp Dip

Sweet Potato Biscuits

Tempura Veggies or Shrimp

And, finally, here’s the recipe I did make, Coffee Cake. Jules’ version actually includes brewed coffee (a coffee cake that includes coffee—clever!), brown sugar, and streusel topping. I opted to use palm sugar in place of brown sugar and skipped the streusel topping, going for just a sprinkle of cinnamon and sugar (palm sugar) instead. I also used my all-purpose gluten-free flour mix and used almond flour instead of mesquite flour. The cake came out with a nice rich flavor, but was just a tad dry. I’m certain that was all because of my changes though. Next time (which may be this weekend for my support group’s tea event!), I’ll use a bit of honey with the palm sugar for some added moisture and stick to the streusel topping, perhaps using honey instead of brown sugar. I expect that the results will be more like Jules’ original version—in other words, scrumptious.

Jules’ Coffee Cake
(Click here for a printable version of this recipe.)

From Jules: “I tend to think any cake is fair game for breakfast, but, if you’re more traditional, you’ll love this crumb-topped classic. Time it just right so you can serve and eat it warm, and your day will be off to a fabulous start—guaranteed.”

CAKE

1 ripe banana
½ cup black coffee, prepared
½ cup packed light brown sugar

½ cup butter or nondairy alternative, softened
2 large eggs or egg substitute of choice (like Ener-G Egg Replacer or Egg Substitute)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract, gluten-free
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
2 cups Jules Gluten Free All Purpose Flour

¼ cup mesquite flour (or Jules Gluten Free All Purpose Flour)
2 teaspoons baking powder, gluten-free
½ teaspoon baking soda

STREUSEL TOPPING (DOUBLE IF YOU REALLY LIKE STREUSEL) (Note from Shirley: Not shown in photos.)

2 tablespoons butter or nondairy alternative, softened
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
½ teaspoon cinnamon

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees (static) or 325 degrees (convection). Oil or spray an 8 x 8-inch baking pan.

Mash the banana in a medium-size bowl. Pour coffee over the banana and set aside. Beat the sugar and butter together in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Add the eggs and vanilla and combine well. Mix in the mashed banana and coffee then gradually stir in the remaining ingredients, mixing until thoroughly combined.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and set aside.

In a small bowl, stir together the topping ingredients with a fork. Crumble over the cake, then cut through the topping with a butter knife in a crisscross fashion lengthwise, then crossways, feathering the topping in the top of the batter.

Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until the edges are lightly crisp and a cake tester inserted in the middle comes out clean.

Reprinted with permission from Jules E. Dowler Shepard and DaCapo Press 

To enter the giveaway (which ends Friday, February 27, at midnight Eastern), you may do any of the following:

~Simply leave a comment.

~Check out Jules’ blog and find a recipe you’d like to make. Leave a comment telling us which one.

~Follow Jules on Twitter. Leave a comment saying you did so.

~”Like” Jules on Facebook. Leave a comment saying you did so.

~Share this giveaway on Facebook. Leave a comment saying you did so.

As you might have anticipated from the other posts in the SSS event, I’ll be offering another copy of Free For All Cooking that I purchased as part of the final giveaway package for Suite of Sweets for Sweethearts. That package includes the Cook IT Allergy Free app and the Go Dairy Free book as well. ALL comments on the Suite of Sweets posts will be entered for the final giveaway package, so get as many entries as you can by following the guidelines above!

Last, check out other reviews of Free For All Cooking:

Linda (The Gluten-Free Homemaker)

Gluten Freeville

Cinde (Gluten Free Taste of Home)  (includes Jules’ recipe for Blueberry Banana Muffins)

Cybele Pascal

Shirley
Not just gf, but gfe!

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Comments

186 Responses to “Suite of Sweets–Review of Free For All Cooking & Gluten-Free (and More) Coffee Cake Recipe”

  1. Amy on February 22nd, 2011 11:53 pm

    Yum! Looks good!

    • Shirley on February 25th, 2011 11:36 pm

      Hi Amy–Haven’t seen you in a while! ;-) Thanks for entering the giveaway. :-)

      Shirley

  2. Ricki on February 23rd, 2011 12:49 am

    It sounds absolutely fantastic (except that was the name I had picked out for my next cookbook–now I need to find another!) ;) Great review, Shirley. Would love this book! :)

    • Shirley on February 25th, 2011 11:43 pm

      Hey Ricki–Wow on the name … great minds, huh? Well, you’ve always chosen awesome names, so I’m sure you’ll come up with another one for your next cookbook. ;-) Thanks for entering the giveaway!

      Hugs,
      Shirley

  3. Zoe on February 23rd, 2011 2:16 am

    Yay for coffee cakes that actually use coffee! For the longest time I got confused whenever I saw a coffee cake that didn’t have it as an ingredient (took me a while to figure out it’s a cake meant to have with coffee, haha). Anyway, mesquite flour is one flour that’s intrigued me deeply for a long time now but I haven’t found it anywhere yet except online. I’d love to try it, though!

    • Shirley on February 25th, 2011 11:46 pm

      Hey Zoe–LOL on coffee cakes. Well, I’m making this one for again for our tea event tomorrow and I don’t *think* anyone will be having coffee with it, so it’s good that it contains coffee to make everything legit. ;-) Jules uses mesquite flour often, but I haven’t tried it yet either. We did see a lot of mesquite trees on our epic road trip though! Thanks for entering the giveaway! :-)

      Hugs,
      Shirley

  4. MELANIE BINKLEY on February 23rd, 2011 2:41 am

    The Coffee Cake looks great and I plan to make it! Thanks for the review as well!

    • Shirley on February 25th, 2011 11:48 pm

      Hi Melanie–Thanks for all the entries! Hmmm, wish I’d thought of that biscotti recipe earlier myself. Would have been great for our tea event tomorrow!

      Shirley

  5. MELANIE BINKLEY on February 23rd, 2011 2:48 am

    I’d like to make Jules Cranberry Almond Biscotti

  6. MELANIE BINKLEY on February 23rd, 2011 2:50 am

    I liked Jules

  7. MELANIE BINKLEY on February 23rd, 2011 2:51 am

    I shared this on facebook

  8. Vicky Gillispie on February 23rd, 2011 2:53 am

    Thank you for the recipe! It sounds yummy & I can’t wait to try it because I love coffee cake!

    • Shirley on February 25th, 2011 11:49 pm

      Hi Vicky–It looks like you are new to gfe–welcome! I’m so glad that Jules and her publisher allowed me to share the recipe with all of you. :-) Tomorrow, I’m making it with the streusel topping!

      Shirley

  9. Michele on February 23rd, 2011 10:22 am

    Please enter me in the giveaway for a copy of the Free for All Cooking giveaway. thanks!

    • Shirley on February 25th, 2011 11:52 pm

      Hey Michele–Great to see you here at gfe again! You’re entered. :-)

      Shirley

  10. Lucinda on February 23rd, 2011 12:48 pm

    Sounds like a good book to have!

    • Shirley on February 25th, 2011 11:53 pm

      Hi Lucinda–Welcome to gfe! :-) Thanks for entering the giveaway … I think you’d really like Jules new book!

      Shirley

  11. Christine on February 23rd, 2011 12:55 pm

    Yum! I’m always really interested in what substitutions people recommend using for allergen free cooking/baking, so it makes me really happy that she has a whole section devoted to it!

    • Shirley on February 25th, 2011 11:55 pm

      Hi Christine–Always nice to see you! I thought that whole section was really helpful, a great prelude to the actual recipes that were “free for all.” :-) Thanks for entering!

      Shirley

  12. Christine on February 23rd, 2011 12:57 pm

    I would love to try her pumpkin cornbread – I love pumpkin and cornbread, so together they should be amazing!

  13. Niv on February 23rd, 2011 1:19 pm

    I would like to try Jules Crescent rolls and red velvet cupcakes.

    • Shirley on February 25th, 2011 11:56 pm

      Hi Niv!–Now those two do sound really good, don’t they? ;-) Thanks for entering the giveaway!

      Hugs,
      Shirley

  14. Nicole on February 23rd, 2011 1:55 pm

    I just tried a sample packet of Jules’ all-purpose flour a few weeks ago and it performed beautifully. I’d love to win her cookbook.

    • Shirley on February 25th, 2011 11:58 pm

      Hi Nicole–Welcome to gfe and thanks for your entries! :-) Jules’ flour mix is really terrific, isn’t it? :-) Thanks for entering the giveaway!

      Shirley

  15. Nicole on February 23rd, 2011 1:55 pm

    I’ve liked Jules on Facebook as well.

  16. Nicole on February 23rd, 2011 1:58 pm

    I’d like to try Jules’ Red Velvet Cupcake recipe.

  17. Carole on February 23rd, 2011 1:59 pm

    I JUST LOVE COFFEE CAKES. I AM A PASTRY PERSON FOR SURE. I WOULD LOVE TO MAKE JULS COFFEE CAKE.

    • Shirley on February 26th, 2011 12:00 am

      Hi there Carole!–Looks like I made your recipe choice very easy. ;-) Thanks for entering the giveaway!

      Shirley

  18. Alena Mack on February 23rd, 2011 2:17 pm

    would love to get this cookbook! I love Jules’ blog (as well as GFE)! Can’t wait to learn more about the GF kitchen!

    • Shirley on February 26th, 2011 12:02 am

      Hey Alena–Nice to meet another fan of Jules! So sweet of you to say that about both our blogs. Thanks for entering!

      Shirley

  19. Tiare on February 23rd, 2011 2:34 pm

    Hi Shirley
    both of my sons and i are supposed to be gluten AND diary free, since I never have time to cook (single mommy) I feel bad I am always buying everything made, I realize that is probably why because I dont have a good cookbook! HA ya so would love to receive the giveaway books thanks for the fun :)

    • Shirley on February 26th, 2011 12:06 am

      Hi Tiare–Welcome to gfe! :-) Being a mom, and a single mom at that, is a tough job for sure. Thanks for entering the giveaway. I think Jules’ recipes will help you for sure. Hope you’ll take a look at my gfe recipes, too, while you’re here. ;-)

      Hugs,
      Shirley

  20. nicola @ gfreemom on February 23rd, 2011 5:13 pm

    Hi Shirley. This really does look amazing. Thanks for reviewing it in such detail. So insightful, as always. ;-).
    N xo

    • Shirley on February 26th, 2011 12:50 pm

      Hi dear Nicola–Thanks for stopping by to enter the giveaway. :-) In a short time, I’m making this coffee cake per Jules’ original recipe. If I have time, I’m snap a photo. ;-)

      xo,
      Shirley

  21. Arleen on February 23rd, 2011 5:24 pm

    Crescent rolls? Red Velvet Cupcakes? Coffee Coffee Cake?? Oh, my!! I would love to win this cookbook. I will be making the Coffee Cake tomorrow, for sure.

    • Shirley on February 26th, 2011 12:52 pm

      Hi Arleen–So nice to see you again! I knowwwww … it’s so hard to choose, isn’t it? ;-) Hope you enjoyed the coffee cake!

      Shirley

  22. Jessie at Gluten Free 4 Goofs on February 23rd, 2011 5:39 pm

    YUM! One of my all time favorite gluten free cake recipes calls for brewed coffee. :)

    • Shirley on February 26th, 2011 12:54 pm

      Hey Jessie–It’s been a VERY long time, dear … so great to see you! :-) Sounds like you are in on the coffee cake secret. ;-) Have you every had coffee in savory dishes? That can be amazing, too. I might share one eventually … Thanks for entering the giveaway!

      Hugs,
      Shirley

  23. Gina on February 23rd, 2011 5:45 pm

    Learning to cook Gluten and Dairy free. Need all the help I can get-would love to win the book.

    • Shirley on February 26th, 2011 12:55 pm

      Hi there, Gina–Nice to see you again! :-) Thanks so much for entering the giveaway. Jules is a great resource for gf/df as well as so many others. Hope you are finding them all in the blogosphere!

      Shirley

  24. Johanna B on February 23rd, 2011 6:33 pm

    This is a great cookbook. I have enjoyed several recipes from it.

    • Shirley on February 26th, 2011 12:57 pm

      Hi Johanna–Thanks so much for adding your review! That means so much to me and is helpful to everyone. :-)

      Hugs,
      Shirley

  25. Susan R on February 23rd, 2011 6:44 pm

    I love cookbooks and would enjoy making the recipes in this one.

    • Shirley on February 26th, 2011 12:58 pm

      Hey Susan–There are so many of us who adore our cookbooks! ;-) Thanks for entering the giveaway. :-)

      Hugs,
      Shirley

  26. cheryl on February 23rd, 2011 8:26 pm

    that looks great. We made the brownies, but now I’m tempted by the coffee cake!

  27. InTolerantChef on February 24th, 2011 1:30 am

    Yummy looking cake, but I would have to add the topping for extra yumminess!

    • Shirley on February 26th, 2011 1:22 pm

      InTolerantChef–You are not alone in your desire for the streusel topping! :-) I will be making Jules’ original version for our tea event today. I might add some walnuts or pecans though, as we don’t have anyone with allergies to those in our group. Thanks for entering the giveaway!

      Shirley

  28. Karol on February 24th, 2011 1:47 am

    This would be great to win. I’m always looking for new and delicious GF recipes.

    • Shirley on February 26th, 2011 1:23 pm

      Hi Karol–Nice to see you at gfe again! :-) Yes, I agree on that pumpkin hummus … a must try for sure. Thanks for entering the giveaway!

      Shirley

      • Karol on February 26th, 2011 9:29 pm

        Hi Shirley, thanks for the welcome back. Yeah, I definitely plan to try that hummus fairly soon. I’ll let you know how it turns out…with my cooking skills, it’s a toss up whether it will come out tasty or awful. I’m still learning lol.

        • Shirley on February 28th, 2011 12:19 am

          Karol–I’ll be waiting to hear! I can’t imagine that you’ll have any problems. ;-)

          Shirley

  29. Karol on February 24th, 2011 1:47 am

    I already follow Jules on Facebook.

  30. Karol on February 24th, 2011 1:52 am

    The pumpkin hummus sounds amazing. I will definitely be trying that recipe.

  31. Jeanine on February 24th, 2011 8:07 am

    A coffee cake with coffee…topped with streusel topping (a must in my books), I definitely want to make this cake! Can’t wait to see what other goodies are in that book!

    • Shirley on February 26th, 2011 1:29 pm

      Hi Jeanine–Yes, you’ve spelled out the goodness re: Jules’ coffee cake! :-) You are such an accomplished baker, I can’t imagine you having difficulties with muffins. Must be an anomaly. ;-) Thanks for all your entries!

      Hugs,
      Shirley

  32. Jeanine on February 24th, 2011 8:10 am

    I’d love to try Jules blueberry Muffins recipe…love blueberries, I just never have much luck with muffins.

  33. Jeanine on February 24th, 2011 8:11 am

    I follow Jules on Twitter (always feel like a stalker saying that). ;)

  34. Jeanine on February 24th, 2011 8:13 am

    I “Like” Jules on FB as well.

  35. Jeanine on February 24th, 2011 8:16 am

    I’ve relayed the message via facebook as well!

  36. Bonnie Goldspinner on February 24th, 2011 8:21 am

    Would LOVE this… Jules recipes are the BEST!!!

    • Shirley on February 26th, 2011 1:32 pm

      Hi Bonnie–Welcome to gfe! It’s so nice to meet another Jules’ fan. :-) Thanks so much for all your entries. Try Jules’ pizza for sure and you might also want to try my flourless gfe pizza; it’s very popular. ;-) There can’t be enough good gf pizza, right?

      Shirley

  37. Bonnie Goldspinner on February 24th, 2011 8:23 am

    I follow Jules on Twitter :-)

  38. Bonnie Goldspinner on February 24th, 2011 8:24 am

    I’m also a Facebook Fan of Jules :-)

  39. Bonnie Goldspinner on February 24th, 2011 8:25 am

    I want to try her Pizza recipe… haven’t had a GOOD pizza in 3 years :-(

  40. Dorothy on February 24th, 2011 9:05 am

    Fingers crossed that I’ll be lucky. I don’t own any gluten free cookbooks yet.

    • Shirley on February 26th, 2011 1:34 pm

      Hi Dorothy–Looks like you’re new here—welcome! :-) Hope your finger crossing working the random number generator that chooses the winners. ;-)

      Shirley

  41. Susan on February 24th, 2011 10:00 am

    I “liked” you on facebook..

    • Shirley on February 26th, 2011 1:36 pm

      Hi Susan–It looks like you might be new to gfe–welcome! :-) Thanks for entering the giveaway!

      Shirley

  42. Suz on February 24th, 2011 12:11 pm

    Having a resident celiac & other family members with other food allergies, this looks like a great addition to our resources.

    • Shirley on February 26th, 2011 1:38 pm

      Hi Suz–Welcome to gfe! :-) Jules’ new cookbook would indeed be a great resource for you and your family. Thanks for entering!

      Shirley

  43. Kristin on February 24th, 2011 12:57 pm

    I’ve shared on FB :)

  44. Kristin on February 24th, 2011 1:01 pm

    And liked on FB :)

  45. Kristin on February 24th, 2011 1:03 pm
  46. Alisa Fleming on February 24th, 2011 1:32 pm

    I already have Jules’s great book, so no need to enter me, but you did a fabulous job with that coffee cake Shirley! That is actually the second GF coffee cake with coffee in it I have seen this week.

    • Shirley on February 26th, 2011 1:45 pm

      Alisa–You are such a bright light in this blogosphere—thanks for the coffee cake kudos! Jules makes everyone look good. ;-) Interesting on seeing another true coffee cake recipe this week; will need to check that out, too. :-)

      Shirley

  47. Heather Brandt on February 24th, 2011 3:16 pm

    I’d love to win! I’m still learning since I’ve only been GF since October. I’m also dairy free for the most part.

    • Shirley on February 26th, 2011 11:08 pm

      Hey Heather–Long time, no see. ;-) Thanks so much for stopping back by gfe and entering the giveaway! :-)

      Shirley

  48. Stacy on February 24th, 2011 3:19 pm

    This recipe sounds fantastic! Would love to have the cookbook!

    • Shirley on February 26th, 2011 11:11 pm

      Hey Stacy–It’s good to see you again! :-) Made this recipe again today for my support group’s tea and it was loved. ;-) Thanks for entering the giveaway!

      Shirley

  49. Stacy on February 24th, 2011 3:19 pm

    I follow Jules on twitter! I am @maconmom

  50. Stacy on February 24th, 2011 3:19 pm

    I follow Jules on Facebook!

  51. Sheri on February 24th, 2011 3:21 pm

    I would LOVE a copy of Jules’ new cookbook! My 6 year old daughter is on a very restrictive diet (GF,CF, egg, soy, peanuts), and I would love to use some more of Jules’ recipes when cooking for her and my entire family.

    • Shirley on February 26th, 2011 11:12 pm

      Hi Sheri–Welcome to gfe! :-) You’re right .. this would be a great cookbook for you to have to ensure great, safe recipes for your daughter and your family. Thanks for entering!

      Shirley

  52. Florence P. on February 24th, 2011 3:22 pm

    Real Red Velvet Cupcakes recipe for sure. My other half loves them & I love any & all sweets. :-)

    • Shirley on February 26th, 2011 11:14 pm

      Hi Florence–Sounds like the Real Red Velvet Cupcakes are a great choice for you and your other half! ;-) Thanks for entering the giveaway!

      Shirley

  53. Florence P. on February 24th, 2011 3:23 pm

    I already follow Jules on Facebook.

    • Florence P. on February 24th, 2011 3:30 pm

      I already follow Jules on Twitter.

  54. Florence P. on February 24th, 2011 3:23 pm

    I “liked” Jules on Facebook.

  55. Florence P. on February 24th, 2011 3:30 pm

    Shared the giveaway one Facebook!

  56. Linda on February 24th, 2011 4:03 pm

    Shirley, no need to enter me in the giveaway. Thanks for linking to my review. The cake looks tasty–I haven’t tried that one. Coffee is a common ingredient in chocolate cake which I have used many times, but not always. You usually can’t taste it, but it gives the cake a little kick. A thorough review as always!

    • Shirley on February 26th, 2011 11:17 pm

      Hi Linda–My pleasure to link to your review! I think we need more than one opinion and we all offer different perspectives. I made this cake for our group’s tea today. I still ended up making a slight mod because I accidentally melted the butter trying to soften it. So I mixed melted butter, palm sugar, and cinnamon. It was too runny so I added chopped pecans. I dolloped this on the top. When the cake baked the “topping” sank to the bottom and made a wonderful sticky bun-type base. ;-)

      Coffee in chocolate cake sounds good by me! :-)

      Thanks, dear!
      Shirley

  57. Jane Dittman on February 24th, 2011 4:17 pm

    I follow Jules on Facebook – am a big fan of her other recipe books and her mixes and all purpose flour.

    • Shirley on February 26th, 2011 11:22 pm

      Hey Jane–It’s great to meet another Jules fan. :-) Thanks for entering the giveaway and welcome to gfe!

      Shirley

  58. Ann on February 24th, 2011 4:43 pm

    Just last week I sat across the table envious of my boyfriend as he devoured a huge portion of moist, blueberry coffee cake. I can’t wait to try this recipe! Thanks so much!!

    • Shirley on February 26th, 2011 11:23 pm

      Hi Ann–It looks like you are new here—welcome! :-) Yep, it’s time for your own gf coffee cake. ;-)

      Shirley

  59. Dawn on February 24th, 2011 4:45 pm

    I “liked” Jules on FB

    • Shirley on February 28th, 2011 12:41 am

      Hi Dawn–Looks like you are new here … welcome! :-) Thanks for entering!

      Shirley

  60. Kelly on February 24th, 2011 5:03 pm

    Have been enjoying Jules’ flour and blog for awhile! Looking forward to checking out yours some more!

    • Shirley on February 28th, 2011 12:46 am

      That’s great to hear, Kelly! Welcome! Thanks for entering the giveaway. :-)

      Shirley

  61. Jessica on February 24th, 2011 5:33 pm

    I plan to make Jules cupcakes with her chocolate frosting.

    • Shirley on February 28th, 2011 12:48 am

      Hi Jessica–Welcome! Hard to beat cupcakes. ;-) Thanks so much for entering the giveway!

      Shirley

  62. Linda S. on February 24th, 2011 10:08 pm

    I love ALL of Jules books and recipes. I have yet to try to make her English muffins and crescent rolls. I think I’ll try the crescent rolls tomorrow. And maybe make her pizza for dinner? :)

    • Shirley on February 28th, 2011 12:49 am

      Hi Linda–Welcome to gfe! Wow on all the reviews you are sharing on Jules’ cookbooks and recipes. :-) I know she’ll be thrilled. Thanks so much for entering!

      Shirley

  63. Linda S. on February 24th, 2011 10:11 pm

    I just ‘liked’ her beautiful new bread that just came out of her oven like 20 minutes ago. Jules is a genius gluten-free baker! :)

  64. Linda S. on February 24th, 2011 10:38 pm

    I just saw her Challah on the back of the Free For All cover – that looks amazing! I might have to try that one tomorrow, too! With Jules’ flour and her fantastic recipes and advice, there’s no ‘giving up’ anything. It’s so wonderful!

  65. Julie T. on February 25th, 2011 8:59 am

    I follow Jules on Facebook! I get her blog and love her recipes.. I think I have every book, e-cookbook ,,, Kindle version of her book, though not the paperback! Would love to add it!!

    Ohh! I will make this coffeecake one day, last night, I made Jule’s recipe for sugar cut- out cookies, for my son’s activity last night. He loves them!!

    • Shirley on February 28th, 2011 12:51 am

      Another awesome review for Jules! :-) Welcome to gfe and thanks for entering the giveaway!

      Shirley

  66. Wendy on February 25th, 2011 10:52 am

    I follow Jules on Facebook! I love her recipes and her GF flour which has made it possible for me to make many of my old recipes again. My family even likes it!

    • Shirley on February 28th, 2011 12:53 am

      Hi Wendy–Looks like you are new here … welcome! Thanks so much for all the lovely feedback on Jules, her recipes, and flour!

      Shirley

  67. Wendy on February 25th, 2011 10:53 am

    Making the pancakes this morning! YUM!!

  68. Wendy on February 25th, 2011 10:54 am

    I follow Jules on Twitter.

  69. Dawn on February 25th, 2011 10:57 am

    How exciting! I can’t wait to get a copy of Jule’s new cookbook, Free For All Cooking!!

    • Shirley on February 28th, 2011 12:43 am

      Hi Dawn–I think you’re a gfe newbie–welcome! :-) Great testimonial on the birthday cake … thanks so much for sharing!

      Shirley

  70. Dawn on February 25th, 2011 10:59 am

    My son turned 11 yesterday. I made Jule’s “Chocolate Birthday Cake”, and everyone loved it! The best part was I could eat b-day cake with my family! Thank you!!!

  71. Dawn on February 25th, 2011 11:00 am

    I follow Jules Gluten Free Flour on Facebook! :)

  72. Wendy on February 25th, 2011 11:32 am

    Posted this giveaway on Facebook! And I added it to my blog.

  73. Kim - Cook It Allergy Free on February 25th, 2011 1:53 pm

    What a great review of Jule’s book, Shirley!! And I will totally be trying that coffee cake. I love how you pour the coffee over the banana. I can only imagine what a unique flavor that gives this cake. And you are right! imagine a coffee cake that ACTUALLY has coffee in it! LOL I love it! That never made sense to me that most coffee cakes do not even have that as an ingredient!
    x0
    k

    • Shirley on February 28th, 2011 12:55 am

      Hi Kim–Thanks so much! Banana and coffee for coffee cake is a great combo for sure … smart Jules! :-)

      Shirley

  74. Yvonne on February 25th, 2011 4:38 pm

    I love cookies so I’m going to make those cut out sugar cookies very soon!

    • Shirley on February 28th, 2011 12:56 am

      Hi Yvonee–I think you’re new here–welcome! :-) Hard to beat cut out cookies … thanks so much for entering the giveaway!

      Shirley

  75. Diane-thewholegang on February 25th, 2011 5:23 pm

    I think Jules is a super person. I wish I could use her mix as it would make baking easier for me. I think she and I are going to jump on board the baking for hunger with a gluten free twist. Her cookbook looks good too.

    • Shirley on February 28th, 2011 12:57 am

      Diane–I agree … Jules is a super person. Love her positive energy! I’m interested in helping in the baking for hunger project in my neck of the woods. :-)

      Shirley

  76. Sweets By Vicky on February 25th, 2011 10:44 pm

    I love it when a new book’s recipes gets a good test, always lets me know what to expect.

    I wouldn’t be forgoing streusel anytime soon though. ;)

    • Shirley on February 28th, 2011 12:58 am

      Haha, Vicki–Nope, nobody wants to forego the streusel. ;-)

      Shirley

  77. Heather Jones on February 26th, 2011 5:03 pm

    This book sounds scrumptious! Thanks for sharing. I can’t wait to try the cake!

    • Shirley on February 27th, 2011 11:59 pm

      Hi Heather–Welcome to gfe! :-) Thanks so much for entering the giveaway for Jules’ great new book!

      Shirley

  78. Missy on February 26th, 2011 5:08 pm

    I ”LIKED” u on facebook! im just beginning to look at the site but so far see a bunch of recipes i want to try……and the flour also! :O) thanks!

    • Shirley on February 28th, 2011 12:01 am

      Hey Missy–Welcome! :-) Thanks so much for entering the giveaway and the Facebook connection. Glad you are seeing things of interest on Jules’ site!

      Shirley

  79. Susan on February 26th, 2011 5:10 pm

    Looks like a great cookbook..would love it..

    • Shirley on February 28th, 2011 12:03 am

      Hi Susan–It’s looks like you are new here—welcome to gfe! Thanks so much for entering the giveaway. :-)

      Shirley

  80. Melanie Binkley on February 26th, 2011 5:14 pm

    Love it!

    • Shirley on February 28th, 2011 12:03 am

      Hi Melanie!–Thanks for entering the giveaway, dear. :-)

      Shirley

  81. Dorie on February 26th, 2011 5:20 pm

    I would love a cookbook to give me direction in becoming GF. This sounds wonderful.

    • Shirley on February 28th, 2011 12:05 am

      Hi Dorie–Welcome to gfe! :-) It’s nice to meet another Jules’ fan and thank so much for the Facebook connection!

      Shirley

  82. Dorie on February 26th, 2011 5:21 pm

    Follow you on FB.

  83. Dorie on February 26th, 2011 5:28 pm

    Love her Blog as she has a wealth of info and research.

  84. Diane Stephens on February 26th, 2011 5:38 pm

    The gf sugar cookies sound awesome!

    • Shirley on February 28th, 2011 12:07 am

      Hi Diane–Welcome to gfe! :-) Glad you found an awesome recipe you’d like to try and thanks for entering the giveaway!

      Shirley

  85. Gypsi on February 26th, 2011 5:48 pm

    I read Jules’ blog and follow her on facebook. Her fruit cobbler recipe is just like I remember fruit cobbler tasting when my Mom used to make it! Her flour blend is better than any I’ve used in GF years.

    This was a great review and I can’t wait to buy on a copy of this new cookbook (though I would love to win one).

    I’m going to share this on facebook; thanks so much!

    • Shirley on February 28th, 2011 12:09 am

      Hi Gypsi–Welcome to gfe! :-) It’s so nice to meet another Jules’ fan and hear such a great testimonial on her recipe and product. Thanks for entering and sharing the giveaway with others!

      Shirley

  86. Megan on February 26th, 2011 6:12 pm

    Great review. Can’t wait to try the recipe and get the book. I’ve been considering trying Jules flour, but haven’t yet. Sounds like it would make life easier.

    • Shirley on February 28th, 2011 12:11 am

      Welcome, Megan! Thanks; I appreciate you stopping by to enter the giveaway. :-)

      Shirley

  87. Trish on February 26th, 2011 7:07 pm

    Hey, I LOVE Jule’s flour! It’s the BEST one I have found after trying a bunch, including making my own. I love the coffee cake recipe! YUMMY!

    • Shirley on February 28th, 2011 12:13 am

      Hi Trish–What a great testimonial for Jules’ flour mix … I know she’ll appreciate it. Coffee cake is a good thing for sure. ;-) Thanks for entering! :-)

      Shirley

  88. amy on February 26th, 2011 7:31 pm

    This coffee cake sounds delicious!!! I love her flour! I just made her yellow cake/chocolate icing & tried an experimental cinnamon cake last week & my family ATE IT UP! :) So glad I found this flour & a few of her recipes…they have been a life saver!

    • Shirley on February 28th, 2011 12:16 am

      Hi Amy–Welcome to gfe! :-) Another great testimonial for Jules’ flour and her recipes … thanks so much for sharing and entering the giveaway!

      Shirley

  89. Maggie on February 26th, 2011 8:13 pm

    Great review Shirley. I love Jules. She’s so approachable and positive. And I love the cover of her book. Thanks for sharing Shirley. You’re the go-to girl for everything gluten-free :)

    • Shirley on February 28th, 2011 12:18 am

      Hey Maggie–Thanks so much! You’ve captured Jules beautifully—”approachable and positive.” Thanks for entering the giveaway, dear, and your sweet words directed to me as always (you spoil me!). :-)

      Shirley

  90. Wendy on February 26th, 2011 10:58 pm

    6 years ago I found out that my 18 month old extremely sick son had a completely manageable disease, celiac disease. Jules flour made cooking normal again. Thanks for the impact she made on our lives. Thanks for spotlighting her work.

    • Shirley on February 28th, 2011 12:22 am

      Hi Wendy–Welcome! I love how you emphasize the positive in your wording–”a completely manageable disease.” Another great testimonial to Jules; I’m so happy to share her new cookbook by doing my review. Thanks for entering, Wendy.

      Shirley

  91. Kathy Legere on February 27th, 2011 9:58 am

    I will make this coffeecake real soon, maybe this afternoon! :-). All the recipes listed in Free For All Cooking sound awesome! I have most of Jules other cookbooks/ebooks and use her recipes often. Thanks Jules for all your efforts and dedication to gluten free and allergy free cooking. I share your website and recipes with many people.

    • Shirley on February 28th, 2011 12:24 am

      Hi Kathy–Welcome! It’s so wonderful to hear all of these great reviews of Jules and her work! Thanks so much for entering.

      Shirley

  92. Robin on February 27th, 2011 10:30 am

    I haven’t tried Jules flour yet…keep wanting to do so and this could have me taking the plunge!

    • Shirley on February 28th, 2011 12:25 am

      Hey Robin–Nice to see you again! Thank you for entering the giveaway. :-)

      Shirley

  93. Kim on February 27th, 2011 11:17 am

    I want to try the Red Velvet cake and the cut-out sugar cookies at Jule’s GF Blog.

    • Shirley on February 28th, 2011 12:27 am

      Hi Kim–Welcome to gfe! :-) You’ve picked some popular recipes of Jules. Thanks for entering the giveaway!

      Shirley

  94. Jennifer Ellis on February 27th, 2011 11:37 am

    Definitely the GIrl Scout cookies!!!! I miss those terribly!

    • Shirley on February 28th, 2011 12:28 am

      Hey Jennifer–Good to see you again! Everyone is talking about GS cookies right now … so nice that Jules has recipes for them. :-) Thanks for entering the giveaway!

      Shirley

  95. Donna on February 27th, 2011 11:42 am

    I liked jules on facebook :)

    • Shirley on February 28th, 2011 12:29 am

      Hi Donna–Looks like you are new here—welcome! Thanks so much for entering the giveaway! :-)

      Shirley

  96. tricia on February 27th, 2011 11:57 am

    I would love to make the macaroni and cheese. Haven’t had it in so long. I liked Jules on face book.

    • Shirley on February 28th, 2011 12:30 am

      Welcome to gfe, Tricia! :-) Now that’s classic comfort food … thanks for entering the giveway.

      Shirley

  97. Rachael Weber on February 27th, 2011 12:16 pm

    I love coffee cake, and this sounds delicious!! Mmmmm.

    • Shirley on February 28th, 2011 12:31 am

      Hey Rachael–So nice to see you again … thanks for entering the giveaway! :-)

      Shirley

  98. Christine Welsh-Buck on February 27th, 2011 2:19 pm

    Just liked you on FB… looks like a great resource for GF wonders!

    • Shirley on February 28th, 2011 12:33 am

      Hi Christine–Thanks for the FB connection and welcome to gfe. :-) Thanks for entering the giveaway!

      Shirley

  99. Melanie Binkley on February 27th, 2011 3:31 pm

    I am new to all this are we supposed to post to enter every day or does just once do the trick? Thanks in advance.

    • Shirley on February 27th, 2011 3:41 pm

      Melanie–Once does the trick . :-)

      Shirley

  100. Hannah on February 27th, 2011 7:56 pm

    Hi,

    I’m new to gfe and this looks to be a great resource! I’m a college student who loves cooking & baking so I could always use something that comes “easily.” Maybe I’ll make coffee cake next week on spring break…

    • Shirley on February 28th, 2011 12:35 am

      Hi Hannah–Welcome! So glad you’ve found gfe and now Jules’ cookbooks, blog, etc. Ahhh, spring break … that sounds nice and definitely like perfect baking time. ;-)

      Shirley

  101. Emily on February 27th, 2011 11:54 pm

    Hi,

    I follow Jules on Twitter. I would like to make her Pizza recipe!

    ~ Emily

    • Shirley on February 28th, 2011 12:37 am

      Hi Emily–Nice to meet you–welcome to gfe! :-) Who can resist good pizza, right? ;-) Thanks so much for entering the giveaway.

      Shirley

  102. Erin on February 28th, 2011 11:39 am

    Looks like a beautiful book! Hope to win!

    • Shirley on February 28th, 2011 1:02 pm

      Hi Erin–Welcome to gfe! :-) Unfortunately this giveaway ended last night, but stay tuned for the final giveaway in this series, which will include a copy of Jules’ Free For All Cooking as well.

      Shirley

  103. Laurie S on February 28th, 2011 12:53 pm

    I would love to try any of Jules bread recipes

    • Shirley on February 28th, 2011 1:03 pm

      Hi Laurie–Thanks for stopping by gfe–welcome! This giveaway has ended, but please stay tuned for the final giveaway that also includes a copy of Jules’ great cookbook. :-)

      Shirley

  104. Laurie S on February 28th, 2011 12:54 pm

    I follow Jules on Facebook too

  105. Monique on February 28th, 2011 4:34 pm

    I follow Jules on Facebook.

    • Shirley on February 28th, 2011 11:20 pm

      Hi Monique–Welcome to gfe! :-) Unfortunately, this giveaway has ended. But stay tuned … the final series giveaway, which also includes Jules’ new cookbook, is opening for entries soon. ;-)

      Shirley

  106. Sophie on March 2nd, 2011 3:09 pm

    What a fabulously appetizing looking cake!!

    Looks ooh so tasty too!

  107. Kristin on March 4th, 2011 6:03 pm

    Thanks so much Shirley! I can’t wait for a new stream of recipes to tinker with (I can’t help myself!) Within the family we’ve got gluten, dairy, soy, nuts & shellfish issues so I’m always looking for new ideas :)

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