As many of you know, I consider Aran Goyoaga a close friend and colleague. We first wrote to each other over a decade ago and have tried to get to know each other over the years since then. We meet when we're in the same town and occasionally travel together. I love hearing what Aran is working on and enjoy catching a glimpse of their work. She works on a lot of cool (beautiful!) Projects, but recently she's been writing and photographing a book that is particularly close to her heart. A baking book.
Cannelle Et Vanille Bakes Simple is the culmination of Aran's in-depth knowledge of baking. She sent me an early copy of the book and I went straight to the oven and dialed it to preheat. Cookies would be baked instantly. I'll tell you more about the book (and share some pictures) below, but the first thing you need to know is that these puddles of fudge-y goodness were amazing. It's their Double Chocolate Buckwheat Crinkle Cookies, and Aran says of them: "… these cookies are crunchy and sticky at the same time – a mix of brownie and biscuit."
The taste! I love the chocolate and buckwheat combo that, along with a good amount of brown sugar, adds depth and dimension. They are delicious. If you rarely (and want to!) Explore the realm of flours beyond all-purpose flour, these cookies are a great place to start. Also, if you're looking for a great gluten-free cookie recipe to take with you for a jaunt, these are the ones for you. They were the first thing I baked and were very popular with the potluck I took them to.
Variations // Double Chocolate Buckwheat Crinkle Biscuits:
- Double Chocolate Fennel Buckwheat Crinkle Biscuits: Aran makes their cookies with a teaspoon of crushed fennel seeds. I couldn't find my fennel seeds (in none of my seven spice drawers LOL) so we went for pure chocolate and buckwheat for this round. I imagine the anise-scented fennel seeds with the chocolate to be wonderfully fragrant and special.
- Espresso Double Chocolate Buckwheat Crinkle Cookies: A little obvious, but if you love a coffee and chocolate combo add a tablespoon of finely ground espresso beans with the cocoa powder.
- Black Cocoa Buckwheat Crinkle Cookies: I can imagine replacing 1 of the 3 tablespoons of cocoa required in this recipe with a black cocoa, jotting down a note to me and choosing from there if you love the richness of black cocoa as much as I do.
Below are a few snapshots of the inside of Cannelle Et Vanilla Bakes Simple. The photography is stunning, as is the beautiful book design. I'm going to weave some thoughts in between some of the spreads below.
Who is this book for?? This is the book I would buy for anyone who wants a fantastic, comprehensive look at gluten-free baking. It's all here. They are covered on the sourdough front. GF Breads, Baguettes, Brioche, Bagels, Babkas? Check. Cake, pie dough, scones, shortbread, thumbprints? All there. I also love the inclusion of a holiday baking section as the last chapter in the book. Linzertorte! Hot cross buns! Rugelach! Stritzel! Alternatively, if you as a baker would like to explore the wonderful realm of baking with alternative flours, you will also find plenty of inspiration here.
Cannelle Et Vanilla Bakes Simple will be out on October 26th, 2021 and my pro tip here is this – if you think this is a book you might want to give away as a Christmas present, pre-order now. I suspect it will sell quickly. I'm not just saying this as a friend of Aran, but as someone who will buy multiple copies to give away to friends and family with gluten sensitivity because it covers so much in beautiful packaging.
Aside from the book, if you're interested in more Aran goodness, you're in luck. She has a fantastic Instagram account and you can follow her events and new projects on her website.
Before I sign out, you should know that there is a lot of chocolate in the archives and also a lot of gluten-free recipes. Here you will find more chocolate recipes as well as many cookie recipes: Don't miss these favorites: my absolute favorite brownies, this flourless chocolate cake, please please please prepare this chocolate pudding and don't miss out on this chocolate devil cake.
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