The Valentine’s Day Bake-Off Guide
If you missed the BIG announcement yesterday,
let me recap for you:
Fork and Beans is sponsoring the 1st Annual
Valentine’s Day Bake-Off!
Come one! Come all!
It’s time to rev your ovens and get your buns in the kitchen!
3 Winners will be chosen from the sea of applicants,
each winning a $75 gift card to the store of their choice.
Anywhere they want.
Submissions are accepted from now until February 6th.
The rules are as follows:
- The recipe must be gluten-free and vegan: Raw desserts are absolutely acceptable too!
- It must be an original recipe: By all means, be inspired by what is out there! Just make sure you do your own twist.
- The recipe must be geared towards Valentine’s Day.
- You must submit a photo (it does not need to be professional, but it must be yours!) and a recipe to enter.
- Anyone is welcome to submit!
- Multiple submissions are welcomed.
- There are 3 categories that the recipes will be judged on:
- The Most Creative
- The Best Tasting Recipe
- The Best Allergen-Free Recipe (free of Wheat, Soy, Nuts, Milk, Eggs, and Corn)
The following are things to avoid in gluten-free baking:
- White flour
- Wheat flour
- Spelt flour
The following are things to avoid in vegan baking:
- Milk (from cows, sheep, goat, etc)
- Cream cheese
- Sour cream
For a substitutes guide, see my Guide to GF/Vegan Baking guide here
When it comes to allergen-free baking, this is just the woman you want to call! Extremely talented in the kitchen, Laurel has an extensive knowledge not only in gluten-free goodies, but vegan and allergen-friendly baking as well. You can even find some of her recipes in cookbooks that are out on the market today. Despite a long list of food allergies and health issues she battles with on a daily basis, Laurel still finds the energy to be a strong presence in the blogging world–always offering her wisdom, guidance, and encouragement. Now if we could just convince her to start her own blog…
Jenn is the mastermind behind Gluten Free Feed (the FoodGawker for those who are unable to consume gluten) and her own blog, The Cinnamon Quill. You can also find Jenn as the gluten free expert/recipe developer over at Martha Stewart’s Whole Living. Diagnosed with Celiacs 10 years ago, Jenn has been determined to not let it keep her away from the kitchen. In fact, she has been on a mission to perfect the tastiest “sometimes vegetarian, sometimes vegan, always gluten-free” treats in town. One visit to her blog and it is obvious that she is succeeding!
In comparison to these ladies, I’m the less-experienced newbie–having only been in the kitchen since July 2010, baking gluten free and vegan. I have absolutely no training what-so-ever in the departments of food, photography, and life. I am simply just trying to figure it out every day, while taking on the mission to show those with dietary restrictions that it doesn’t mean that they are resorted to a diet of only cabbage and figs. Food *can* be fun!
BEST OF LUCK!!
If you have any more questions about the contest, feel free to email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org