Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Baking: iPad App

By | Nov 21, 2012

A few days ago, I started researching some gluten-free apps, just to see what was out there for the holiday season.  I came across a few that looked interesting, but one in particular stuck out: Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Baking.

The app is for iPad only, and the recipes and commentary come from Shauna Ahern, better known as the voice behind the blog The Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef.  I think Shauna has amazing recipes and I always enjoy reading her posts, so I downloaded the app to see what it was all about.

I was surprised that the app was only available for the iPad, simply because of the immense popularity of the iPhone.  Once I downloaded it though, I totally understood why.  An iPhone simply would not be large enough to display the amazing food photos, recipes and video demonstrations of this app.

I want to preface this by saying I’m really not an app person.  Even in the world of “there’s-an-app-for-that,” I just haven’t quite jumped on the bandwagon, despite owning a smartphone.  So basically, what I’m getting at is this: If I want to download and use an app, it’s a pretty big deal.

The app starts out with an introduction and welcome note from Shauna.  Then, you can choose from a few options:

  • Your First Gluten-Free Thanksgiving (even though this is a section in the app, the app is still great for gluten-free diet veterans)
  • Basic Kitchen Equipment
  • Why We Bake by Weight
  • Gluten-Free Ingredients
  • Recipes
    • Gluten-Free Sandwich Bread
    • Sandwich-Bread Stuffing
    • Cornbread
    • Cornbread Stuffing
    • Gluten-Free Dinner Rolls
    • Gluten-Free Pie Crust
    • Pie Fillings (Apple, Pumpkin, Cranberry-Ginger, Coconut Banana Cream)
    • Gluten-Free Apple Walnut Cake
    • Pumpkin Cheesecake with gluten-free crust

Shauna gives an overview of what you’ll need to get baking and by the time I was done reading her intro, I felt confident that even me, a novice baker, could take on her recipes.  Once you slide through the app, you’re brought to the recipes.  Each recipe has the ingredients and directions listed on the right side of the screen.  To the left is a short pop-out box with commentary from Shauna talking about the origin of the recipe.  Then, if you scroll down, you can watch a 20-30 second video that shows how to do the more critical steps in the recipe.  I have little patience for watching how-to videos, so I thought the multiple short videos was a great route to go.  There was no cooking show-like fluff before she demo’d how to do the step.  She simply showed you, and that was that.  I appreciated the simplicity and the fact that the videos didn’t expand to the whole screen.  They stayed put, but were still large enough to see clearly.  It eliminated what I think could have been a lot of unnecessary clicks.

Another convenient feature of the app was that you could tap the recipe to enlarge it and not see the videos or the commentary.  This is a nice feature for people who are already comfortable with gluten-free baking and are only interested in the recipes themselves.

Overall, I think this is a must-have app, especially for the newly diagnosed.  There is literally not one thing I would change about it.  From the intuitive navigation and gorgeous display to the scrumptious looking recipes and helpful commentary, this app is pretty impressive.  I highly recommend giving this one a try.  You won’t be sorry!

You can find out more about the app at www.GFThanks.com or the iTunes store.

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