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Old 02-07-2013, 11:28 AM   #9
NYCVeg
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Re: Food recommendations for a child with allergies

Dd is allergic to wheat, eggs, tree nuts, fish, coconut, and a few other foods (has outgrown peanut and some others). We've always made her own cupcakes for parties, etc.

My best recommendation for gluten-free, egg-free baking is not to try to "adjust" recipes that call for gluten and eggs. Because most gluten-free baking uses egg to counteract the gummy, gluten-free texture, you really need to use recipes that are specifically formulated to be gluten and egg-free.

My very favorite gluten-free cupcakes are these, which we do for pretty much every birthday. We use all-purpose gluten-free flour (Gluten-Free Pantry brand, Whole Foods, or King Arthur). They are AMAZING. You can't tell they're gluten free. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/08/ma...-001.html?_r=0

Dd is not allergic to dairy, so we usually do homemade buttercream, but most Pillsbury frostings are gluten-, egg-, dairy-, and nut-free.

I might point your friend to: http://community.kidswithfoodallergies.org/
The forums there are amazing and there is an extensive library of recipes, plus you can get advice from many, many people managing the same allergies.

ETA: There are also tons of good allergen-free brands out there. Enjoy Life foods is completely top-8 free, and they make a whole range of cookies, bars, etc. My dd LOVES their sugar cookies and their double chocolate Brownie cookies.

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