After a holiday season filled with gustatory delights composed from an excess of cream, sugar and butter, it’s natural to want to scale back a bit. Now, I’ve never been one to deny myself a treat or two; a rare day passes when something sweet or rich (or lucky me, both) does not pass my lips, asceticism just isn’t my style. With that said, it’s hard to ignore the general trend of eating a bit more consciously this month.
I am an unabashed gluten fiend. Few things are more appetizing to me than a chewy piece of foccacia fresh from the oven or a slice of cherry pie with a perfectly flaky pie crust; both of which are difficult to achieve without gluten’s springy web-like structure. Shocking exactly no one, I go through far more than my fair share of flour in an average month. Yet despite my steady long-term relationship with this white powdery demon, I find myself frequently craving these flourless chocolate walnut cookies.