sorry! sometimes i type first, think later...BUT...this is a little girl and she has tons of allergies...so then, on a special occasion her parents want little to no sugar as well?! cut the girl some slack (unless she has diabetes) and let her enjoy something special that someone so obviously wants to make so that she can actually eat it along with everyone else instead of having to sit by and watch. a professional, no less, who would make something delicious that would accommodate her allergies. but there are other threads for this discussion.
Believe it or not, you can be allergic to sugar. Most granulated sugar comes from sugar cane or beets, and if you're allergic to one of those, you can have problems with sugar coming from that source.
In brief defense of Alana, she knows the area that I live in and it's true we have a lot of parents who are quite strict about what their kids consume. This one really is terribly allergic though, her big sis eats like everyone else.
I was thinking about that jello mold too but wonder if rice milk really will sub well. Also, when she does get a treat it's jello. I was hoping to expand her sweets options a bit.
FoodieMom, it like the idea of a cobbler. Do you think I could make it with less sugar and still get a decent crumble? The recipe calls for xantham gum, what does it do? Do I need it?
Oh, I know how that goes... I just live a bit Southeast from you and there are a lot of folks with that same kind of mentality... actually it's the extremes here... the people who feed their kids tons of junk, and the ones who are the militant granola crunchers.
Xantham gum kind of makes up for the lack of gluten in gluten free recipes. I've seen recipes using guar gum or gelatin instead. Gluten free baking is a lot more like a chemistry experiment than making with wheat flour.