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Salted Caramel Blondies, a Gluten Free Delight

Sunday, November 20th, 2016

These little squares of peanutty goodness disappear fast!

I have a large and ever growing cookbook library, and try not to buy more now unless they are something really different.  But, browsing through Indigo one day I came across the cookbook Sweet well known Los Angeles baker and confectioner Valerie Gordon.  All the recipes looked very interesting, but in particular I was intrigued by the salted caramel blondie recipe. Sooo…, my library expanded again, and I have to confess this is not the first time I have bought a cookbook for just one recipe!

Despite buying this mainly for the one recipe, there are so many others I want to try, this is a delightful cookbook, well written, beautifully photographed, and with interesting technique and ingredient combinations.

I can't wait to try the Apricot Basil Cream Galettes.

The recipe below is a gluten free adaptation, a little less sweet than the original, and without the chocolate chips because I wanted the peanut flavour to shine through without competition.  I warn you, these are delicious, and I now freeze them so we won’t eat the whole pan at once. Unless someone told you they are GF you would not know; they are as delicious as any wheat flour recipe.

Chewy or a little crunchier, just vary the baking time.

Salted Peanut Blondies GF Recipe

The original recipe used the usual cream the butter, add the sugar, then eggs, etc.  But because my mixer resides under the counter and is heavy, instead I used the Cuisinart method and it worked fine.   So pick the method you prefer, this type of batter is pretty forgiving.

Ingredient Method
2 cups Riverlea GF Flour mix.  (see note below)

1 ½ tsp xanthum gum

2 tsp psyllium husk powder

1 tsp baking powder

½ tsp kosher salt

Note: My 2 cups of the mix below weighed 240g

Mix all these dry ingredients in the food processor.

1 ½ sticks (6 oz) unsalted butter Add butter and pulse until the butter is in small pieces, but not so much the mix comes together like pie crust.  Dump this mix into a bowl.
1 ½ cups dark brown sugar Add brown sugar and mix all these dry ingredients until uniform.
2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

Add eggs and vanilla, and mix until this becomes a very thick batter.  It will take muscle power!
¾ cup peanuts (not dry roasted)

Salt for sprinkling

Squish batter into greased 9×13 pan.  I used a pyrex so the size was slightly smaller. Spread peanuts evenly over batter and push them into the batter a little.  Lightly sprinkle salt on top.
Bake at 350 for about 20-25 minutes or longer, but this depends on your oven.  They are done when the edges are starting to brown and a toothpick will test clean.  If you want them really chewy take them out at this stage.  If you want a little firmer wait until the edges are darker brown, but these burn easily so I check the bottom of the glass pan to make sure they are not browning too much on the bottom.

Riverlea “No Rice” Gluten Free Flour Mix

I keep tweaking this mix.  It works well in most recipes where a medium density is the desired result.   I use this blend because my husband can only eat small quantities of rice, the main ingredient in most blends.  This mix is more nutritious than many of the rice based blends.  Lately I have been varying the bean flour part and so far other beans work best if you use two types.  In the mix for these brownies I used ½ garbanzo flour and ½ navy bean flour, but routinely I just use Bob’s Red Mill Garfava flour. I use this for pies, cakes, and cookies, and find that I can substitute it in wheat flour recipes by using the same or slightly more by volume. I do mill most of my own flours, which ensures a fresh taste, but purchasing the less well known flours such as Amaranth at a store that has a good turnover will work fine.

Ingredient By Volume By Weight
Garfava Flour (or other mix using two bean flours) 1 cup 120g
Arrowroot Flour 1 ½ cups 160g
Corn Starch 1 cup 125g
Buckwheat Flour ½ cup 60g
Amaranth Flour ¼ cup 25g  Note: you can mix the proportions of quinoa and amaranth as needed.
Quinoa Flour ¼ cup 25g

I love old plates. This is by Johnson Brothers,

Gluten Free Flax Muffin Tops

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

Some mornings I get up and my dear hubbie has left me a surprise…an empty cookie tin with crumbs in it from my flax muffin tops.  This is to signal that I should make more of them asap so he does not suffer without them even one day. When I go travelling alone without him (he does not like to make porcelain dolls, speak French, or play recorder…most of which are connected to  my travel quests!)I have to ensure that a supply is on hand in the freezer.

There were a lot of flax recipes on the internet, so I tried a few and tinkered a lot, and I have what I think is a very nutritious, gluten free, tasty breakfast bread that can be toasted, can be a vehicle for jam or peanut butter, or my hubbie’s favourite, liver pate (go figure!). They also freeze very well, and easily keep a month, but I can’t proove this because the empty can usually shows up in a few days here at Riverlea.

Flax Muffin Tops

Dry ingredients:

200 g  (2  cups) ground golden flaxseed, (I grind it in dry container of vitamix)

2 TBL chia seeds

2 TBL hemp hearts

1 TBL baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

Wet Ingredients

3 eggs

3 TBL olive oil

1/2 cup water

Mix this all up in a bowl. Spoon batter into medium muffin greased muffin top pan. If you really want to get fancy put sesame or poppy seeds in the bottom of the wells first.   Let sit at least 3 minutes for the flaxseed to soak up the liquids before baking.  Bake 20 minutes at 350.

Remove from muffin top pan or at least push them up so they dont get sweaty.

Cool and eat or freeze.  If you dont have a muffin top pan this also works equally well as a flat bread, just spread out on a cookie sheet so the batter is about scant 1/2 inch think.

I’m posting this for a friend, pictures to come later.

Raspberry Sour Cream Pie

Sunday, August 4th, 2013

Raspberry Pie.....mmmmmm

In April while at my parents house on PEI we had a delicious meal at the Sidewalk Cafe on Main Street in Alberton.  The whole meal was delicious PEI style fare, scallops, mashed potatoes, and canned peas, a PEI holdover from before freezers.  The hostess, who said she was from Ontario, said they learned quickly that the canned peas were a local favourite.  Anyway, my mother told me the raspberry pie was wonderful, so we started sharing a piece.  It was so good I ordered a piece of my own right away.   It was just heavenly, creamy, and just a little sweetness so that the flavour of the raspberries reigned supreme.

I liked the pie so much that I ended up back there two more times in just the week I was there, wanting to savour the raspberry pie while it was available.  I tried a few recipes after returning home to Ontario, but none seemed quite right.

Well this week my patch of raspberries was the best ever, so I looked again and found the perfect recipe, in fact I think it is the recipe of the restaurant.  It is on the Canadian Living website, and is called “Crosswinds Raspberry Pie”.  http://www.canadianliving.com/food/crosswinds_raspberry_sour_cream_pie.php

Although I loved the pie, I don’t really like regular pie crust that much, so I adapted the recipe for a shortbread type crust.  I also didnt have breadcrumbs, so I made an almond topping that turned out to be a great compliment.  Here is my recipe.  It is divine.  The only tricky part is to get the crust cooked, so pay attention when it is in the oven.

Raspberry Sour Cream Cake

By Shelley at Riverleafoods.com

This recipe is adapted from “Crosswinds Raspberry Pie” at Canadian Living.com

Ingredients

Method

Crust:

1 ½ cups flour

¼ cup sugar

½ cup unsalted butter

½ tsp salt

  • Mix dry ingredients.  Add butter and whirl in food processor until small crumbs evolve.  If no processor, then mix as for shortbread with a pastry cutter until small grains occur.
  • Pat into 9” spring form pan.  You can try to bring it up the edges a little, or just make it the bottom, depending on the size of your pan.
  • Bake at 350 for 15 minutes, but stop baking as soon as it browns very slightly
Filling:

3 cups raspberries

¾ cup sugar

1/3 cup flour

2 cups sour cream

½ tsp vanilla

½ tsp almond flavouring

  • Spread raspberries over the partially baked crust
  • Mix remaining ingredients and pour / spread over berries
Topping:

½ cup almonds

2 or 3 TBL brown sugar

1 TBL melted butter

Pinch of salt

  • Combine and spread over the sour cream mixture
  • Bake at 350 for 40 minutes or until cooked.
  • (The original recipe bakes the pie at 400, but this just results in burning for me)
Cool pie and then refrigerate as soon as possible.  The pie is best after the filling has cooled and set firmly.  If you leave it out too long after baking the bottom can get soggy, so try to time this well.

Carrot Cake, Not too sweet and also gluten free!

Saturday, December 22nd, 2012

Carrot cakes are ubiquitous, and I find many of them to be cloyingly sweet and too full of stuff like raisins and pineapple.  I especially hate it with cocoanut for some reason.  This carrot cake was supposed to keep the overall feel and spicing, but to be pure carrot cake and only a little sweet.

Picture to come after I bake this again and before it gets eaten!

I have been experimenting with adding nut and seed mixtures to baked goods after reading Peter Reinhart’s latest gluten free cookbook.  He uses all artificial sweeteners, which I generally avoid, so I am sticking with mostly sugar on the premise that you shouldn’t eat too much cake anyway.  I have found his cakes a little too fragile, so I have used his approach of the nut / seed mixtures and modified my flour to incorporate more nuts and seeds.  Because nuts and seed are higher in fats than other flour ingredients, I have found that reducing fat makes a better outcome.  I have made this cake several times now to rave reviews and requests for the recipe, so here it is.  I am also trying a few more modifications so I may update this later.  Also, don’t be alarmed that after a few hours the carrots oxidize and they look like little green specks.  I have usually added buttercream icing on just the top, but the cake is delicious without this as a less sweet nibble with coffee or tea.

Carrot Cake – Gluten Free

Developed by Shelley at Riverleafoods.com

Ingredients Method
1 ¼ cup Family Mix gluten Free Flour

¼ cup sunflower meal

2 Tbl ground flax seeds

6 TBL sesame meal

¼ cup ground almonds

1 ½  tsp cinnamon

¼ tsp nutmeg

1 ½ tsp soda

1 ½ tsp baking powder

1 tsp guar gum

Note:  all the meal ingredients were ground in my little spice blender.

Mix all dry ingredients and set aside.

1/3 cup butter

½  cup brown sugar

½ cup white sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

½ cup buttermilk

2 cups grated carrots

Cream eggs and sugar  until fluffy as you would for any cake.  Add eggs and blend until incorporated.  Add buttermilk and flour mixture in stages.

Add carrots to batter.  The batter will be firm and sticky.

Place in cake pan, 9” springform or medium rectangular (one size smaller than 9 x 13).  If needed wet fingers and press the batter down in the pan.

Bake at 350 until it looks well done.  The nut mixtures tend to need a little more baking time or they can end up undercooked and soggy.

Ice with any buttercream frosting just on the top.  I used 1 cup icing sugar to ½ cup butter. The overall effect of this cake should be just slightly sweet.

Family Mix Flour

1cup garfava flour (i use Bob’s Red Mill)

1 1/2 cup arrowroot flour

1 1/2 cup cornstarch (or sometimes I use  1 cup cornstarch and 1/2 cup buckwheat)

1/4 cup amaranth flour

1/4 cup quinoa flour

(you can use just quinoa or just amaranth and then use a 1/2 cup)

Peanut Butter Chocolate Tower – Gluten Free Version

Monday, September 5th, 2011

I have had a recipe for chocolate towers marked for a long time in Emily Luchetti’s cookbook, and finally decided I would make it.  After looking over the components, it looked like a recipe that could easily be made gluten free.  I also thought the coffee flavouring sounded ok, but since I didn’t have any instant coffee I looked in the cupboard for inspiration and found some peanut butter.  Alas the inspiration of a chef sometimes comes from sheer practicality.

I made the cake in a rectangular pan and cut out the chocolate rounds. To make the mousse the right size I looked through my dishes and found some souffle dishes that were about the same size.

The chocolate topping is sort of like a really thick sauce, so it slithers over the edge just enough before the frigid mouse stops it in its tracks.  The chocolate recipe ended up making enough for another batch, so I made this dessert twice in one week.  Greg is tired of it now, but it was a big hit until we ate too much of it.  This is a really good company dessert because it can all be made even a day before you need it, and even freezes well.

Emily Luchetti has written several cookbooks, and I have found them all great.  A Passion for Desserts is an excellent cookbook, and has the original  Chocolate Tower recipe (non gluten-free).

So, with thanks to Emily Luchetti for the inspiration, but the final recipe has been tweaked a fair bit and I am naming it Choco-peanut  Tower.

Read on for the recipe… (more…)

Daring Bakers Challenge: Framboisiers

Sunday, July 31st, 2011

Jana of Cherry Tea Cakes was our July Daring Bakers’ host and she challenges us to make Fresh Frasiers inspired by recipes written by Elisabeth M. Prueitt and Chad Robertson in the beautiful cookbook Tartine.

This was a great challenge, and something I had never made before.  I really like the Tartine cookbook, and have made several other recipes in it, so I thought the recipe would be tasty.   I used the recipes with a gluten free adaptation (explanation below) that worked out well.  I have a lovely raspberry patch in fruit right now, so the “Frasier”  turned into a “Framboisier”  with a few ripe blueberries thrown in.  See a very thorough recipe and explanation of the steps here:  Daring Bakers Frasier Challenge and Recipes.  I used a chocolate ganache for the topping, and pansies for decoration.  The final cake tasted great, and looked ok.  I would try to have a more dramatic side next time, and strawberries seem to be better for that precise pastry look.  I made 4 small cakes just so I could have leftovers that still looked decent.

There are pictures on the Daring Bakers site of amazing creativity with this challenge.  One of the best parts of participating in these challenges is seeing what others have done with the recipes and concepts.

I usually use many flours in gluten free baking, but recently saw a gluten free mix in a magazine called Canadian Family that did not have rice, so I tried it and substituted it for the flour amount called for in the recipe.  The resulting sponge cake was delicious, and I will definitely make it again.

Changes to the Daring Bakers recipe (link above)

  • gluten free flour mix instead of wheat flour
  • added 1/4 tsp guar gum to the flour
  • used 5 egg yolks and 5 egg whites (instead of three and 5)

Gluten Free Flour Mix from Canadian Family:

  • 1/2 cup garfava flour
  • 1/4 cup amaranth flour
  • 3/4 cup corn starch
  • 3/4 cup arrowroot flour

This makes more than you need, so use it in something else too!

The resulting cake was delicious, you really could not tell it was gluten free.

Apple Quark Streusel Cake

Sunday, January 9th, 2011

Over the holidays while grocery shopping I spied some quark, and decided I better buy it while the store had it.  Exotic groceries are not as plentiful here in the winter.  I like summer for many reasons, but one of them is that the deluge of tourists and cottagers to this area also brings better grocery shopping.

Why quark?  Well long ago in Bracebridge there was a really scrumptious German bakery.  My favourite item at this bakery was the cheese danish.  They were made with a quark filling, very tart and lemony.  On top of the filling was streusel.  The bakery closed many years ago, and I have never found such wonderful danish anywhere else.  So, I though maybe I could make something like that.  After searching around on the internet I found a recipe for a quark streusel cake on the About German cooking blog http://germanfood.about.com/od/baking/r/streuselkuchen.htm.  So, I made the recipe, then had to adapt it by making the dough work with a lot more liquid, and adding apple to the layers.

The taste of the quark layer was very similar to my memory from the bakery danish.  The rest of the cake was quite good as well.  Overall this is a make again cake.  Although there are several steps, making the dough the night before using the Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day method of just mixing the dough and letting is sit worked well and is very easy.  The  is not very sweet, and even though I like cakes that are only a little sweet, I might add some brown sugar to the apple layer next time.  A slice of this is great for breakfast when you cant stand cottage cheese one more day (I try to eat a high protein and nutritious breakfast, but occasionally I fall off the wagon and have something like this instead).

Here is my adapted recipe.  The quantities are pretty forgiving, so feel free to adapt or to use another fruit or no fruit at all, and enjoy the “quarky” goodness of the filling.

Apple Quark Cheesecake

(Adapted from recipe on About.com germanfood)

Ingredients Method
Dough

2 c flour

1  tsp yeast (dry type)

½ cup milk

2 Tbl butter

1 egg

2 T sugar

½ tsp salt

Enough additional water to make a dough (around a ½ cup, but depends on your flour)

Melt the butter in the milk.  Add the yeast and proof this until the yeast develops a foam.

Put the flour in a bowl with the rest of the ingredients, add the milk, egg,  and mix until this turns into a soft dough. You will probably need to add a little water, depends on the size of the egg and your flour.

Let the dough rise at room temp for about an hour or until it has risen and started to fall, then put it in the   fridge or a cool place.  (Basically this follows the Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day method)

The next day push the lump of dough into a greased pan, I used a pyrex pan just one size smaller than 9 x 13.  You could also use a 10” springform pan.

Let the dough rise until it is doubled again (about 1 hour).

Quark Filling

1 ½ cups (about 1 container) of quark

1 tsp lemon zest

1 egg

2 Tbl cornstarch

Mix this all together as for cheesecake.  Spread over the dough.
Apples

Peel, core, and slice about 4 apples.  Granny Smith are good, needs to be a tart apple.

Layer the slices over the quark filling so they overlap each other and completely cover the filling.
Streusel Topping

1 ½ cup flour

2/3 cup sugar (use some brown and some white)

½ cup butter

¼ tsp salt

¼ tsp cinnamon

Note:  This was the original recipe.  I ended up only needing about 2/3 of this, so I saved the rest and froze it for another apple concoction, but if you are using a larger pan you might need all of it)

Mix the incredients like pie dough so you have lumps of butter remaining.

Spread this over the apples evenly.

Bake at 350 for about an hour, watching that the crust gets slightly brown and the apples and streusel are cooked. This cake freezes well.

Daring Bakers-Swiss Ice Cream Cake

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

The July 2010 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Sunita of Sunita’s world – life and food. Sunita challenged everyone to make an ice-cream filled Swiss roll that’s then used to make a bombe with hot fudge. Her recipe is based on an ice cream cake recipe from Taste of Home.

(Note:  Recipes added at the end of post now.)

This is the baby version, made in a small souflee dish.  We ate it tonight for dessert, and it was yummy, plated on banana slices.


The final cake is in the freezer gelling right now, so I will add a picture to this post when I cut the cake. The Daring Bakers recipes are here http://thedaringkitchen.com/sites/default/files/u11/_Swiss_Swirl_Ice_Cream_Cake_-_DB_July_2010-2.pdf and the Daring Bakers site has picture of the results right now on their site http://thedaringkitchen.com/

After ruminating on what flavour combination I would experiment with, I developed a gluten free peanut butter chocolate version with one ice cream made of peanuts, and the other banana.  I love the combo of peanuts, banana, and chocolate.  I made the sponge cake adapting a recipe from The Low Carb Gourmet by Karen Barnaby that normally has almonds, but I added a little over half the nut mix using peanuts.  The resulting cake was excellent, and I will post this recipe soon. It is gluten free, and would also be a great cake.  For the ice cream, I adapted a recipe from Pure Desserts by Alice Medrich that was originally for sesame ice cream.  I had no milk, so I used buttermilk, and this gives an interesting flavour with a hint of sour edge that counteracts the sweetness.  Recipe to come.

I followed the steps in the Daring Bakers recipe, and all worked well. I made some little versions in souflee dishes as well.

I will be adding more to this post soon, but wanted to get this up to meet the challenge deadline for the blogroll.  Thanks to Sunita for an interesting challenge.

Peanut Butter Buttermilk Ice Cream

I should call this a mistake, but really it was because I had no milk so I used buttermilk, and it is really good!

1 cup whip cream

1 cup buttermilk

¼  cup peanut butter

¼ cup sugar

Blend all this, then refrigerate, then process in an ice cream maker or take it out a lot and stir it up while freezing it.  I wanted this to be only semi sweet sue to the other sweet ingredients in the ice cream cake, so taste and add a little sugar if you like it sweeter.

Gluten Free Sponge Cake

This recipe is very useful when you need a sponge cake that you can add flavourings to for compound type desserts with a cake component (tira misu, etc.) Sometimes I use sugar, and sometimes I used the spenda.  This was adapted from The Low Carb Gourmet by Karen Barnaby.

Ingredients

Method

½ cup almond meal

¾ cup peanuts ground fine (but stop before they turn to butter)

(Note:  You can use all almonds or a different proportion of the 2 nuts but make a total of 1 ¼ cup)

1 tsp baking powder

6 eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract

½ cup sugar plus 2 T splenda (approx)

  • Put parchment paper and light mist of cooking spray on a jelly roll size pan.  (Or you can use any shape pan, but this should be a thin cake in order to rise best.)Spread grease around with your fingers (ie, you want a really thin layer)
  • Combine the nut meal, baking powder, and salt.  Set aside.
  • Place eggs and sweeteners (sugar, splenda, or a combination) in large bowl and beat with whisk on electric mixer for several minutes until they have a foam that is thick and will hold the path if a spoon is in it (ie, the consistency you would use for sponge cake)
  • Gently fold in the almond mixture.
  • Spread in jelly roll pan lined with parchment.
  • Bake at 350 until done (about 15 minutes or so, depends on your oven. )

Split Personality Ice Box Cookies

Friday, July 23rd, 2010


We had a terrific weekend with our daughter and friends from Toronto, newlyweds Bhaskar and Farhanna.  Farhanna and I had a blast cooking Bengali food (that’s another post coming soon) and we ate all weekend! After the weekend, the newlyweds went to a local resort for a couple days, but I asked them to come back for a care package from me before they headed to Toronto.

So, I wanted something special for the care package, and decided that  some unusual butter cookies with different flavourings would fit the bill.  I love lavender and also grow it in my Muskoka garden.  I grow the English type and it flourishes even here in garden zone 4.  The type I really love however is the French type grown in Provence.  There are also lavender farms in Ontario that are experimenting with different types and their hardiness.  My lavender was in full bloom, so thus my inspiration.  Last year I had tried a lavender sable recipe in a Provence Cooking School Cookbook, and they were scrumptionus, with an unusual menthol taste from the lavender.

The ice box method of making cookies is really easy.  The recipe I started with is adapted from the Martha Stewart Baking Handbook, one of my favourite and most reliable cookbooks, I highly recommend it as one of the most comprehensive home baking books available.

When you make these, keep the logs very thin, I like about 1 1/2 inches.  I like the cookies sliced very thin so the calories are also small, but I can tell you they taste just as good a little thicker.  I must warn you that these are very addictive and that I have to ration them unless I want to walk several miles a day.  They freeze very well, but like many shortbread cookies they keep a long time (like I have eaten them even a month old when I forgot them in a cookie can!) in a good tin cookie can).  Experiment with other flavour variations.  Another good combination is anise and orange.

Anyway, the newlyweds like the cookies, so Bhaskar and Farhanna this post is dedicated to you and thanks for such an enjoyable weekend.

Split Personality Ice Box Cookies

This recipe is adapted from a  basic butter cookie recipe from the Martha Stewart Baking Handbook.  They are very easy to make, and delicious.  Here are two of my own favourite flavor variations, with the lavender being a somewhat different taste for a sweet cookie.  If you don’t want to make two flavours, just double the ingredients and make one flavor for the whole batch.


Ingredients Method
1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks)

¾ cup sugar

1 tsp salt

2 ½ cups flour

1 egg

Cream butter and sugar, add salt.

Add  egg, then the flour in batches.

Mix until small crumbly mixture evolves and all the flour is incorporated.

Divide the mixture into two equal size batches.

Flavourings (for ½ recipe)

Lavender Orange:

2 tsp dried cooking grade lavender (ie, don’t use lavender from a bath mix)

1 tsp orange flower water

1 tsp shredded orange rind, avoid a micro grater size, larger such as the type from a little zester is better.

Maple Pecan:

½ tsp vanilla

¼ tsp maple flavouring

½ cup coarsely chopped pecans

Add flavourings to each batch.  Press dough together to form a long log about 1 ½ inched.  Roll in parchment or wax paper and refreigerate (or freeze).

To make cookies, roll log in sanding or coarse sugar to coat surface.  Then slice into rounds ¼ inch think.  Bake at 350 for about 15 minutes.

Cool.

These freeze beautifully but also keep at room temperature for about 10 days.

Coconut Mistake Cake

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

This is without a doubt the best gluten free cake recipe I have developed so far.  Here’s the story behind the name.

I wanted to make a gluten free cake for G. and had the idea of a cocoanut cake.  I looked at a few recipes, then tried to adapt one from the Jean Pare Decadent Desserts cookbook.

The first time I made this it smelled great, very cocoanutty, and rose beautifully. When I took it out of the oven I smiled and figured I had accomplished something.  Then I happened to glance at the recipe and realized I had left out the sugar!  So, undaunted by this mistake, I made a sugar syrup and soaked the cake before icing it.  Overall, it was still a promising cake. The next time I made it I remembered the sugar, and it also came out fragrant and fluffy.  Anyway, I have since made this cake 4 times, each time tweaking the recipe a little bit.  You will groan at the number of flours I have used, so just substitute if you dont have all of them, but it might not be as good as mine then!

The most recent version of this cake was for G’s birthday, and everyone had seconds.  You really cannot tell this is a gluten free cake, it tastes like a moist, somewhat rich buttermilk cake.  I decorated the birthday cake with Johnny Jump Ups fresh from the garden, but when the birthday boy blew out the candles they all blew off! The naked cake still tasted delicious.

Coconut Mistake Cake

(Gluten Free)

This cake is scrumptiously full of coconut.  It is a substantial buttery cake that is ideal for a birthday or other special occasion. Use real buttermilk – no substitutes. The icing is very sweet.  You can cover most of the cake with the recipe, if you want really thick icing double the recipe.

Ingredients

Method

½ cup unsalted butter

1 cup sugar

3 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

I tsp coconut flavouring

Cream butter and sugar until fluffy.  Add eggs one at a time.  Add flavourings
Dry Ingredients:

Flours (total is 1 2/3 cup)

  • 1/4 cup garfava (bean) flour
  • 1/3 cup arrowroot or corn starch
  • 1/3 cup white buckwheat flour
  • 1/3 cup tapioca flour
  • 2 Tbl quinoa flour
  • 3 Tbl amaranth flour
  • 2 T chestnut flour

1 tsp guar gum powder

1 Tbl baking powder

¼ tsp baking soda

½ tsp salt

1/3 cup ground almonds

Mix all dry ingredients together.  I have tried variations on the flours, but this mix is the best.
1 cup buttermilk

½ cup sweetened flaked coconut

Add the flour mixture and buttermilk in about three batches, Then stir the batter enough that there are no lumps.  I do this all in the mixer. Fold in the cocoanut last.
Bake in 2 – 8” round layer cake pans for about 20 – 30 minutes until lightly browned depending on your oven.  When done check with toothpick.  The cake will mound slightly in the middle and have a fairly firm texture.

Icing

½ cup unsalted butter

2 cups icing sugar

½ tsp coconut flavouring

¼ tsp vanilla

Dash of salt

Whip cream or milk – enough to moisten (1-2 Tbl)

Cream butter, add sugar and flavourings and beat until smooth.  Add just enough cream or milk to make the icing smooth (Do this a little at a time because it can get too runny quickly)

Spread thin layer on first cake, then top with flaked cocoanut.  Stack next layer and ice the top.  Do the sides if you have enough icing.

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