Holiday Gingerbread Cake

Three and a half years ago, I had to say good-bye to eggs, milk, and wheat. As time went on, I discovered and adapted recipes for pancakes, cookies, and even mini-donuts (a girl’s gotta have her carbs ‘n’ sugar comfort food, after all). But how was I to make a cake? Without eggs?

Thankfully, I came across this wonderful-smelling, delicious recipe from The Vegan 8. I followed her advice about the substitutions and made a few of my own:

  • I used arrowroot for starch and did not reduce amount for gf baking.
  • With the oat flour, I also used about 1/4 cup general purpose gf flour
  • I used rounded measurements for the spice mix because I liked the stronger flavor
  • Use oil and gf flour on the pan instead of parchment paper
  • Make a double batch for double layer cake and use seedless blackberry jam for the filling (so good)
  • Ice with Simple Mills Organic gluten and dairy free vanilla frosting
  • Instead of frosting, sprinkle with powdered sugar.
  • This cake refrigerates and freezes well

Vanilla Blueberry Scones

Today is a snow day!

In keeping with snow day tradition, I slept in and then made my way to the kitchen for coffee and morning baking.

Last snow day, I made pancakes (recipe here). Today, however, I wanted something a little lighter and not as fried.

Scones.

These blueberry-vanilla scones are every bit as good as I remember- maybe even better! Here is my recipe modified from Wholesome Patisserie’s Blueberry Scones:

1 cup all purpose gluten free flour

1/2 cup brown rice flour

1/2 cup sweet sorghum flour

1 Tablespoon gluten free baking powder

1/4 teaspoon pink Himalayan salt

1/2 cup coconut cream (the thick part from the top- don’t shake the can!)

1/4-1/2 cup vanilla almond or coconut yogurt (can also use peach or strawberry)

3/4 cup coconut milk french vanilla coffee creamer

1/2 c. Frozen blueberries

Extra gf flour for rolling

Step 1: Make a cup of coffee to drink. That’s my baking secret. Also, preheat oven to 390 degrees F. Generously spray a round cake pan or use coconut/ grapeseed oil to avoid any soy.

Step 2: add all ingredients together, except the blueberries. If the dough is not soft, add a bit more all purpose gf flour. It should be sticky, but maleable.

Step 3: add frozen blueberries and stir carefully.

Step 4: turn dough out on floured surface and pat/hand roll until about 1 1/2 inches think. Use floured cookie cutter or plastic cup to make 2 in. circles.

Step 5: Place scones in baking dish. Brush with coffee creamer and sprinkle with raw sugar (if desired). Bake 25-30 minutes or until sides and tops feel firm and crunchy. (I used too much creamer and had to bake an extra 8 minutes). Let set 5-10 minutes.

Step 6: Make another cup of coffee and enjoy with the scones!

Pumpkin Scones

Since it’s Thanksgiving break, I decided to experiment with my scone recipe. The first attempt was not a complete success, but edible. The second attempt was much more satisfactory. So, without further ado, here is the recipe:

1C. General Purpose GF flour

1/2 c. Brown Rice flour

1/2 + c. Sweet Sorghum flour

1 Tbs. baking powder

1/4 tsp. Baking soda

1Tbs. Coconut flour

1 c. Coconut cream (just the thick top from a can that’s separated… don’t shake the can to mix)

1/2 c. Vanilla almond yogurt

1/4 c. French vanilla coconut coffee creamer

1/3 c. Pumpkin puree (soak up as much extra moisture with paper towels as possible… the puree should be maleable much like soft play dough.)

1/2 Tbs. pumpkin pie spice (more, if desired)

1/4 tsp. Salt

1 Tbs. raw sugar

Mix ingredients. You may need to add a splash of creamer/ almond milk. Kneed on floured surface (I used brown rice flour.) Flour a small cup to cut out circles – about 2 1/2 inches. Pat dough out to 1/2-3/4 inch thick and cut out scones. Place in greased, round metal baking pans. Brush tops with coconut coffee creamer and sprinkle turbino sugar on top of scones. Bake 25-30 minutes at 390 F. Let sit 5 minutes before removing from pans.

Happy National Doughnut Day

So today is National Doughnut (Donut?) Day.  Even though I am dairy and gluten free, there is never a time a will say a don’t want a doughnut (or pizza, for that matter). Since I’m on summer vacation and had no plans, I thought it would be the perfect day to experiment.  After much perusing Pinterest, I can across this recipe from Delightful Adventures.  

Click on over for the recipe. I followed advice and used Bob’s Red Mill GF Baking Flour since my dietary restrictions are lighter.

Also, I added two Tablespoons of brewed coffee and one extra Tablespoon of flour to enhance the chocolate flavor.

These were baked with Almond Milk.

I also did not have a doughnut pan, so I piped the batter into a muffin pan, which worked pretty well.  I imagine a muffin pan for over-sized muffins would leave a small hole in the doughnuts.

Seriously, these doughnuts are g.r.e.a.t. I saved some plain, sprinkled a few with powdered sugar (which was perfect), and glazed the rest. I think I made my glaze too thin (I struggle with that sometimes), so I ended up glazing the doughnuts 2-3 times, letting the glaze harden between each one.

While you are enjoying the doughnuts, check out the history behind National Doughnut Day. Happy Eating!

 





 

Pumpkin Cake

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One of the hardest things about eating GF (gluten-free) is finding a dessert recipe that tastes good and doesn’t have a weird consistency. Pinterest has been a great help in finding recipes, and I’m thankful for all the chefs experimenting in their kitchens and posting food blogs.

This recipe is the Paleo Pumpkin Coffee Cake from jaysbakingmecrazy.com.  I haven’t made the recipe strictly per instructions, although I think it looks fantastic.  Since I can’t have eggs, and I was missing a couple ingredients, I had to change a few things. So, if you aren’t limited like I am, use the recipe as is.  However, if you find yourself missing pumpkin pie spice and unable to digest eggs well, then here is the modified recipe:

    • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
    • 1/4 cup honey
    • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
    • 1 cup canned pumpkin
    • 1/2 cup Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free General Purpose Flour
    • 1/2 cup Brown Rice Flour
    • 1/4 cup coconut flour
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
    • 1/2 teapoon ground cloves
    • 1-ish teaspoon cinnamon
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 2-3 Tablespoons reconstituted milled flax seed (in  water about 5 minutes, to be honest, I didn’t measure…)
    • 1 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
CRUMB TOPPING
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup brown rice flour
  • 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • crushed walnuts (add a bit more oil and honey if you do this, or it will be crumbly; to keep recipe nut-free, omit walnuts)

I then followed the recipe’s instructions for adding ingredients and baking:

Instructions [from the blog]:

  1. Preheat oven to 325° and line a 9×9 pan with parchment paper.
  2. Make the crumb topping first: in a small bowl, combine coconut flour, [brown rice] flour, coconut sugar, cinnamon, honey, walnuts, and coconut oil. Mix well- it should resemble wet sand. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, combine coconut oil, honey, coconut sugar, and pumpkin. Mix well.
  4. Add in the brown rice flour, GF general purpose flour, coconut flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and salt. [here add the ACV and flax seed] Mix until no dry pockets remain. Pour into prepared pan and top with crumb topping.
  5. Bake for 45-50 minutes.
  6. Store in fridge after the first day.

I let the dessert cool in the pan to help it stick together and it did not fall apart when I cut it and served it.  I’ve been told this also tastes good with vanilla ice cream or cool whip.