Gluten-Free Recipes for Dessert



Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cobbler

November 4, 2019

From Chef Oonagh Williams of Gluten-Free Cooking with Oonagh

A tasty fall dessert, perfect for Thanksgiving!

Ingredients:

Pumpkin base:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 x 15 ounce can pumpkin 
  • 1 c (8 fl oz, 240 ml) evaporated milk 
  • ½ cup (120 ml) granulated sugar
  • 1/4 c (60ml) packed brown sugar
  • 2 tsp (10 ml) pumpkin pie spice or more to your taste
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Snickerdoodle Topping:

  • ¼ c (2oz, 56g) butter, softened
  • ⅓ c (2+1/2 oz)  sugar
  • 2 teaspoon gluten-free baking powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • ½ c (2+1/2 oz, 70g) King Arthur all-purpose gluten-free flour. 
  • 1/8 tsp xanthan gum

To roll snickerdoodles:

  • ¼ c (60 ml), granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) ground cinnamon
  • Whipped cream (optional)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat an 8×8” pan (2-quart baking dish) with gluten-free cooking spray; set aside.
  2. In a 4 cup bowl, combine eggs, pumpkin, evaporated milk, the 1/2 cup granulated sugar, the brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice, and salt. Whisk until thoroughly combined. Pour into prepared baking dish.
  3. Combine the 1/4 cup granulated sugar and the cinnamon. Shape chilled Snickerdoodle Topping into 16 balls. I used a one tablespoon scoop and can make just 16 balls. Roll balls in the cinnamon-sugar. Press balls to slightly flatten to 1+ 3/4-inch-diameter rounds. Place in 4 x 4 rows over pumpkin filling.
  4. Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until filling is set, edges begin to pull away from dish, snickerdoodles will have spread across custard, and a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool 15 minutes on a wire rack. Serve warm and, if desired, with whipped cream.

Snickerdoodle Topping:

  1. In a medium bowl beat all topping ingredients together for 2-3 minutes until soft and fluffy.  This is a very soft mix, not stiff cookie dough. Cover and chill dough 1 hour or until easier to handle, then scoop immediately into cinnamon sugar, roll into a ball in sugar, slightly flatten, and gently place on custard.  They might look as if they are sinking a little into custard. Snickerdoodle topping bakes up like soft, fluffy cake, snickerdoodles cooked on their own on cookie sheet, are thin and crispy.
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APPLE AND CRAISIN BREAD PUDDING

From Chef Oonagh Williams of Gluten-Free Cooking with Oonagh

A warm, fall-themed dessert to keep you feeling cozy as the nights start to turn cold!

Ingredients:

  • 2 gluten-free plain bagels cut into small cubes.  Don’t use soft white bread, it cooks up too mushy.  I’ve made this with Udi’s and Canyon Bakehouse plain bagels. 
  • 3 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and cut into small pieces, like shredded cheese. Large chunks will make pudding fall apart when cooked.
  • ¾ c brown sugar
  •  ½ stick (2 oz, 60 ml)  butter
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie or apple pie spice or 1 tsp cinnamon plus ½ tsp powdered ginger plus ½ tsp ground nutmeg.
  • ½ c craisins
  • 2 tsp gluten-free vanilla essence
  • 2 tbsp rum – optional, but gives lovely flavor
  • 2 cups half and half or whole milk
  • 5 large eggs
  • brown sugar for top

Directions:

  1. Melt butter in a 6 cup saucepan, add apples, sugar and spices and cook over gentle heat until the apples are nicely soft without becoming apple sauce.  They don’t really cook much more in the bread pudding. I also mix this and cook in microwave in m/w safe bowl, add rest of ingredients and then refrigerate covered. 
  2. Add craisins, vanilla and rum to pan, stir in bread cubes.  Adding bread cubes should be sufficient to cool the mix to add eggs and milk.
  3. Beat eggs and milk together – I tend to use my immersion blender so I don’t have ‘threads’ of egg still showing. Gently mix into bread mix.  
  4. Pour into greased 8 x 8 brownie pan or equivalent sized pan and allow to soak for at least 30 minutes.  The large quantity of liquid should be absorbed leaving a small quantity of excess liquid around the edges.  Insufficient liquid will leave the bread hard and dry in places.
  5. Sprinkle the top with brown sugar for a crusty topping. Place on a baking sheet in case of spills as it is a very full baking dish.
  6. Bake in a preheated 350* oven for about 45 minutes. The bread pudding will have risen up, the top will be set, crusty and light brown and if you dig into the center it should be soft and moist but not wet with loose liquid. If you’re cooking it cold from the fridge, it will probably need 
  7. Remove from oven and cool for about 10 minutes before serving with caramel sauce. Reheats well.

Caramel sauce:

  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 4 tbsp butter 
  • 2 tbsp rum – optional
  1. Put sugar in an 8” skillet with water. Cook, covered, over low heat until sugar dissolves.  Covering pan while dissolving sugar stops formation of sugar crystals on side of pan.
  2. Remove lid, increase heat and cook until syrup turns a deep gold color, swirling pan will mix light and dark syrup.  You will notice burnt sugar smell and a smoke above pan if overcooked. Undercooked is tasteless. Be very careful as boiling sugar gives a nasty burn. Don’t stir mix as it will crystallize.
  3. Remove from heat, carefully add cream and butter, it will spit and bubble and harden. Return to low heat and stir until sauce is smooth again. Add rum if wanted.  Thickens slightly on cooling.

 

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Cauldron Cakes for Halloween

October 29, 2019

Cauldron Cakes for Halloween


A gluten-free Halloween treat from Diane Eblin of The W.H.O.L.E. Gang

Ingredients:

  • Your favorite gluten-free chocolate cupcake and icing recipe
  • Your favorite gluten-free chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Make gluten-free cupcakes.
  2. Melt your favorite gluten-free chocolate.
  3. Dip the cupcake bottoms into melted chocolate and place onto parchment paper to set. Place 4 chocolate chips on the sheet so when you set them down it will make it look like cauldron feet under the cupcakes.
  4. Core out the center of the cupcakes with a spoon or one of those cool corers.
  5. Fill the hole with icing and let it spill out the top.
  6. Make the handles by melting chocolate. Put it into a plastic baggie and snip the corner to make a piping bag. Draw the handles onto parchment paper and let them harden. Gently push the handles into the cupcake.



 

 

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CRÊPES

October 1, 2019

From Chef Oonagh Williams of Gluten-Free Cooking with Oonagh

A recipe for soft, delicious gluten-free crepes, which can be layered with any sauce or flavoring.

Ingredients:  

  • 3 large eggs
  • ½ c half and half 
  • ½ c fat-free milk  I used ¾ c fat-free milk and ¼ c heavy cream – use coffee creamer instead of cream for sweet crêpes or 1 c whole milk
  • 1 tsp gluten-free vanilla extract 
  • ¾ c  cornstarch, I use Argo labeled gluten-free, Non-GMO and aluminum-free. You can add a little more cornstarch for a stronger crêpe.
  • Salt
  • 1 tbsp sugar for sweetness

Directions

  1. Put milk and eggs in a bowl, then add rest of ingredients and whisk with an electric hand mixer, immersion blender or put in a blender and run until smooth. If you put cornstarch in bowl first, it tends to be more difficult to blend. 
  2. I use a Caphalon crêpe pan that is 8” across the base. Most skillets etc are sold quoting measurement across the top edge not the cooking base, which can make quite a difference to size and quantity of crêpes based on that measurement. Heat pan on medium high heat until you can drip a few drops of water on pan and they ‘dance’ across the surface. Smear with a tiny bit of butter on paper towel. Pour in 2 tbsp batter into the center of the pan and tilt and swirl the batter to cover the base. Try not to get batter up the sides because it makes for less attractive crêpe, plus if you have bolts on the inside of the pan, batter will cook around bolts. Also batter around sides, cooks into a very crisp edge. But once stacked all the crêpes go soft. It does take practice to make visually perfect crêpe, first one is known as cooks perk in England, but they all taste good.
  3. Cook until the top is drying and the edges are turning a golden brown.  About 20 seconds. I use a very thin plastic spatula to lift side of crêpe to see color and if cooked, the spatula loosens all the edges, making it easier to flip crêpe.  I flip it with my fingers, you can also use the spatula. Cook for a further 10 seconds. First side of crêpe should look an even golden brown, second side will look ‘freckly’.  If you overcook, it becomes very dry and crisp and difficult to roll or fold.
  4. Invert crêpe onto a large plate and repeat with rest of batter. Depending on filling you will use, you can fill crêpes as they are made. Sometimes it is easier to fill them all at one time so you divide filling evenly amongst crêpes. Stir batter with each crêpe as cornstarch will sink to bottom.

For the Fall, after you’ve gone apple picking with the kids, cook some cored and chopped Gala, Fuji, Braeburn or similar apples in butter, add some maple syrup or sugar, apple cider and serve as a sauce over the crêpes.

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Candy Corn Mini Muffins

September 30, 2019

Candy Corn Mini Muffins

Courtesy of Enjoy Life

An allergy-friendly, gluten-free Halloween treat!

Makes 30 mini muffins

Ingredients:
For the muffins:

  • 1 box (14.5oz/411g) Enjoy Life Foods Muffin Mix
  • 1 C. + 2 t. cold water
  • 1/4 C. olive oil or grapeseed oil
  • 2 t. vanilla extract
  • 3/4 t. ground cinnamon

For the frosting:

  • 1/2 C. dairy-free buttery spread
  • 2 C. confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 t. vanilla extract
  • 1 T. dairy-free milk, plus more as needed
  • 1/3 C. Enjoy Life Foods Mini Chips

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F. Line a mini muffin tin with liners or oil well.
  2. Put the Muffin Mix in a large bowl. Add the water, oil, vanilla extract, and cinnamon. Stir to combine.
  3. Divide the mixture into the prepared pan, filling each one about half full.
  4. Bake for 10 to 13 minutes, until golden brown on the edges and a toothpick inserted slightly off-center comes out clean.
  5. Let the muffins cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then transfer each one to a wire rack to cool completely before frosting.
  6. To make the frosting, put the dairy-free buttery spread in the bowl of a stand mixer or a large bowl. Using the stand mixer or a hand mixer, beat on high speed for 1 minute, until the mixture begins to lighten.
  7. Add 1 1/2 cups of the confectioners’ sugar. Beat for 2 minutes until smooth, light, and fluffy. Add the remaining confectioners’ sugar, 1 tablespoon of the nondairy milk, and the vanilla extract. Beat for an additional minute until smooth and creamy, adding a teaspoon of dairy-free milk at a time if needed. Stir in the Mini Chips. Divide the mixture into three portions to create orange and yellow (the frosting itself will be the white layer).
  8. To make the orange frosting using food dye, mix 1 drop yellow food dye and 12 drops red food dye into one of the portions, adjusting by one drop, at a time until desired color is reached. To make orange frosting naturally, grind gogi berries into a fine powder and mix it into the frosting, adding as much as needed until desired color is reached.
  9. To make the yellow frosting using food dye, mix 20 drops yellow food dye into one of the portions, adjusting by one drop, at a time until desired color is reached. To make yellow frosting naturally, sprinkle turmeric into the frosting, adding as much as needed until desired color is reached.
  10. To frost the muffins, pipe the orange frosting each muffin, covering the top of the muffin completely. Top with a round of yellow frosting, then the white frosting.
  11. Serve, storing leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature for 2 days, moving any others to the freezer for up to 3 months.

 

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Coconut-Rum Chocolate Pie

August 29, 2019

From Chef Oonagh Williams of Gluten-Free Cooking with Oonagh

Gluten-Free Coconut-Rum Chocolate Pie

Ingredients:

Crust:

  • 1 cup regular sweetened, flaked coconut
  • 2 c corn chex or honey nut chex (perhaps try chocolate chex) crushed to make one cup of crumbs. (Crush just in a Ziploc bag with rolling pin, but not to a powder)
  • ½ c sliced almonds
  • 6 Tbsp butter, earth balance or coconut oil

Filling:

  • ½ c cream or Asian style coconut milk or coconut coffee creamer. Check coconut milk ingredients.  Piña Colada style coconut milk is high in sugar, ‘lite’ coconut milks are thickened with ‘gums’ and other ingredients to make thick and creamy.  Dairy coffee creamer or coconut coffee creamer that you use for coffee is easier for a small quantity
  • 11-12 oz (~ 2 cups packet) gluten-free semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1-2 tbsp rum or other liquor you can tolerate.  Remember that ordinary rum and brandy should be gluten free, it is normally the flavorings added that can contain gluten.  You don’t have to add alcohol but it does raise the flavor nicely.
  • Sliced bananas, fresh pineapple, mango,
  • Bought or home made caramel sauce.
  • Trader Joe’s make a jar of caramel sauce that is labeled gluten free, but not dairy free. Optional
  • Whipped real cream or coconut cream whipped. Optional
  • Some toasted coconut or sliced almonds to garnish. Optional.

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350*. Melt butter, earth balance or coconut oil. Mix together coconut, crushed chex and almonds and add melted butter or coconut oil to bind dry ingredients.
  2. Press into base and sides of 9” pie place and bake in preheated 350* oven for 10-20 minutes until looking more golden brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
  3. Heat cream in 4 cup microwave-safe bowl in the microwave for about 40 seconds. Stir in chocolate and let sit for 1-2 minutes. Stir well, microwave a bit more, stir well, microwave until chocolate forms a smooth, thick, shiny mass. I tend to use my immersion blender to get mix smooth. Stir in alcohol.  Depending on cream and chocolate used and whether you added any alcohol, taste the chocolate mix and decide if it needs some sugar.  Remember you might be drizzling it with caramel sauce and adding fresh fruit, all adding to sweetness.
  4. Pour chocolate sauce into cool shell and refrigerate for several hours or overnight.
  5. Remove from fridge. You can arrange fruit on top and drizzle with caramel sauce, or cut into portions and add fruit and sauce to individual plates depending on what people can eat or tolerate.
  6. Whip cream with some sugar and rum, pile on top of chocolate or pipe. Scatter toasted coconut or almonds on top of cream.

Note: I read a recipe where the writer whipped cream with powdered hot chocolate mix.  It gives a light, sweet chocolatey taste.

 

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Master Almond Cake

July 29, 2019

From Chef Oonagh Williams of Gluten Free Cooking with Oonagh

This is a variation of my English Bakewell Tart with shortbread pastry crust, raspberry preserves layer, almond cake and sliced almonds. One of my son’s most favorite desserts so the first one I made completely gluten-free. If you can only eat other nuts, then weigh (roughly eyeball from packet) nut you can eat, add sugar and process together in food processor until nuts are very finely ground. Sugar helps stop nuts from turning into a paste. 

This is what I make for those times we’re asked to bring something to a meeting. Throw it all in a bowl and beat. I get into trouble with friends at conferences if I don’t bring it with me. Including flying from Boston to Atlanta to speak at a GIG conference. I was on a four page cover wrap for Blue Diamond Almonds for National Food and Wine magazine.

Gluten-Free Almond Cake

makes 1 x 8×8 or 1 x8″ cake pan. About 1 “ deep.

Naturally gluten-free, easily dairy-free, paleo, can be made egg-free.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 stick (2oz) very soft butter 
  • ½ c (4 oz) ordinary sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1+1/4 cup (4 oz, 115g) of almond meal/flour slightly rounded 
  • 1/2 tsp gluten-free baking powder – I use Rumford’s, labeled gluten-free
  • 2 tsp gluten-free almond extract – I use Penzey’s that they say is gluten-free. Optional but adds to flavor.
  • Topping: powdered sugar, ¼ – ½ c sliced almonds

Note: Different brands of almond flour or almond meal will often give a different weight to volume measure. For best results weigh.

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350*F/ 170*C.
  2. Place all ingredients in 4 c (1 ltr) mixing bowl and beat until well blended and fluffy- 2 minutes.  Mix will go lighter in color as you beat it.
  3. Spread mix in greased and gf floured 8×8, or one 8” cake pan. Sprinkle with sliced almonds.
  4. Bake in 350* oven for about 25-30 minutes until well risen, golden brown and set but still soft in the middle. The texture should be similar to rolls of almond paste when cut, but cooked throughout.
  5. Remove from oven, serve warm or cold,  sprinkled with powdered sugar.

Variations:

  • Cut into wedges and serve with raspberry sauce.  
  • Cook in 8×8 pan and cut into tiny squares for a buffet table. 
  • Cook in 8×8 and cut into large squares and then cut large squares into 4 triangles or 2 larger triangles.
  • Divide mixture between 2 holes of Wilton Giant Whoopie pie pan or 2 x 8 inch cake pans to make thin layer cake.
  • Divide mixture in 12 holes of Wilton mini whoopie pie pan,  watch for temperature as dark lined pan browns rapidly underneath. Use as base for individual Baked Alaska, different strawberry shortcake, ice cream sandwiches.
  • Top with chocolate ganache, raspberry, mango couli, fresh berries.
  • Spread cooled cooked cake with Nutella and top with more almonds, make a chocolate ganache with either equal quantities of heavy cream and semi sweet chocolate or with Sodelicious vanilla or hazelnut creamer mixed with gf, cf chocolate.  Serve in puddle of raspberry sauce or with a mix of fresh berries slightly sweetened, add some Amaretto. 
  • Whip 1 cup cream until nearly stiff, whip in 1/2 c Nutella and chill to stiffen. Use as filling or topping.
  • If you don’t use almond extract, you really do need to add the zest of 1-2 lemons or 1-2 oranges if you eat the cake plain. You can also add 1-2 tbsp poppy seeds and make a melted lemon juice/sugar glaze to drizzle on top of baked cake.
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Mango Cream Pie

May 28, 2019

 

From Chef Oonagh Williams of Gluten Free Cooking with Oonagh 

I love ripe sweet mangoes, but unfortunately in NH you rarely get mangoes that are sweet and ripe when you buy them.  Too much of our grocery store fruit looks ripe, smells ripe but doesn’t taste ripe.  I’ve also decided that frozen mango, canned mango in syrup or glass jars of mango just don’t compare to flavor of fresh mango.

I saw a recipe for mango cream pie and had some mangoes.  The recipe was the regular milk, sugar, corn starch and eggs plus mango. I made it, didn’t taste enough of mangoes and who wants to heat up a kitchen and have to wait for custard to cool in the heat.  I was going to make cream and mango set with gelatin then remembered another summer dessert recipe we enjoy.  Our local Indian restaurant had a dessert on the buffet that was commercial, ready made banana pudding mixed with canned fruit. I used instant vanilla jello pudding, mango juice/nectar and fresh fruit.  Made in a few minutes and everyone loves it.  That’s my quick version #2, I also make a variation of my dirt pie #1, we think is even more delicious but dirties more bowls and higher calories. We also prefer this mango cream on its own, not in a cookie crumb crust, so it’s smooth and velvety – except if you finish with some toasted almonds or madacamia nuts.

Note: I buy ‘Best’ mango juice, 32 oz bottle, $2.99, 50% juice, with water and sugar and nothing else.  imported seasonally from Egypt. The bottle I bought last week in my regular grocery store, had a 12 month shelf life, unopened.  You can buy a 12 oz small bottle or can of juice, but many brands are much lower quantities of mango, less flavor plus additives. (www.aitco-best.com)

Directions:

Mango Cream #1

2 ripe, sweet ataulfo/champagne/alphonso mangoes or other mangoes that are sweet and ripe. Cut either side of mango to get 2 ‘cheeks’. Place ‘cheek’ on chopping board, skin side down, cut a tic-tac-toe pattern in flesh, push skin so mango flesh sticks out and carefully cut the cubes away from the skin. Carefully cut off side skin and remove flesh, then carefully cut off flesh left on mango stone.  Do all of this on chopping board, not in your hand.

In large bowl mix:

1 box instant vanilla pudding (normal 4 oz box) with 1+1/2 c mango juice/nectar using electric mixer or whisk. NOT the 2 cups of milk you normally use for an instant vanilla jello pudding, it won’t thicken as much.

Then while still runny add 1/2 cup of heavy cream whisked with 2 tbsp powdered sugar, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract and 1/8 tsp xanthan gum until stiff. I find adding xanthan gum helps mango cream to stay thicker.  Omit xanthan gum if you want.

In another bowl mix:

4 oz (half a normal packet) softened cream cheese (I use lite) with

1/4 c, 2 oz, 1/2 stick soft butter

then mix in

1/2 c powdered sugar

Then mix both bowls together using electric mixer until totally blended and no visible streaks.  Try and do this while vanilla pudding mix is still quite soft. Stir in mango pieces. Turn into 6 c pretty bowl for serving. Mixture will set reasonably firm, but spoonable not sliceable. Refrigerate so flavors blend. I like to finish bowl with more whipped cream, toasted almonds, more mango.

 

Mango Cream #2.

This is the quick lazy version. One mixing bowl.

2 ripe, sweet ataulfo/champagne/alphonso mangoes or other mangoes that are sweet and ripe. Cut either side of mango to get 2 ‘cheeks’. Place ‘cheek’ on chopping board, skin side down, cut a tic-tac-toe pattern in  flesh, push skin so mango flesh sticks out and carefully cut the cubes from the skin. Carefully cut off side skin and remove flesh, then carefully cut off flesh left on mango stone.  Do all of this on chopping board, not in your hand.

In large bowl mix:

1 box instant vanilla pudding (normal 4 oz box) with

1+1/2 c mango juice/nectar using electric mixer or whisk. NOT the 2 cups of milk you normally use for an instant vanilla jello pudding, it won’t thicken as much.

Stir in mango and chill.  that’s it. Add the same whipped cream to mix if you want.

Try other fruits with other fruit juices. I made a bowl to take for a girl’s RV camping weekend and it vanished. It’s even good for breakfast. Put into individual bowls with lids for packed lunch or beach picnic. Fresh bananas, strawberries and blueberries.

 

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HONEY CINNAMON GRAHAM CRACKERS

May 25, 2019

From Chef Oonagh Williams of Gluten-Free Cooking with Oonagh

After Christmas this year I wanted gluten-free grahams or shortbreads for a Lithuanian cooking demo I was giving. Below is the recipe for my own gluten-free version of honey cinnamon graham crackers.

Gluten-Free Honey Cinnamon Graham Crackers 

Ingredients:

  • ¾ c (3oz) my gluten-free flour mix – see below
  • ¼ c (1oz)  almond meal/flour – Trader Joe’s at $5/lb, Costco 3 lbs for $12, Bob’s Red Mill and King Arthur $10-12/lb.  All labeled gluten free.
  • ½ tsp (3ml) xanthan gum
  • ¼-1/2 tsp salt – decide on how much you want after first time of baking
  • 1+1/2 tsp (8ml) gf baking powder
  • ¾ tsp cinnamon – or more after first baking (2 tsp of ground ginger for ginger snaps.)
  • 2 oz (60 ml)  half a stick of really soft butter – (Earth Balance instead of butter, coconut oil has so little flavor for this cookie, but up to you)
  • 2 tbsp (30ml) honey or 1 tbsp honey and 1 tbsp corn syrup if honey flavor is too strong.
  • 1 tsp (5ml) gf vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp (1+1/4 oz, 45 ml)  light brown sugar – 4 tbsp (1/4 c, 60 ml)  was too sweet for me, so I reduced light brown sugar but kept honey for flavor and liquid content in making dough.

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350*. Always mix dry ingredients (gluten-free flour, almond, xanthan gum, salt, baking powder, cinnamon) together first and whisk or stir to get rid of any lumps.

2. Beat really soft butter, honey, vanilla and light brown sugar together until light and creamy. 1-2 minutes.

3. Add dry ingredients and slowly mix until it becomes a soft dough that is only scoopable not rollable.

4. I used a #60, 1 tbsp scoop (mine is pampered chef-Home Goods often carry stainless steel scoops at good price) to evenly scoop out dough onto lined baking sheet.  Don’t use black pan. Don’t have dough over flowing in scoop. Place scoops of dough at least 2 inches apart on baking sheet. Sprinkle scoops of dough with sugar. Use the bottom of a glass or similar flat surface (decorative cookie mold might also leave a nice impression) to flatten scoops to a little over 2” across. I used the white plastic food pusher tube insert from my food processor. If your kitchen is very warm you will have to ‘peel’ dough off glass. They will spread to about 2+1/2” on baking.

5. Place in preheated oven and bake for 12 minutes to start.  I cooked mine for 15 minutes total and they were just starting to over brown and taste burnt.  They will still be softly firm to the touch as they crisp up on cooling, they will have barely changed color due to cinnamon coloring dough.  Lift up a cookie to see if base is over browned and therefore nasty tasting. You will have to adjust times according to your oven, the pan -stoneware tends not to burn on the bottom, and size of scoop. Grahams that I flattened cool to crisp, if you don’t flatten they are chewier.

Store in air tight tin.


My Gluten-Free Flour Mix

  • ½ cup potato starch or arrowroot starch for those with nightshade problems
  • ¼ c tapioca starch – note there is a difference in tapioca starch from different brands
  • 2 tbsp amaranth or millet flour: Bob’s Red Mill (millet is roughly one third the price of amaranth, is not so nutritious, but is more readily available.)
  • 2 tbsp sorghum flour: Bob’s Red Mill
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No-Bake Wicked Chocolate Cake aka Groom’s Cake

January 30, 2019

Prince William had this cake at his wedding to Catherine Middleton.

From Chef Oonagh Williams of Gluten-Free Cooking with Oonagh

I don’t remember where this recipe came from but I have vague memories from England (pre-celiac disease) of a flyer with recipes based on Scotch Whisky, which is no doubt why I tried this recipe in the first place! In England we are not into chocolate chip cookies (or at least not when I lived there), so chocolate for baking is quite expensive and normally bittersweet. I made this for Thanksgiving one year at my husband’s request and the ladies present must have needed a chocolate fix, since we sat nibbling away like little mice until it was finished.

This is a very easy recipe that keeps well in the fridge or the freezer so it is ideal for the holidays. It can also be poured into a loaf pan, sliced once firm and served in small pieces, as the equivalent of an after dinner mint.  It is very rich, but the flavor of whisky or other liqueur is not overpowering. Some variations could be gluten-free gingersnaps with spiced rum and raisins; orange rind and raisins soaked in orange liqueur, instant coffee and coffee liqueur, gluten-free dark chocolate wafers and brandy or chocolate liqueur. My personal favorite is the orange version. Be creative! For gluten-free, choose which cookies and liqueur you can tolerate.

By the way, if you are at all concerned about using the eggs, then don’t use them. Just add the sugar to the melting chocolate mix and leave out the alcohol for kids.

Gluten-Free No-Bake Wicked Chocolate Cake

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp. sugar
  • 2 eggs at room temperature (about one hour out of fridge)
  • 2 c (12 oz bag) of gluten-free semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 stick (4oz) butter
  • 1/2 c cream – whipping or heavy
  • 8-oz gluten-free graham crackers or gluten-free shortbread made into fine crumbs
  • 1 c, 4 oz finely chopped, toasted almonds, pecans or hazelnuts (10 minutes at 350*)
  • 1/4 c whisky or other liqueur

Directions:

1.  In a 2-qt non-stick saucepan, gently melt chocolate, cream and butter until the chocolate is smooth. Do not heat on high temperature but the mixture does need to be showing the bubbles of almost boiling, once everything is smooth.

2.  In a food processor, kitchen aid or hand held electric mixer and bowl, beat eggs and sugar together until foamy but not stiff.  About 2-3 minutes.

3.  With the machine running pour in the melted hot chocolate mix. As the mixture beats, it will thicken to a thick sauce like consistency. With an electric mixer it will only thicken slightly. The hot chocolate mixture has actually cooked the eggs into a chocolate sauce.  There is no more cooking involved. This is why it is important to start with eggs at room temperature for about 1 hour and have the hot chocolate mixture just bubbling as you pour it into the machine.  The heat of the chocolate mix should take the temperature of the eggs above the 160* mark. (The temperature at which salmonella is killed if it is present in the egg.  Salmonella has to be there to start with, it will not magically appear).

4.  Pour chocolate sauce out of food processor into a 4-qt bowl.  Mixture can remain in kitchen aid bowl.

5.  Stir in crushed graham crackers, nuts and alcohol.

6.  Line a 1-qt basin or 7-8” decorative cake pan (4 cup capacity) with plastic wrap and pour the chocolate mixture into pan.  Smooth surface, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.  This allows the flavors to develop as well as being sufficient time for the chocolate to set.  The chocolate will not set like a bar of chocolate but will be more like a cold block of cream cheese.

7.  Turn out onto decorative plate and either cover in whipped cream and sprinkle with grated chocolate or drizzle with melted white chocolate.

Indulge!

 

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