Gluten-Free Recipes for Holiday



Summer Tomato Corn Galette

September 2, 2020

From Oonagh Williams of Royal Temptations Catering

‘Galette’ just means rustic looking, single crust, free-form pie with a filling and the crust folded partway over the top of the filling. Bon Appétit says, “their imperfections are what set them apart—in fact, the less you do, the better they look.” 

Normally during the warmer months, once a month a girlfriend and I drive down to Wilson Farm in Lexington, MA. For those that don’t know, Lexington (yes the same one you learned about in history) is a very old area of Mass, full of expensive housing and Wilson Farm has 33 acres right in the middle. The farm has been operating there since 1884 with the first farm stand in the 1950’s.  

Most of their fruit and vegetables are locally grown and you can see the fields surrounding the shop, right in the middle of houses. Remember as I always say on NH’s ABC WMUR’s Cooks Corner, most real food is naturally gluten-free until manufacturers mess around with it. Inside, the fruit and veg are arranged like the finest French markets, with fresh baked goods (including gluten-free), large cheese selection, meats, fresh from their kitchen soups, salads, meals and more, as well as flowers and plants.  Weekends and special event times like the tomato festival, there would be samples to try. They have another farm in Litchfield, NH and locally we could look across the river from the Anheuser Busch plant to the red barn building in Litchfield, but had to drive the long way around to get there. 

There is a recipe wall behind the row of checkouts, with lots and lots of free recipe cards for you to take away and make yourself. This is one of the recipes I used to make in wheat flour days and now with fresh local corn and tomatoes abounding, I make it gluten-free.

Gluten-Free Summer Tomato Corn Galette
recipe Cornmeal Galette dough for 1 galette, about 11 inches in diameter

Again with local availability at the moment, I didn’t have regular gluten-free cornmeal so I substituted Krusteaz honey cornbread mix. Bob’s Red Mill carries gluten-free cornmeal and cornflour but one is too gritty and the other is too fine for my taste. 

Ingredients:

  • 4 oz, ¾ c KAF gluten-free all-purpose flour – no xanthan gum, no baking powder. 
  • 2/3 cup/ 4 oz Krusteaz gluten-free honey cornbread mix, does contain both xanthan gum and baking powder so don’t add any more. Substitute cornmeal/cornflour that you have, by weight, and dough might need more liquid added.
  • (1 tsp. Sugar – not necessary if you use Krusteaz)
  • salt and pepper
  • ⅓ cup grated Parmesan cheese, I’ve also used Sharp cheddar when I was out of Parmesan
  • 6 Tbsp, 3 oz, cold butter, cut into ½-inch slices 
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tbsp ice water

Filling

  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 large onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. marjoram, chopped, I’ve also used fresh oregano and fresh basil, depending on what you have grown or what’s available 
  • Kernels from 2 ears of corn (about 2 cups) Fresh corn makes a phenomenal difference in taste compared to frozen or canned but they still taste good. I cook extra corn day before, then cut off kernels
  • 1 large roasted red bell pepper, peeled, deseeded and cut into 1” squares.  I don’t know what this would taste like with jarred peppers, freshly roasted red bell pepper is addictive and freezes well
  • ~3 large ripe tomatoes, sliced – I like Campari
  • ¾ c 3 oz shredded cheddar

Directions:

  1. I put the flour, Krusteaz, (sugar), salt, pepper, and Parmesan cheese in food processor. Add the chilled butter and pulse until butter is small pieces. Or in a bowl by hand or with a pastry blender.  Add the olive oil and ice water, and pulse until the dough begins to come together. It should be soft. Gather the dough with your hands and shape it into a disk. Wrap the disk in plastic and refrigerate for about 1 hour.
  2. I like to cook onion in microwave-safe dish until meltingly tender and sweet.  Plus you don’t have to keep watching pan to see if it’s burning. Season with salt and pepper. When onion is tender, add the corn, cut up bell pepper, garlic, marjoram or herb of choice, and set aside to cool. I have also made this with 2 diced zucchini cooked with onions and didn’t think it added to taste.
  3. This is a soft dough and I find it easiest to grease pyrex 9” pie plate and bake on metal sheet or use my Le Creuset cast iron 10” skillet. Put soft ball of dough onto skillet/pie dish, dust your fingers with some gf flour, press with your fingers. and press dough to reach up sides of pan. You are going to fold down edges of dough on side of pan on top of onion corn filling.
  4. Spread the onion and corn mixture over base of the dough. Starting about 2 inches in from edge of onion mix, arrange the tomatoes in a single layer over the onions and season them with salt and pepper. Sprinkle the cheese over the tomatoes. Lift the edges of the dough and fold them inward over the filling, pleating as you go, to form a folded-over border. I use a thin plastic spatula and ‘flip’ the dough from edge of pan down onto filling.  I find this easier than trying to persuade dough away from side of pan with my fingers. Pinch together any tears in the dough. I have tried making this by rolling out and lifting dough and find pressing dough into pan is easier. 
  5. Bake in preheated 375 * oven until the crust has browned and the cheese has melted, 40 to 50 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes before serving. This is a rich, very ‘short’ pastry.  In a metal pan, the bottom crust is more thoroughly cooked. A totally different recipe said about serving a potato casserole with salsa, sliced avocado and sour cream.  I tried that but I thought it was too many extra flavors.

wilsonfarm.com recipes are online
Wilson Farm, 10 Pleasant Street, Lexington, MA 02421
(781) 862-3900

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Egg-Free Chocolate Cake

From Oonagh Williams of Royal Temptations Catering

After asking a friend to share a new cake recipe, she pointed me to The Joy of Baking, and a chocolate cake that I could adapt to gluten-free, use butter or oil, make egg-free and didn’t use flaxseed meal, chia seeds, or any egg alternative. 

I’ve made this cake several times, it’s very quick and easy to make, everyday ingredients. Since gluten-free flours have little flavor compared to wheat flour I used light brown sugar rather than regular sugar. For laziness as well as to make it dairy-free, I have used both almond oil and avocado oil. Using melted butter would give more flavor. Interestingly if you Google this cake, there are quite a few recipes for it, many claiming authorship and changing quantities of ingredients. 

Gluten-Free and Egg-Free Chocolate Cake

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/3 cups King Arthur, all-purpose, gluten-free flour, no xanthan gum or baking powder. 
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon gluten-free baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup avocado oil, or almond oil
  • 1 cup warm water 
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice or apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons gluten-free vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure coffee extract (optional), zest of orange, or different gluten-free extracts

Chocolate Ganache

  • 1 c, 6 ounces, gluten-free semi-sweet chocolate chips – I use Tollhouse
  • 1 c, 8 fl oz heavy cream 

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350*F (180* C) and place the oven rack in the center of the oven. Butter or spray an 8 or 9 inch (20 or 22cm) cake pan with a nonstick cooking spray, line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper, spray paper and dust pan with cocoa.
  2. In a large bowl whisk or stir together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. Add the melted butter or oil, water, lemon juice or apple cider vinegar, vanilla extract, and coffee extract (if using). Beat all the ingredients together until well blended. Pour the wet batter into your pan and bake in preheated oven for about 28 – 30 minutes, or until the cake springs back when lightly pressed and a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Don’t overcook it. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool for about 10 – 15 minutes before removing the cake from the pan.

Chocolate Ganache: Heat cream in a microwave-safe jug for about 1 minute. Stir in the chocolate, and leave for a few minutes.  Stir until smooth.  I like to use an immersion blender to make the ganache totally smooth.  

Leave in the fridge for at least an hour so ganache thickens and then spread over top and sides of cake.

I also tried making this with ¾ cup milk and one egg rather than 1 c water.  The photo shows whole cake with ganache and chopped nuts. The cake rose more and was definitely moister.  Without the egg, I found edges of cake were a bit harder, not bad, just noticeable to me.  

Original recipes talk about putting dry ingredients in cake pan, adding wet ingredients, mixing and baking. I find it easier to mix in 4 c (1 ltr) pyrex jug and pour into cake pan.  Flour and cocoa tend to fly everywhere when mixed in shallow pan.

Note that unsweetened cocoa (Hershey’s regular) reacts with vinegar/lemon juice giving a reddish tinge, like red velvet cake.

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Impossibly Easy Cheesecake

June 30, 2020

From Oonagh Williams of Royal Temptations Catering

I found the original wheat flour version of this cheesecake recipe on the Bisquick website and made it with gluten-free King Arthur flour. 

Impossibly Easy Gluten-Free Cheesecake
makes at least 8 servings, over an inch deep

Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup milk, I used 2% Lactaid
  • 2 tsp gluten-free vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp gluten-free almond extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 x 8 oz packets of cream cheese, soft, room temperature, cut into cubes
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup King Arthur gluten-free, all-purpose flour—no xanthan gum, no baking powder
  • ½ tsp gluten-free baking powder
  • pinch of salt

Topping:

  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons sugar or honey
  • 1 teaspoon gluten-free vanilla extract
  • Fruit

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9” glass pie plate
  2. Put milk, vanilla, almond, eggs, sugar, flour, baking powder and salt in food processor. Blend on high speed for 15 seconds.
  3. Add cubed cream cheese and blend for 2 more minutes until no blobs of cream cheese remain. Scrape down the sides. If you don’t have a food processor, put cream cheese in 8 cup bowl, add milk, extracts and dry ingredients and beat until smooth. Then beat in eggs.
  4. Put the pie plate on jelly roll pan, pour in cream cheese mix, it fills the pie plate but doesn’t overflow. Bake in preheated oven for about 40 minutes.  Usually, for a cheesecake or custard, I will insert a knife halfway between edge and center and see if the custard is sticking to knife rather than runny as it stiffens on cooling and isn’t overcooked. With this recipe, I find I have to cook it until center is set or it still tastes floury. Roughly an inch around outside will look golden brown, center of cheesecake can have some cracks, it will have risen and will deflate on cooling. Cool completely.  I prefer it refrigerated overnight and then removed from the fridge about one hour before serving so texture softens.
  5. For the topping: mix the sour cream, honey/sugar, and vanilla extract together. 
  6. Spread sour cream mix on top. Serve with fresh fruit, drizzle with chocolate ganache, lemon curd mixed with whipped cream, strawberry or raspberry sauce.

Don’t expect a crust like a regular pie crust, but it does form an outer layer. 

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Marinated Mushrooms

March 26, 2020

From Oonagh Williams of Royal Temptations Catering

For Easter, serve these mushrooms with Carando, spiral, boneless, brown sugar spice ham (not sweet or spicy), labeled gluten-free for about $2.99/lb for a 4 lb ham in my regular local market. 

Fresh mushrooms cooked in an oil, vinegar, garlic, onion, sugar and herb marinade until tender and then left to absorb all the wonderful flavors.  These mushrooms are not overly vinegary like store bought, but truly addictive as part of a salad plate, antipasto, side dish with grilled meats etc.

This recipe came years ago from a client who said that her family devoured it. Since I always prefer recipes that come with recommendations to just having to find one in a book, I decided to use her recipe.  However, I found it slightly too vinegary and a friend whose family makes marinated mushrooms agreed, so I altered proportions to my taste and added garlic and bay leaf. My husband asked for the tiny fresh mushrooms to pair with cubes of cheese on a toothpick. 

Gluten-Free Marinated Mushrooms

Ingredients:

  • ¼ c gf red wine vinegar
  • 1/3 c oil – I use avocado oil, evo is too strong in my opinion.  No, I don’t use canola oil. 
  • 1/3 c water
  • 1 tsp gf Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp light brown sugar
  • ¼ c freshly chopped parsley
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper or 8 peppercorns
  • 3 small bay leaves
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 1 medium onion, peeled, halved, thinly sliced and separated.
  • 1 lb whole baby mushrooms, cleaned

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients except mushrooms in a non reactive (stainless steel or non stick) saucepan, bring to the boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 5 minutes. Vinegar smells strong as it heats.
  2. Add mushrooms, bring back to boil and simmer, covered, for 5 minutes, mushrooms will shrink and produce liquid.
  3. Remove from heat, pour into glass or similar non reactive dish, cover and chill.
  4. Allow to marinate for at least 4 hours.  Books say they will keep for up to one month, but we’ve finished them in a week.

Mushrooms are nicest served at room temperature. I also substitute 1 lb thawed pearl onions for mushrooms and cook for about one hour to make addictive onion relish/chutney whatever. Great on French bread with cheese, anywhere. 

 

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Orange Sauce

From Oonagh Williams of Royal Temptations Catering

This gluten-free sauce goes well with an Easter ham, chicken, waffles/pancakes, over a cake or with ice cream.

In my wheat flour days, I had skinny sweet potato fries with a dipping sauce of roughly equal quantities of butter, maple syrup and bourbon—it was dangerously addictive. This is a gluten-free variation that my husband and I enjoy. I normally keep a container of concentrated orange juice in the freezer, transferred to a screw top container as it doesn’t freeze solid. I use orange juice concentrate in various recipes using orange juice for a more intense flavor.

Gluten-Free Orange Sauce

Ingredients:

  • ½ stick, 2 oz butter 
  • ½ c orange marmalade – I use an orange marmalade that has thin pieces of orange peel, not the expensive thick and chunky marmalade. 
  • ½ c orange juice concentrate
  • ½ c chopped toasted nuts
  • 2 tbsp rum, brandy, orange liqueur, bourbon – whatever you like and can have. Optional but does give a lovely flavor. 
  • 2 tsp gluten-free cornstarch mixed with 2 tbsp water. 
  • Pinch of salt and pepper

Directions:

  1. Melt butter, marmalade and concentrate together.
  2. Add nuts and rum, etc.
  3. Simmer for a minute, add cornstarch and water mix, stir well, bring back to a boil, simmer for 2 minutes and then serve. This does reheat well, keeps in fridge.  Add it to the skillet of fried chicken, pork so it mixes with meat juices and sugars caramelize slightly. For meat, add some rosemary to pan or mint to go with lamb.
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SMOKED SALMON SPREAD

March 3, 2020

From Oonagh Williams of Royal Temptations Catering

This smoked salmon spread (pâté) has a very mild, subtle taste. Please use the tiny quantities of sherry and tomato ketchup listed. They are there to add flavor, not to overpower the whole dish. For correct quantities, measure the lemon juice, sherry and tomato ketchup together into a small bowl and then add to the food processor.  It is far too easy to pour huge amounts out of a bottle otherwise and ruin the recipe. I buy imported smoked salmon, it tastes quite different from American lox. I also buy smoked salmon from Ducktrap, a company in Maine.

Ways to Eat Smoked Salmon:

  • It can be served with Irish soda bread
  • Use it to make cream and smoked salmon sauce for pasta
  • It can be added to scrambled eggs
  • Use it to make a frittata
  • Add smoked salmon to egg salad
  • Serve on top of potato pancakes 
  • blini with sour cream
  • Throw it on slices of cucumber with dill mustard sauce
  • Eat with slices of apple
  • On top of a toasted bagel 

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz softened cream cheese
  • 4 oz smoked salmon or more 
  • rind/zest of ¼ lemon
  • 2 tsp. lemon juice
  • ½ tsp sherry or brandy
  • ½ tsp tomato ketchup 

Directions:

Place smoked salmon in processor and run until chopped. Then add rest of ingredients and run until smooth and creamy. Taste and adjust seasoning, add fresh chopped dill, more lemon, dash of cayenne pepper or Tabasco if desired. The flavors will change as it mellows and matures. Leave for at least 4 hours before using.

For a special party, starter for St. Patrick’s day, Easter, Good Friday.  Line a 4 cup mold with plastic wrap, mix ½ brick of cream cheese with chopped fresh dill, spread into mold.  Top with salmon spread and chill. You can spread some red white fish caviar between layers and in middle of mold when you turn it out. Romanoff® Red Whitefish Caviar or Red Salmon Caviar is labeled gluten-fee.

Turn out onto serving plate and finish with sliced cucumber, slices of smoked salmon rolled up, sour cream, caviar. 

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Lemon Snowballs

January 30, 2020

From Chef Oonagh Williams of Gluten-Free Cooking with Oonagh

No, this isn’t a Girl Scout cookie lookalike recipe. These lemon snowballs actually came from a 1997 Lithuanian Heritage magazine. They were originally made with wheat, and I made them gluten-free. These are delicious and easy to make!

Gluten-Free Lemon Snowballs
Makes 20

Ingredients:

  • ¼ c powdered/icing/confectioner’s sugar
  • 1/2 cup soft butter
  • 1 tsp gluten-free vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp gluten-free cornstarch in one cup measure, add
  • 5 oz (140 g) King Arthur all-purpose gluten-free flour blend to fill one cup. (this blend doesn’t contain xanthan gum or baking powder. Adding cornstarch is a way of softening the flour blend, more melt in the mouth and tender, and a substitute for cake flour.)
  • ½ c finely chopped, toasted almonds, pecans or walnuts. Bake nuts for 10-15 minutes in 350 oven, watch they don’t burn. Let them cool before you add them to dough. 
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ – ½ tsp xanthan gum. 
  • powdered sugar to finish
  • Zest or orange or lemon for flavor, optional

Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 350*F.
  2. Beat 1/4 cup powdered sugar, butter and vanilla (and zest) together until light and fluffy.
  3. Add flour with cornstarch, xanthan gum, chopped nuts and salt and gently mix until soft dough forms.
  4. Shape into 1 inch balls.  I use small pampered chef cookie scoop about 1+1/4 inch diameter, 1 Tbsp quantity.  Number 60 should be carved onto circle that cleans cookie dough from scoop. Scoop, clean against side of bowl and drop cookie onto ungreased cookie sheet, two inches apart. I like to line cookie sheet with parchment paper.   I don’t bother to roll cookie into ball shape. They flatten slightly on baking, refrigerating before baking doesn’t keep the ball shape.
  5. Bake in preheated oven for about 20-25 minutes until light golden brown on the outside, still almost white in the body of the cookie but set to the touch.  Don’t cook until brown all over, tastes disgusting. This is meant to be like a melt in your mouth shortbread.
  6. Remove from oven, remove from cookie sheets, cool slightly and heavily dust with sieved powdered sugar. I find when hot they are far too fragile to pick up. Cool completely.
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Flourless Chocolate Cake

From Chef Oonagh Williams of Gluten-Free Cooking with Oonagh

Over Christmas, we had dinner at one of our favorite restaurants. The menu had a flourless chocolate cake with macerated strawberries (sliced strawberries with sugar and liqueur usually) plus strawberry sauce and whipped cream. The waitress confirmed it was gluten-free, but don’t just trust a description of flourless to mean it’s safely gluten-free. We bought one to bring home and share. The cake part was a bit bigger than standard cupcake size but only tasted of bitter cocoa. Just cocoa doesn’t meet my criteria for a chocolate cake. So I made this version instead to satisfy our craving…

Gluten-Free Flourless Chocolate Cake

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz soft butter or melted coconut oil 
  • 2 oz gluten-free, semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 4 oz sugar 
  • 4 oz gluten-free almond flour
  • 3 large eggs 
  • 2 tbsp gluten-free cocoa 
  • 1 tsp gluten-free almond extract 
  • 1 tsp gluten-free baking powder 
  • pinch of salt 

Directions:

  1. Cake: Preheat oven to 350*F. Spray 1 x 9” springform pan, line base with parchment paper and dust with cocoa. For individual portions, use either regular cupcake liners in cupcake pan or larger Texas muffins for indulgence. Melt chocolate and butter/coconut oil together until the chocolate is totally smooth.
  2. Put rest of cake ingredients in 8 cup bowl, add melted chocolate mix and beat for 2-3 minutes until fluffy. 
  3. Spread mix in springform pan or divide up between cupcake liners. Bake in 350 oven for about 30 minutes for cake, 18-20 for cupcakes depending on the size chosen. Cake will still be soft but a knife in the middle of the cake will be clean.
  4. Remove from oven, let cake cool for about 10 minutes then turn onto a cooling rack. Allow cupcakes to cool completely then when ready to serve, remove from paper liners.

Strawberry topping and liquor sauce:

Wash and slice strawberries, sprinkle with sugar and leave for a few hours for sugar to produce juices. You can add 1-2 tbsp brandy, rum, amaretto, orange liqueur to strawberries. 

1 cup of cream with 2 tbsp sugar and 1-2 Tbsp liqueur, whipped until stiff.

For individual cakes, I spoon some of the strawberries on top of upside-down cake per plate, pour off some of the juices from strawberries in tub and puree remaining strawberries and juice.  You can add back in juice if sauce is too thick, but you can’t easily add to a thin sauce. Puddle the cake with pureed sauce and pipe with cream. (see photo). Also try fresh raspberries with frozen raspberry and raspberry jam sauce, canned peaches. 

For after Christmas neighborhood party, I made 9-inch cake, cut into wedges.  I added water, brown sugar and rum to can of cut up sliced pineapple and thickened slightly.  I poured sauce into bowl in center of plate of sliced cake. (see photo).

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Coffee Walnut Cake

December 2, 2019

From Chef Oonagh Williams of Gluten-Free Cooking with Oonagh

This is the same almond flour base I made in wheat flour days. Almond flour cakes are very common in Europe and naturally gluten-free. 

Gluten-Free Cake with Coffee & Walnuts

  • Cake – single 8″ cake layer about 3/4 inch deep, with coffee butter frosting. 
  • 6 tbsp (3 oz, 84g) very soft butter or coconut oil. I use coconut oil as my butter substitute in baking and prefer it to margarine style subs.
  • 1+1/4 cup (4oz, 112g)  almond flour – almonds ground without skin (Trader Joe’s on line state that their almond flour -white – and almond meal – freckly – are gluten free and only $4.99/lb compared to other national brands except for Costco $4/lb for 3 lb bag, labeled gluten-free)
  • 1/3 c (2oz, 56 g) toasted, chopped walnuts. I toast contents of a bag of chopped walnuts in 350 oven for about 10 minutes and then store them, ready to use. Toasting nuts really does make a difference, just don’t let them burn.
  • 3/4 c, (6 oz, 180 g) sugar  
  • 2 Tbsp (30 ml) instant coffee powder dissolved in 1 tbsp (15ml) water – regular Folger’s
  • pinch of salt
  • 1+1/2 tsp (8 ml) gluten-free baking powder 
  • no xanthan gum needed
  • 3 eggs  
  • Frosting/Buttercream:
  • 1/2 cup/1 stick (4 oz, 112g) soft butter or butter substitute you like
  • 1 tsp instant coffee powder dissolved in 2 tsp water. 
  • 2 c (8 oz, 224g) powdered (icing, confectioners) sugar

More toasted walnuts to sprinkle on top of frosting. 

  1. Preheat oven to 350*F/170*C. Lightly grease and bottom line 8”  pan with parchment paper circle, dust with rice flour. 
  2. Place all the cake ingredients in a 4 cup, 1-litre bowl and beat for 1-2 minutes until smooth and creamy. Color will lighten slightly but will still be coffee-colored.
  3. Spoon raw batter into prepared pan and smooth out. 
  4. Bake in preheated oven for about 30 minutes until cake has risen, softly firm is dark golden brown  If you use almond meal/natural almond flour (almonds ground with skin still on) then cake will be even darker.
  5. Remove from oven, cool in pan for about 3 minutes, then turn out onto cake serving plate, remove paper lining and then turn right side up.

Frosting/Buttercream:

  1. I like to sieve the powdered sugar as it is often lumpy and it’s easier to sift first then try and beat little white lumps out of frosting.
  2. Slowly add powdered sugar to very soft butter and coffee. Be careful, the sugar has a tendency to explode up. Once all sugar is added, beat well for 1-2 minutes to make fluffy.
  3. This quantity of frosting is enough to generously top cake and pipe around edges. Then sprinkle with more toasted walnuts.

Variations:

  1. Whipped Cream. Whip 1 cup of cream with 2 tablespoons powdered sugar and 2 tablespoons of Kahlua or rum until stiff.  This can be used to frost cake instead of buttercream frosting. Or just serve on the side.
  2. Regular chocolate ganache with Kahlua or rum added. 

1 c (8 oz, 240 ml) heavy or whipping cream

1 c (6oz, 168g)) Nestle semi-sweet chocolate chips -labeled gluten-free.

2-4 tbsp (30-60ml)  Kahlua or rum. Depending on the alcohol content of the chosen liqueur, this can taste quite strong.

Heat 1 cup of whipping or heavy cream to nearly boiling, add chocolate chips and stir. Let stand for a few minutes, then stir and microwave more if necessary until a totally smooth sauce is formed (looks like thick chocolate syrup). You can also use an immersion blender to make the sauce totally smooth.

Add alcohol and refrigerate for several hours until stiffer than set jello pudding.

I like to lightly whisk half of chilled ganache and gently persuade over top of cake and it will start drizzling down the sides. Then whisk remaining ganache and pipe on top of cake. Ganache is very soft if served immediately, piped chocolate will set up stiffer with refrigeration.  

3. Fruit. Melt 2 tablespoons of butter with 2 tablespoons of light brown sugar, add slices of fresh or canned pineapple and gently fry until starting to brown on edges.  Pour 2 tablespoons of rum into a measuring cup, then pour into skillet, allow to heat for about 20 seconds and use gas grill lighter to ignite the alcohol fumes. Make sure there are no children or animals around.  Do not lean over pan, keep hair out of the way. Allow flames to die down and serve on side of cake. In the summer just grill some pineapple slices.

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Wine & Rosemary Beef

From Chef Oonagh Williams of Gluten-Free Cooking with Oonagh

Heading into the Holiday season and then other get-togethers, I wanted an entrée easily made, with easily available ingredients. And then I saw packets of roasted, vacuum packed, organic chestnuts in my local chain grocery store. My father always made a chestnut stuffing to go with the roast turkey.  London at Christmas with gleaming bright Christmas lights across the streets and in shop windows on Oxford Street and all the other street names you recognize. Braziers of roast chestnuts giving off light and heat on a winter’s night, trying to peel a hot chestnut with gloves on and then burning your tongue with the lovely flavor are special memories.

I’ve always made my beef stroganoff with sirloin steak. Traditionally it’s made with beef tenderloin/fillet steak and cooks in minutes, but you need to take out a mortgage for the recipe for a party and also count on being able to get well butchered, matured beef for flavor and tenderness. Beef Stroganoff is a very popular recipe with students and clients and one I have to always cook for certain clients. If you decide on this for a party, buy the beef sirloin when it’s on sale, trim it of fat, cut it up yourself rather than have the butcher do it and freeze ready to make a day or two in advance of the party. The flavor does develop and mellow if made in advance and helps you keep your sanity knowing another dish is prepared. 

Gluten-Free Wine & Rosemary Beef
6-8 portions when served as part of a meal with other dishes

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs boneless beef sirloin, trimmed. Slice into thin slices about 2-3” long x 1” wide x1/4”-1/2” thick. 
  • 2 medium onions, peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 2 Tbsp butter or olive oil 
  • ¾ cup orange juice 
  • ¾ c Marsala wine 
  • ¾ cup gluten-free chicken stock
  • Zest of one orange, and then remove peel/skin of orange, segment and use for garnish
  • 4 x 4-inch stalks of fresh rosemary.
  • 2 3.5oz bags of cooked, peeled chestnuts
  • ½ 10 or 12 oz tub of fresh mushrooms  
  • Cornstarch to thicken, as needed
  • Salt and pepper
  • Chopped fresh parsley

Directions:

  1. Melt butter/olive oil in 8 cup pan and gently cook onions and garlic until translucent. This sweetens the onions and garlic.
  2. Turn up heat, add beef strips, and sauté beef strips until evenly brown or seared. 
  3. Add marsala wine, orange juice, chicken stock, orange zest, rosemary stalks, salt and ground pepper, stir well, turn temp to as low as possible. Cover pan and simmer for at least 20 minutes until beef is tender. This can take up to 45 minutes depending on quality of sirloin, size of pieces and pan used.  Use your slow cooker if you have one for cooking and reheating. (5 lb sirloin plus everything fits in 6 qt slow cooker and is great for a party, when I serve it with bacon and smoked Gouda risotto, not pasta.  Pasta tends to slide around the plate and drop on the carpet or clothes if you are standing to eat.)

Check that the pan is cooking at the lowest possible heat otherwise all the juices will evaporate away, leaving a dry mass. Add ½-1 c water if going dry.

I have also made this with Angus beef bottom round, labeled for a pot roast. Cut off heavy fat, and cut into small cubes. Roughly 2 hours in 350 oven or 30 minutes in pressure cooker once it comes to pressure. 

  1. Once meat is tender, increase heat, add mushrooms and quickly cook with meat mix.
  2. Dependent on amount of juices, thicken with cornstarch and let it cook for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Add chestnuts and let them simmer for a few minutes. If you add chestnuts too early, they break up, so you get the flavor but not the mouth experience of whole chestnuts. Remove stalks of rosemary, leaving just the needles.  For flavor without visible rosemary, put rosemary stalks in small coffee filter or cheesecloth tied shut. You can also add some parsley stalks to increase flavor if you add rosemary this way. 

Garnish with orange segments and sprinkle with fresh parsley.

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