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Chocolate-Almond Tartine with Jam Swirls (gluten-free)

I have a well-documented love for a moist chocolate almond cake (I’ve written rhapsodies about this fancy loaf cake thing).  One of the downsides of that recipe is that it it has to bake for almost an hour, so it’s difficult to just whip up or fit into the line-up when you’re needing the oven for other things.

Enter *this* cake.

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It’s a similar idea as the fancy loaf cake, with a few key differences.  One is that you don’t have to whip the egg whites (great for a lazy person like me) and the flavor profile is a bit different (this doesn’t have the cinnamon and coffee).  But the best part is it bakes in about half an hour, so if you’re asked to bring a gluten-free dessert to a party in a few hours (ahem, not that that’s happened to me…) you can whip this bad boy up.

Chocolate Almond Tartine (cake!) swirled with jam & topped with whipped cream | super easy gluten-free dessert, delicious, quick naturally gluten-free cake #glutenfree #gf #chocolatecake

This got rave reviews from adults and kids alike, my friend even mentioned to me that her kids were asking about it a week or two later.

Chocolate Almond Tartine (cake!) swirled with jam & topped with whipped cream | super easy gluten-free dessert, delicious, quick naturally gluten-free cake #glutenfree #gf #chocolatecake

This cake is especially perfect for people who can’t decorate cakes (*raises hand*).  One thing I will say, if you’re taking it somewhere else, I would wait to assemble the cakes and put the whipped cream on til you’re ready to serve.  That’s simple enough, just wrap up each layer in plastic wrap and stick in the fridge, and bring the whipped cream in a container. [Read more…]

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Best Gluten-Free Recipes for the Holidays

It’s a time of year where a lot of people are headed around on the party circuit, bringing dishes to family affairs and work events constantly.  And I don’t know about you, but more and more I’m being asked to make gluten-free dishes as well.

Now, sometimes that’s not a big deal.  Most veggie dishes, for instance, are fine.  And there are simple substitutions you can make for other side dishes, like remembering not to use flour in the gravy (cornstarch will work just fine) or flour in your roux for mac & cheese (I’m thinking a gluten-free flour mix should work…haven’t actually tried it though).  But when it comes to breads and desserts, you have to work a little harder.

So while I’ve posted lots of gluten-free recipes over the years (I have a few close friends who avoid it), I figured I’d do us all a solid and pull together my favorite desserts (and one bread recipe) that work well for a group, are easy, and most importantly are super delish.

Gluten-Free Recipes for Gatherings

One note, another dessert option is a simple fruit crisp, like this peach cardamom one.  All you have to do is substitute a gluten-free mix or almond meal or similar for the flour in the topping and you’re golden.  I also feel bad that I don’t have more bread options, something I intend to shore up.  But these somewhat odd but quite tasty GF take on Red Lobster’s garlic cheddar biscuits are tasty.

Gluten-Free Rosemary Cheddar Biscuits

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While these biscuits don’t have a traditional bread or roll texture, they are really moist and the garlic, rosemary, and cheddar (yep, a Red Lobster knock-off) is a great flavor combination that helps offset the hint of almond meal flavor.  I brought these to my office’s Thanksgiving potluck and they were all devoured.

Chocolate, Cinnamon, & Almond Loaf Cake

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I am obsessed with this loaf cake delicious fancy bread thing.  Also, this is the point at which I realized that cinnamon whipped cream was a thing, and I’ve never gone back.  This is subtle and rich, but not super sweet.  The almond meal provides a super moist and light crumb, and the intense dark chocolate paired with the cinnamon is heaven.

Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Ganache

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Gluten-free or not, this cake is the BOMB.  I actually made a gluten-ful (gluten-y?) chocolate stout cake for my birthday one year and then this a couple days later for a party, and brought both to the party—people literally couldn’t tell the difference.  It’s dense and moist and rich but not too sweet.  The quinoa definitely gives it a slightly lumpier texture unless you have an amazing food processor, but it doesn’t matter because it’s so good. [Read more…]

Almond Cake with Fruit Compote (gluten-free)

I’ve amassed a fairly impressive arsenal of gluten-free dessert recipes over the past few years, since my friends John & Bridgette went GF.  And one of the biggest things I usually look for in these recipes is that they’re naturally free of gluten, rather than using weird ingredients to try and approximate the texture and taste of wheat recipes.

Almond Cake with Fruit Compote done

That’s why I’ve developed quite an affinity for almond meal.  It’s super yummy, plus it has an awesome grainy texture—not perfect for every type of recipe, but helps provide a “crumb” to certain cakes and pastries.  It’s also pretty easy to work with and really forgiving.  I’ve kind of been on an almond cake kick lately for myself, because the flavor is perfect for this summer-to-fall transition time we’ve been in.

Almond Cake with Fruit Compote

Which brings us to the uber-moist flavor bomb we’re talking about today…

Almond Cake with Fruit Compote sliced

This recipe is from Cookie + Kate, and as soon as she posted it, I was dying to give it a try.  The almond cake is the star, and is taken up a level by the combination of orange zest and cinnamon in the batter, and the maple syrup makes it super moist.  It’s also literally the easiest batter to throw together.  Then the slightly-sticky cake is stopped with a roasted fruit compote, which provides additional juice dripping down into the cake.  I went with pears and raspberries, which in hindsight was way too much juice to deal with.  But you can use whatever strikes your fancy.  This is awesome as leftovers, particularly for breakfast.

Don’t judge. [Read more…]

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