Gluten Free Cake

When first diagnosed with Gluten Intolerance and ultimately Celiac Disease, I thought my days of cake were sadly gone forever. I was devastated that I could never again have my favorite dessert: an “Anyday Birthday Party.” This term was coined by my dear husband to describe my need to sometimes turn any day into a Party Day by taking a slice of any old cake and topping it with a scoop of ice cream. The simplicity and childish beauty of those two desserts combined could make even the worst of days better. Before going GF, many a day was turned into a Birthday Party day.

But after doing some research (and buying a LOT of gluten-free bake/cook books) I realized I was happily mistaken. Being gluten free doesn’t mean having to give up Birthday Parties at all! They just take a little more time and pre-production: I can still have a gluten-free birthday party any day of the week. :)

So on this page I’m going to keep a running list of links to all the wonderful GF cake recipes, reviews of pre-made gluten free cakes and links to where you can purchase gluten free cakes.

Happy Anyday Birthday to a gluten free us!!!

Gluten Free Apple Crisp

Last modified on 2010-11-22 23:17:49 GMT. 1 comment. Top.

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Gluten Free Crepe Recipe

Last modified on 2010-12-29 13:21:08 GMT. 7 comments. Top.

Our son’s first grade class spent the two weeks before Christmas break “traveling around the world,” learning all about different countries and cultures. They all made cute little passports (with photos and everything!) and in one week they “went to” Russia, Spain, Mexico and finally stopped in Paris on the day I volunteered. So their wonderful teacher brought in her electric skillet and all the makings for chocolate crepes! They had a super fun, yummy time. So much so that my dear son brought home the recipe and excitedly said he’d like to make crepes for breakfast the next day.

(As you may have guessed, our son isn’t Celiac and is allowed to eat gluten outside the house. Here inside, we’re completely gluten free.)

So I had to quickly come up with a gluten-free version. I have to tell you that this is a very familiar recipe for me. Many years ago when I was waitressing my way through film school, I would get roped into being a “dessert girl” at the fine restaurant at which I worked. This was a lowly position that no one wanted (no tips and a low hourly wage) so I’d begrudgingly push that dessert cart around the place once a month or so. But those few nights of nearly searing my eyebrows off concocting Cherries Jubilee and Bananas Foster also lead me to now being able to make my 6-year-old son happy with real professional grade crepe making.

Sans my little cart stocked with 151 rum for my flaming desserts, I gladly gerryrigged a little dessert cart of our own (dining room table with electric skillet) and attempted to channel my long dormant inner Dessert Girl. And it worked! The crepes came out WONDERFULLY! In fact, they were so great that they’ve been requested several times in the two weeks since “visiting” France. :) So I figured I’d share my gluten-free crepe recipe here.
(CLICK HERE FOR A PDF GLUTEN-FREE CREPE RECIPE YOU CAN DOWNLOAD AND PRINT)

______INGREDIENTS______
1.5 cups of gluten-free pancake mix (Bob’s Red Mill Pancake Mix or Simply Organic Pancake & Waffle Mix)
1 Tablespoon sugar
2.5 cups milk
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
2 Tablespoons melted butter
Favorite Crepe Fillings (see list for suggestions below)

______DIRECTIONS______
Measure pancake mix and sugar into bowl.
Stir in remaining ingredients.
Beat until smooth.
Preheat skillet on Medium.
For each crepe lightly butter skillet
Pour 1/4 cup of batter onto skillet (for thinner crepes, “pull” batter across pan with edge of spatula)
Cook until bubbles appear in batter and batter looses it’s shine as it becomes firmer
Carefully flip and briefly cook other side until done.
While warm, spread favorite filling thinly across middle of crepe.
Roll crepe and sprinkle with powdered sugar. (Remember: If you’re newly gluten free, get rid of your old sifter!! It’s full o’ gluten!!)
Enjoy!!

_____Favorite Crepe Fillings_____
Fresh Fruit: Apples, Pears, Bananas, Blueberries, Strawberries.. anything you want!
Jams & Jellies Strawberry, Blueberry (“Bonne Maman Wild Blueberry Preserves are the best!!!), Raspberry, Apple Butter, Pumpkin Butter (this was my favorite ’cause it’s during the holidays)
Nut Butters Peanut Butter, Cashew Butter, Almond Butter…
Pie Fillings Cherry, Blueberry, Apple.. (All Comstock Pie Fillings were gluten-free when I checked earlier this year… But I should double check to be sure. Will post back later…)
Chocolate Spreads Nutellais gluten free! Yeay! (Dairy free and peanut free too: it’s a hazelnut spread) Chocolate Dessert Crepes dusted with powdered sugar. Yum! This was by far my little man’s fave (of course: it’s dessert for breakfast!!)
We also use Natural Nectar Dark Choco Dream Spread – it’s fair trade & gluten free (we get it at Whole Foods)
Chocolate Chips (make sure the brand you use is gluten-free!)
Applesauce (can get messy ’cause it’s so wet, but my 6 year old loved the mush!)

Babycakes GF Cupcakes

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Cranberry Apple Crisp (Living Without Magazine)

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