This bread is chock full of of sugar and spice and everything nice. If you miss cinnamon buns, this recipe is for you. If you really want to be decadent, drizzle the top with a vanilla glaze or our not-too-sweet cream cheese icing.
The smell of this gluten free raisin bread in the oven is so AH-MAZ-ING, don’t be surprised if the neighbours come calling! And if they do, they will never guess it’s gluten free. When it is still warm, this bread is just a bit crispy on the outside and gooey in the middle. When it’s cooled and the flavours have melded, it has the taste and texture of a really good cinnamon bun.
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The next time you feel like chocolate cake – and let’s face it, there WILL be a next time – try this one. Made with 3/4 of a cup of cocoa, it is chocolatey to the point of decadence, and because it’s made with boiling water, it’s also really, really moist. One of those rare gluten free baked items that actually improves with age, this cake will be even better tomorrow, which is a good thing because the recipe makes one big ol’ sheet cake. For those of you who are better at cake decorating than I am (which will be most of you!) this would make a great decorated layer cake.
I have served this to unsuspecting guests who have had no idea that it was gluten free!
The word “turnover” first appeared in print in 1798 (Oxford English Dictionary), but the 1753 edition of The Complete Housewife: or Accomplish’d Gentlewoman’s Companion includes a recipe for an early version called “Pasties.” These were made with apples, ambergris or orange flower water, and puff paste. Our recipe doesn’t have anything as exotic as orange flower water or ambergris, but they are gluten free and taste fabulous! Difficult to make the first time, they get easier once you get the hang of it, and are certainly worth the effort. These are filled with cherry pie filling but you can use any filling you want – including savories if you omit the sugar.
This square has a sweet and sticky date filling sandwiched between two layers of an oat-based crumble. Called a date square in most places, in Western Canada and Northern England it’s also known as a matrimonial square or cake. There are various conjectures as to why including the idea that the crumble and date filling marry together in perfect harmony or the theory that “dates” will lead to matrimony. Our money is on Gastronomica’s account that the cake evolved from ancient Roman traditions around marriage and is part of the evolution of the modern-day wedding cake (Click here for the full article). Either way, here is a gluten free version of an oldie but a goodie. (Scroll down for the recipe)
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These pancakes are lightly sweetened with just a hint of a crust on the outside. They’re also easy to make so make lots ’cause you can freeze them. Try one thawed in the toaster with peanut butter or your favorite jam for a quick weekday breakfast.
Any all purpose gf flour will work for these gluten free pancakes, but we like to use Cloud 9 – made in New Westminster, British Columbia and found at our local Costco. Made with Cloud 9 flour, these pancakes are high in fibre and protein and make a great meal Sunday morning or Tuesday night.