Hi, all. My new blog day is Wednesday, so here I am. I'm so sorry that Elizabeth Craig aka Riley has left our group, but as she said last week, a woman can only do so much!
I hope you'll embrace me on Wednesdays!
Over the last week, I travelled across the country. Because I need to eat gluten-free and it's not all that easy to find gluten-free homemade treats while on the road, before I leave home, I usually cook up a batch of either gluten-free banana bread or applesauce cake. They're so easy to make and they stay moist for an entire week (in or out of the refrigerator). I love the flavor of the spices. With a cup of coffee, a slice of this cake (or a cupcake) is divine.
New Orleans to attend a conference that my husband dragged me to. (Yeah, ha! Dragged. NOT!) What fun we had. New Orleans is a fabulous city. One of the most famous places there is Cafe du Monde. I was able to have the coffee and hot chocolate but not their renowned beignets. Instead, I brought along my applesauce cake and had a grand old time. (It never dawned on me to ask the cafe folks for a side of powdered sugar. Duh! Next time...)
While in the city, I had the great pleasure of seeing my son and DIL. They live in New York but came down for the football game.
|My son Jackson with proud "mom"|
We had a great time, touring the city, going to the museums. Seeing the resilience of the people during Hurricane Katrina. Seeing the Preservation Hall Band instruments. Visiting cemeteries and seeing some famous crypts.
|Doesn't this remind you of the movie: Double Jeopardy?|
|The crypt for Marie Leveau, the famous "queen" of voodoo.|
Nicholas Cage has his own crypt, inspired by his National Treasure movies.
Sandra Bullock. Now if only I could get access to her.
Anyway, back to food. I hope you enjoy this applesauce cake as much as I did. And I hope, sometime in your lifetime, you can get to New Orleans. The history is so rich!
GLUTEN-FREE APPLESAUCE CAKE
1/2 cup safflower oil
1 cup sugar
1 egg plus 1 egg white
1 cup chilled applesauce
2 cups GF flour
½ teaspoon Xantham gum
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 cup raisins if desired
cream cheese frosting, if desired
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix oil, sugar, eggs, applesauce. Add GF flour, xantham gum, baking soda, spices (and raisins if desired). Don’t overmix.
Pour into cupcake molds (about ½ to 2/3 full – any more and you have a mess at the top, any less and you’ll have to make do with a wimpy cupcake).
Bake for 18-22 minutes, testing at 18 with a toothpick to see if they are done.
Frost with cream cheese frosting, if desired. *
CREAM CHEESE FROSTING LINK: [note this is on the same page with Candy Cane Cookies]
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