Showing posts with label torte. Show all posts
Showing posts with label torte. Show all posts

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Blackberry Kuchen Gluten-free Recipe from Avery Aames



AVERY/ DARYL: 

After the holidays, it's probably difficult to think about sweets. You might be sweet-ed out. You might have already set your new year's resolution and decided to diet.

But I happen to adore sweets. I like them when I'm writing early in the morning, which I'm doing even over the holidays -- soon I'll be in full promotional swing for TO BRIE OR NOT TO BRIE, which comes out in 5 weeks!  [Are you signed up for my newsletter? I'm having a contest.  Check it out.]

A good breakfast cake is hard to beat.

This year, Krista posted a European-style blackberry cake that I had to try...HAD TO...but because I need to eat gluten-free, I put it off. Then, I saw blackberries still in the market when I was doing holiday shopping, so I picked some up and decided to experiment. Oh, yum.

This kuchen, a version of Krista's, is great gluten-free. Krista, thank you for your inspiration.


KRISTA'S BLACKBERRY KUCHEN (GLUTEN-FREE) 


Ingredients:
8-inch pie pan or cake pan
canola oil
2 cups blackberries, washed and picked over
(save 3 pretty blackberries as garnish)
2/3 cup sugar
cinnamon
2 egg yolks
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup milk (I used nonfat)
1 tablespoon melted butter
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup GF flour
1/2 teaspoon Xanthan gum
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
whipped cream (optional)

Directions:

Lightly grease an 8-inch pie pan or cake pan with canola oil. Mix the blackberries with the sugar and a light sprinkle of cinnamon. Let stand.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Beat the egg yolks with the sugar, add the milk and then the melted butter. Beat well. Mix the baking powder with the salt, GF flour and Xanthan gum, and add to the egg mixture. Scrape the bowl, add the vanilla, and beat one last time.

Arrange the blackberries on the bottom of the pan in a single layer. Pour the batter over top of the blackberries.

Bake 30 minutes. Cool on a rack and refrigerate until set. Loosen edges gently until you can flip it over onto a cake plate.

Serve with whipped cream or ice cream. If you don't want to pipe the cream on the cake, dollop a spoonful in the middle, garnish with 3 blackberries, and pass the whipped cream for those who want it.


Note: I didn’t "flip" this over as Krista suggested. I served in the normal way and it was delicious.  


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The 4th in A Cheese Shop Mystery series: 
TO BRIE OR NOT TO BRIE
coming February 2013.

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Say cheese!

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Thanksgiving No-Cook Pumpkin Chocolate Torte: Gluten-free



 No cooking involved. On Thanksgiving?

How cool is that?

I love the flavor of pumpkin. I could eat pumpkin pie for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I know, we can get a little inundated with pumpkin at this time of year, but if you do like it and you want something different, why not try this recipe? I honestly can't remember where I found this recipe. Sunset Magazine, maybe? A great magazine for the West Coast. But as I can't eat gluten, I had to tweak!

Daryl Wood Gerber
Who do you think came up with that word, by the way? Tweak.  

I had to look it up. My parents made me one of those kinds of people. It comes from Middle English and the word: twikken. What a cute word is that! Maybe that will become our next social networking platform. In eighty characters or less, twikken!  It's quicker. LOL

Okay, enough frivolity.  Back to serious matters. Dessert. For Thanksgiving or anytime. This is one of the easiest things in the world to make and perfect for the holiday. And it's quick. 

Enjoy!  And Happy Thanksgiving to all!


THANKSGIVING NO COOK 
PUMPKIN CHOCOLATE ICEBOX CAKE
(gluten-free)
though the only thing gluten-free are the graham crackers and vanilla...
so this could be made by all you "normal" folks, too. Just switch back.


Ingredients:

3 packages (8 oz. each) cream cheese, room temp
½ cup packed dark brown sugar
½ cup granulated sugar
1 can (15 oz.) pumpkin
2 tbsp. half-and-half
1/8 teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
¼ teaspoon cloves
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon gluten-free vanilla extract (vanillin)
28-30 gluten-free graham cracker sheets
(if desired, ¾ cup chocolate chips for decoration)
  Cocoa powder (for dusting)


  Directions:

Beat cream cheese and sugars in a bowl with a mixer on medium speed. Beat in pumpkin, half-and-half, salt, spices, and vanilla until smooth.

Lay 1/3 of graham crackers on bottom of 9 x 13 pan. Spread a third of pumpkin mixture over crackers. Repeat two more times, ending with pumpkin mixture.  (Top with chocolate chips if desired...I didn't for this recipe...I would in the future just because)

Cover, chill overnight. Dust with cocoa powder.  Cut cake into squares.



Now for my major admission...

I CAN'T BELIEVE I DIDN'T TAKE A PICTURE OF THE WHOLE FINISHED CAKE.  THIS IS JUST A PICTURE OF IT IN THE FINAL STAGES. ARGH! SO SORRY. BECAUSE IT'S CREATED IN A 13 X 9, IT'S NOT THAT PRETTY, BUT REALLY... SILLY ME.



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The 4th in A Cheese Shop Mystery series: 
TO BRIE OR NOT TO BRIE
coming February 2013.

You can pre-order the book HERE. 

Click this link to see the book trailer.

Click this link to read an excerpt.

You can learn more about me, Avery, by clicking this link.

Chat with me on Facebook and Twitter.

And if you haven't done so, sign up for the mailing list
 so you can learn about upcoming events, releases, and contests!

Also, you probably know by now about my alter ego,
DARYL WOOD GERBER...and her new series
A COOKBOOK NOOK MYSTERY series
debuts July 2013

"Like" Daryl's page on Facebook and "follow" Daryl on Twitter.
"She" doesn't say all the same things "Avery" does. Promise.

Say cheese!

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