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Peanut Butter Granola!! Gluten-Free And Yummy!

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This peanut butter granola recipe is my own version of several other recipes cobbled together and is being posted on my blog at the request of my daughter Katie’s boyfriend Chris.  The main recipe source is from www.breakfastdramaqueen.com so kudos to that blogger for a great starting recipe.  I have added more ingredients because I like my granola with lots of different flavours.

Image courtesy of www.breakfastdramaqueen.com
Image courtesy of www.breakfastdramaqueen.com

Peanut Butter Granola

Dry Ingredients:

4 cups rolled oats (gluten-free if required)

1/2 cup pumpkin seeds

1/2 cup sunflower seeds

1/2 cup sliced almonds

1/2 cup shredded coconut

3 Tbsps flax seeds or flax-seed meal

3 Tbsp chia seeds

1/4 cup hemp seeds

You can add dried fruit, but add it together with the finished baked granola so that the fruit doesn’t burn.

Wet Ingredients:

1 cup peanut butter

1/2 cup maple syrup

2 Tbsps coconut oil

2 tsps vanilla

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.  Line 2 baking pans with parchment paper.  Mix all dry ingredients well in a large bowl.  In a large microwave proof dish or 2 cup glass measuring cup add all wet ingredients.  Microwave on high for 1 – 1 1/2 minutes til liquid.  Stir together well before pouring over dry ingredients.  Stir until all ingredients are well mixed.  Divide mixture between the two pans and spread out evenly.  Place in oven and bake for 40-50 minutes depending on how brown you want your granola.  Rotate the pans every so often to allow to bake evenly.  Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before storing in an air tight container.  Serve with yogurt and fresh fruit for either a delicious breakfast or dessert.  It also makes a great topping for a fruit crumble.

I hope you try this granola out, it is super easy and delicious and much more healthy than the store-bought cereals.  Cheers, Michele

Gluten-free Dessert Crepes Multiple Ways!!

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I found this recipe on www.Food.com and have made it several times with amazing results.  I have included three recipes for fillings plus some other options. If you want to use these crepes for a savoury recipe, omit the sugar and cook as usual before filling.

Image courtesy of www.ashlandfoods.com
Image courtesy of www.ashlandfoods.com

Gluten-Free Dessert Crepes

1 cup rice flour

1/4 tsp salt

1 Tbsp sugar

1 cup milk

2 eggs

1 Tbsp melted butter

Mix all ingredients together well until smooth.  In a lightly greased crepe pan over medium high heat, pour 1/4 cup of batter and swirl to cover bottom of pan evenly.  Cook until lightly browned on bottom, flip and cook 30-45 seconds more. Remove from pan and stack on a plate.  Cook all batter in the same way.

Bananas Foster Filling

1/4 cup butter

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

4 bananas sliced

pinch of salt

1 Tbsp dark rum

In a non stick fry pan melt butter, add sugar and cook until sugar dissolves.  Add all other ingredients and cook until bananas are slightly soft.  Fill crepes with batter and serve.

Caramel Apple Filling

1/4 cup butter

1/4 cup brown sugar

pinch of nutmeg

1/4 tsp cloves

1/2 tsp cinnamon

pinch of salt

4 apples peeled, cored and sliced thin

In a large non-stick fry pan over medium heat, melt butter, add brown sugar and cook until bubbling.  Add all other ingredients and cook until apples softened and sauce has thickened.  Fill crepes with filling and serve.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Filling

1/2 cup chocolate chips

2 Tbsp cream

pinch of salt

1/2 cup peanut butter

In a heat proof bowl over a pot of boiling water, melt chocolate chips with cream and salt.  Once melted, allow to cool slightly until just warm to the touch.  Equally divide peanut butter and chocolate spread over the crepes and serve.

I hope you enjoy these three options of fillings for these delicious crepes.  You can also fill them with yogurt or whipped cream and fresh fruit.  Cheers, Michele

Peanut Butter, Banana and Chocolate Chip Muffins!!

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I found the inspiration for this recipe in an old cookbook and decided that what it needed was a little refashioning and this is what I came up with.  I hope you try it out.

Peanut Butter, Banana and Chocolate Chip Muffins

3 cups gluten-free or regular flour

1 Tbsp baking powder

3/4 tsp salt

2 large eggs

1 Tbsp vanilla extract

3 ripe bananas

1 cup peanut butter

1/4 cup butter softened

1 1/2 cups sugar

1 1/2 cups chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  Line two muffin pans with paper cups or spray with non-stick spray.

Place dry ingredients in a bowl and mix well.  In a blender, place all other ingredients except for chocolate chips.  Blend until smooth.  Pour wet ingredients into dry and mix well, adding the chocolate chips.  Scoop the batter into the muffin cups.  Bake for 20-25 minutes until a tester comes clean.  Allow to cool in pan for 5 minutes before transferring to cooling racks.  Enjoy.  Cheers, Michele

Eaton Mess!! Katie’s Birthday Cake!

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Yesterday was my little girl Katie’s 26th birthday and her wish for dessert was a super easy dessert called Eaton Mess!!  It is a traditional dessert of crushed up meringue mixed with whipped cream and strawberries and bananas.  It is usually served at Eaton College during their annual cricket match against Harrow College.  But we served it for my daughter’s birthday, since we didn’t want to have to wait for the cricket match.

Eaton Mess

Serves 8

8 egg whites
2 cups of white sugar
large pinch of salt
2 tsps of vanilla

4 cups of whipping cream
1/4 cup of powdered sugar
2 tsp vanilla

6 cups of chopped mixed fresh fruit and berries

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.  Line two baking pans with parchment paper.  Beat egg whites with salt and vanilla until opaque.  Add sugar very gradually until soft shiny firm peaks form.  Spread the meringue mixture evenly over the two pans and bake for 75 minutes, switching the pans around half way through.    Then turn off oven and open the door.  Allow the meringues to cool in the oven until room temperature.  While meringues are cooling, cut up and prepare fruit.  Whip the whipping cream with the powdered sugar and vanilla til stiff peaks form, refrigerate fruit and cream.  When cool, remove meringues from oven and tear into bite size pieces.  Fold the meringue and fruit into the whipped cream and serve.  So delicious!!  I hope you enjoy.  Cheers, Michele

Pavlova For My Niece Cheryl!! Delicious New Zealand Gluten-free Recipe!

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My niece Cheryl spent some time in New Zealand and while she was there she tried Pavlova and fell in love with it.  So this past weekend I made this dessert for her.  I tripled the recipe to serve 10 people with a small amount of left overs.  I hope you enjoy this delicious gluten-free dessert.

Pavlova

4 egg whites at room temperature
1 1/4 cups white sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp cornstarch
1 pint of whipping cream whipped with 1/4 cup of sugar and 1/2 tsp of vanilla
4 cups of mixed fresh fruit

Preheat oven to 200 degrees F.  Beat egg whites until soft peaks form, then add sugar and cornstarch in small amounts while beating until meringue is stiff and shiny.  Fold in vanilla and lemon juice.  Line a pizza pan with parchment paper and place the meringue in a mound in the centre.  Spread the meringue out to form a shallow bowl of meringue.  Bake for 1 1/2 hours until meringue is lightly browned and crispy.  Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before peeling off the parchment paper and placing on a large plate.

You can serve this Pavlova with the following lemon/lime curd using up the left over egg yolks.

Lemon Lime Curd

4 room temperature egg yolks
2/3 cup of white sugar
pinch of salt
juice of one lemon
juice of 1 1/2 large limes
zest of one lemon
zest of one lime
1/4 cup of butter cut into small pieces

Place egg yolks and sugar in the top of a double boiler which has about an inch of water in the bottom pot over medium heat.  Whisk for 1 minute and then add the salt, juices and zests.  Whisk continuously until the curd thickens and coats the back of a spoon.  Add butter gradually while whisking.  Remove from heat and allow to cool completely.  Refrigerate and when Pavlova is ready, spread over the cooled meringue before topping with the whipped cream and fresh fruit.

Pavlova is traditionally served with passion fruit purée or chopped kiwis but we had it with berries, melon, banana and fresh pineapple.  It was delicious.  For an extra decadent treat drizzle cooled melted chocolate over the top of the assembled Pavlova before serving.  It can be made into individual Pavlovas by portioning the meringue into the appropriate number of mini meringues.  Reduce the cooking time and keep an eye on them until they are very lightly browned and crisp on the outside.  I hope you enjoy.  Cheers, Michele

Almond Cake!! A Gluten-Free Recipe From My Aunt Jackie and America’s Test Kitchen!

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My Aunt Jackie made this recipe recently for a group of her friends, it was a big hit and she was kind enough to share it with me. She served it with the Orange Creme Fraiche that she shared the recipe for as well.  I have modified the recipe slightly to make it completely gluten-free.

Almond Cake

1 1/2 cups plus 1/3 cup of sliced almonds, toasted

3/4 cups of gluten-free flour mix

3/4 tsp Xanthan gum

3/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp baking powder

1/8 tsp baking soda

4 large eggs

1 1/4 cups of plus 2 tablespoons of sugar

1 tablespoon plus 1/2 tsp grated lemon peel

3/4 tsp of almond extract

5 Tablespoons of unsalted butter, melted

1/3 cup of vegetable oil

Place rack into middle position in oven.  Preheat to 300 degrees F.  Grease a nine-inch round pan and line with parchment paper.

Place 1 1/2 cups of sliced almonds, gluten-free flour, Xanthan gum, salt, baking powder and baking soda into a food processor.  Pulse 10 – 15 times until almonds are finely ground.  Remove from food processor and place in bowl.  Place eggs, 1 1/4 cup of sugar, 1 tablespoon lemon peel and almond extract in food processor.  Process for 2 minutes til pale yellow.  With processor running, pour melted butter and oil into feed chute.  Then remove the lid of the food processor, add the almond mixture and pulse til combined.  Pour batter into prepared pan.

With remaining lemon peel and sugar, mix together until well combined.  Sprinkle extra 1/3 cup of sliced almonds over cake followed by lemon peel and sugar mixture.  Place pan in oven and bake for 40 minutes, rotate pan and bake for an additional 15 minutes til tester comes out clean.  Allow to cool in pan for 15 minutes.  Then loosen edges with a paring knife and turn cake onto cooling tray and remove parchment paper.  Allow to cool fully.  Serve with Orange Creme Fraiche.

Orange Creme Fraiche

2 oranges

1 cup Creme Fraiche

2 tablespoons sugar

1/8 tsp salt

Take the zest off one orange, place in mixing bowl with Creme Fraiche, sugar and salt.  Cut the peel and pith off the two oranges and cut the fruit sections off the membranes.  Mix into the Creme Fraiche mixture and refrigerate for 1 hour before serving with cooled Almond Cake.  Enjoy.  Cheers, Michele

Pineapple Blackberry Upside-down Cake!! Gluten-Free Deliciousness!

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My husband is a big fan of pineapple upside-down cake but I don’t like maraschino cherries so I did mine with blackberries.  I also decided to do mine in a big skillet to make it easier.  I hope you try it out.

Pineapple Blackberry Upside-down Cake

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

1 can of pineapple slices undrained, reserve juice

3/4 cup of blackberries fresh or frozen

4 Tbsps butter

1/2 cup of brown sugar

1/4 cup of rum

Cake:

2 cups gluten-free flour

2 tsp Xanthan gum

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

2/3 cup room temperature butter

1 cup brown sugar

4 eggs

4 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup of reserved pineapple juice

Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl.  In a stand mixer, beat butter and brown sugar til light and fluffy.  Add eggs one at a time with mixer on low.  Add vanilla.  Then alternating pineapple juice and dry ingredients mix until smooth and well combined.

In a large oven proof skillet, melt butter over medium heat.  Add pineapple, covering bottom and cutting pieces to fit in one layer.  Add brown sugar and sauté for 4-5 minutes.  Flip over pineapple slices and cook for 4-5 minutes more.  Add the blackberries to fill in the gaps and holes in the pineapple.  Add rum and cook for 5 minutes.  Pour cake batter over fruit making sure to cover it all.  Place in oven and bake for 30-35 minutes until tester comes clean.  Allow to cool slightly and then invert cake onto a plate.  Serve and enjoy.  Hope you like this gluten-free upside-down cake.  You can vary the fruit and use bananas, plums or apples if you like.  Cheers, Michele