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Streusel-Topped, Gluten-Free, Sourdough Coffee Cake

When:

Wednesday May 2, 2012; 6-7:30 p.m.

What:

Gluten-Free Sourdough Baking: How to Use Traditional Techniques with Gluten-Free Flours

Join me  for an evening of demonstrations, samples, and discussion. Learn to make your own sourdough starter, maintain an ongoing starter culture, and use it to leaven breads, cakes, and more! (Bring a small jar with a lid to take home your own starter.)

Where:

People’s Food Co-Op – In the Community Room

Everyone is Welcome!

3029 SE 21st Avenue

Portland, Oregon

Cost:

Free

Please call the People’s Co-Op to register, 503-674-2642.

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When:

Wednesday May 2, 2012; 6-7:30 p.m.

What:

Gluten-Free Sourdough Baking: How to Use Traditional Techniques with Gluten-Free Flours

Join me  for an evening of demonstrations, samples, and discussion. Learn to make your own sourdough starter, maintain an ongoing starter culture, and use it to leaven breads, cakes, and more! (Bring a small jar with a lid to take home your own starter.)

Where:

People’s Food Co-Op – In the Community Room

Everyone is Welcome!

Gluten-free natural levain starter

3029 SE 21st Avenue

Portland, Oregon

Cost:

Free

Please call the People’s Co-Op to register, 503-674-2642.

Links to some of the techniques & recipes featured in the class:

Gluten-Free Natural Levain (Natural Leaven, Sourdough) Starter Culture

Artisan Sourdough Bread Recipe, Gluten-Free 

Gluten-Free Sourdough Coffee Cake Recipe

Gluten-Free Sourdough Pancakes

Upcoming Free Event at People’s Co-Op:

Wednesday July 11, 6-7:30

Fermented Drinks: How to Make Refreshing, Probiotic Tonics

Beet Kvass

Learn to make kombucha tea, beet kvass, and a lacto-fermented fruit juice. These drinks are inexpensive, nutritious, and easy to make in your own kitchen!

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Grain-Free Raisin Carrot Cake with Cinnamon Glaze

Makes one 9-inch square cake

To celebrate the good news of Easter I’m baking this gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, and gum-free raisin carrot cake. Like my Black Bean Chocolate Cake, this cake is made from cooked beans rather than from flours. The naturally sweet pinto bean is actually undetectable in this light, moist cake!

sunflower oil

1 cup raisins

1 ½ cups cooked, drained pinto beans

1 cup whole cane, date, or coconut palm sugar

¾ cup extra-virgin coconut oil, at room temperature (about 72 degrees F)

2 large eggs

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon unrefined sea salt, finely ground

1 ½ cups grated carrots, about 2 large

2/3 cup cinnamon glaze

Center the oven rack. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare a 9–inch square baking pan by lining the bottom with parchment paper. Generously oil the sides of the cake pan. Place the raisins in a small bowl. Add enough warm (about 100 degrees F) water to cover them by one inch.

Assemble the bowl of a food processor with the metal blade. Add the cooked beans, sugar, coconut oil, and eggs. Process until a smooth batter forms, about 1 minute. Add the cinnamon, baking soda, and salt. Process until the powders become fully incorporated into the batter, about 1 more minute. Drain the water from the raisins. Add the drained raisins and the grated carrots to the batter. Pulse just until the raisins and carrots are distributed evenly throughout the batter, about 2-3 times. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 50-55 minutes.

Remove from the oven and cool on a rack. Use a knife to loosen the cake from the edges of the pan. Invert a serving platter on top of the cake pan. Quickly flip the cake and pan over onto the serving platter. Lift off the pan. Discard the parchment paper on top of the cake. Spoon the glaze over the top of the cake just before serving

Cinnamon Glaze  

Makes 2/3 cup

1 cup confectioners sugar

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

4-5 tablespoon coconut milk

In a medium bowl combine confectioners sugar and cinnamon. Use a whisk to mix until the cinnamon is evenly distributed. Add 4 tablespoons of the coconut milk. Whisk until combined. The glaze should be thin enough to spoon over the cake. If necessary, thin the gaze with one additional tablespoon of coconut milk.

This post was shared at Simply Sugar & Gluten Free’s Slightly Indulgent Tuesday , at Real Food Forager’s Fat Tuesday, at Kelly the Kitchen Kop’s Real Food Wednesday, and at The Nourishing Gourmet’s Pennywise Platter Thursday blog carnivals.

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Gluten-Free Blueberry & Banana Muffins

Nutty and moist, simple and quick – these coconut flour, banana, and blueberry muffins are already a favorite around my house! I like to peel, mash, and freeze ripe bananas in a half-pint mason jar – then they’re always ripe and ready to make bread. Defrost frozen mashed bananas overnight in the refrigerator or on the countertop at room temperature for 1-2 hours before making bread.

Makes 12

¾ cup Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour Mix

¾ cup coconut flour

½ cup whole cane, palm, or date sugar

2 tablespoons chia seeds

1 teaspoon baking soda

¼ teaspoon unrefined sea salt, finely ground

1 large egg,lightly beaten, at room temperature

1 cup whole coconut milk, at room temperature

1 cup mashed bananas, about 2 large

½ cup extra-virgin coconut oil or unsalted butter, melted, or a mixture of the two

1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries

Center the rack in the oven. Pre-heat  the oven to 375 degrees F. Line twelve muffin tins with muffin cups (see cooks note). (Conversely, line 4 mini (3-inch x 5-inch x 2 1/4 -inch) bread pans). In a large mixing bowl combine coconut flour, all-purpose flour, sugar, chia seeds, baking soda, and salt. Use a wooden spoon or the paddle attachment to mix until thoroughly combined, about 1 minute. Add the egg, coconut milk, bananas, and coconut oil or butter. Mix until a smooth batter forms, about 2 minutes. Slowly fold the blueberries into the batter. Fill muffin cups 3/4 full; use about 1/3 cup of batter in each cup (or fill bread pans 3/4 full by using about 1 cup of batter in each pan).

Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 15-20 minutes for muffins and 25-30 muffins for mini bread pans.  Cool in the pan or pans on a rack.

Cooks note:

Twelve muffin cups can be made from a piece of parchment paper measuring 12 inches by 16 inches. Fold the 12-inch side of the paper lengthwise into thirds, then fold the 16-inch length of paper into quarters. Unfold the paper. There should be 12, 4-inch squares on the paper. Cut along the fold lines. Use the bottom of a glass or ramekin that has an outside diameter slightly smaller than the inside diameter of the muffin pan. Invert the glass. Center the parchment paper over the bottom of the glass. Use your hands to fold the parchment paper down over the glass, creating a large muffin cup.  Repeat with the remaining papers.

This post was shared at the Real Food Forager’s Fat Tuesday blog carnival, at Simply Sugar & Gluten Free’s Slightly Indulgent Tuesday blog carnival, and at Kelly the Kitchen Kop’s Real Food Wednesday .

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Herbal Super-Foods Smoothie

Makes 3 ½ cups

Berries, homemade kefir, and an abundance of locally-grown and organic super-foods – it’s my favorite way to start the day!

1 ½ cups high-quality kefir

2 large egg yolks, from pastured hens (optional)

1 tablespoon local, organic bee pollen

1 tablespoon roasted dandelion root powder, see cooks note

1 ½ teaspoons nettle powder, see cooks note

1 cup frozen strawberries

1 cup frozen blueberries

1 large, fair-trade, organic banana

3 tablespoons organic flax meal (freshly ground flax seeds)

3 tablespoons organic, extra-virgin coconut oil

In the pitcher of a blender combine the kefir, optional egg yolks, bee pollen, nettle powder, and roasted dandelion powder. Blend on low until the powders are fully incorporated. Add the strawberries, blueberries, banana, and flax meal. Pulse on high until the fruit is fully incorporated. You may need to scrape down the sides of the pitcher and push the fruit towards the blade.

In a small saucepan, over low heat, warm  the coconut oil until just melted, about 1 minute. With the blender running on low, slowly pour the coconut oil into the pitcher. Blend until the oil is fully incorporated, about one minute. Serve immediately or store tightly covered in the refrigerator for up to one day.

Cooks note:

Dandelion root can be harvested from your backyard or garden and roasted quite readily. However, it is nearly impossible to grind into a fine powder without industrial grinding equipment. For this smoothie I recommend purchasing organic, ground, roasted dandelion from a reputable herb purveyor (like The Herb Shoppe in Portland and Brooklyn or Mountain Rose Herbs online).

Gathering wild stinging nettles and drying them at home is simple and quite rewarding (if you’re into it!). The best way to learn is always from someone else who has knowledge of the herb. Otherwise, purchase organic nettle leaf from a reputable herb purveyor (like The Herb Shoppe or Mountain Rose Herbs) or purchase wildcrafted nettles in the market and dry them at home. Grind dried nettle leaf in a clean coffee grinder until it is reduced to powder, about 30-60 seconds.

Click here for my Kefir Recipe.

This recipe was shared at the Real Food Forager’s Fat Tuesday blog carnival, at Simply Sugar & Gluten-Free’s Slightly Indulgent Tuesday, at Kelly the Kitchen Kop’s Real Food Wednesday, at Mind, Body, and Sole’s Wildcrafting Wednesday, and at Recipe Lion’s Favorite Spring Recipe Share.

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Dark Chocolate and Cognac Ganache Bars with Fleur de Sel (gluten-free)

Makes 16

An amazing-looking recipe for Dark Chocolate Cherry Ganache Bars appeared with the article “Plain-Jane Cookie Dresses up for Valentine’s Day” in the February 3, 2012 New York Times Dining & Wine section. I determined to make a gluten-free version using whole cane sugar (in place of powdered sugar), coconut cream (for cream), and cognac (my sweetheart’s favorite). The bars were so perfectly decadent that I had to share the recipe – happy Valentine’s day!

1 ½ cups Gluten-Free All Purpose Flour

¾ cup whole cane sugar

¼ cup non-alkalized cocoa powder

1 tablespoon chia seeds

½ teaspoon finely ground, unrefined sea salt

12 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

12 ounces dark chocolate (at least 62% cacao)

2/3 cup coconut cream (skimmed from the top of whole coconut milk see (cooks note))

3 tablespoons cognac or brandy

3 tablespoons cherry jam or your favorite fruit jam

½ teaspoon fleur de sel or flake salt, for finishing

To make the shortbread:

Adjust the rack to the center of the oven. Pre-heat the oven to 325 degrees F.  Lightly butter a 9-inch square baking dish. Assemble the bowl of a food processor and fit it with the metal blade. Add the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, chia seeds, and unrefined sea salt. Pulse until the mixture becomes uniform, about one minute. Cut the butter into one-inch squares. Add it to the flour mixture. Add the vanilla extract. Pulse until a sticky dough forms, about two minutes. Press the dough into an even layer in the bottom of the buttered pan. Bake until browned at the edges and bubbling throughout, about 35-40 minutes. Allow the shortbread to cool on a rack for 20 minutes. Move to the refrigerator until cool throughout, about one hour.

To make the ganache:

Use a chef’s knife or the food processor fitted with the metal blade to chop the chocolate until it is mostly fine crumbles. Place it in a medium mixing bowl. In a small saucepan bring the coconut cream to boil. Pour the cream over the chocolate. Wait until the chocolate begins to soften, about 30 seconds. Whisk until the mixture becomes smooth, about 2 minutes. Add the cognac. Whisk until the liquor is fully incorporated, less than one minute.(If the ganache separates, whisk in one additional tablespoon of coconut cream.)

To assemble the bars:

Use a rubber spatula to spread a thin layer of jam over the top of the cold shortbread. Then spread with the ganache. Sprinkle with fleur de sel. Chill until set, about one hour. Slice into sixteen equal portions. Store tightly covered in the refrigerator for up to one week.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Cooks note:

To separate coconut cream from coconut milk let the milk sit undisturbed for several hours. Skim the thick liquid that collects in the top of the can of coconut milk.

This was shared on Fat TuesdaySlightly Indulgent Tuesday, Real Food Wednesday, and at the Favorite Desserts Blog Hop.


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Gluten-Free Sourdough Sticky Buns

Makes 8

These extravagantly sweet cinnamon sticky buns are topped with a mixture of butter, whole cane sugar, maple syrup, and pecans. They’re so indulgent that I only serve them on the most special occasions!

1 ½ cups whole cane, palm, or date sugar

1/3 cup, plus 4 tablespoons melted unsalted butter or ghee, plus more for greasing the pan

½ cup maple syrup

1 cup raw or crispy pecans

1 tablespoon cinnamon

½ cup raisins or currants

1 recipe Gluten-Free Sourdough Coffee Cake dough

Gluten-Free All Purpose Flour for rolling out the dough

Generously grease a 9-inch x12-inch glass or ceramic baking dish with butter or ghee. In a small saucepan combine 1 cup of the whole sugar, 1/3 cup of the melted butter, and the maple syrup.  Stir constantly over medium heat until the sugar melts, about 5 minutes. Pour the mixture into the baking pan. Scatter the pecans evenly over the surface of the sugar mixture. (This forms the topping when the sticky buns are inverted after baking.)

In a small bowl combine ½-cup of the whole cane, date, or palm sugar with the cinnamon.

Cover your work surface with a pastry cloth or flour-sack towel. Dust generously with flour. Scoop the dough onto the cloth. Dust it with flour as needed to keep from sticking. Use your hands to form the dough into a rectangle roughly twice as long as wide. Use a rolling pin to roll it out into a rectangle about 10 inches x 16 inches x ½-inch thick. Brush the top of the dough with the remaining 4 tablespoons of melted butter. Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar mixture over the entire surface of the dough. Scatter the raisins evenly.

Rotate the pastry cloth or towel such that one short side of the pastry is facing you. Start with this short side and roll away from you. Use the cloth and both hands lift to the edge and tightly roll-up the pastry. Transfer the roll – seam side down – from the cloth to a large cutting board. Use a chef’s knife to slice the roll into 8 equal slices. Arrange the buns close together on the topping.

Sticky buns are ready to bake

Cover loosely and set in a warm (about 75 degrees F) place to rise until the buns expand to fill the pan, about 3-4 hours.  (Alternately, this recipe can be made a day in advance, tightly covered, and refrigerated for 12-24 hours. The buns will rise slowly in the refrigerator and be ready to bake the next day.)

Fully baked and ready to invert

Adjust the oven rack to the center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Bake until the topping (on the bottom) bubbles throughout the buns and the top is evenly browned, about 30-35 minutes. Remove from the oven. Immediately, place an inverted serving platter over the buns. Quickly and without hesitation, flip the sticky buns onto the serving platter. Serve while still warm (or if baked in advance, reheat in a warm (about 250 degree F) oven for 15-20 minutes prior to serving). Store any left-over buns tightly wrapped in the refrigerator.

This post was shared on Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays and Real Food Wednesday.

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