Gluten-free Coconut Sugar Sweetened Apricot Cobbler Recipe

July 20th, 2011 yum Posted in Baked Goods, Dairy Free, Dessert, Egg Free, JM friendly, Local Food Movement, Nut Free, Rice Free, Sorghum, Sugar free, Vegetarian, apricot, cobbler, fruit, low-sugar 9 Comments »


Welcome back to Cobbler Week at the Book of Yum! This time I’m doing a recipe geared towards those who prefer not to use processed sugar and dairy. I’ll tell you a secret, though. Even though this recipe is allergy-friendly, uses special coconut sugar and contains no dairy, it was met with unbridled enthusiasm from gluten-eaters who can eat any darned thing they like. My Dad who is visiting us right now has fond memories of a neighbor lady’s apricot cobbler that he ate when he was a child. He said this recipe made him feel like a seven-year-old again, knocking at the door of his neighbor’s house asking for cobbler. I never thought I liked apricots that much, but somehow these large, golden fruits fresh off our own tree taste different than they do in the supermarket, and even I gobbled up this cobbler. The DH preferred it over the plum cobbler, and we were all fighting for the last piece. If you don’t have coconut sugar in your pantry, never fear. You can substitute ordinary sugar, but you might want to decrease the amounts in that case. I like coconut sugar because it has a neutral flavor reminiscent of a less sweet brown or raw sugar and gives a mild sweetness to your recipe. After all, apricots are pretty sweet all by themselves.

It is funny the things that having fruit trees change. I dehydrated apricots for the first time, and the DH made apricot freezer jam, and I made this cobbler. And we still have a table covered in apricots. I’m thinking we’ll have to make another cobbler… or two. And maybe even freeze one, if I can pry it away from my Dad and the DH.

I have a fondness for this apricot tree because it was the tree that dropped its leaves on the day Neko left us. And now, every year we enjoy the fruits from this tree, I can remember him.
Look for my Mr Linky on Friday, and add your recipe links for your favorite gluten-free cobbler, pies, and crumbles then!
In case you also have more apricots than you know what to do with, here are some recipes to inspire:
Agave Apricot Quick Bread Recipe (Ratio Rally)
Gluten-free Apricot Power Bar Recipe
Dairy-free Apricot Carob Blondies Recipe
Nutty Apricot Ball Recipe
Apricot Salad Dressing
Crockpot Brie with Apricot Topping Recipe
Apricot Glazed Roasted Brussels Sprouts Recipe
Apricot Butter Recipe

This recipe shared with Diane’s Real Food Weekly Roundup

Coconut Sugar Sweetened Apricot Cobbler
Ingredients
1/2 C coconut sugar or regular white sugar (add more if your apricots are under-ripe)
6 C fresh apricots
3 tbsp. cornstarch or arrowroot starch
1 tbsp. butter or vegan margarine (optional)
1 tsp. almond flavoring
1/2 tsp. vanilla

3/4 C sorghum flour
1/4 C potato starch, arrowroot or corn starch
1/2 C tapioca starch
1 1/2 tbs coconut sugar or regular white sugar
1/2 tsp salt
2 1/4 tsp baking powder
5 tbsp. palm oil shortening
1/2 C milk (dairy-free milk is fine)

coconut sugar or raw sugar for garnish

Directions
Get a deep, ceramic pie pan out of the cupboard and preheat oven to 350F.

Pit your apricots and cut into bit sized wedges and place into a large mixing bowl. Sprinkle with cornstarch, flavoring and sugar and fold in so they are evenly distributed. Melt your butter or margarine and gently fold into the apricot mixture. Reserve. If you like you can pour this apricot mixture into your pie pan and use the bowl for the cobbler.

Combine your flours, starches, sugar, salt and baking powder in a bowl. Cut in your palm oil shortening with a fork, pastry cutter, or (my personal favorite) your fingers. When the shortening has been worked into the flour and you have a crumbly texture of dough, fold in your milk. Spoon your biscuit mixture on top of the apricots in your pie pan, sprinkle the top with coconut sugar or raw sugar for sparkle, and bake at 350f for around 35 minutes or until cobbler turns a light golden brown and seems firm on top.

Enjoy with a dairy-free vanilla ice cream or plain. Delicious!

Notes
Cobbler runnier than you like? Store it in the refrigerator and the filling will set up.
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Gluten-free, Dairy-free, and Egg-free Amaranth Scone Recipe

August 25th, 2010 yum Posted in Amaranth, Baked Goods, Breastfeeding for Allergic Baby Recipe, Dairy Free, Egg Free, JM friendly, Lowfat, Sorghum, Soy Free, Uncategorized, corn free, low-sugar 6 Comments »


I think we might have to rename the Book of Yum to “the Book of Amaranth” if I keep this up. I can’t help it. I’m eating amaranth every four days, thanks to this crazy allergen-free, gluten-free diet that I’m on. I’ve gone through phases. There was the amaranth banana muffin phase, the “amaranth gruel baked into a cracker phase, the amaranth soda bread phase, the amaranth pizza phase… but lately I’ve been bored with all of these. My food fantasies turned towards the sweet, and I started having visions of raisins and cinnamon sugar. Sorghum recipes go with cinnamon and sugar like jam goes on toast, so that has been easy. But the other day it occurred to me that perhaps the earthy flavor of amaranth might be coaxed into submission by the assertive flavors of cinnamon and raisin. In fact, amaranth might start to function like teff in my favorite gluten-free graham cracker recipe by Rebecca Reilly, adding depth and an almost graham flour flavor. So, I decided to try. I used my amaranth soda bread recipe as the jumping off point to create a healthy, low in fat and low in sugar scone that you can have for an everyday breakfast without an obscene sugar rush. And you know what? I liked it. I liked it a lot. Oh, and if you don’t want to bother with forming individual scones, you can also just make a cinnamon raisin soda bread round and cut it to serve. It isn’t quite as cute, but it tastes every bit as good. Tell me what you think, and about your experiments with amaranth. Let’s dish amaranth!

Gluten-free Vegan Amaranth Raisin Scone Recipe
Ingredients
1 cup raisins (i used jumbo assorted) soaked in warm water
2 tablespoons boiling water
3/4 teaspoon unbuffered vitamin C crystals
4 tablespoons coconut oil or other oil (grapeseed, canola, etc)
3/4 cup warm hemp milk (or other dairy-free milk)
2 tsp. vanilla
2 cup cups amaranth flour
1/2 cup sorghum flour
3/4 cup arrowroot starch
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon Penzey’s Baking Spice (or pumpkin pie blend, or cinnamon sugar)
2 teaspoons baking soda

Extra warm hemp milk (or other dairy-free milk) for basting
cinnamon sugar
Raw sugar

Directions
Preheat oven to 400F. Cut a circle of parchment paper to cover the bottom of a round cake tin. Also cover a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Put your raisins in a small bowl and pour warm or boiling water over them. Let sit.

Put your vitamin c in the boiling water. If it doesnt dissolve, whisk it in.

Combine amaranth flour, sorghum flour, arrowroot starch, brown sugar, salt, baking soda and baking spice in a large bowl. Drain your raisins and add them to the dry mix. Next, add your water with vitamin C, hemp or other dairy-free milk, vanilla, and oil, and stir with a big wooden spoon. Begin to fold it all together. You can mistreat this dough a bit. Beat it up, fold it up until it seems thoroughly mixed and your arm feels tired. Plop the dough onto your cake pan and shape it into a circle about 1 inch high that doesn’t quite touch the edges. You can dampen your hands to shape it or use a cake frosting knife to smooth out the edges.

Remove dough round (along with parchment circle) from the cake pan and put on a cutting board. Use a damp or oiled bread knife to cut the round in half, then quarters, and finally into eighths as if you were cutting a pie. Use a thin spatula or pie server to remove the triangles of dough one by one and place them onto the cookie sheet’s parchment paper. Do not let their edges touch. Brush with warm hemp milk and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar and raw sugar. Pop in the oven. Lower oven temperature to 325 and bake for 45 minutes or until scone has a nice texture. (Depends on your preference; I like my amaranth a little over-baked so it is not gummy.)

Remove from oven and serve! Would be good with soy-free margarine, coconut ice cream, or cashew cream if you do nuts.

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