The Gluten Free Goddess and her Flourless Cakes

applecake2.jpg I have been reading the blog by the Gluten Free Goddess for ages. I love her savory recipes with their skillful use of chilies and roasted vegetables and her decadent dessert recipes that draw on the best gluten free European baking traditions. I even love her gluten free t-shirt designs with clever phrases like “Gluten is Icky,” “My Kisses are Gluten Free,” and “Gluten Free? I’m your Girl.” What can I say, a shirt never said ME so clearly. (DH ordered me a few of her shirts for Christmas, that crazy boy.) ANYWAY. In all this time of reading her blog, I don’t actually think I’ve made any of her recipes. Can you believe it? I certainly can’t. But finally, this Easter, I couldn’t resist the temptation anymore. I succumbed to a recipe for Flourless Apple Cake that was based on almond meal and assorted apples. She has had tons of lovely flourless cake recipes previously- of the chocolate persuasion. And while I love chocolate, it comes with a certain amount of guilt. But apples… who can feel guilty about apples? I mixed the batter, using assorted organic apples from Whole Foods, and assembling my own “apple pie spice” from cinnamon, ginger, orange zest, nutmeg, and allspice… But the best part was, since I’m not much on cinnamon, I took fresh cardamom, cracked the pods, and ground a teaspoon of cardamom just for the recipe. The result was a rich, wonderful cake that tasted- I kid you not- like Apple Chai cake. applecake3.jpg Mmmm… Is it ok to rename someone else’s recipe? I dub *my* version- Flourless Apple Chai Cake, with crumbs that taste like morsels of chai. DH enjoyed it mightily as well, and only bemoaned our tragic lack of ice cream. So, should you be on the hunt for a delicious flourless recipe that goes beyond the more typical chocolate cake, try Karina’s flourless apple or flourless banana cake, or, if you must, one of her uber tempting flourless chocolate cakes. You won’t even notice the absence of flour, I promise.

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3 Responses to “The Gluten Free Goddess and her Flourless Cakes”

  1. Oh Sea! Your Flourless Apple Chai Cake looks absolutely scrumptious! I love your changes – cardamom! Yes. Love it. Thank you for such a beautiful post. You are uber-sweet. And quite a goddess in the kitchen. Can’t wait to see what you do next.

    spicy apple kisses, Karina

  2. Wow..this looks yummy! can’t wait to try it out. BTW, love all your other entries even if I don’t post a comment. You are a great inspiration to all new cooks….

  3. [...] Among all of the gluten free blogs, a few blogs stand out as truly extraordinary artistic endeavors that inspire both the newly diagnosed and long term gluten intolerant cooks. One of my favorite blogs has consistently been Karina’s blog over at Gluten Free Goddess. Her immensely popular blog is renowned for fabulous recipes centering on fresh, delicious ingredients as well as mouthwatering, gorgeous photos. Unfortunately Karina recently found that she has multiple allergies to some of the central ingredients in her culinary experiments, including Cow’s milk, cheese, whey, casein, goat’s milk, eggs (including whites and yolks), chicken, turkey, gluten, peanuts, almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds, soybeans, lemon, avocado, pineapple, papaya, green beans and kidney beans.. All of her readers were equally dismayed, but BytheBay came to the rescue with a brilliant idea for a blog event she titled Cooking for Karina: A Blogging Festival and a Cooking Challenge. Our mission? To create delicious, healthful recipes for Karina that did not contain the above allergy inducing ingredients. I went to my local farmer’s market for inspiration and brought home an assortment of fresh, local produce for grilling in my Recipe for Grilled Vegetables. This recipe is deceptively simple but sure to be a hit at any party-private or for a crowd! Using a propane grill makes it about as easy as turning on a burner on your stove, with amazing flavor. You can also try it using a grill pan or broiler on a rack, but I highly recommend a grill. Because Karina is the queen of healthy gluten free desserts (Apple flourless cake, anyone?) and also often features seasonal fresh fruit, I created a lovely summer fruit salad for her topped with a fresh, sweet, and creamy Cashew Cream. (Almond, Soy, and Dairy Free- but still yummy!) If Maple Syrup is too sweet or high on the glycemic index, Agave syrup may be substituted. Here’s to Karina- no matter what is or isn’t on her plate, she’ll always be a goddess to her readers! Thanks also to BytheBay, for hosting this event! [...]

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