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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