The Sunday Recipe: Fresh Cherry Clafoutis

Fresh Cherry Clafoutis

I wanted to offer a recipe that used fruit at its peak right now. Unfortunately, the bag I got at the store was so “at its peak” that there were mushed cherries in the center and it was leaking juice by the time I got it home. I picked through them, cleaned the cherries with vinegar water, and there was more than enough to make the clafoutis.

Fresh Cherry Clafoutis

Ingredients

  • 2 cups sweet cherries, pitted and sliced in half
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 can full fat coconut milk
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • ¼ cup almond flour (or flour of your choice)
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil or unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon tapioca or cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Clean, pit, and slice cherries in half.
  3. Place butter in a glass dish and microwave to melt then spread.
  4. Pour the cherries into the buttered pie plate and spread out.
  5. Whisk or blend the remaining ingredients until smooth.
  6. Pour over cherries.
  7. Back at 375 for 40 minutes.
  8. Cool and chill for 4 hours or overnight.
  9. Enjoy!

The Sunday Recipe: Blueberry Lemon Cheesecake Bars

There is something about this time of year that turns my mind to cooking with lemon and blueberries. It’s perfect because the blueberries are just coming on and can be used while they are fresh and firm instead of defrosted with their juice oozing out. Some recipes are just better with fresh blueberries.

I thought of making my lemon bars then I saw a recipe for lemon blueberry bars and that sounded incredible, but the crust used a sugar cookie mix and the filling was a custard with only lemon zest for flavoring. So I came up with this recipe, combining a crust from my favorite lemon bars with the cheesecake filling I perfected, to my taste, last year. I hope you give it a try and I hope you enjoy it. #glutenfree #refinedsugarfree

Blueberry Lemon Cheesecake Bars

Ingredients

Crust

  • 1 ½ cups almond flour (About 160 grams)
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt

Filling

  • 1 ½ cups, washed and dried blueberries
  • 1 8-ounce block cream cheese
  • 1 large egg
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon tapioca or cornstarch

Directions

  1. Get out ingredients for the filling and allow to come to room temp. I often get them out before lunch then make the recipe after lunch. Alternatively, it will work to warm the cream cheese and maple syrup on low in the microwave for a minute or two. To warm the egg, place it in hot tap water for just ten minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare an 8 by 8 pan with cooking spray, butter, or oil, and line with parchment paper. (Wax paper also works.)
  3. Combine the crust ingredients and press into the prepared pan with your fingers, using the edge of your hand or a finger to press the crust up the side just a little.
  4. Bake for 12 minutes.
  5. While the crust is baking, combine all the ingredients for the filling, except the blueberries and tapioca flour, in a mixing bowl and whisk or use a mixer to beat until just smooth.
  6. Beat in the tapioca flour and set aside to rest.
  7. Remove the crust from the oven when it is ready and turn the temperature down to 300 degrees.
  8. Place the washed and dried blueberries into the bottom of the crust in a single layer. (I rolled the blueberries in my fingers a little as I chose them to make sure they were reasonably firm.)
  9. Pour the filling slowly over the blueberries, moving the bowl around to cover the blueberries without forcing them to move too much.
  10. Bake at 300 degrees for 30 minutes.
  11. Without opening the oven, turn the heat off and leave in the oven for another 30 minutes to finish baking.
  12. Remove from oven and allow to cool on the counter for an hour.
  13. Cool in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours and preferably overnight.
  14. Enjoy!

The Sunday Recipe: Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Muffins #glutenfree

Cinnamon Apple Oatmeal Muffins #glutenfree

I’d been craving cinnamon apple oatmeal one day but didn’t have a chance to get any so that weekend, when I decided to make oatmeal muffins, I thought, why not? I peeled then grated up a granny smith apple, added a teaspoon of cinnamon, and we had cinnamon apple oatmeal muffins. My daughter turned her nose up at them, but my husband and I enjoyed them thoroughly, and for a few days.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup rolled oats (quick or old fashioned)
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup light tasting olive oil
  • ¾ cup white rice flour (120 grams)
  • 2 tablespoons tapioca flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 apple, peeled and grated

Directions

  1. Preheat oven 400 degrees and spray or grease a 12 muffin tin.
  2. Place 1 tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar in a measuring cup then fill to the one cup mark with milk. Allow to sit for 10 minutes. (This is a substitute for 1 cup buttermilk.)
  3. Combine oats and buttermilk. Allow to sit for 10 minutes.
  4. In a measuring bowl, whisk eggs.
  5. Add maple syrup.
  6. Mix in light olive oil.
  7. Add white rice flour, tapioca flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.
  8. Peel and grate apple then add to batter immediately.
  9. Divvy up into a 12-muffin pan.
  10. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes.
  11. Allow to rest for 5 to 10 minutes before running a thin knife around edge to lift out.
  12. Enjoy!

Cheesecake Brownies (gluten free)

Cheesecake Brownies

I was going to swirl brownies but it ended up being simple layers, still delicious. Fudgy brownie layer with cheesecake on top. What could be better? This makes 9 decadent little squares. They may look small but they are rich and satisfying. We served them to my mother-in-law for her birthday and she was very pleased.

Ingredients

Brownie Batter

  • 1 stick of unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons light tasting olive oil
  • ¾ cup maple syrup
  • 2 eggs
  • 9 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup coconut flour

Cheesecake Batter

  • 8 oz, cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • One large egg, beaten
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350.
  2. Prepare an 8 by 8 baking pan with cooking spray or butter.
  3. Cut the butter into tablespoon cubes in a medium plastic or glass mixing bowl, and melt in the microwave on 50% power for about 1 ½ to 2 minutes.
  4. Stir in the olive oil.
  5. Whisk the maple syrup into the butter.
  6. Add the eggs and beat.
  7. Gently stir the cocoa powder into until dissolved.
  8. Add the vanilla.
  9. Sift and stir in the coconut flour until just mixed.
  10. Pour into the prepared pan.
  11. In another glass or plastic mixing bowl, cut the cream cheese into tablespoon chunks.
  12. Pour the maple syrup over the cream cheese.
  13. Soften in the microwave on 50% power for 1 ½ to 2 minutes.
  14. Use a large whisk or spoon to beat the cream cheese and maple syrup smooth.
  15. Add the vanilla and egg.
  16. Pour over the brownie batter.
  17. Bake for 35 minutes.
  18. Allow to cool at least 1 hour.
  19. These are good warm, but even better fully chilled.

The Sunday Recipe: Chocolate Coconut Cake

Chocolate Coconut Cake

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup maple syrup
  • ¾ cup plus 2 tablespoons coconut flour (105 grams)
  • 6 tablespoons or 30 grams cocoa powder (I used Hershey’s)
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 large eggs (I used 1 jumbo and 1 small from our hens)
  • ½ cup coconut milk (I used full fat but the fat had congealed and I didn’t blend it so it would be the equivalent of light, I imagine)
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, in it’s liquid state
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup boiling coffee (Hot water works fine too.)

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and prep a 9 by 9 baking pan. (I prefer a glass dish.)
  2. When working with coconut, it seems to be particularly important to make sure everything is warmed up to room temp. This is easy enough to do with the aid of a little tap water and the microwave. Put the eggs in hot tap water for just 10 minutes. Warm the coconut oil on 30% power for 2 minutes. If you keep your maple syrup in the fridge, as we do, you can also warm that on 30% power for 2 minutes.
  3. Sift together the coconut flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  4. Whisk the eggs in a bowl.
  5. Beat in the coconut milk.
  6. Mix in the maple syrup.
  7. Mix in the coconut oil.
  8. Add the vanilla extract.
  9. Mix in the dry ingredients. (This will get very thick, very quickly.)
  10. Stir in the hot coffee or water.
  11. Pour into the prepared baking pan.
  12. Bake for 30 minutes or until a sharp knife or tooth pick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  13. Cool and enjoy. (Some whipped coconut cream is perfect with this.)

The Sunday Recipe: Vanilla Coconut Milk Ice Cream

Vanilla Coconut Milk Ice Cream

Last summer I made coconut milk ice cream but the recipe called for using raw eggs. Well, my daughter and I both got very sick with what seemed like Salmonella poisoning. I decided to try again but follow the directions for a cooked custard vanilla ice cream.

Ingredients

  • 2 cans coconut milk
  • 4 egg yolks
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • 4 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Directions

  1. In a medium saucepan, on medium heat, stir the coconut milk gently but continuously until all solids have dissolved and the mixture is steaming, but not boiling.
  2. Remove from heat and set aside.
  3. Separate the eggs and refrigerate the egg whites for another recipe.
  4. Whisk or stir the egg yolks and maple syrup together.
  5. Drizzle the warm coconut milk into the egg yolk and maple mixture while stirring vigorously to temper the eggs.
  6. Return the mixture to the saucepan and heat over medium heat, stirring continuously, until steaming.
  7. Continue to heat for another five minutes, stirring to prevent scorching on the bottom. (If you start to seeing boiling, remove from heat immediately.)
  8. (If you have a candy thermometer, you can check to make sure the mixture reaches 160, but if you keep stirring for five minutes after it starts to steam, you’re pretty safe.)
  9. Remove from heat and mix in the vanilla and salt.
  10. Cool then refrigerate for about 8 hours.
  11. Freeze according to ice cream freezer directions or place into a shallow dish and into the freezer for several hours, stirring once an hour until it firms up.
  12. I found two containers from take out food worked pretty well for this and were easy to scoop out of when the ice cream was frozen.

The Sunday Recipe: Peach Cobbler with Coconut Flour

Peach Cobbler with Coconut Flour

This is a nice simple cobbler based on an apple dutch baby. I found the coconut flour created more of a cobbler that stayed on top, and we’ve been eating it that way ever since. If you don’t have a cookie scoop, just use a spoon. I used one jar of Dole peach slices in juice, drained, for the peaches, but frozen or fresh should work just as well. I have just laid them out in the pan, but this time I tried dicing them for ease of serving. I don’t think it made a big difference, to be honest.

Ingredients

  • 2 ½ cups of peaches, diced
  • 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 cup coconut flour

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Spray or grease a deep-dish pie plate or a 9 by 9 deep casserole.
  3. Melt the butter in the dish in the microwave then tilt the dish around to cover the bottom of the dish and up the sides with butter.
  4. Dump the peaches into the prepared dish.
  5. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons of maple syrup. (You can use honey or even sugar if you prefer.)
  6. Sprinkle generously with cinnamon.
  7. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs.
  8. Add in the milk.
  9. Sieve the coconut flour with the salt, to remove any lumps.
  10. Stir the flour and salt into the milk and eggs, working quickly as it will thicken very fast.
  11. Drop by spoon or cookie scoop onto the peaches.
  12. Flatten a little.
  13. Bake for 30 minutes.
  14. Allow to cool before serving with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream, if desired.

The Sunday Recipe: Chocolate Raspberry Coconut Milk Custard

Chocolate Raspberry Coconut Milk Custard

This is one I make often, mostly for myself but my family doesn’t seem to mind. It’s gluten and dairy free, plus refined sugar free.

This time I don’t think I put enough water in around the ramekins, but no matter how poofed it gets, once it’s chilled, it is still delightful creamy goodness.

I use full fat coconut milk in this but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work with light. Just don’t try it with the cartons of coconut milk, I don’t think that would be the same.

I don’t mind the seeds in the raspberries but if they bother you, try frozen cherries.

This recipe is also easy to cut in half and I often do that to make it easier because then I can just use a square tin and four ramekins. I even bake it in the toaster oven on the front porch in the hot weather.

If you give it a try, let me know how you like it.

Ingredients

  • 1 can (approximately 13.5 ounces) canned coconut milk
  • 4 eggs
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon tapioca flour/starch
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 8 ounces frozen raspberries (about 3 tablespoons per ramekin)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Place the 8 ramekins into a roasting pan or baking dishes.
  3. Put a layer of raspberries in the bottom of the dishes.
  4. Heat 4 cups of water for a water bath. You may need more if the pan is big.
  5. Place the rest of the ingredients in a blender or bowl and mix thoroughly. (I used an immersion blender.)
  6. Pour batter slowly over fruit.
  7. Pour hot water into pan around ramekins. (Be careful, the pan can now become quite hot.)
  8. Bake for 40 minutes.
  9. Remove from oven and remove ramekins from pan to a towel using tongs.
  10. Allow to cool then refrigerate for several hours.
  11. Enjoy!

The Sunday Recipe: Simple Fruitcake

I wanted to try making this recipe with gluten free flour and maple syrup this year. When it came time, I thought I either had apples or applesauce in the freezer. Turns out I had only a couple apples, so I pulled out some peaches and made peach applesauce. It turned out just fine.

Simple Fruitcake

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups applesauce
  • 3/4 cup maple syrup
  • ½ cup butter (light tasting olive oil or coconut oil should work fine for vegan)
  • 2 ¼ cup flour (I used Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 Baking Blend)
  • 2 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 8 ounces dark raisins
  • 8 ounces broken pecans
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Pick over pecans to remove any shell pieces in grooves and break up into 6 or 8 pieces each.
  2. Boil together applesauce and maple syrup for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Stir in the butter, pecans, and vanilla then set aside to cool.
  4. Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
  5. Prepare a 12 cup Bundt pan, or two loaf pans, or a mini Bundt pan tin.
  6. In a large bowl, blend together flour, baking soda, nutmeg, cinnamon, and salt.
  7. Add raisins to flour mixture.
  8. Stir the liquid ingredients in thoroughly.
  9. Pour into prepared tins and bake, about 40 minutes for the smaller ones or up to 2 hours for the large cake, or until a thin knife inserted in center comes out mostly clean.
  10. This cake is best aged a bit, at least a few days.
  11. For the adults – I decided to try soaking and aging a half of the mini fruitcakes with blackberry brandy this year. The directions I found say to simply poke holes all over with a toothpick then brush with the alcohol and wrap. Reapply alcohol each week. We’ll see what happens.

The Sunday Recipe: Cinnamon Roll Cake

Cinnamon Roll Cake

I had a terrible craving for cinnamon rolls but trying to stay gluten free, and not wanting to spend the time, I looked for a cinnamon roll cake I could make gluten free. I found this fabulous Cinnabon Cinnamon Roll Cake from The Recipe Critic https://therecipecritic.com/cinnabon-cinnamon-roll-cake/ and proceeded to make the changes.

Ingredients

  • 1 ¼ cups white rice flour
  • 3 Tablespoons tapioca flour
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 6 Tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 Tablespoons butter melted
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 6 Tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon

Directions

  1. Spray or grease a 9 by 9 pan.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Combine the first 8 ingredients, through the vanilla, and blend or whisk to a nice batter.
  4. Stir in the melted butter.
  5. Pour into your prepared pan.
  6. Mis the last three ingredients together and spoon onto the cake batter in dollops.
  7. Use a knife to swirl the cinnamon/butter/syrup combo into the cake.
  8. Bake for 30 minutes.
  9. Top with cream cheese frosting or eat as is.

I topped this immediately with a little leftover cream cheese frosting from making the macarons a couple days before. The cream cheese frosting melted onto it perfectly. Cream cheese frosting is just equal parts butter and cream cheese with a little milk or cream, vanilla, and some powdered sugar to stiffen it up. Martha Stewart’s recipe is my go to recipe. https://www.marthastewart.com/964331/cream-cheese-frosting

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