Plum over LadySlipper Cake

 Apricot season is coming to California soon and then plums.

This is an unusual pie/cake topped with seasonal fruit. I did freeze the plums and am using last years when I baked this today.  The cake underneath the fruit is a takeoff from Lady Fingers and much better. it is gluten free.
Preheat oven 375º
1. Cook down in a little water                                             
                                    6 cups                       Apricots or Plumbs, cut
                                    2  Tbs                      Raw Sugar or Xylitol
                                   
2. Let cool and add:
                                    2                                 Eggs
                                    ½ cup                       Coconut Flakes
                 
                  3. Mix together in large bowl:
                                                      ½ cup                       Butter or Coconut Oil
                                                      2                                 Eggs
                                                      cup                       Sugar
                                                      1 cup                        Almond or Coconut Milk
                                                      2 Tbs                        Chia Seeds
                                                      ½ tsp                        Anise Extract, or 6 drops of essential
                 
                  2 Add to bowl:   
                                                      1½  cup                   Almond Flour
                                                     
                  3. Place dough in a buttered, deep pie dish or 9×9 bake pan                             
    Bake at 350º for 30- 40 minutes or until top feels slightly dry.
                  4. Pour plum mixture over partially baked “cake” in dish.
                 
                      Bake again at 350º for 30 minutes or until top feels slightly dry to touch
                 
                  Add a few flakes of Shredded Coconut to top of pie to brown slightly.

Baked Hot Chocolate

Serves 6-8
           
  

Serves 8

Preheat Oven to 350º.
1. Melt in double boiler whisk and set aside. Do not over cook.                        
                12 oz       Chocolate, dark, chopped
                8 Tbs      Butter cut into cubes
2. In a medium bowl, whisk until light and fluffy.        
                6                      Eggs
                1+1/2 Tbs        Sugar or more to taste
                1 tsp                 Vanilla
                2 Tbs               Cointreau or Anise
                1 pinch              Cayenne
                1 pinch              Salt
   
3. Fold into chocolate mixture.
4. Spoon into buttered bake cups.
5. Place cups in bake dish water with water, half way up to baking cups
Bake at 350º for i5 minutes, until tops lose their glossy finish with a delicate crust                                           on top to your touch.

Optional Serve with whipped cream lightly sweetened with Cointreau or Anises

Gluten Free Pancakes

These were inspirited by Dale Figtree. Thank you!


Serves 4
1. In a blender mix until smooth:       
8                      Eggs
4                      Bananas, ripe
2 cups             Walnuts
2 Tbs               Coconut Oil
1 tsp                Vanilla
½ tsp               Nutmeg
½ tsp               Cinnamon
1 dash             Salt
2. On medium heat butter a large skillet using measure cup to pour batter
    to keep the pancakes small.

3. Cook until golden brown and turn over and let pancakes puff up a bit.

Potato Pancakes with a Twist

Serves 6
1. In a large bow, mix together:
            2                      Leeks, sliced thin and chopped
            1                      Fennel Bulb, sliced thin and chopped
            8 medium        Potatoes, grated
            4 cloves           Garlic, minced
            8                      Eggs, beaten first
            1 cup               Almond Flour
                                    Salt and Pepper to taste
2. In a large pan warm:
            2 Tbs               Coconut oil
3. With hands make medium size balls and flatten down into the pan.
    Cook until browned on both sides.

    Serve with Crème Fraiche or Yogurt

Holiday Nut Loaf

                                                                             
                                                                   This yummy nut loaf is gluten free

Makes 3 loaves for 12
1. Sauté in large pot in the order given     
                        2 Tbs                             Olive oil
                        2                                    Onions 
                        2 large                           Carrots, chopped
                        3 stalks                          Celery, chopped
                        1                                    Leek, sliced thin
                        1 ½ lbs                          Mushrooms, Shitake and Button 
                        4 Tbs                             Ginger, peeled and chopped
                        I head                            Garlic, peeled and chopped
2. Turn heat off and add: 
                          cup                         Rice, cooked
                        1 ½ cups                       Almond, chopped
                        1 cup                             Walnuts, chopped
                        ½ cup                            Pine Nuts
                        4                                    Eggs
                        ½ cup                            Parmesan cheese
                        1                                    Lemon zest
                        1 cup                             Cheddar cheese, grated
                        1 Tb each                      Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, Thyme
                                                              Salt and Pepper to taste
3. Place in two buttered loaf pans.

    Bake at 350º for 45 to 60 minutes. Test with toothpick or knife

New Cookie Jar Top

When the glass top from the cookie jar fell and broke, Enrico, my husband offered to make a new one. I have to say I am delighted.
Inside are my Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies which I have blogged before. I make
them all the time.

Preheat oven to 350º
 1. Mix together:          ½  cup            Butter, melted
                                    ¼  cup             Coconut Oil
½  cup             Sugar or Xylitol (or ¼ cup each)
2                      Eggs
1  tsp               Vanilla Extract
1  whole          Lemon Zest
2. Add and mix:          2 cups             Almond Flour
                                    2 cups             lmond Meal
                                    ⅔ cup             Cacao Nibs
                                    ½  tsp             Baking Powder
                                    1 pinch           Salt
                                      cup            Dark Chocolate Chips  (72%)
3. Make into small balls and press down gently on cookie sheet lined with Parchment paper.

Bake at 350º for 18-20 minutes until just browned.

Vegan Cheese Ball

I’m so excited to have made vegan cheese. It is surprisingly delicious. I adapted this recipe from the internet. It can have many variations to give it different qualities.

Vegan Cheddar Cheese Ball
1. Soak for 2 hours, drain and rinse.
                        1½ cups          Cashews, raw
                        2 Tbs               Sun Dried Tomatoes, cut into tiny pieces
2. In food processor blend cashews and tomatoes and add the rest:
This will take up to 10 minutes scrapping down the sides incrementally.
                        ¼ cup              Nutritional Yeast
                        ½ cup              Coconut Oil
                        1½ Tbs            Miso Paste
                        1 Tbs               Rice Vinegar
                        1 tsp               Turmeric Powder
                        ½ tsp               Smoked Paprika
                        1 pinch            Cayenne
                        1 tsp                Salt
3. Place in bowl and refrigerate for 4 hours.
4. When firm remove with spatula and roll into ball.

5. Optional: Roll over nut pieces or parsley or thyme.