posts tagged "agave nectar dessert"

Christmas Cake

Posted on December 16, 2008

This healthier Christmas Cake is alcohol free and packed full of dried fruit and nuts.

A while back, Lisa (and several other readers) asked me to come up with a gluten-free Christmas cake.  Being Jewish, and never having sampled Christmas cake, I had no idea what it was.

Lisa was kind enough to send me this definition:

A festive cake for celebrating Christmas here in Australia. Commonly full of dried fruits (a variety) soaked in alcohol.   Flour, brown sugar, eggs cinnamon, nutmeg. ... read more →

Accidental Mocha Mousse

Posted on November 28, 2008

We had a super quiet Thanksgiving, which was fine with me.  It was just the 4 of us and we ended up making even less food than I had planned.  Around 4 pm we sat down to dinner, which was a delicious turkey (roasted by my darling husband, he really is a man of many talents), brussel sprouts with chestnuts and apples, cranberry sauce and gravy.

We ate for about 1/2 an hour, then my husband and I did the dishes, ... read more →

Orange Cake

Posted on November 18, 2008

This moist festive dessert is a perfect healthy treat for your holiday celebrations.

Yum. Gluten Free and Dairy Free Orange Cake. There’s something special about oranges.  Such a simple fruit yet, bursting with flavor and possibility, they remind me of winter, specifically Christmas.

A while back I told ~M, one of my favorite readers, that I would post my version of Claudia Roden’s Gateau a l’Orange.  This moist festive gluten free orange cake makes an ideal dish for holiday celebrations.

Orange Cake

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Pumpkin Custard

Posted on October 22, 2008

Getting into the spirit of the season, I whipped up this no bake gluten free and vegan pumpkin custard. Quick and easy to make, it is also dairy free and the perfect way to end an autumn meal.

I am on a major pumpkin kick right now as is the rest of the family.  Last weekend, my husband took the boys and their friend Josh to purchase pumpkins for Halloween; upon return the three little ones spent hours in the back ... read more →

Honey Cake

Posted on September 23, 2008

This gluten free, “Honey” Cake is a great dessert for Rosh Hashanah or any special occasion.

One of my favorite readers, ~M, who keeps me on my toes with her fabulous questions, comments and requests, recently asked for a gluten-free “honey cake” recipe for the High Holidays.  A few others did as well, so here it is!

You may notice that my “honey cake” actually has no honey in it.  Feel free to experiment and amend the recipe if you miss ... read more →

Peach Crisp

Posted on September 9, 2008

The boys’ school is selling organic peaches.  I ordered two cases (about 40 lbs.) for my family; we will be getting our luscious Colorado fruit this Friday at 3 pm.

In the meantime, I am readying my peach recipes.  Of course, my all time favorite is peach crisp.  It is perfect for fall, which incidentally arrived a few weeks early here in Boulder.  We are presently in a cold spell and warm cooked fruit desserts are ideal for this wet, chilly ... read more →

Six Layer White Cake

Posted on September 2, 2008

My children have been stuck with me and my veggie creations for the past month; these final days of summer, they are not drawn into the kitchen so quickly. Sure, they eat the vegetable dishes I make, however they are not particularly excited by my recent culinary explorations.

Imagine their interest the other day then, at the very end of their summer vacation, when I offered to bake cake with them (and the four friends they had over). They ... read more →

Macadamia Caramel Clusters

Posted on July 11, 2008

We have a big all star game tomorrow, though unfortunately I will be missing it. One of my parents was hospitalized this week so I am flying back to California for a weekend visit.

As I tucked my older son into bed tonight he said, “I want extra snuggles since I won’t see you until Sunday.” He was very disappointed that I would be missing his game and couldn’t completely understand how a hospital visit could take priority over ... read more →

Gluten Free Candy Bars

Posted on June 6, 2008

Baseball is what it’s all about in our house these days. We lost in the main bracket of the post-season tournament and are now playing in the consolation round and doing well. We were winning our game yesterday against the Red Socks and had the game postponed due to rain in the bottom of the 3rd inning when we were ahead 3-0. The boys were playing well and devouring the snacks that I brought to keep them full ... read more →

Rosemary Chocolate Truffles

Posted on May 27, 2008

Rich and decadent Rosemary Chocolate Truffles rolled in cocoa powder.

Last night was the conclusion of a “grand” Memorial Day weekend. My parents came in and took the boys down to the Boulder Creek Fest where they all had a blast. There was much spoiling –meals out, bowling, batting practice at the amusement park and overall non-stop fun. A perfect weekend with the grandparents.

After an exhausting weekend of keeping up with my seventy year old folks, I ... read more →

Raw Chocolate Fudge

Posted on May 23, 2008

A few of my favorite things? Coaching baseball. Growing vegetables. Walking on a sunny day. Hanging with my husband late at night after the boys have gone to bed. Cooking with children –of any age.

Recently I have had the opportunity to teach cooking to my son’s third grade class. This has been great fun. I get a real glimpse of each child and his or her temperament when we cook together –in the ... read more →

Carrot Cake

Posted on May 20, 2008

This gluten free carrot cake is a healthy dessert for cookouts, picnics and graduation parties.

Today’s post is for of one of my favorite readers, ~M. She requested gluten free carrot cake a while back and I post it now in honor of her recent graduation. I find this to be the perfect time of year for carrot cake.

You may have noticed a new little feature on the sidebar of this website –in computer programming terms it is called the “democracy ... read more →

Almond Butter Blondies

Posted on May 9, 2008

Kelly over at Celiac Chicks does a fabulous job covering the latest in gluten-free news. On top of that, she is a lovely person. It has been great getting to know her through our email conversations these past few months.

I recently spent some time looking through the recipe section of Kelly’s site and was most intrigued by these delicious looking peanut butter bars. She traces the original recipe back to one from 2003 in Family Circle magazine. Of course, she ... read more →

Vanilla Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting

Posted on April 22, 2008

I am happy to introduce gluten free vanilla cupcakes with chocolate frosting and continue on my coconut flour recipe roll. I have been making (and testing) this dessert for close to two years and it is one of my personal favorites. I think it might be a hit with you too based on reports from taste testing friends.

Passover really threw me for a loop. It wasn’t the guests we had visit for the holiday. It ... read more →

Vanilla Torte with Raspberry Filling and Chocolate Frosting

Posted on April 11, 2008

Ok, so in yesterday’s “reach out and touch someone” post I failed. In fact, I fell flat. On my face. Do you know how many comments were posted? One. Not much community in one post.

To cheer myself up, I can always read some Dooce. That woman makes me laugh out loud. Or I can listen to the Captain and Tenille’s Love Will Keep Us Together. Either way, I do not despair, Passover is near and ... read more →

Coconut Macaroons

Posted on March 27, 2008

I make these gluten-free coconut macaroons all year round; when I retested it today, my younger son ate an entire baking sheet of these yummy little cookies!

Later than usual this year, my favorite spring holiday falls on April 19th, just over 3 weeks away. I especially enjoy the food traditions surrounding this holiday; during the next couple of weeks I will be posting all of my favorite Passover recipes.

These gluten free coconut macaroons are an ideal Pesach dessert because ... read more →

Chocolate Cake

Posted on March 18, 2008

A decadent dessert recipe that’s high protein, gluten free, dairy free and nut free.

Yes, I continue to roll out the coconut flour recipes. This time it’s gluten free Chocolate Cake. I am having a great time experimenting with this unique flour. I have been doing so for almost two years now and have created a small stockpile of recipes that work well with its light and fluffy texture.

This gluten free, dairy free chocolate cake (nut free too) is a ... read more →

Hamantaschen

Posted on March 15, 2008

Purim is this Friday, March 21st, less than one week away.

For those who aren’t familiar with Purim, it is a festival as opposed to a major holiday or “holy day.” Purim involves the story of the attempted destruction of the Jewish people, the subsequent escape to “freedom” and much feasting, a set of themes that run throughout many of our celebrations.

Purim is recorded in the Book of Ester and dates back to 600 BCE. At this time, Jewish exiles ... read more →

Linzer Hearts

Posted on February 10, 2008

Here’s another fun Valentine’s recipe. Anina in my cooking class came up with this one. During class she suggested that the Black and White Cookies we were preparing could also be turned into linzer hearts by replacing the chocolate with raspberry jam and making a couple of other changes.

I liked this idea so much that it took great discipline for me to stay in the room, rather than running out to the nearest grocery store to grab a bottle of ... read more →

Black and White Cookies

Posted on February 9, 2008

Today was a big day –I taught the first in a series of cooking classes that I will be offering quarterly.

The theme of this class was Valentine’s Day –we made the Cranberry Apricot Truffles that I have previously posted on this site, a new experimental flavor of truffles (to be revealed someday soon) and the black and white cookie recipe below, of course using heart cookie cutters, given our theme.

The class was held in the spiffy little commercial kitchen at ... read more →