Gluten-free pound cake slice on dessert plate.

Gluten Free Pound Cake – well done

This week’s recipe is another one from Bob’s Red Mill. This is the first pound cake I’ve ever made. I never realized they required so much mixing!

I set the timer to bake the cake for 60 minutes, as indicated in the instructions, but when it was almost time to take the cake out, I noticed it was starting to burn on the top. I was really disappointed after all that careful mixing.

I wondered if using brown rice flour instead of white rice flour might have caused it to cook faster. A friend of mine suggested that it might be an altitude issue. I live at 3600 feet. After I was diagnosed with celiac, I stopped baking anything for about 10 years (not that I ever baked that much.) I had completely forgotten about the adjustments that are required for baking at this altitude! I’ll be doing some research to see if this might be the cause of it cooking more quickly.

The inside of the cake was still pretty good – a tad dry, but still enjoyable. I think it would be worth the time to try and perfect this recipe.

Pound cake ingredients lined up on the counter top.

Pound cake ingredients.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sweet white rice flour (I used brown rice flour)
  • 1/2 cup sorghum flour
  • 1/4 cup corn starch
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp xanthan gum
  • 1 cup unsalted butter at room temperature (I used one stick of butter and one stick of Earth Balance)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:

Beat the butter until creamy and smooth.

Brown mixing bowl with creamed butter in bottom.

After letting the butter and Earth Balance stick soften, I creamed them together with my hand mixer.

Add the sugar and beat into the butter until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.

Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each one. Add the vanilla and blend until completely incorporated.

Brown mixing bowl with butter and sugar mix in bottom.

Butter and sugar thoroughly mixed together.

In a separate bowl, combine the flours, cornstarch, xanthan gum and baking powder and blend together with a whisk. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and blend until fully mixed.

Brown mixing bowl with pound cake batter in bottom.

Eggs added one by one and mixed well, then vanilla and dry ingredients mixed in thoroughly.

Spread into a greased 9-inch bread pan.

Thick gluten-free pound cake batter in loaf pan.

The batter is thick and doesn’t spread out by itself.

Gluten-free pound cake batter smoothed out in loaf pan.

I smoothed the batter out with a damp spoon.

Bake for 60 minutes at 350°F. I would recommend that you check it after 50 minutes.

Baked gluten-free pound cake in loaf pan, black on top.

I was disappointed when I discovered the pound cake was burned on the top.

Gluten-free pound cake upside down on plate showing a slightly burned bottom.

The bottom was just a little blackened, so I was more hopeful that all was not lost.

Cool for about 10 minutes. Remove cake from pan and cool completely.

Makes 30 servings.

Slice cut off of gluten-free pound cake, on a plate, showing nice yellow cake in the middle.

The pound cake was still moist and good on the inside.

 

Adapted from Gluten Free Pound Cake at bobsredmill.com.

 

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Milo says….

Maizy! I smell something burning! I’ll take those black parts if you don’t want them. CRUNCHY SNACKS!

 

Celiac Disease and Nutritional Deficiency

Many people with celiac disease suffer from nutritional deficiencies. This is because the illness causes damage to the small intestine, which interferes with the absorption of nutrients from the food we eat.

Below are two graphics produced by the Gluten Intolerance Group in Auburn, WA. They contain some great information about which foods contain the nutrients most needed by those with celiac disease.

Chart showing what foods contain certain nutrients

continuation of nutrtition chart

 

More information about GIG can be found at gluten.net.

 

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Milo says….

Homemade peanut butter snacks made with sorghum flour are VERY NUTRITIOUS!

 

Closeup of two gluten-free chocolate chip cookies on a dessert plate.

Gluten-free Chocolate Chip Cookies

The original recipe for these cookies came from Bob’s Red Mill. I thought it was funny that it says “low carb” in the recipe description. Maybe that’s a relative term …

I followed the recipe pretty closely with just a few changes. I used Earth Balance buttery baking sticks instead of butter and margarine. I used a 10 oz bag of chocolate chips instead of 8 oz. (very chocolatey!) I also added coconut, as well as walnuts.

I had never used Earth Balance before and I found that the cookies seemed a bit greasy, especially while still warm. I didn’t use parchment paper but I think it would be a good idea to use it for these cookies. The cookies fell apart when they were still warm (always have to have a taste!) but they were less fragile after they cooled.

I took some to work and everyone who tried one gave me the thumbs up. Overall, I think this is a good recipe to keep around for gluten-free snacking.

Ingredients:

  • 1-1/4 cups Sorghum Flour
  • 3/4 cup Tapioca Flour
  • 1 tsp Xanthan Gum
  • 1 Tbsp Corn Starch
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 cup Earth Balance buttery sticks
  • 3/4 cup Sugar
  • 3/4 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 Egg (large)
  • 1 tsp Gluten Free Vanilla Extract
  • 8 oz Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips * (I used Enjoy Life Mini Chips)
  • 1/2 cup walnuts – optional
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut – optional

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

Measure dry ingredients (1 – 5) and sift them together.

Let buttery sticks soften and bring egg to room temperature.

Cream buttery baking sticks and sugars.

Add egg and vanilla and mix for 1 minute.

Add dry ingredients in three parts, mixing between additions, until all ingredients are combined.

Add chocolate chips and fold them into dough. Fold in nuts and/or coconut, if using. Chill the dough for about 30 minutes.

 

Gluten-free chocolate chip cookie dough in a white mixing bowl.

The dough was sticky, but easier to handle after chilling in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

 

Twelve blobs of cookie dough on baking sheet.

First batch of cookies ready to bake.

Drop dough by tablespoonfuls onto parchment-lined cookie sheets. Leave enough space between cookies to allow them to spread. Bake 8 – 10 minutes.

Baked chocolate chip cookies on baking sheet. Cookies are all touching.

My first batch of cookies ran together. Maybe I made them too big?

Baked chocolate chip cookies on baking sheet.

I made the cookies a little smaller for the second batch.

Gluten-free chocolate chip cookies piled up on a plate.

Finished chocolate chip cookies ready to eat!

Recipe adapted from Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-free Chocolate Chip Cookies. bobsredmill.com

 

 

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Milo says….

I have a BIG stick I like to chew on in the back yard. Maizy laughs at me when I drag it around – it’s bigger than ME! Biting a stick is a good STRESS reliever!

Close up of baked dog treats on baking tray.

Gluten-free Peanut Butter Dog Snacks

I enjoy giving Milo snacks when he’s being a good dog – and he loves getting them! I have found gluten-free treats at the pet store, but they are about twice as expensive as ones made from wheat flour. So I’ve been giving him the regular snacks, making sure I wash my hands thoroughly afterwards to eliminate any traces of gluten.

I’ve seen several recipes for homemade dog treats on the web and decided to try making some with sorghum flour to see how Milo would like them.

I started with this recipe from dogtreatkitchen.com. Milo loves peanut butter, so I thought this would be a good first choice and easy to make.

Milo seemed to love the treats and could hardly wait for me to get my camera ready before trying one. (see nose shot below.)

I think I will try this recipe again using cheese instead of peanut butter.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sorghum flour
  • 1 cup rice flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter, chunky or smooth (I used chunky)
  • 1 1/4 cups hot water
  • Additional flour for rolling
  • One beaten egg to brush on top (optional)

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350° F. Lightly grease a cookie sheet (I used olive oil spray)

Combine dry ingredients.

Oats, sorghum flour and rice flour in a white bowl.

Oats, sorghum flour and rice flour.

Mix in the peanut butter and hot water. I had to add a little extra flour because the dough was very sticky.

Measuring cup full of peanut butter next to the peanut butter jar and doughnut cutter.

I used Smucker’s natural peanut butter because it doesn’t have any sugar added to it and not very much salt.

Knead the dough to thoroughly to combine ingredients. Add extra flour a little at a time if it is too sticky.

On a sheet of wax paper roll or pat out the dough into 1/4″ thickness and cut into shapes with cookie cutters or a knife. I sprinkled extra flour on top of the dough to be able to handle it better when placing the snacks on the cookie sheet.

Rolled out dough with doughnut cutter on top, some shapes already pressed out.

I used an old doughnut cutter to cut out shapes so I would have two sizes of snacks.

You can brush egg on top of the snacks to give them a hard, shiny finish, but it is not required. (I did this after taking the photos below.)

Dog snacks on a baking tray ready to cook.

The first ones I cut out were a little sticky and hard to manage, so I added more flour to the top of the dough.

More dog snacks on a tray - some are shaped like doughnuts and some are like doughnut holes.

More snacks cut out and ready to cook.

Bake for 40 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack before serving.

Milo the dog licking the white mixing bowl.

Milo was very excited about getting to lick the mixing bowl.

Snacks can be stored in an air tight container at room temperature for one week. They will keep in the refrigerator for 3 weeks or in the freezer for up to 6 months.

 

Close up of Milo's nose and eye looking in the camera.

Milo wanted a snack so much he nearly knocked the camera out of my hand.

Close up of Milo's nose me handing him a snack.

Milo enjoying his very first homemade gluten-free peanut butter snack.

Adapted from peanut butter dog biscuit recipe at Dog Treat Kitchen.

 

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Milo says….

PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES! What more can I say? Maizy is my BEST FRIEND!

 

Kids with Celiac Disease

Here is a fun video of kids discussing what it’s like to have celiac disease. Watching this makes me grateful for all the amazing gluten-free choices of food that are available today.

 

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Milo says….

Whenever something is bothering me, I know just what to do – kick some grass over it and MOVE ON!

Finished layer cake with white butter frosting applied and shredded coconut spread over the top.

Gluten-Free Coconut Layer Cake

When I was teenager, my mother used to buy these coconut layer cakes made by Pepperidge Farms (I can’t believe they still make them!). They were one of my favorite desserts and I really missed them after being diagnosed with celiac disease. When I found Karina’s recipe for a gluten-free coconut layer cake I was very excited about having this kind of treat available once again!

I made this cake over the Labor Day weekend. The only things I changed from Karina’s recipe were in the icing ingredients – I used real butter and almond milk instead of non-dairy butter and coconut milk.

My icing turned out slightly thin, so it oozed down on the sides a little bit. My cake wasn’t as pretty as Karina’s but I thought it turned out pretty well, since this is only the third time I have ever made a layer cake!

The cake was very moist and was so good I wanted to eat the whole thing at once! But I knew I would have a sugar overdose if I did that, so I took it to work with me on Tuesday to share with my co-workers. It was gone by the end of the day, so they must have enjoyed it, too!

Cakes

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups potato starch (not potato flour)
  • 1 1/2 cups sorghum flour
  • 1/2 cup organic coconut flour
  • 1 1/2 cups organic cane sugar
  • 2 teaspoons xanthan gum
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3 eggs, beaten, or egg replacer
  • 1/2 cup light olive oil
  • 1 14-oz can organic light coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Instructions:

Use parchment paper to line two 9-inch round cake pans. I had never used parchment paper for baking before, so I thought this would be a good opportunity to try it out. I was very pleased with the results!

Two round cakes pans with round pieces of parchment paper in the bottom of each one.

Parchment paper in the bottom of the round pans.

Preheat the oven to 350ºF.

Mix the flours and dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.

Add eggs, oil, coconut milk, lime juice and vanilla. Mix until smooth – I used a hand mixer. The batter was very thick and sticky and wanted to crawl up the beaters. I had to be careful not to push the beaters directly down into the batter, keeping to the sides of the bowl.

large brown mixing bowl with cake batter and beaters.

The batter was very thick and sticky.

 

Close up of mixer beaters with cake batter on them. Some of the batter has gone above the main part of the beaters.

The batter was so sticky it wanted to climb up the beaters.

Spoon the cake batter into the two prepared cake pans. I used a large spoon to spread the batter out to the edges of the pans.

Sticky cake batter sitting in the middle of round cake pan.

The batter was so thick it didn’t spread out when I put it in the pan.

 

Cake batter in round baking pan spread out to edges of pan.

I used a large spoon to spread the batter out to the edges of the pan.

Place cakes in the center of the oven, side by side and bake for 33 minutes, until firm and springy. A toothpick inserted into the center should come out clean. Allow the cakes to cool completely before frosting.

Two golden, round cakes cooling in the baking pans.

Baked cakes fresh out of the oven.

 

Close up of cooked coconut cake in baking pan - the surface is wavy.

As the cakes began to cool there were sunken areas across the top, but it didn’t seem to effect the levelness of the layers when stacked.

Frosting

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pound powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup almond milk, a little at a time
  • Flaked, sweetened coconut for topping

Instructions:

Cream the butter and vanilla with a mixer. Add in the powdered sugar and less than half the almond milk, and mix until smooth. Slowly add the remaining milk, a little at a time, mixing after each addition, until the icing is smooth and creamy.

White mixing bowl with creamy butter mixed up in the bottom.

While the cakes were baking I mixed up the icing.

Icing the Cake:

After the cakes are completely cool, remove one from the pan and peel off the parchment paper. Top side down, center the first layer on a plate.

Bottom layer cake turned out of pan onto a plate.

The bottom layer came out of the pan perfectly and the parchment paper peeled off nicely without any major divots.

Place about ¾ cup of the icing in a bowl and mix with some of the flaked coconut. Cover bottom layer of cake with the mixture.

Bottom layer of cake with coconut icing spread over it.

I mixed a little coconut in part of the icing to use on the bottom layer.

Carefully remove second cake layer from pan and place on top of the bottom layer.

Plate with both layers of cake, icing in between - no icing on outside yet.

The top layer came out easily without cracking and fit nicely on the bottom.

Spoon out about a cup of icing and spread evenly over the top of the cake. Carefully spread frosting over the sides of the cake as evenly as possible. Spread flaked coconut over the top.

Finished layer cake with white butter frosting applied and shredded coconut spread over the top.

Allow the icing to set before cutting. The cake can be wrapped and frozen for serving at a later time, if you wish.

Makes one 9-inch layer cake.

Recipe Source: glutenfreegoddess.blogspot.com by Karina Allrich

 

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Milo says….

Maizy won’t let me eat anything with SUGAR in it because it makes me chase my tail. I bet if Maizy had a TAIL she wouldn’t be able to eat sugar either!

An assortment of iron-rich foods: eggs, spinach, beans, prunes, steak and liver.

Celiac Disease and Iron Deficiency

One of the first symptoms I had of celiac disease was anemia. I still have to take an iron supplement daily, since my body has trouble absorbing nutrients from food even though I follow a strict gluten-free diet.

Celiac disease causes damage to the small intestine that leads to malnutrition and non-absorption of vital nutrients. Iron is one of the main mineral deficiencies seen in people with celiac disease.

According to Baylor University Medical Center research, it is not unusual for patients to continue to be a risk of developing anemia even if they are following a gluten-free diet.

Not only does anemia make you feel really bad, it can also be life-threatening. It is very important for anyone with celiac disease to have their iron levels checked on a regular basis.

The symptoms of anemia include weakness, headaches, dizziness, breathing problems and pale skin. A complete blood count (CBC) test is necessary to diagnose anemia. If you have any of these symptoms, be sure to tell your doctor so you can get the test.

For people with celiac disease, staying on a gluten-free diet is important because it decreases the chances of malabsorption. It may be necessary to make other dietary changes such as increasing the amount of iron from the foods you eat.

Foods that are high in iron include red meat, especially organ meats like liver, egg yolk, oysters, dried fruits, legumes and dark green leafy vegetables like spinach. Iron supplements may be another option for some patients, but it is crucial to consult a doctor first. Iron absorption is increased markedly by eating foods containing vitamin C along with foods containing iron.

So be sure to eat your spinach and get tested regularly!

Source: Iron deficiency in celiac disease is common problem, emaxhealth.com.

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Milo says….

You can keep the spinach, but I’ll have some of that liver PLEASE!