Bananas are hit and miss with me, I will confess. My husband loves them pretty much anytime, but I am particular about my combos. For instance, I’ve made some banana almond butter cookies lately, they’re good, but not my thing. I like bananas and I like peanut (almond) butter, just not together. I do really enjoy caramel together. Maybe because I love caramel at all times. I guess I just realized I would probably take caramel over chocolate. I made some banana fosters danishes and saw a recipe on pinterest for some scones and had to tweak them to fit the gluten-free mold.
Sometimes I like to try out other bakeries to see what’s out. To get inspired. Granted I did make these scones before then, but I got a Banana Fosters Cupcake for Zach from the Flying Cupcake in Indianapolis. It just solidified the fact that I do indeed enjoy some bananas/caramel combination.
And I will not lie scones have been hard for me in the part. I generally try to make them dairy-free as well with coconut oil, but I do sometimes use butter, so I made these more traditional and they held up a lot better. Sometimes I can produce some really beautiful/delicious things, but there are a good a lot of things that give me challenges. Some have taken years to find something workable-like pie crust. And bread. Don’t get me started on bread-it is by far my biggest gluten-free baking challenge. I have worked as a conventional baker. I can make many good things, including traditional bread. But gluten-free? That is another story. There is no elasticity or stretch in the same way. I’ve been watching the British Baking Show. It really made me want to try some babka and braided breads. I did make a nice pumpkin swirl one. However, the dough was not easy to work with or to shape properly. It tasted FANTASTIC, however. Gluten-free baking (especially because I only use tapioca, coconut and almond flour-occasionally arrowroot and every once in a while cassava when I order it), it a lot of trial-and-error. It takes a lot of preservation. You can’t be apt to giving up because sometimes it has taken me 5+ times on a recipe to get one that I’m fully satisfied with the texture and flavor.
These, these I like.
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Happy Thursday you all! Hope you are having a wonderful week as we gear up towards the Holidays coming up. This is a wonderful time of year to make cookies. I LOVE lemon. Like I could just nibble on little bits of lemon curd. I recently paired lemon with some blueberries, great combination. I also really enjoy lemon with lavender. The key is to have just the perfect amount of lavender. You don’t want it to be too in your face. Or too florally, like you are eating flowers. You want just a touch, so people are intrigued. Hmm… what’s the extra flavor I’m getting? We’re going for curiosity, not disgust.
These cookies are delicious on their own, they are nice and soft, but I added a little glaze to make them a little more festive and to get a tinge more lemon taste. SO good. It is very refreshing. They could be a nice little food gift if you know someone who needs vegan or gluten-free eats.
However, I was designing this recipe for someone interested in collaborating on vegan cookies. They were too soft for freezing or shipping, so they didn’t fit the bill on that. But they are my favorite vegan cookie I made (granted I really enjoyed the ones with white chocolate again- I definitely prefer white chocolate over chocolate). This cookie base could also be used for an assortment of other flavors. Maybe switch the lemon for orange, fold in a few cranberries (that’s a wonderful flavor combo for this season). Or maybe switch the lavender for the thyme and keep the lemon. Or maybe switch the lemon for lime and add some white chocolate. Who knows there are all kinds of different flavors you could do and you could rotate them throughout the year seasonally. Maybe freeze-dried raspberries and white chocolate. Who knows. Get creative with it. Use the flavors YOU like.
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Finally, we are here! The grand finale. We are going to put all the components I’ve been posting together into one show-stopping cake. A combo of chocolate-pumpkin-honeycomb-meringue-awesomeness!
I think the cream cheese frosting is also a crowd-pleaser as well.
I’ll keep the writing short and simple on this one, because frankly we’ve talked about it for a week, so let’s get to the good stuff.
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cake
- 1 1/2 cup almond flour
- 1/2 cup coconut flour
- 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 3/4 tsp ginger
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 cup butter, room temperature
- 1 cup coconut sugar
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 egg
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 1 1/2 cup Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips
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Man I have been completely slacking on my posting lately. Evidence being that I made this cake in October for Zach. I have been baking more than I’ve been making new recipes or taking pictures. But I do have some stocked up to share with you. Beginning here.
I have the most amazing husband (see the bearded, Bob Ross-ish haired handsome man above). This cake I made for him. He doesn’t really do celebrating or holidays, his birthday included. However, he entertains me and lets me bake for him anyways (so long as I made one for his frat boys too, which I did). His favorite flavor: banana. I had seen a cinnamon frosting and thought that sounded delicious (recipe adapted from Country Cleaver). I had also recently made my first batch of coffee toffee and had some leftover. So I just sprinkled a little of that over the top. Which was the perfect addition and his favorite part.
I would vote it my favorite gluten-free cake I’ve ever made (although lately I made a sweet potato-molasses-cake which I will be posting). I’ve always focused on making them designed pretty and never really made very many layered cakes. My dear husband sliced this cake for me, so that it had beautiful layers. A perfect amount of frosting to cake each bite.
It was delicious and hope that you all like it too!
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I have to admit that during the school year I don’t do a lot of cooking. Plus I tend to make the same things: cooked cabbage, root hash, etc.
All of my creativity is put into my baking and ideas for baked goods.
So I take a back seat sometimes and let Zach take over the savory portion.
And sometimes he’ll make something for his frat boys that I really want too.
For instance, he makes them quesadillas every week.
I cannot remember the last time I had a quesadilla. Or embarrassingly: if I ever have? I have no recollection, sorry.
I have made plenty of tortillas, usually with the intention of making a wrap (these ones for spinach and kale ones are my fav).
This time I wanted a quesadilla. And I wanted to add some spices, make it tasty and different.
And then I wanted to use the extra tortillas for a tortilla soup (recipe coming Thursday) and a pulled-pork wrap (coming Friday).
This wrap is definitely adaptable. I worked well in all these dishes.
AND it did make a wonderful quesadilla, which was the initial goal.
Gluten-Free Spicy Tortillas
- 1 1/2 cup almond flour
- 1 1/2 cup tapioca flour
- 1 tbsp coconut flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/3 cup Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
- 1 cup warm water
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 tsp turmeric
- 1 tsp paprika
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It has been on my list to make pita bread for some time.
I think it may have started when Zach and I lived in Champaign. They have a plethora of restaurants, which meant we pretty much had the option to eat our way around world cuisines. Zach loved this one restaurant, that we could get chicken swarma at. Chicken swarma is one of Zach’s favorite things. I had no clue what he was talking about, but I tried some anyways, what could it hurt? It was good! But is the usual with us when we eat out, I go ahead and get the bread and give it to Zach. In this instance they served it with pita.
Then I made some naan bread with butter chicken. I was so happy with the results, I next set my eyes on pita bread.
And a few weeks ago, I finally made some!
I remember as a child my mother would make us pita sandwiches, stuffed with my favorite sandwich things: lettuce, cheese and salami.
So my excitement when they puffed up while baking and actually had a pocket was beyond.
My mind was swirling.
I’m going to make my own chicken swarma finally.
I’m going to make my own sandwiches. What can I fill those pockets with now?
I can make pita chips.
Options. I had options.
And so do you. Go wild with these guys. Continue reading “Gluten-Free Pita Bread”
Pies are kind of my thing, hence my business being named P3: Polifroni PIES and Pizzas. They are my favorite thing to make.
When I started working and researching to make a gluten-free pie cookbook last Spring, I found a recipe for pineapple pie.
I had never made a pineapple pie. Or really saw one. Or really heard of one.
It’s been in the back of my mind ever since to try.
And Saturday, my mother-in-law planned a little cook-out and I thought what better time to try the pie then now!
I had some unsweetened shredded coconut in the cabinet, which I thought would be a great addition to the tropical fruit.
I also thought that ginger added to the pie filling would be a nice subtle addition.
I also don’t know where my pie pan is (I usually make mini pies for my business), so I decided to make a deep dish pie, using a spring-pan (I have lots of those pans since I made 9 cheesecakes last year for our wedding reception). Plus that morning I saw a deep-dish pie on my Pinterest. I really want some mini spring pans to try mini deep-dishes!
And as for decoration, I couldn’t flute a border since I wasn’t using a standard pie pan. I decided to try and mimic the outside texture of a pineapple for a border. I didn’t know how it would bake with such an open top, so I decided to add some lettering. I once saw one tagged with a ‘humble’ label and I thought that would be a nice addition.
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