Enjoy care free desserts with these gluten free delights

By: Health Local Staff Nov 28, 2012
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gluten-free desserts

Break out the mixer and let's get started with these two deliciously simple to make desserts!

For someone who really enjoys baked goodies and has to face the reality of Celiac disease or gluten intolerance, life can certainly seem to be no fun at all. If you are among the millions of people that have to sit and watch their family and friends eat donuts, cakes and cookies with your mouth watering, have no fear. There are so many gluten free recipes for baked goodies available today that you need never want for another treat. Below you will find a pair of recipes that are sure to make your whole family forget that they were ever made without wheat-based flours. 

With the right ingredients and a little knowledge, you will soon be making gastronomic delights that the whole family can enjoy. The vast majority of homemade gluten free treats taste so yummy that no one can tell the difference. Break out the mixer and let's get started with these two deliciously simple to make desserts.

Simply Superb Carrot Cake

Dry Ingredients

  • 1/3 of a cup brown rice flour
  • 1/3 of a cup tapioca flour
  • 1/3 of a cup of millet flour
  • 3/4 of a cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 Tsp. of gluten free baking soda
  • 1/2 Tsp. of xanthan gum
  • 1 Tsp. of gluten free baking powder

Wet Ingredients

  • 2 eggs beaten lightly
  • 1 and 1/2 cups shredded carrots
  • 1/4 of a cup applesauce, silken tofu or low fat yogurt (your choice)
  • 1/4 of a cup Smart Balance cooking oil 

The Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients

  • 3 ounces of low fat softened cream cheese
  • 3 tbsp. agave nectar (adjust to taste and to create the thickness of frosting you desire)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/4 cup room temperature butter

Instructions

  • Grease an 8-inch baking pan or line it with parchment paper. Set your oven to 350° C
  • Dust your pan with a light coating of sweet rice flour.
  • In a medium sized bowl blend together all of the dry ingredients.
  • Make an indent in the middle of the dry ingredients and add in 2 eggs, applesauce, yogurt or tofu and shredded carrots.
  • Mix everything together until complete mixed then spoon the mixed batter into your baking pan.
  • Bake 20 to 30 minutes, until a wooden toothpick placed in the center of the cake comes out clean. Place on wire rack to fully cool the cake prior to frosting.

To Make the Cream

Add the cream cheese and butter together and then add the agave nectar and vanilla.
Beat this mixture until it has the same consistency as a good creamy frosting. Here is where you may need to add more agave nectar. Spread over the cake and decorate with halved walnuts.

The Perfect GF Danish

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup corn starch
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4cup potato starch
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp. shortening
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. xanthan gum
  • 1 tbsp. yeast
  • 1/2 tsp. vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda

Topping

You can use your favourite jam or fruit pie filling or Confectioner's Sugar

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a cookie sheet.
  • Mix all of the ingredients together well enough to remove any lumps in the batter.
  • Place a small oval shaped ball (approx. 1/4 cup) on cookie sheet and flatten slightly. Make a slight indentation in the middle for the filling.
  • Add 1 tsp. of your filling to the indentation you just made in each Danish.
  • Bake for 15 minutes or until a light golden brown in colour.
  • Make an icing using the confectioner's sugar and water or you can use your favourite icing, you will just need to make it runny.
  • After the Danish's are baked, remove from oven and cool for a few minutes. Drizzle frosting over them and serve. These are fantastic for a dessert treat or with a cup of coffee in the morning.

The thought of being able to create amazing gluten free desserts should not be overwhelming. Most of the larger grocery stores now carry the ingredients you need. If you get stuck, your health food store should carry all of them. As you can see there is nothing difficult about making these two delicious treats and everyone in your family will love them (even those without gluten intolerance).

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