Gluten-Free Carrot cake with cream cheese icing

2 cups sugar

1 1/2 cups EV olive oil

4 large eggs, room temperature

2 cups ATK flour

2 tsp baking powder

2 tsp baking soda

2 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp salt

1 1/2 – 2 cups of walnuts

3 cups finely grated carrots, keep separate due to water draining from them

1 cup raisins

1 tsp nutmeg freshly grated

3/4 cup coconut

1 tsp vanilla bean paste

1 tsp almond extract paste

ICING:

2 1/2 cups powdered sugar, sifted

1 tsp vanilla bean paste

4 tbsp unsalted butter

3-4 oz cream cheese

Cream together the sugar and the olive oil until well incorporated and it is more of an emulsion rather than just creamed. Add the room temperature eggs one at a time until well incorporated then and vanilla bean paste and almond extract paste.

In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, salt , nutmeg, raisins, coconut , and nuts.

Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in your mixer and incorporate well. Batter will appear to be very thick. Add in the carrots last, without the water that has drained from them.

I bake these in “donut” pans and there is enough batter to fill 4 of these.

These are pretty shallow pans only 2-3″ deep.

Spray or grease these pans and sprinkle with granulated sugar. This works the same way flour does to release the cake from the pan and creates a nice texture on the outside of the cake.

Bake cakes at 350° for 30-55 minutes depending on your oven temperature calibration and how deep your pans are.

While cakes are cooking cream together the unsalted butter and cream cheese. Add in vanilla bean paste and powdered sugar slowly so not to powder your kitchen in sugar dust.

This recipe makes a very moist cake.

Chill in refrigerator if icing seems to soft to pipe on cake.

Cool cakes on a wire rack before icing. I stack two cakes on top of each other for a two layer cake.

Freezing the cakes helps with setting the icing. Decorate with icing as desired.

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Tasty topping for fruit

This is my favorite fruit topping. It’s great with fresh fruit or you can bake it on top of fresh fruit like a crisp. This is full of fiber and if you use Siggis yogurt it’s full of protein as well.

1 cup sliced coconut or Gf oats (or 1/2 cup of each)
1/2 cup almonds finely ground into meal
1/3 cup sliced almonds
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp fine sea salt
4 tbsp melted unsalted butter
2-3 tbsp of Siggis vanilla yogurt 5.3 oz ( I use whole container if just eating with fresh fruit)
1-2 tsp vanilla bean paste. 1 tsp almond paste extract

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl adding melted butter before adding yogurt. Dip fresh fruit in and enjoy.

Core apples or fruit of your choice and line the bottom of a glass bowl, stuff apples with mix and over the top of the fruit. Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes like a crustless cobbler. Top with whipped cream if desired.

Onion rings with tasty dipping sauce

Oil for frying

2 large sweet Vidalia onions, very cold cut into thick rings

2 cans evaporated milk, very cold

1 cup ATK flour

1/2 teaspoon dried mustard

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 teaspoon sweet paprika,

1/3 palm Kosher salt

Natures seasoning after frying

Dipping sauce:

1 cup sour cream

1/4 cup sweet chili sauce

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

Heat oil in a large frying pan over medium high heat.

Cut onions across into 1-inch rings and separate. Pour cold evaporated milk into a small, deep bowl. Mix flour with seasonings in a dish deep enough to cover rings.

Dip onion rings in milk, then coat in flour, put back into milk and flour again for a thicker crust.

Fry in hot oil until golden brown. Remove from oil to a wire rack on a cookie sheet lined underneath with paper towels to catch oil . Salt and use natures seasoning to dust lightly after frying. Place wire rack on cookie sheet and keep warm in a preheated 250° oven.

For dipping sauce, combine all ingredients in a bowl and stir.

Creamy Shrimp chowder

1/2 cup chopped celery

1/3 cup diced onion, preferably Vidalia

1/2 cup sliced baby bellas, optional

2 tbsp butter

1/2 tsp salt

Pinch of sweet paprika

1 tsp Old Bay seasoning

8 oz cream cheese

1 cup whole milk

1 1/2 cups cubed potatoes

1/2 – 1 lb peeled deveined shrimp cut into thirds or half if you like larger chunks of shrimp

1/4 cup sake or dry white wine

1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese for topping

Saute in butter celery, onion , bellas, salt, paprika and Old Bay with shrimp in a large pot. After the shrimp are pink and are no longer gray, pour in the milk and add the cream cheese until all of it melts and begins to become creamy.

Turn heat down to low and allow the Chowder to begin simmering, add potato and stir occasionally. Do not allow to boil. Simmer until potatoes are tender to the fork. Add sake or white wine after the potatoes have cooked fully. Stir in Thoroughly. Top with cheddar cheese.

Serve & enjoy!

Spicy Dipped GF Fried Chicken

This chicken requires that it be brined for at least 2 hours. It takes some time, but you will not be sorry. This is the crispiest fried chicken I have ever had regardless of it being gluten free.
Even without the dipping sauce this chicken is INCREDIBLE!

Brine
3-4 lbs. of chicken quarters
2 quarts of cold water
1/4 cup of sugar
1/2 cup of salt

Separate the chicken quarters. Heat 2 cups of the 2 quarts water in the microwave or stovetop, add the sugar and salt and stir until dissolved. Add the remaining cold water and chicken. Refrigerate the chicken in the brine for 1-4 hours.

1 1/4 cup of ATK flour
3/4 cup of potato starch (not flour)
1 tsp baking powder
3 tsp granulated garlic
3 tsp onion powder
2 tsp salt
4 tsp black pepper
Frying oil, peanut, canola or safflower (enough to cover the chicken)

Whisk together flour ingredients add 2 tbsp water to mixture to create lumps in flour. Add chicken to flour and squeeze the flour into the chicken. Do not shake off excess. Press the flour into the chicken skin coating well. Place floured chicken on a rack in the refrigerator. Put the rack in the refrigerator for a minimum of 30 minutes up to 2 hours.

Heat oil using a thermometer to 350 degrees. Drop in chicken after the temperature reaches 350 one piece at a time trying to maintain the temperature of the oil to 350 degrees. white meat should reach temperature of 165 and dark meat should be 175.

Transfer the chicken to a rack with paper towels under it to absorb the oil. Allow the oil to reach 350 degrees again before frying more chicken.

Sauce:
1 1/4 cup hot sauce (Texas Pete’s or Crystals)
5 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
5 Tbsp Peanut Oil
2 Tbsp molasses
1 Tbsp Apple cider vinegar

Mix all ingredients and microwave for 2 minutes. Dunk chicken in the sauce and roll around until thoroughly coated. Serve hot and enjoy!

Divine Brownie Tops

Makes: 25-30
Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 15 min

Ingredients

2 1/2 cups powdered sugar cornstarch free
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
3 egg whites
2 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
2 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1 tsp almond paste extract( can be omitted but brings out the lovely flavor of the chocolate)

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350F and line baking sheet(s)with parchment paper

In a bowl of standing mixer or large bowl with hand held mixer, whip egg whites with a stand or hand mixer until peaks form. Mix together powdered sugar, cocoa powder, cinnamon, and salt.  Fold in the vanilla bean paste and chocolate chips by hand into the egg whites,  then add all remaining ingredients to the egg mixture.

Using a small cookie scoop or spoon blob batter onto the baking trays, about an inch apart. Be careful not to get near edge of pan and not more than 4 per pan, these do spread.

Bake until the cookies are cracking on the surface, about 15 minutes. Let cool for ten minutes on the trays then carefully remove to cooling rack.

These will keep in covered container for three days.

Honey Seared Chicken (Pei Wei Style)

Sauce:

5 Tbsp Ketchup
2 Tbsp Sugar
3 Tbsp Soy Sauce
1/2 tsp white pepper
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1/4 cup honey
1 tbsp potato starch (not flour)
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 cup sake or 1/2 cup rice
wine vinegar
1-2 thai chili peppers depending on how hot you like it

Batter Mixture

3/4 cup ATK flour
1/2 cup potato starch
2 eggs
1/4 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
2 tbsp light oil, canola grapeseed etc
3/4 cup milk or iced water
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp white pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1-2 lb shrimp, shells and tail removed

Vegetables:

Oil for frying
10-15 carrots sliced
1/2 large onion diced
3-4 large mushrooms
1-2 tbsp soy sauce

Saute onion, mushroom and carrots in oil of your choice add 1-2 tbsp soy sauce when vegetables become soft.

Mix ingredients for the batter together and let shrimp soak in it for a 20 minutes in the refrigerator.

Heat the sauce ingredients on the stove top adding the potato starch last with the sake. Boil for 1-2 minutes until it clings together but is a bit more runny than the honey consistency. Add whole Thai chili to sauce last with just top cut off. Slice up chilies if you really want some heat.

Fry the shrimp and drain on a rack, toss fried shrimp in bowl with sauce until coated, add to carrot and onion mixture serve on top of jasmine rice.

GF Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake

CRUST:

1 1/2 cups of Almonds finely crushed to a meal consistency

1/4 cup melted coconut oil

1 TBSP agave, cane sugar,coconut sugar or any other of your choice

FILLING:

3 – 8 oz boxes of cream cheese, must be room temperature

1 tsp vanilla bean paste

1/4 cup of milk

1/2 tsp baking powder

2 tsp tapioca or arrowroot

1/3 cup agave plus 1 1/2 tbsp separate for raspberry layer

1 1/2 cup of raspberry plus additional for decorating

1 cup chocolate of your choice dark works particularly well with raspberries and is lower in sugar than milk chocolate.

2 Tbsp milk

TOPPING:

1 cup of chocolate of your choice

2 Tbsp milk

Raspberries for decorating top

Cool whip or homemade sweetened heavy whipping cream

Preheat oven to 325°F.

Use a tart pan or springform pan, one with a removable bottom preferably.

Mix together the almond meal, coconut oil and agave. Press firmly in the bottom of the pan. Bake 15 minutes and set aside to cool.

Increase oven temp to 350°.

For the filling, mix together with your mixer, cream cheese, vanilla, milk, baking powder, 1/3 cup agave, and tapioca until creamy and smooth.

Divide in half and place in separate bowls leaving half in the mixer bowl.

Melt chocolate in a double boiler on the stove top with 2 Tbsp of milk until shiny. Add this mixture to half of the cream cheese mixture. Smooth into the pan on top of the baked crust.

Dump all raspberries but what you are using for garnish into the mixer bowl with the cream cheese and additional 1 1/2 Tbsp agave. Mix until pink and berries are incorporated.

Now pour this on top of your pink raspberry layer.

Depending on your oven you will need to bake 30-40 minutes until firm when it is jiggled. My oven requires an additional 10 minutes on the convection setting.

Remove from the oven and cool. This can take several hours.

Decorate with raspberries and drizzle chocolate on top, fill in with dollops of heavy whipping cream or cool whip.

Gluten-free Cinnamon Raisin bread in bread machine (can be dairy SF and egg free as well)

My mom mentioned that she loves raisin bread. With her being gluten free, potato and dairy free it becomes difficult to find good raisin bread and even more difficult to make bread that doesn’t fall apart and holds its structure. She also is intolerant of flaxseed, so I had to come up with several variations and substitutes that could be used in this bread without destroying the structure of the bread.

Dry ingredients:

2 cups bread flour (I use my English muffin flour)

3/4 cup ATK flour

1/4 cup rice flour

1/4 cup flax seed meal (buckwheat, Millet, sorghum or brown rice flour can be substituted)

1/4 cup dry milk powder, dairy or non dairy (Vance’s Dairfree, or other dry powder product or almond meal)

1/2 tsp baking soda

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp sea salt

2 tbsp cinnamon

2 tbsp sugar

1 tbsp yeast, hold off adding to dry mixture, this will be added to the wet fizzy ingredients last

Wet ingredients:

2 LG eggs room temperature, beaten (or egg substitute)

2 Tbsp honey, coconut nectar or agave

1 1/4 room temperature sparkling water, club soda, ginger ale, gluten free beer or whole milk (not skim) (I used a berry Hi-ball energy drink)

1/4 cup EVOO

1 tsp apple cider vinegar

1 tsp vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract (I used both increasing to 2 tsp)

1/3 – 1/2 cup of Raisins (to personal taste)

For cinnamon stripe in the middle of the bread and topping:

2 to 1 ratio of sugar to cinnamon

You can make a large batch of cinnamon sugar to shake on the bread.

2 tbsp sugar (or other dry sugar substitute)

1 tbsp cinnamon

The key to getting a good rise on the gluten free breads is that all ingredients are room temperature.

Whisk together dry ingredients in a bowl, not including yeast.

In a stand mixer put honey and “fizzy” soda, apple cider vinegar, EVOO, beaten eggs, and vanilla with the paddle attachment. Add yeast to liquid mixture and incorporate. Pour in the dry flour ingredients and mix together until all incorporated then add raisins. It will be very thick.

Spray your bread pan lightly with cooking oil. If your bread machine does not have a gluten-free bread setting you need to remove the detachable blade if you have one. Gluten free bread cannot take two knockdowns in a traditional bread maker because it does not have the ability to rise the second time.

Put half of the bread dough into the pan with a rubber spatula.Wet the back of your rubber spatula with tap water and smooth out the top. Now add as much cinnamon sugar as you like being careful not to spill it down the sides of the bread dough. Try to keep it in the middle of the dough otherwise you might end up with it being burnt to the sides of the pan. The more you add the deeper the stripe will be in the middle of the bread. Add the rest of the remaining dough and smooth flat the top with your wet rubber spatula. Be sure to only use a little bit of water on the back just to be able to smooth out the dough. You can round the top or flatten it. Sprinkle with more cinnamon sugar.

Add the bread pan to your machine and set for sweet bread setting. This has a fantastic smell while cooking.

When it’s done wait for it to cool before cutting or it could crumble.

Butter and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar or even maple syrup.

Enjoy!