Monday, January 31, 2011

light and lemony

Lately I've been getting some requests for gluten free baked goods. I'm all for experimenting in the kitchen and doing the ol' switcharoo with certain ingredients to up the health factor and this is exactly what I did. Not only is this Gluten Free but it's butter free and made with coconut oil and yogurt. This lemon maple cake is truly delicious and just gets better over time. 

Gluten Free Lemon Maple Cake
1 1/2 cups Bob's Red Mill All Purpose Gluten Free Flour
2 teaspoons of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 cup of low fat vanilla yogurt (I use stonyfield)
1 cup of sugar
3 extra large eggs
2 teaspoons of grated lemon zest
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1/2 cup of coconut oil

Glaze
1/3 fo lemon juice 
3 tablespoons of real maple syrup
3 tablespoons of sugar

Preheat oven to 350F.  Sift together dry ingredients with whisk and set aside. In another bowl whisk together remaining wet ingredients (apart from the coconut oil) until smooth. Incorporate wet and dry ingredients with a spatula and once evenly brought together, add coconut oil and continue to bring together until smooth. 

Pour into your desired loaf tin and bake for approximately 50 minutes until centre comes out clean. Allow to sit for around 15 minutes and while slightly cooling place glaze ingredients over heat in saucepan and heat until sugar has dissolved and glaze is smooth. Slowly pour hot glaze over warm cake and allow syrup to be absorbed into loaf. 

Perfect for an afternoon pick me up with your piping hot caffeine of choice :)

This entry is dedicated to my friend, my 'nooch'. You know who you are. Thank you for my kick in the butt. Thank you for always being a solid constant. Thank you for being brave enough to tell me how it is. I love you. I'm back. 

Friday, January 14, 2011

talented people

...make me happy.   :)


Thursday, January 13, 2011

flood appeal

People have lost their homes, beloved pets, loved ones and their entire life's belongings... It's also my home town where my family and friends still live.

Please help! Every penny counts..

http://www.qld.gov.au/floods/donate.html

Monday, January 10, 2011

all the single ladies...

When my mum was in town recently, we spent days in the kitchen baking some of our all time favorite things. It was such a wonderful way to spend the icy wet days so that we could fill our tummy's during the cold dark nights.
One of my all time favorite cookies are the Greek variety known as Koulourakia.  These shortbread like cookies are subtly sweet, dense and are the perfect companion with your morning, afternoon, or evening caffeinated drink of choice.
Koulourakia 
1 cup of room temperature unsalted butter
1 cup of sugar
1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
3 eggs
4 1/2 cups of flour
1 tablespoon of baking powder
Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Proceed to add the eggs one at a time until incorporated evenly and then add vanilla. Slowly add the flour 1/2 a cup at a time and then add the baking powder.
Take out the dough mixture and continue to kneed by hand until evenly brought together.
Roll out around 2 tablespoons of dough and twist the ends around each other twice.
Don't ask me why, but these little gems remind me of ladies crossing their legs!
And the best part, is that unlike regular cookies, they just keep getting better and better as the days go on!
xox tash

p.s. please keep all of the Australian flood victims in your thoughts and prayers...

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

home.

...cause there's never been a sweeter version.



xox tash

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