Banana Cake

Claire’s Amazing Banana Cake

I’m getting back to my baking roots with this Banana Cake recipe.  You can make it with regular wheat flour, or with Authentic Foods Steve’s Gluten Free Cake Flour Blend like I do.  I usually make Banana Cake on a whim because I have lots of ripe bananas around and I’m not feeling like making banana bread.  It’s a full on layer cake, so it can be time intensive, but the results are outstanding (if I do say so myself).  One trick I do (since it’s just me and my husband at home), is get single serve containers and cut the cake to fit the containers and put them in the freezer.  The frozen cake can last up to 2 months, just thaw it at room temperature for about 30 minutes before eating.  I learned this trick from my cousin who used to bake wedding cakes.

Several of my friends are always down to try out my recipes.  Recently I meet two friends for dinner and I decided to bring each of them some frozen cake.  I think they thought is was weird that I gave them frozen cake, until they tried it.  Both texted me later about how delicious the cake was.  When your friends like it as much as you do, it’s got to be great, right?!?!… Read Full Post

gluten free spritz cookies

Gluten Free Spritz Cookies- Valentine’s Day Edition

This post was originally posted in February of 2015 and was my first post on this blog as my old moniker “Gluten Free Avenger”.  In celebration of my blog turning 2 and because this is just a kick-ass recipe, I thought I would share it again.  I love to make spritz cookies for many holidays because you can make them into fun, holiday appropriate shapes and it happens to be my husband’s all time favorite cookie.  These cookies will disappear quickly with guests, so I usually make 2 batches (at the very least).  I remember when I brought a huge bucket of about 100+ of these cookies to my sister-in-law’s house for a holiday party and my step daughter and her friend snuck off with all the cookies.  By the time we finally found them, there were only about 10 cookies left.  They’re addicting….you have been warned.

I started making the regular gluten-full version of these when I was about 13.  Now that there are so many good 1-to-1 gluten free flours on the market, I can now share my original family recipe.  You can use a 1-to-1 gluten free flour or if you’re not gluten free you can use regular flour.  I like Authentic Foods Steve’s Gluten Free Cake Flour Blend as my 1-to-1 gluten free flour for cakes and cookies.… Read Full Post

cinnamon sugar pecans

Cinnamon Sugar Pecans

Well, in case you haven’t guessed, I love sweets and desserts.  I love them so much that have to make sure that I don’t over do it, like the time my parents told me not to eat all the Halloween candy the first night and I did….Ugh.  When I do have sweets I usually like them to be very sugary.   Go big or go home right?  Take these cinnamon sugar pecans for example, they use real sugar and are the definition of delicious.

There are so many ways and times to enjoys these delicious cinnamon sugar pecans.  I love to add them to salads, have them as a snack or put them out for guests at a party.  I actually gave them to a friend recently along with her baby shower gift and she loved them.  You can also store them in an airtight jar for up to 3-4 weeks without loosing any of the wonderful flavor.

Enjoy!

cinnamon sugar pecans

Cinnamon-Sugar Pecans
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Ingredients
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups unsalted pecans halves
  • 1 egg white
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon water
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
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peach crisp

Peach Crisp- In Honor of National Peach Month

Happy National Peach Month! In its honor, I’m making a Peach Crisp.  If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen my Harry and David peaches that I posted. Well I asked you guys what you wanted me to make and you guys said peach crisp, including Harry and David. So I happily obliged.

The peach crisp is a bit different then the blueberry crisp I made last month and that it doesn’t require flour in the fruit mixture.  I also decided to make a bit more of the crisp topping. I made the blueberry crisp for my aunt and relatives last month and my younger cousin was a little sad when she got a middle scoop and it had tons of blueberries but hardly any crisp.  So, I did not want that to happen with this peach crips so I made sure to add a bit more of the topping to the recipe.  I must say it turned out amazing just check out the photos.

Please check out this week’s Gluten Free Avenger Episode 24: Peach Crisp, you can click below to start viewing or use this link (http://youtu.be/vuIJJVWvrmQ). Please scroll below to see the full recipe.… Read Full Post

Gluten Free Pastry How-To with ReMixed Bakery

This week I have Dana Lieverman from Remixed Bakery here in Los Angeles on my YouTube show.  I first found out about Dana and her wonderful treats on Instagram, well I can say that her treats taste as good as they look. We highlight some of her amazing treats and she gives you some great tips on how to make your own pastries and how to roll out dough and things like that. I’m not an expert at making pastries I wanted to bring her in to give you guys a few tips and tricks.

Please check out this week’s Gluten Free Avenger Episode 22: Gluten Free Pastry How-To with ReMixed Bakery, you can click below to start viewing or use this link (https://youtu.be/_3-6F3Fs_RM). Please scroll below to see the full recipe.

Here is ReMixed Bakery’s upcoming farmer’s market schedule:

Every Sunday Brentwood Farmers Market 9am-2pm    741 S. Gretna Green Way 90049
*Starting Aug. 12th Wednesdays- Miracle Mile 11am-3pm   5700 Wilshire Blvd. 90036
For delivery, catering, or corporate subscriptions in the LA area you can email: order@remixedbakery.com

Here are some fun photos from our shoot:

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Re:Mixed Bakery Pop-tarts and Cinnamon Roll Cookies
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Dana showing off the cinnamon roll cookies and pop-tarts
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Dana and me clowning around.
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