Monday, December 7, 2009

Welcome, and GF Apple Cranberry Cake Recipe

Hi all you gluten-free people out there!

Considering that I have been posting my GF recipes to Facebook for a while, I figured now would be as good a time as any to actually put all of this stuff together. If you've been going after packaged GF food as I have, you've probably realized that gluten free food has a taste spectrum. On one end, there is the stuff that you think, "Oh my gosh, this is is so good...this is actually gluten free?" On the other is, "Oh my gosh, this is actually edible?" Unfortunately, a lot of pre-packaged GF food tends to trend toward the latter, and it's really a trial-and-error to figure out what the tasty stuff is. For the most part, I pick known brands (primarily Glutino, Kinnikinnick, Gluten Free Pantry, and now Betty Crocker's Gluten Free mixes), and then "doctor them up" to make them into something more like I would have made before becoming, as my husband so lovingly describes, a glutard. I also realize that a lot of packaged GF foods have a lot of stabilizers, fillers and other necessary but not exactly natural ingredients; so to that end, I also try to modify recipes to make them as healthy as possible.

So, with that out of the way, here is the Apple Cranberry Cake I made today. All measurements are approximate, since I mostly just eyeball ingredients.

1 box of Betty Crocker Gluten Free yellow cake mix
1 egg
1 egg white
2-3 apples, chopped (I prefer a mix of granny smith and mcintosh, but it's your cake, do whatever you like)
1 cup of cranberries (I use fresh, but dried should work equally well)
1/2 cup of milk, vanilla soy milk, or yogurt

The following spices are to taste; if I had to guess, I'd say I use about 1tsp of each, except for the cinnamon, which is more like a tbsp.
vanilla extract

Mix everything in a bowl and bake according to the box directions. Cake is done when a knife (or other sharp projectile) comes out clean. This may be up to 15 minutes after what the box directions indicate, because of the added bulk caused by the fruit.

Here's what it looks like when it's done:

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