Happy Valentine’s Day from all of us at Bob’s Red Mill. We couldn’t spread our love of whole grains without you. We can’t send each of you a frilly valentine to show our love, but we hope you’ll enjoy this beautiful recipe and giveaway from us and our friends at Ryland, Peters & Small. We thought this would be just the thing to make for your gluten free sweetheart tonight.
Ryland, Peters & Small is a book publisher dedicated to capturing, “in words and pictures, those elements of life that give the greatest pleasure: sharing the perfect meal with friends, baking a batch of cookies with your children on a lazy Saturday and a home that makes you happy every time you open the front door.” They reached out to us with two new books from their line and we thought they were a perfect fit for you. We have one book this week and we’ll offer up another of their fine books next week.
The Gluten-Free Baker by Hannah Miles is one part cookbook and one part piece of art. Each recipe is accompanied by beautiful photography by William Reavell and is truly fit to be framed. The recipes range from decadent desserts such as the one listed below to more savory fare like Rosemary, Olive & Tomato Focaccia and Onion Seed Bagels. It’s a small book, with about 60 gluten free and wheat free recipes, but each is clearly written with care and more than a bit of culinary experience behind it. There are even a few recipes that recreate the magic of puff pastry, something that eludes many gluten free bakers. We hope you’ll enjoy this book as much as we do. We only have one copy to giveaway; if you aren’t the lucky winner and you’d like to lay your hands on a copy, the book is available for purchase on the Ryland, Peters & Small website for $24.95.
Caramelized Lemon Cake
Tangy lemon slices, drenched in a lemon caramel, nestled on top of a delicate lemon sponge, make this cake a must for all citrus lovers. Delicious served warm with custard sauce or cold with whipped cream.
- 1-1⁄2 sticks Butter, softened
- 3⁄4 cup plus 2 Tbsp Granulated Sugar
- 3 large Eggs
- heaping 3⁄4 cup Gluten-Free All-Purpose Baking Flour plus 2 tsp Baking Powder and 1⁄4 tsp Xanthan Gum
- 3⁄4 cup ground Almonds
- 3 Tbsp Sour Cream
- Custard Sauce or Whipped Cream, to serve
For the caramelized lemons
- 1 cup Granulated Sugar
- freshly squeezed juice of 1 Lemon
- 4 Lemons
- a 10-in cast iron tarte tatin pan or a similar heavy, flameproof pan, greased
Preheat the oven to 180˚C (350˚F) Gas 4.
To make the caramelized lemons, put the sugar and lemon juice in a saucepan and heat until the sugar melts and turns golden brown. Do not stir whilst cooking but gently shake the pan from time to time to prevent the sugar from burning. Watch closely once the sugar has melted as it will caramelize quickly. Pour into the bottom of the pan. Grate the zest from 3 of the lemons and reserve for the cake batter. Cut the top and bottom from all 5 lemons and stand them upright on a chopping board. Using a sharp knife slice away the peel and pith in vertical slices and repeat until the lemons are peeled. Cut each lemon into 6 slices and remove any pips using a sharp knife. Arrange the lemon slices in the caramel in the pan in a circular pattern – taking care as the caramel will be hot. Set aside.
Put the butter and sugar in a mixing bowl and whisk together until light and creamy. Beat in the eggs and whisk again until the batter is light and airy. Sift in the flour and baking powder and add the ground almonds, sour cream and reserved lemon zest. Fold together until everything is incorporated. Spoon the batter into the pan with the lemon slices. Bake in the preheated oven for 30–40 minutes, until the cake springs back to the touch and a knife inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean. Remove from the oven and let cool for a few minutes then put a serving plate on top of the pan and, holding the pan with a kitchen towel (so you do not burn yourself) invert the cake onto the plate. Serve warm or cold with custard sauce or whipped cream.
This cake will keep for up to 2 days if stored in an airtight container.
We had a few hiccups during our last giveaway, so I’m going to try and explain myself a little better for this one. We are going to use this handy app (handy for us) to count and tally everyone’s entries. There is a great 45 second tutorial for how to use this app here. It’s pretty simple, enter using your Facebook login or an email address and password. You absolutely must leave a comment to be counted. I do double check, so don’t think clicking on “I did this” and not commenting will win you a prize. Do be sure to leave your comment and click on “I did this” or you won’t be entered. There is an additional entry option for “liking” Ryland, Peters & Small on Facebook. If you’re not on Facebook, don’t sweat it. Most of my winners do end up being those who complete the mandatory entry- it’s all done by random selection, but I’m just telling you what I see.
In addition to this fabulous book, we’ll be kicking in a package of our Gluten Free All Purpose Flour so you can start baking right away!
Mandatory Entry: Visit Ryland, Peters & Small’s website and tell us what other book (or books) really intrigue you. Who knows? Maybe that will be our next giveaway prize? Then, check “I did this” in the app below.
Still got a question? Leave it in the comments and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.