Moist almond, orange coffee cake — a recipe adapted from Louise Blair’s “Great Gluten-free Baking”

Gluten free moist orange almond cake Gluten free moist orange almond cake I just bought a new gluten-free cookbook: “Great gluten-free baking” by Louise Blair.This is an excellent book. Lots of yummy, easy and very tasty baking recipes. Beautiful photographs for many of the recipes, and easy to follow instructions.Here I have made one of Blair’s recipes, modified it a bit as I didn’t actually have enough ground almond to make the cake as written, nor did I have large oranges. I had one medium orange and a bunch of clementines. This recipe contains no added fat — the moisture comes from the oranges, and the only fat is from the almonds, and that is ‘good’ fat (but that doesn’t mean you should eat the entire cake!). Delicious with coffee — actuall just delicious anytime. YUMMY!

Moist Almond Cake
adapted from Louise Blair’s “Great gluten-free baking” — I have written the recipe using the measurements I used, if you want to use the actual measurements, please buy the book (or go to the library).


  • about 1/2 lbs (0.2 kg) orange type fruits (oranges, clementines mandarins), preferably seedless
  • 1 cup (250 mL) granulated sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups (415 mL) ground almonds
  • 1 1/2 cups (590 mL) brown rice flour
  • 1 tsp gluten-free baking powder
  • 6 eggs


  1. Place whole oranges in a pot full of boiling water and simmer for 40 minutes – 1 hour (40 minutes for smaller fruit, 1 hour for large fruit)
  2. Pre-heat oven to 350F (180C), grease a DEEP 8 inch cake pan or spring-form pan (I used spring-form)
  3. Put the oranges into a food processor or blender and blend until pulpy. Make sure there are no large chunks of peel. Also make sure there are no pips (in case you used seeded oranges, or you ran into a not-so-seedless seedless orange)
  4. Add the remaining ingredients and blend until smooth
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake 40-50 minutes or until just set. I think the cake tasted better a little dry, so I left it in for 50 minutes.v
  6. When finished cool on a wire rack. Don’t try to remove it from the pan until cool — it will fall apart!
  7. ENJOY!

The book suggests serving with whipped cream. I suggest drinking coffee.

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Product Review: El Peto Gluten-free Italian Bread Mix for the Breadmachine

I recently discovered that El Peto factory, a company that claims to be the “Gluten-free specialists”, is less than a 10 minute drive from my house. Naturally I went to their factory outlet store (yes, the products ARE a LOT cheaper at this factory outlet compared to the same product in the grocery store) and I spent a hell of a lot of money.

el peto italian bread mix

One of the items I picked up was a big bag that contained 7 smaller bags of bread mix, enough to make 7 loaves in the bread machine. At the time I thought “All you have to do is add water? Great I’m game for doing less work!”. So, I took the bag home and immediately began to make a fresh loaf of bread. This is what came out of the machine :

el peto italian bread mix final product

Um. eww. The dough was gummy and heavy. Immediately I realized that the loaf of bread just did not rise. That was a waste of my money!

But being frugal, and having 6 bags of bread mix left I thought “What happens if you just add a tbsp of yeast to the mix?”. So, I proceeded to clean out my bread machine, and I started from scratch. This time I added 1 tbsp of bread machine yeast.

And voila! The result was a perfect moist and wonderful loaf of bread!

I’m not quite sure what happened with this mix. Perhaps they forgot to add yeast to the mix? Perhaps the bag was sitting too long at a high temperature (yeast doesn’t like that). Whatever the case may be, I did have trouble with this mix.

So in conclusion, El Peto Italian Bread Mix for Bread Machines is absolutely yummy! But only if you add your own yeast. Although I do like the taste of this loaf, I may not buy it again. Its a shame because I’ve had El Peto’s other products and they are fantabulous. Next time I won’t be lazy —  I’ll just make the bread from scratch!

Oh, and if you do live in Southern Ontario, the El Peto factory store is worth a drive to Cambridge — you can get flours and baking supplies there at exceptional prices. And they do have nice high quality flours. They also have gluten-free cereals, pasta sauces, pastas, pie shells, cookies, pizza crusts, lasagnas, sausages and more. Just stay away from the mixes.

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Food Review: PatsyPie Gluten-Free Artisan Cookies, the BEST commercially available! Hands down!

patsy pie is my goddess

Last weekend I really, really, really wanted cookies. But I was honestly really, really, really too tired to make them myself. You see, I started a new job on Monday, so I spend all last weekend cleaning the house, making gluten-free bread and soups for my lunches, and generally getting prepared to not be at home all the time anymore. Is it bad that I miss being unemployed (although I do enjoy my pay cheques!).

Anyway, I ended up at the local franchise of the (Canadian) grocery store known as Sobey’s. I knew this location had a very, very limited gluten-free area (which is why I don’t often shop at this particular location) so I wasn’t expecting much.

Then I met Patsy Pie, and my whole world was changed. The raisin and almon biscotti I brought home was just so good! Dipped in my afternoon coffee the whole horror of the day just melted away.

Then the unthinkable occured: I ran out of biscotti! It was dreadful!

I quickly devised a plan to get as much Patsy Pie as I possibly could. This plan involved searching the internet for a store that sold these delicious biscotti online. And I found it, right from the manufacterer!
I discovered that biscotti was not the only deliciousness that Patsy sold. Oh no! She has an entire line of artisan cookies. I quickly ordered $50 worth of these wonderful, wonderful treats (free shipping on orders over $50)! A few days later they arrived on my doorstep. Now I’ve gained too many pounds to count, and so has my non-celiac partner who has single handedly polished off all of my chocolate chip cookies while declaring ‘Who needs gluten when you can eat these?’. And as for the gluten-free brownies? They’re also gone, gone, gone. Well, not really. I’m sure you can see them on my cheeks. And I don’t mean the ones on my face.

So my friends, if you really, really want good artisan cookies do not buy that other commercial crap they have in the store. Head to (or Sobey’s) and help this small gluten-free business make more money. They deserve every penny!