Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Gluten free date and apple slice

Erin, your gluten-free goodies await...
Cream 175g of softened butter with 225g of uncompacted brown sugar. If you like, you could substitute vegetable oil for butter, or a little honey/golden syrup for some of the sugar (if you have dairy allergies especially).

I don't know why, but I creamed these with a wooden spoon instead of beaters. On the plus side, my right arm feels stronger!
Mix in 3 eggs with 150g of cornmeal (polenta) and 100g ground almonds. This is where you get the body of the cake, without gluten.
Add 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract (real stuff is best), and 2 teaspoons of baking powder. This recipe uses extra baking powder, as the dry ingredients are heavier than flour - they need a bit more lift.
If you are struggling to get gluten free baking powder - and to be honest I've never seen it except in GF recipes online - you can use the recipe in this link.

Once this is all combined, add in half a tin of diced apple (no juice) and handful of chopped dates. Or whatever you like. Probably walnuts and choc chips would also be good, or anything you can imagine. The filling will affect how moist your cake is though, so consider altering the amount of wet/dry ingredients to suit.
Sprinkle in a pinch of mixed spice, pour into a greased and lined slice tin, smooth the top, and cook for 30-40 minutes at 180 degrees. I cut mine into 12 fingers, but it depends on the size of your tin.

Mmmmm. It's really easy, uses ingredients that you can buy at any supermarket, and is gluten-free. It is good warm with icecream, or it keeps well in the fridge for days and days.



  1. you can get gluten free baking powder at health food shops, in my experience!


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