Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Gluten Free Coffee Cake with Fresh Fruit

We were away on CSA pick up day, so we got our dozen eggs and a few pounds of plums later in the week and gave up our share of the garden produce to the other members.  Today, I thought I'd share this recipe for a delicious coffee cake made with fresh fruit and NO GLUTEN!  In these photos, I used a mixture of cherries & plums from our Week Five CSA pickup.
 I have also tried it with peaches & blueberries.  I like this recipe because it uses ingredients that are already in my pantry and hopefully already in yours too.  In a pinch, you could use frozen fruit or a combination of fresh & frozen.  You can easily make the oat and almond flours by placing either regular oats or raw almonds into a food processor and letting them whirr until a coarse flour-like texture is achieved.  Measure after grinding. Onto the nitty gritty...

Gluten Free Coffee Cake with Fresh Fruit
 adapted from the Not So Super Mama

In a small bowl, combine & set aside:
3/4 cup oat flour
1/4 cup almond flour
1/2 cup all purpose gluten free flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt

In a medium bowl, cream by hand or with a mixer:
  6 tbsp unsalted butter
 3/4 cup sugar
 To the creamed mixture, add and continue beating until light & fluffy:
1 egg
1/2 cup milk (I used almond)
1 tsp vanilla

Add the dry ingredients into the wet and gently mix by hand until just combined.
Scrape the cake batter into a prepared cake pan (I used a 9" spring form pan) and top with:
2 cups fresh fruit (hulled, peeled, pitted & chopped)

Sprinkle the top of the fruit with:
2 tbsp white or brown sugar
a dash of cinnamon (if desired)

Pop the pan into a 350 degree oven for 15 minutes, then lower the heat to 325 degrees for about 40 minutes or until the edges are nicely browned and pulling slightly away from the pan.

ready for the oven...
ready to serve!
 You can serve this warm, but I actually loved it cold from the fridge the following day.  The texture was lovely and the sweet and tangy fruit really hit the spot on a hot summer afternoon.

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