Gluten-Free Cardamom Bread

This is a chewy, yeasted bread.  It’s not sweet, although it is perfumed with cardamom and studded with walnuts, dates and raisins.  It’s best toasted and slathered with salted butter.   I like it for breakfast, tea or with afternoon coffee when my husband is kind enough to make me some (I make terrible coffee).  It…

Grown Up German Chocolate Cake (gluten-free or not)

Last week, I made myself a German chocolate cake for my 41st birthday.  I have fond childhood memories of German chocolate cake, but I suspected that as an adult it would be too sweet.   I recently bought some turtles (chocolate covered caramel and pecans) with gleeful anticipation only to discover that they are gross if…

Kook-Kwee Inspired Macadamia and Coconut Shortbread (gluten-free and vegan)

This will be the last of my Hawaii food nostalgia posts for a while.  Cook-Kwees Maui cookie company produce wildly popular crisp shortbread cookies.  My favourite variety includes coconut and macadamia nuts.  I consumed a truly terrifying quantity of these cookies as a child.  They were ubiquitous in gift baskets and no meeting that provided…

Lemon Poppy Seed Meringues

I know,  it’s Valentine’s and I am supposed to be posting some sort of gooey chocolate dessert.  The truth is that I am just not always in the mood for chocolate.  Anyway meringues use cooking alchemy to make something special out of common ingredients which I find very romantic on  a symbolic level .  Also,…

Passionfruit Cream Pie in a Coconut Crust (gluten-free and vegan)

I apologize for my month-long absence!  I have been traveling, and truly enjoying not looking at a computer more than for a few moments once or twice a week.  Over Christmas and New Year I was on Maui with my mother (see photos above).  Then I came home to NYC for four days, during which…

Boxing Day Almond Spice Cookies (Gluten-Free)

Happy Boxing Day!  There are some conflicting ideas out there about what Boxing Day is, what the name means, and why it is a holiday.  My mum says that December 26th was the de facto Christmas for all of the people who had to work on Christmas Day.  For example, all of the servants who…

Goddess Apple Cake with Meringue Topping (Gluten-Free)

This started out as a humble apple cake.  At first, my only goal was to make this cake gluten-free, but then I kept on making it.  Each time, I made just slight modifications and before I knew it the cake had more apples, more lemon zest and more vanilla.  The cake itself has less sugar…

Cinnamon Financiers with Apples and Walnuts (Gluten-free)

Brace yourself.  The apple recipes are coming.  I started lining up recipe ideas months ago in preparation for the apples that I knew would be coming in my farmshare.   I have not been receiving as many as I had expected, but enough to begin the great apple dessert festival of 2014. I like financiers.  They…