An adapted recipe from the recently released Easy Everyday Gluten-Free Cooking: Includes 250 Delicious Recipes, from Robert Rose. I was reading through the cookbook, looking for inspiration and happened to see the gingerbread. I liked that it wasn’t a frosted cake – and was only one layer.
An interesting full-range gluten-free cookbook which kind of brought up something for me, that happened last weekend. I had heard a lot of good about Haley’s Corner Bakery, a few miles from where we live. It is a gluten-free bakery. I was hoping I’d find something for Alistaire, even if it was just a loaf of bread. Well…maybe I needed that sharp dose of reality – that I probably won’t be able to walk into a restaurant or bakery ever for him, for a treat. A lot of gluten-free recipes are bound with eggs. And I don’t blame them! The recipes with eggs work better most times. If one wants to bake vegan and gluten-free, you have a real learning curve. (It didn’t help either that the items with nuts were parked next to the nut free ones. Pretty cookies. Ah well!)
So, as I flipped through the cookbook…I got thinking about what we and the baby would all equally like, minus the eggs. I like when my mind has to tinker.
I adapted the recipe I chose to be not only gluten-free, but vegan, so that Alistaire could enjoy it as well. I was trying to decide between Ener-g Egg Replacer or flaxseed meal, and after talking it over on Facebook, I realized Ener-g would make for a lighter cake.
Two little boys fighting over who was getting bites. Alistaire was miffed that Walker was jumping in his way 😉 I was quite happy with my adaptation. The cake was moist, mildly spicy and rich with molasses.
Gingerbread Cake (Adapted from page 272)
- 1 cup boiling water
- ½ shortening (Spectrum Organic Shortening)
- ¾ cup Garbanzo Fava Flour or brown rice flour
- ¾ cup Gf Sweet White Sorghum Flour
- ¼ cup Tapioca Flour
- 1 tsp Xanthan Gum
- ½ tsp GF baking powder
- ¼ tsp baking soda
- 1½ tsp ground ginger
- ¾ tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 Tbsp Ener-G Egg Replacer
- ¼ cup warm water
- 2/3 cup molasses
- 2/3 cup granulated sugar
Preheat oven to 350°, lightly oil an 8×8″ glass baking pan.
In a small bowl, pour boiling water over shortening. Set aside to melt and cool slightly.
Beat Ener-G Egg Replacer with warm water, set aside to thicken.
In a mixing bowl, sift together bean flour, sorghum flour, tapioca, xanthan gum, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ginger and cinnamon. Resift and set aside.
In a separate large mixing bowl, using an electric mixer, beat Ener-g mixture, molasses and sugar. Add shortening mixture and beat until smooth. Stir in dry ingredients. Mix until just blended. Pour into prepared pan.
Let stand for 30 minutes before baking.
Bake in preheated oven for 45 to 55 minutes, until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Let in the pan on a rack for 10 minutes. Flip over onto a plate, then onto another plate, to serve.
Serve with warm lemon sauce.
Lotsa Lemon Sauce
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 3 Tbsp cornstarch
- 1 1/3 cups water
- 2 tsp lemon zest
- 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice (2 small/1 large lemon)
- 3 Tbsp unsalted butter or Earth Balance Buttery stick
In a saucepan, combine sugar and cornstarch. Add water, lemon zest , lemon juice and butter. Heat over medium for 5 to 8 minutes, or until it boils and thickens, stirring constantly. Serve warm preferably.
Makes about 1½ cups.
FTC Disclaimer: We received a review copy of the book.