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Shaker Apple-Cranberry Coffee Cake

January 4th, 2009 by Brooke

In the spirit of the new year, I was cleaning out some old magazines this morning and randomly decided to adapt this recipe from a recipe entitled “Autumn Apple Cake” in the October 2008 Cooking Light (p. 84).

It was my first baking experience with Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free All Purpose flour and I have to say, I was thrilled with the results. It is the perfect hostess gift for an overnight stay because it ensures you will have something to nibble on in the morning wherever you are.

Here’s the recipe with the ingredients embedded in the steps to keep it short and simple.

•    Preheat oven to 350.
•    Soften 5 Tbsp. butter and measure ½ cup 2% or fat free milk.
•    Coat a 10 inch-round pan with cooking spray and dust with GF flour.
•    Peel and finely chop a large Pink Lady or Gala apple.
•    Using a fork, mix together 1 ½  cups of gluten-free flour, 2 teaspoons baking powder, pinch of salt, pinch of nutmeg, pinch of cinnamon, and a pinch of all spice in a small bowl.
•    In a large bowl, beat ¾ cups sugar with the 5 Tbsp. butter until well combined.
•    Beat in 1 tsp. vanilla extract.
•    Beat in 1 large egg.
•    Beat in flour mixture and milk alternately – beginning and ending with flour.
•    Fold in diced apple and 1 single-serving box of dried cranberries.
•    Spoon batter into prepared baking pan.
•    Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes; until a toothpick comes out clean.
•    Cool in pan – preferably on a wire rack.
•    Sift 2 Tbsp. powdered sugar over the top.

Interestingly enough, the same Cooking Light features a short half-page article entitled “Now serving: The gluten-free menu” (p. 26). It states 1 in 7 people have a genetic sensitivity to gluten and hails the dedicated GF menus of restaurant chains everywhere such as Legal Seafoods, Outback Steakhouse, and P.F. Chang China Bistro where, ironically, the DC-based gluties ate on New Year’s Eve!

In any case, enjoy this coffee cake and many leisurely Sunday mornings of the year ahead!

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