Homemade Gluten Free Coffee Cake

When you hear coffee cake, the first image that probably enters your mind is Drakes coffee cakes. Well, there are a variety of ways to make this cake and this is not the typical one though. You will use actual coffee or Endangered Species Coffee Candy in this recipe. To make it gluten free white or brown rice flour is usually the best bet for baking.

COFFEE

The first step of course, is to brew the coffee. It can be any flavor that you desire: from vanilla, mocha, french vanilla, espresso, to anything else. If you rather just use the candy all you have to do is melt it down in the microwave or in a glass bowl (within a large pot of course) over the stove top. When, one or the other is done it can be added into your flour mix.

FLOURS

As it was stated early, brown or white rice flour would be the preferable choice to use besides wheat flour because it is naturally sticky and will hold together better much better than any other gluten free flour. If you’d rather use wheat, of course, you are welcome, too. The gluten will keep the cake together.

FIRST BITE

When, you take your first bite into this delectable, sweet treat you will be glad you tried this version. Since you already have your coffee, grad a tall glass of milk, chocolate milk, or even a cup of tea and dig right on in.

Starbucks

When a customer receives a drink from Starbucks it is your number one pit stop for coffees, teas, and desserts. It’s a triple combo all in one!  From their commitment to serving the highest quality coffee in the world, you are truly going to enjoy everything from that coffee bean smell to that first sip.

DESSERTS

Starbucks does have a gluten free dessert option. It’s called Valencia orange cake. This delicious gluten free cake has a moist, delicate, tender texture. It is a refreshingly light cake with blends of almonds and premium Valencia oranges. All of its ingredients include whole eggs, almond, sugar, Valencia orange pulp, orange oil, and baking powder.

COFFEE

The caffe latte is the original coffeehouse classic. Part of its appeal is the simplicity. A caffè latte is made up of one or two shots of bold, tasty espresso with fresh, sweet steamed milk over it. Some even like to add syrup or extra espresso to the recipe.

Frappaccino is coffee with a flavors powder, blended with milk and ice. Then it is topped with sweetened whipped cream. Very refreshing amd cooling during a hot summer time evening.

TEA

Tazo teas are available brewed or iced. One sip and you’ll find it to be extremely flavorful. Their premium black tea gets a snappy little splash of citrus and is shaken, not stirred, with ice.

NEIGHBORHOOD

So don’t forget to stop into on of your communities local Starbucks coffee house. It even has wi-fi service, so sit down, sip your beverage, and bite into a slice of cake.

Gluten Free Restaurant Desserts

If you have Celiac Disease, gluten intolerance, or even gluten sensitivity then, eating desserts outside of your house can be a bit difficult. Well now, it is not as hard as it used to be because so many chain restaurants now have gluten free dessert options.

GLUTEN FREE CHAIN RESTAURANTS

Houlihan’s has three homemade, ice cream flavors. They are caramel macchiato, chick-o-stick, and raspberry. Plus, their crème brûlée has a rich vanilla bean custard that has caramelized sugar all over the top.

Outback‘s dessert is called Chocolate Thunder From Down Under. It is an extra generous pecan brownie that is crowned with rich vanilla ice cream and drizzled with their classic warm chocolate sauce. To finish it off, they add chocolate shavings and whipped cream. This is simply a chocolate lover’s dream.

Pizza Fusion has a fresh, delicious homemade brownie. That is not only gluten free, but is vegan as well.

Chili’s has a stupendously sweet ending with their chocolate milkshake. A great choice on a hot summer day.

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Bertucci’sdessert is called Chocolate Budino. It is a rich, creamy, and bittersweet chocolate mousse that is topped off with a generous helping of whipped cream.

Lastly, Carrabba’s dessert is called John Dole. It is Blue Bell vanilla ice cream with caramel sauce and roasted cinnamon, rum pecans.

A NIGHT OUT

So,don’t be afraid to have an evening out! Enjoy the sweet treats of your choosing anytime!

Cheesecake Styles from Around the World

From marbled chocolate to dripping strawberry glaze, cheesecake is one of the most popular sweet treats in the United States. The typical cheesecake is made from soft, fresh cheese placed on top of a crust base. Some are baked, while others are not. A variety of toppings may enhance the appearance and flavor of the dessert, such as nuts, fruit and chocolate. Around the world, the dessert also appears in many different shapes, forms, and flavors.

Greek Cheesecake

Before the Romans embraced the dessert after the conquest of Greece, the ancient Greeks were one of the first to popularize the cheesecake. Today, you will find Greek-style cheesecakes made with layers of buttered phyllo and a cheese-egg filling. A traditional, unpasteurized fresh cheese called mizithra plays a role in the fillings, which is comprised of milk and whey from sheep and/or goats.

Italian Cheesecake

When the majority of modern cheesecakes made in the United States and Canada use cream cheese, Italians are known for using ricotta. The ancient Romans mixed flour, ricotta-like cheese, and honey to make their version of the cheesecake. It was then shaped into loaves. Today, the cheesecakes may include ricotta or mascarpone cheese, vanilla extract, and sugar. The ingredients typically produce a drier dessert than American versions.

United Kingdom Cheesecake

Decorating the menus of coffee shops and pubs, cheesecake in the United Kingdom is typically made with a mixture of cream cheese, sugar and cream as the filling. Crushed, buttered biscuits serve as the base, which is then topped with fruit compote, such as lemon curd, passionfruit, black current, and raspberry. This type of cheesecake is also seen in Ireland, New Zealand, and Australia.

German Cheesecake

A German-style cheesecake is baked using quark cheese made from sour milk, and often described as a “yogurt-like cheese.” The cheese creates a sweet yet unique taste.

French Cheesecake

Using gelatin to bind the ingredients, a French-style cheesecake is very light in texture and flavor. The French use Neufchatel cheese – one of the oldest cheeses in France. The soft and slightly crumbly cheese offers a saltier and sharper taste.

Belgian Cheesecake

Often flavored with melted bittersweet chocolate, the crust of a Belgian cheesecake is made with speculaas – a traditional Dutch-Belgian biscuit.

Latin American Cheesecake

Fruit plays an important role in the cheesecakes of Latin America. In Brazil, a layer of guava marmalade (called goiabada) is added. The Argentineans serve their cheesecakes with strawberry or another berry marmalade as a topping.

Japanese Cheesecake

The powdered form of Japanese green tea called matcha is added as a flavoring for some of the cheesecakes in Japan. Other flavors include lychee and mango. The texture of the desserts is usually light and spongy. The flavor is also lighter and considerably less sweet than American cheesecakes.

6 Ideas for Soul Food Desserts

Soul food cuisine usually incorporates the cooking techniques and traditions of African Americans and highlights dishes associated with the southern United States. When it comes to sweet treats in the South, there are certain state gems that truly shine. For example, Georgia desserts make good use of their peaches and pecans. Examples of soul food desserts include:

1) Peach Cobbler: A fruity filling of peaches is poured into a large baking dish that is then topped with batter, biscuit or piecrust to create a cobbler. The dessert is then baked like a pie with a difference that  cobblers never have a bottom crust. Other popular Deep South cobbler flavors include blueberry and blackberry.

2) Coconut Cake: Covered in white frosting and dressed in coconut flakes, coconut cake typically uses white or yellow batter instead of a coconut-flavored cake base. Some recipes will replace the milk with coconut milk or include coconut extract. The shredded coconut is often toasted or sweetened. Another Southern variation of the coconut cake is to add lemon curd as a filling to produce a tart flavor.

3) Sweet Potato Pie: Although it shares similarities with pumpkin pie, sweet potato pie is a Southern classic for Thanksgiving and other holidays. Made with mashed sweet potatoes, milk, sugar and eggs, the pie uses nutmeg to create a distinct holiday flavor. Topped with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream, Northerners may add marshmallows as a topping.

4) Pecan Pie: Primarily comprised of corn syrup and pecan nuts, this pie is a popular choice for holiday meals and often showcased as a Southern specialty. In New Orleans, Louisiana, pecan pies are quite popular and may include bourbo n whiskey in their recipes.

5) Red Velvet Cake: Behind the creamy white or cream cheese icing of the layered Red Velvet Cake is shades of dark red, bright red, or reddish browns. Usually, the color is achieved by adding red food coloring or beetroot. Despite its hue, the cake is flavored vanilla or chocolate.

6) Banana Pudding: Repeated layers of Vanilla Wafers, sweet vanilla custard (or pudding), and sliced bananas create a tasty dessert topped with whipped cream. Depending on the recipe, the pudding is made using a baked or the more popular refrigerated method. Sometimes, ladyfingers are used instead of wafers.

Herbs and Spices for Your Desserts

Without spices, your desserts would lack the flavor, punch, and sparkle that you’ve come to expect. Experimenting with different spices will create desserts that help you think out of the box. If you’re looking for new ideas on how to use herbs and spices in your desserts, consider the following suggestions.

Allspice: Allspice gets its name because it offers a taste similar to cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg. The dried spice berries come in whole or ground form. The spice is ideal for spice cakes and cookies. For pies, use in plum, peach and apple creations. Allspice also works well in flavored breads and steamed puddings.

Anise: The small seeds of anise add a licorice flavoring to cookies, cakes and breads. This spice comes in dried whole seeds or a powdered form. Examples of desserts with anise include Anise Biscotti and Anise Mousse served with tropical fruit.

Cardamom: You tend to see cardamom used in a lot of Indian dishes, but the fragrant, cinnamon-like seed can add pizzazz to your breads, spice cakes, and cookies as well. Use the spice in apple and pumpkin pies. Consider making Cardamom Rice Pudding or a rich carrot pudding for your next dessert.

Cinnamon: The spicy bark of the cassia tree offers a sweet, hot flavored spice for desserts – especially apple pie served during the holidays. Other desserts that benefit from cinnamon include spice cakes, cookies, custards, and other fruit pies.

Cloves: With a pungent and sweet flavor, clove is a spice that often emerges during the winter holidays. The dried whole buds and powdered form adds flavor to spice cakes, cookies, quick breads, and fruit pies. Try making Apple Butter Tarts or Greek Baked Stuffed Apples with cloves.

Fennel Seeds: Offering a slight licorice flavor, fennel seeds are a favorite for Scandinavian bakers who add the spice to their cakes, cookies, and breads.

Ginger: Adding aroma and tang to desserts, ginger is a versatile spice that appears in many cultural sweet treats. Depending on the recipe, you may use dried ground, dried whole, preserved, crystallized, or fresh ginger. Ground dried ginger is used to flavor cakes, cookies, custard, and fruit pies. Cakes and cookies (such as ginger snaps) blossom when crystallized and preserved ginger is added.

Mace: The outer covering of nutmeg is called mace, which offers a similar yet slightly milder flavor than nutmeg. The spice works well in spice cakes, cookies, and custards. Try adding to fruit desserts – especially those made with peaches, plums and apples. Mace Pound Cake could become your next crowd pleaser.

Mint: The refreshing scent of mint adds a cool, flavorful taste to desserts. There are more than 30 varieties of mint, including peppermint, apple mint, and lemon mint. Use in various fruit salad and dessert recipes, such as Mint Chocolate Pie and Peppermint Ice Cream.

Nutmeg: Nutmeg offers a sweet, nutty taste that livens up cookies, cakes, pies, custard, and pastries. The spice is also a flavorful component when making eggnog. Add to your pecan or sweet potato pie recipe. Since ground nutmeg quickly loses its flavor, it is recommended to purchase whole nutmeg and grate when needed.

Poppy Seeds: What is a lemon poppy seed muffin without the poppy seeds? A flower produces the tiny, blue-black seeds that can be used when making cakes, cookies, breads, and pastries. Interestingly, it takes 900,000 poppy seeds to make a pound. Sometimes, the whole seeds are ground into a paste that serves as a filling for some desserts.

Saffron: Swedish bakers add the fragrant spice to cakes and breads. Doesn’t Pears Poached in Saffron Vanilla Bean Syrup sound delicious?

Decorating Desserts with Chocolate

For chocolate lovers, it’s only natural to top, garnish and decorate with more chocolate. When you’re looking for easy ways to duplicate some of the fancy embellishments and details on your favorite desserts, consider the following decorating tips for chocolate.

How To Make Chocolate Curls

To make chocolate curls, choose a vegetable peeler with a long narrow blade. You will need a chunk or bar of chocolate to make curls. First, slightly warm the chocolate and blade. Before making the curls, it is important that the peeler is completely dry. Draw the peeler along the smooth surface of the chocolate, and watch the magic unfold. Another way to make chocolate curls is to use a cheese slicer.

Chocolate curls make a dazzling complement to cream pies, chocolate cakes (especially flourless chocolate cakes), tarts, and cheesecake.

How to Make a Chocolate Fan

To make an eye-catching dessert, chocolate fans are often used in fancy restaurants. First, melt squares of baking chocolate according to the directions. Spread the chocolate with a spatula into a very thin layer across a baking sheet. Refrigerate the chocolate for 10 minutes or until it is firm yet not frozen. With a metal spatula or cheese slicer in hand, run the tool along the baking sheet with light pressure. To create a fan shape, use your hand to mold the strip of chocolate into folds, waves and fan shapes.

Top a torte, cupcake, cakes (especially flourless chocolate cake and wedding cake) with a chocolate fan.

How To Grate Chocolate

Before grating a block of chocolate, make sure that it is firm and cool. Rub the block across a hand grater – making sure to clean often to avoid clogging the surface of the blade. Some people have also grated chocolate by placing small pieces in a blender or food processor.

Grated chocolate makes a decent garnish for desserts and adds visual pizzazz to pudding pies, cheesecake, ice cream cake, mousse, tiramisu, and soufflé.

How to Use Melted Chocolate

After chopping chocolate into small, evenly sized pieces, transfer to the top of a double boiler. Heat the chocolate while constantly stirring. Remove from heat and continue to stir the chocolate until it is smooth. No double boiler? You can melt chocolate in a bowl placed over a pan filled with simmering water. After melting chocolate using the double broiler method (or in the microwave), there are a handful of ways to decorate your desserts, such as:

  • Drizzle melted chocolate over cream pies, cakes, ice cream cones, sundaes, cupcakes, cream puffs, fried dough, and cookies.
  • Dip strawberries and other pieces of fruit into melted chocolate.
  • Coat marshmallows, Rice Krispie treats, and truffles with melted chocolate.

Using Jelly, Jams & Preserves in Desserts

Jams, jellies, marmalades and preserves are sweet spreads that often find their way between pieces of bread, toast, and crackers. Made from fruit or fruit juice, the cooking process of the spreads offers variations in clarity, firmness, and ingredients. They also play a role in delivering a fruity burst of flavor to an array of desserts and sweet treats.

What’s the Difference?

Before you explore the possibilities of fruity desserts, you should get familiar with the differences between available options. Jam is typically a thick spread made from crushed or ground fruit. Jelly does not have any visible pieces of fruit and is made from the juices. Whole or large pieces of fruit cooked in thick sugary syrup create preserves. Marmalade has a soft gel consistency comprised of pieces of fruit and citrus peel.

Desserts Ideas for Jelly, Jams & Preserves

Just some of the ways you can use jelly, jams, and preserves includes making flavored cream cheese frosting, cookie bars, ice cream sundae toppings, fruity tarts, muffins, fruit bars, sticky buns, and fruitcakes. Other ideas…

Jelly Desserts

Paula Deen garnishes her Old South Jelly Roll Cake with a dusting of confectioners’ sugar, jelly or jam, and whipped cream. An extremely easy way to make Jelly Cookies is with a container of piecrust and jelly. You can also add peanut butter to the recipe for a PB & J treat. Try using frozen or refrigerated pie dough to create Cream Cheese and Jelly Turnovers. Unbaked or unrolled Pillsbury piecrust is a common choice. A recipe from Country Living calls for ½ cup softened cream cheese, 1 large egg, sugar, salt, and 8 tablespoons of jelly, such as guava.

Jam Desserts

From sweet, fruity cake to thumbprint cookies, the thickness of jam makes a delicious ingredient in many dessert recipes. For example, all over the world, you will find a variety of jam cookies, from Austrian Jam Cookies using chopped almonds and raspberry jam to Swedish Jam Cookies made with chopped walnuts and dark corn syrup. Perhaps you’d rather sink your teeth into a slice of Smucker’s Peanut Butter & Jam Cheesecake – a rich peanut butter cheesecake inside a graham cracker crust topped with strawberry jam glaze.

Preserves Desserts

Transform vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, pineapple chunks, chocolate syrup, maraschino cherries, banana, and strawberry preserves into Banana Split Dessert Crepes. Get tropical with Pineapple Rum Dream Cake, which uses crushed pineapple, French vanilla cake mix, and apricot preserves to create an island treat. For a low-calorie dessert for the summertime, Creamy Fruit Ambrosia combines chopped pecans, low-fat vanilla yogurt, pineapple, peaches, shredded coconut, and peach preserves.