Wednesday, June 04, 2008

GFCF Rhubarb Cake

Andy asked me yesterday if I could make a rhubarb cake. What a wonderful idea. Rhubarb is in season right now. I've never made a rhubarb cake before so I started tinkering and it came out so delicious!

GFCF Rhubarb Cake

½ cup Margarine (I used Earth Balance Buttery Spread)
1 ½ cups Organic Raw Sugar (you could use brown sugar)
1 Egg, Beaten1 teaspoon Vanilla
1/8 teaspoon salt1 cup milk substitute (I used Dari Free)
2 cups GF Flour Blend (I used Bob’s Red Mill GF Mix)
½ teaspoon Xanthan Gum1 teaspoon Baking Soda
3 cups Rhubarb
½ cup Organic Raw Sugar
½ teaspoon Cinnamon

Slice the rhubarb into 1/4" slices. Cream the margarine and 1 ½ cups sugar; add the egg, vanilla and salt; mix well. Add the milk substitute, flour, xanthan gum and soda; mix well. Stir in the rhubarb. Pour the batter into a well-greased "9x13" cake pan. Mix together ½ cup sugar and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon; distribute this mixture evenly over the unbaked cake batter. Bake for about 45 minutes in a 350 degree oven.

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Madwoman Foods

Andy has a pizza party on Wednesday for his last full day of school. The only gfcf pizza that he will eat is made by Madwoman Foods.

We had previously bought the pizzas at Fresh and Natural in Shoreview, but decided to go straight to the source today and visit their bakery in Minneapolis. When we got there we discovered that this was a smart decision since the gentleman that waited on us (who identified himself as the owner) informed us that they have stopped selling wholesale to the stores. The retailers were marking up the products so much and they didn't want to become known for such expensive products.

The bakery was very easy to find - it is located at 4747 Nicollet Avenue South in South Minneapolis. If you are not local, you can still enjoy their wonderful products by ordering off of their website. All of their products are gluten free. Most are also casein free and most are low on the glycemic index (GI).

After we got the frozen pizzas, we let Andy pick a snack from the bakery case and he had a real hard time deciding. All of their baked goods looked so scrumptious. Andy finally settled on a piece of lemon cake and I got myself a chocolate muffin with vanilla frosting. Andy's lemon cake was really, really, really good - I would never have known it was GFCF - it was moist and delcious. My cupcake was very good also - just not as outstanding as the cake.

Madwoman Foods gets three thumbs up from us!

We are so fortunate here in the Twin Cities to have three gluten free bakeries and since I have now been to all 3 - I can tell you that all 3 are outstanding.