Fresh Pear Upside-down Cake

Fresh Pear Upside-down Cake

The original recipe for this week actually called for upside-down baby cakes made with rhubarb. Since we had neither baby cake pans nor rhubarb, we decided to change things up a bit.  Upside-down cakes are extremely versatile, allowing for easy substitutions, and are among our favorite cakes for this very reason. The other issue we ran into, looking at the original recipe, was the fact that it called for bourbon, not something we are particularly fond of. Continue reading

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Gingerbread Cake

Gingerbread Cake

This week’s TWD recipe heralds the beginning of the holiday baking season, at least for us. Anything involving gingerbread is a definite favorite in our house, invoking fond memories of baking with Mom and Oma – three generations in the kitchen, gathered around the table, cooking and baking together. Albeit a very rare occasion, made possible only during our not so frequent visits to Germany. Continue reading

Nectarine Upside-down Chiffon Cake

Nectarine Upside-down Chiffon Cake - A delicious gluten free option

Since yesterday was a holiday, we are posting this a little later than usual. Never having attempted to make Mary Bergin’s recipe in Baking with Julia before, we approached this recipe initially with some trepidation, especially reading words like “gossamer”, “billowy” and “fluffy.” In the gluten free world, these kind of desserts can certainly be duplicated, but generally not without tremendous amounts of starch. Outside of tapioca flour (which could loosely be considered a type of starch), we are not known for the use of any other starches. Continue reading

French Strawberry Cake

French Strawberry Cake - A delicious gluten free variation

Today we are celebrating our first participation in the Tuesdays with Dorie twice monthly recipe challenge. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this unique baking club, it was originally started by Dorie Greenspan, who worked alongside Julia Child, writing her famous cookbook ‘Baking with Julia.’

The rules are really very simple; every month two recipes are selected from the book Baking with Julia, and posted ahead of time on this website. All registered participants agree to make and post the agreed upon dishes on the selected date, which always falls on a Tuesday. Hence, our post today. Continue reading

Strawberry Shortcake

Strawberry Shortcake - Bowl of Strawberries

It is still officially Spring, but who would know amidst the ever rising temperatures – we already surpassed the 90°F mark here in New Mexico. These temperatures are more reminiscent of our typical summer days.

On the upside, the local stores are also carrying more and more strawberries. Now, personally I just enjoy eating strawberries plain and would encourage you to select only the organically grown varieties. Strawberries unfortunately have become a very heavily sprayed crop, in fact, commercially grown, non-organic strawberries rank near the bottom of the safe foods list. If you wish to learn more about this, read about it at this great living foods site,  or check out a complete safety listing of fruit and vegetables at this link. Continue reading

Dowd and Rogers Gluten free Dark Vanilla Cake

Dowd and Rogers gluten free dark vanilla cake

One of our beloved dogs had a heart attack a couple of weeks ago. Happy to report, that she survived. On our last follow up visit with our vet, we learned that she has a heart murmur and requires extra supplements and a lot more rest, but he was hopeful that she could make a good recovery. Considering that she is a large dog and 12 years old, she is doing rather well. Continue reading

Black Forest Torte (Schwarzwaelder Kirschtorte)

Black Forest Torte (Schwarzwaelder Kirschtorte), 446px-Schwarzwaelderin_in_Tracht_um_1900

This post took a while to create and takes you to the final destination of our gluten free Black Forest Torte recipe via some travel scenes through the beautiful and enchanting Black forest. Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte (Black Forest Cake/Gateau) is well-known in many parts of the world, although very few have had the privilege of tasting and experiencing the original recipe.  It is a special dessert, usually reserved for special occasions. Any Konditorei (pastry shop) will offer it, if not on a regular basis, with relative frequency, due to its popularity, and each one usually manages to give it a unique touch, while claiming that it is based on the original recipe. Continue reading