Gluten Free Angel Food Cake Recipe

Completed Cake

Last week we got an email from our local farm offering all CSA members the opportunity to do some berry picking and get some free fruit. So we headed out to the blueberry bushes, blackberry bushes and strawberry patch. Returning home with about five pounds of assorted berries I was left to contemplate, “Now what do I do with all of this?” The first answer to come to mind was a berry shortcake. Growing up though, we never really ate true shortcake. My mom always made pound cake and served it with the strawberries and whipped cream. In my efforts to cut some calories and fat, I decided to attempt an Angel Food cake, which I had never made before. I compared a few recipes and ended up with what follows. I will admit mine probably was a little underbaked, but I’ll know better for next time. Being that the cake uses so little flour, the gluten free aspect was almost unintelligible.

Ingredients:

3/4 cup Gluten Free Flour Blend

1/4 cup cornstarch

1 1/2 cups of egg whites (about 10-11 large eggs)

3/4 cup superfine sugar (If you don’t have superfine sugar put your regular sugar in a food processor, it’s almost as good as superfine)

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon almond extract

and additional 3/4 + 2 tablespoons superfine sugar

1. Preheat the oven to 375. Place the rack in the lowest possible position.

2. In a bowl whisk together the flour, cornstarch, and one part of the sugar.

3. Separate the eggs. Be very very careful to not have any yolks get into your whites. Having yolk in the mixture can prevent the egg whites from setting correctly and ruin the whole process. When I separate eggs, I don’t shift the whites back and forth in the shell. I wash my hands really well, then break the egg over my hand. I let the white run through my fingers into a bowl and keep the yolk in my hand. It’s the best way I’ve found to separate eggs. One tip: cold eggs will separate more easily. You will need about 10 – 11 eggs to get all the whites you need. I kept all my yolks and thought about making a custard or something, but I didn’t have time. It felt bad to throw them out though. It would have been a good excuse to make mayo….

cake ingredients dry ingredients separated egg

4. Put the egg whites in a very clean and dry mixing bowl or the bowl of your stand mixer. Add the salt and the cream of tartar and whip until it gets foamy. When it’s foamy add the vanilla and almond extract, continue to blend until the eggs have thickened and gotten larger.

5. At this point add the 3/4 + 2 Tablespoons of sugar into the egg whites, add it 1/4 cup at a time slowly.  When the egg whites form soft peaks, remove them from the blender.

6. Slowly fold in the flour mixture a little bit at a time mixing completely.

egg whites in blender egg white mixture cake in the oven

7. Gently spoon the batter into the angel food cake pan. I made my first cake in a bundt pan, and it just didn’t’ turn out as good as I wanted. I made a second one in a real AF cake pan and it was pretty awesome.

8. Tap the pan on the counter to get out any bubbles, then bake it on the lowest oven rack for 45 minutes. Check it after 35, if you press your finger in and it bounces back, it’s done.

9. Here’s the weird part…when you take the pan out of the oven, place it upside down over the neck of a heatproof bottle and leave it there about two hours to cool.

10. To remove the cake from the pan run a rubber scraper around the side and middle and gently tap.

Cake on a bottle In the Pan Out of the Pan

11. Serve how you choose, I like it with whipped cream and berries!

This cake is light and delicious – way less calories and fat than most cakes!

Baked Oatmeal Recipe

In my quest to be a Gluten Free I ran across some problems at breakfast. If I go somewhere and sit down I’m okay, eggs and potatoes will do, but what about my jaunt into the local coffee shop? No muffins, bagels, croissants or biscotti for me.

Recently I went to my local coffee shop St. Thomas Roasters and they had Baked Oatmeal. I asked about the recipe and it was gluten free, yay! Their oatmeal was very simple, just some brown sugar. As I sat there I couldn’t help thinking of all the better things I could put into my own baked oatmeal… so I did!  I made my first attempt with peaches, and it was good but it needed a bit of tweaking. Here is the recipe I used for my second (and very successful attempt).

Baked Oatmeal with Blueberries and Bananas

Baked Oatmeal IngredientsDry Ingredients

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1.5 teaspoons cinnamon
  • a dash of salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar

Liquid Ingredients

  • 2 cups milk ( I used Organic Fat Free)
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon agave syrup (or maple syrup). If you don’t have agave, add more brown sugar.
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter, slightly cooled

The Add-Ins
You can use whatever fresh fruits, dried fruits, or nuts that you like. Here is what I used:

  • 2 fresh Bananas, sliced
  • 1/2 cup fresh Blueberries
  • Grated peel of one small Lemon
  • Juice of 1/4 lemon wedge.

Preheat your oven to 375. Butter an 8×8 pan and set it aside.
Combine all the dry ingredients in a bowl and set aside.

Dry Ingredients

Combine all the liquid ingredients, leaving 1/2 the butter in the dish. Mix them with a whisk and set the bowl aside.

Wet Ingredients

Mix your Add-Ins together in a small bowl.

Diced Bananas and Blueberries

Next, add the fruit mixture to the dry ingredients and combine. Then move them into the buttered baking dish.

Mixed Fruit and Oats 2

Pour the liquid mixture over the oat mixture. Use your spoon or scraper to gently move the liquid around, making sure all the oats are covered.

Ready to Bake

Next I took 1/3 cup of crushed almonds and spread them over the top, then drizzled the rest of the melted butter over the top.

Put in the oven and bake 35-45 minutes. Let it cool a bit and enjoy!

Baked Close Up - Copy

I usually cut mine into 9 pieces. Each piece will have around 200 calories depending on what you add and how much sugar you use. In the fridge it will keep about a week, I like to warm my piece in the microwave and drizzle a little milk on it. If you make your own version, please let us know what delicious combos you’ve tried!

~ Bailey