Gluten-Free Pumpkin Cake with Salted Caramel Frosting

date10.15.18

Soft and moist gluten-free pumpkin cake topped with salted caramel frosting. Filled with fall spices and a tender crumb, no one will believe it’s a gluten-free cake!

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Cake with Salted Caramel Frosting

Let the baking season commence with all things pumpkin! This gluten-free pumpkin cake with salted caramel frosting is here to satisfy my fall cravings. It’s got a soft tender crumb that’s moist enough to stand on its own even without frosting, but with a generous layer of salted caramel frosting and candied pecans, this gluten-free cake is the stuff of fall dreams.

Made with millet flour, oat flour, and tapioca flour, this gluten-free pumpkin cake with salted caramel cream cheese frosting is the sixth recipe in my year-long partnership with Bob’s Red Mill. So far this year we’ve eaten chamomile oat wafflesmatcha macarons with mango buttercreambuckwheat crepes with roasted cherries & chocolatebrown sugar peach crumble, and triple berry pie with gluten-free cardamom crust. Now it’s time for pumpkin cake – my addition to today’s Virtual Pumpkin Party!

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Butter Mochi Cake Muffins

date10.07.18

These butter mochi cake muffins are dense and chewy with a crispy buttery exterior that’s completely addicting! A spin on the classic Hawaiian dessert, this butter mochi recipe is baked with brown sugar, coconut milk, and toasted sesame seeds for rich toffee-like caramel and nutty notes.

Butter Mochi Cake Muffins

The title for this recipe – butter mochi cake muffins – gets any confusion out of the way up front: these are absolutely dessert. They’re cake first, muffins second. Sure, you could call them cupcakes, but that would also be misleading, in my opinion. I don’t want you going into this expecting some sort of frostable cupcake. This mochi cake is dense and unbelievably chewy inside, with a slightly crunchy browned crust that together make a textural paradise. The muffin shape is there simply to ensure the highest ratio of delicious crispy browned crust. So mochi cake muffins it is, ok?

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Gluten-Free German Apple Cake

date09.26.18

This German apple cake recipe is a well-loved recipe adapted with a light and buttery gluten-free cake base. With a sprinkle of powdered sugar, it’s festive enough for a party, but humble and easy enough to be made on a weeknight!

Gluten-Free German Apple Cake

This gluten-free German apple cake recipe is an adaptation of a family recipe of sorts. My family isn’t really German, at least not culturally (I guess technically we are since my 23andme ancestry results report me as 27.5% German). Instead, we’re working with a new definition of family over here.

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Hazelnut Romesco Sauce Toast with Ricotta & Cauliflower

date09.19.18

Hazelnut romesco sauce is one of the easiest ways to punch flavor into a dish and it’s as versatile as it is quick. Spread on toast with roasted cauliflower, the mildly sweet creaminess of fresh ricotta balances the smokiness of the romesco sauce for a flavorful easy lunch!

Hazelnut Romesco Sauce Toast

This hazelnut romesco sauce toast topped with ricotta and cauliflower is giving me so much life right now as I figure out this new world as a mom of two and where sleep fits in. Sometimes we’re hard on ourselves as parents. As moms. Our kid won’t share or throws a tantrum in public and it’s a reflection on us, which is magnified because we’re EXHAUSTED and how could we possibly do anything more? But then, sometimes, that same kid eats cauliflower. Nay, asks for cauliflower and at least you’ve done something right.

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Chamomile Blackberry Ice Cream

date09.10.18

This chamomile blackberry ice cream recipe has a floral chamomile-infused cream base with a sweet blackberry compote swirled throughout. It’s a creamy herbal berry ice cream with notes of honey and vanilla. 

Chamomile Blackberry Ice Cream

Even though folks all over are heading back to school, summer’s not quite over yet. As far as seasonality goes, ice cream temperatures are actually just beginning to peak here in the Bay Area! There’s still plenty of time for homemade ice cream, which will probably help soften the ease back into a school-time routine anyhow, right?

With our tiny babes, we don’t have “back-to-school” in our house just yet, but Lucas heads back to work after his two-month paternity leave on the Monday after the official last day of summer. It took us until last week to make our way through our new-baby prep freezer dinners to clear out space for the ice cream maker bowl, which seems like a sign. I plan to make sure we’ve got plenty of homemade ice cream on hand to get us through the transition. We’ll have crazy days and share berry ice cream together at night.

We’re just in time to take advantage of blackberry season and freeze up a batch of this chamomile blackberry ice cream. This floral berry ice cream is made in partnership with Driscoll’s and The Feed Feed using my favorite late summer bramble berry!

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Poppy Seed Almond Flour Muffins with Peaches

date08.27.18

This almond flour muffin recipe uses oat flour for a healthy gluten-free muffin base that can be easily adapted! This variation combines crunchy almonds, poppy seeds, and sweet summer peaches. These poppy seed almond flour muffins with peaches make a quick breakfast with loads of texture and flavor. 

Poppy Seed Almond Flour Muffins with Peaches

With both a toddler and an infant in the mix, I need to keep a supply of grab-able options handy if I want to feed myself breakfast before noon. A batch of these poppy seed almond flour muffins with peaches do the trick. The day we got home from the hospital with Ira last month, a neighbor brought over a batch of homemade gluten-free muffins. Those muffins gave us fuel early in the morning and while rocking the baby in the middle of the night for a solid week. While I’ve always shown up to meet a friend’s new baby with  a tray of mac and cheese or lasagna, I might adjust that now. Freshly baked muffins make an excellent gift for new parents. A lightly sweetened muffin treat can do wonders for sleep deprivation.

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Gluten-Free Pizza Crust, Brazilian Cheese Bread Style

date08.20.18

This gluten-free pizza crust recipe is brown and crispy on the outside with the classic chewy pizza texture inside. Made from a few-ingredient cheesy tapioca flour dough inspired by Brazilian cheese bread, this gluten-free pizza dough is fast and easy for pizza night at home!

Gluten-Free Pizza Crust

Our two year old is on the extreme end of stubborn and persistent. Even still, we’ve managed to guide a toddler with a very limited diet into becoming one who eats vegetables for dinner every night and only has a few foods she actively hates (looking at you, avocado). We were on top of our parenting game…until I almost ruined pizza for her last week. I served a chickpea socca flatbread covered with cheese and veggies for dinner one night and called it pizza. It’s all about optics with toddlers; she’ll eat blistered green beans if I call them “bean fries” and offer ketchup. She took one bite of that chickpea (not-pizza) pizza and spit it right out with tears about how she doesn’t like pizza anymore.

Oops.

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Burmese Style Vegan Coconut Curry with Cauliflower & Baby Ira Quinn’s Homecoming

date08.06.18

A Burmese style vegan coconut curry recipe with mushrooms, cauliflower, and spinach. Serve this coconut curry over sweet coconut rice for a bright and refreshing comfort dish great for any season!

Vegan Coconut Curry with Coconut Rice

This vegan coconut curry recipe is inspired by my favorite dish at Teni East Kitchen – a Burmese restaurant we frequent in Oakland. The same dish I drove 25 minutes for on two different occasions try to induce labor a couple weeks ago. Spoiler alert: Our chunky baby boy finally came barreling into our lives two weeks ago – just 2 days past his due date. Making us a (very tired) family of four, Ira Quinn joined us on July 26th at 3:06am, weighing 9lbs 1oz and measuring 21 inches long. Here’s the story of the day I went into labor and the role this vegan coconut curry played.

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Flourless Chocolate Chunk Almond Butter Cookie Bars

date07.23.18

With just a few ingredients, these quick and easy flourless chocolate chunk almond butter cookie bars are soft and chewy with crunchy dry roasted almonds studded throughout!

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I expected this post to have a very different tone. I expected to have a brand new snuggly, cookie-dough smelling baby in my arms while I told you all about my favorite midnight treat. (Hint: it’s these flourless chocolate chunk almond butter cookie bars.) But despite my best efforts to woo baby boy out of my belly and into the world this week, he’s made it very clear that he’s in charge. To be fair, he’s got one more day before his due date, but I’m very ready.

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