I’ve been experimenting with gluten-free baking for seven years, but it’s only in the past month that it’s become a regular habit. And it’s only in the past month that I’ve started a thorough investigation of the gluten-free products that are available in stores. What I’ve learned so far is that most of the ready-made stuff is pretty unimpressive–even the items I’ve heard other GF folks say is the best. And most of the stuff I’ve been making is pretty delicious. I think this is less because I am a kitchen goddess (clearly, no) and more because:
- The stuff I make, we’re eating fresh from the oven. Items at the store can sit for weeks.
- I’m not afraid to use butter, sugar and eggs. A lot of gluten-free manufacturers seem to want to be all things to all people. I know that many food sensitivities go hand-in-hand, but we don’t need things to be vegan or soy-free or whatever, so I use everything except gluten (and tree nuts, to which I’m allergic).
Both of which should perhaps be obvious factors in making baked goods tastier. And both of which make it all the harder to stop myself from eating this pound cake. We baked it on a whim yesterday when the boys dug up the Bob the Builder cake pan from the back of some cabinet. It was good last night, and even better for breakfast today. I really hope someone comes soon and takes it away from me.
Vanilla Pound Cake (from Land O’Lakes) (Bob the Builder pan not required)
Grease and flour a bundt pan, 2 loaf pans or a Bob the Builder pan plus 6 cupcakes.
Pre-heat oven to 350.
- 1 C brown rice flour
- 1 c millet flour (or more brown rice flour)
- 2/3 C potato starch
- 1/3 C tapioca flour
- 1 t xanthan gum
- 2 t baking powder
Cream together until fluffy:
- 1 C softened butter
- 2 C granulated sugar
Then beat in:
- 4 eggs
- 1 T vanilla
At low speed, add flour blend alternately with:
1 C milk
Spread batter into prepared pan(s) and bake for about an hour (depending on pan size), until a skewer inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean (see above). Cool in pan 10 minutes; remove and cool on rack.