Accepting the challenges in creating a gluten free household

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Pesto and other things

I have been super busy with facebook, pinterest and reading blogs – ok… maybe I don’t have a good excuse for not blogging. I had in mind that this blog was for gluten free recipes that I was making, but if I have time to bake, I don’t seem to have time to blog. So this entry will be a mishmash of recipes that I have found and plan to make again…

The first one I want to share is pesto. I made a basil & pine nuts pesto a year ago, froze it in ice cube trays, and when I remembered I had it, and took one out for pasta, pizza, sandwiches, etc, I was always reminded how much I love pesto.

Today I had some kale in the fridge. I haven’t bought it before, but have seen how much everyone loves it on Pinterest. When I got it home, I realized the recipe I had planned on making was far too complicated for someone who might not even like kale. (Though I must say, I can’t think of a vegetable I don’t like…)

So I looked for something simpler. I came across a recipe for pesto made with kale. How intriguing! I had to try it. It was a winner. I did add all the basil I could find in my sad little garden. It wasn’t much – but I did get a bit of the basil flavor into the pesto.

We had another birthday celebration this week, and I was flip-flopping between chocolate and lemon for the dessert. Both are things I crave!! So I made both. We had these individual cheesecakes for the family party this week, and the chocolate bar is being saved for Sunday with my family. I will admit to sneaking a piece into my lunch each day as well. Both were very yummy, and very little work.

The lemon:

The chocolate:


Flourless Hazelnut Cake

Birthdays are always a challenge.  While my hubby & I don’t mind our gf lifestyle, I always feel I need to make extra-good desserts when I’m cooking or baking for others.   Last year I posted the link for one of our all-time favorite gf desserts – TheBakingBeauties Lemon Layer Cake.  So this year I chose to make one that a friend made recently.


When I saw the cake at our friend’s place, I was sure she must have forgotten that my hubby was Celiac.  But no, this Hazelnut Cake is not only gluten free, it is grain free as well!

She photocopied the recipe for me, originally called Hungarian Flourless Hazelnut Cake, but I can only guess at the origin.  It looks almost exactly like the one at, so I’ll post that link:

So on Thursday night I pulled it out – determined to tackle it.  I had perused it enough the first time, to know that I needed to buy a bag of hazelnuts.  I could not believe how easy this recipe was to make.  Few ingredients, and simple.  I like simple.

Here it is.

12 ounces hazelnuts – or 2 heaping cups before grinding
2 tsp baking powder
6 eggs, separated
5/8 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
Whipped cream
Hazelnuts for garnish

Preheat oven to 325.  Grease 2 9” cake pans, or line with parchment paper.


Grind nuts very fine (I used my food processor); add baking powder.

Beat egg whites until stiff; adding the vanilla halfway through the process. Fold in half of the nut mixture


In another bowl, beat egg yolks with the sugar until pale yellow.  Fold in the other half of the nut mixture.  Gently mix all together.

Pour into pans and bake for 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.


Cool and put whipped cream between layers, and on top and sides of cake.  Garnish as you wish.

*Instead of whipped cream between layers, I used coconut milk, whipped, following this pin from pinterest:  I didn’t add cinnamon, but probably could have.  It would also have fit well with the Hazelnut Cake.

We celebrated 3 March birthdays with this cake!