Monday, October 20, 2014

Harvest Apple Cider Cocktail!



























Like so many of us who find ourselves with a ridiculous number of apples after an apple picking trip, I might be posting a ridiculous number of apple recipes this month! This recipe came about after I impulsively purchased a bottle of gluten free pumpkin spice vodka and needed to find some fall inspired drink recipes. I also happened to have some fresh apple cider on hand(apple picking trip) and this recipe blends these flavors into a perfect cocktail for a Halloween party or Thanksgiving get together. Spicy and yummy! Apple pie in a glass!

Harvest Apple Cider Cocktail:

Ingredients
  • 1 1/4 cup apple cider
  • 1 cup gluten free pumpkin spice vodka(I used Spud)
  • Splash lemon juice
  • 1 TBSP maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup ginger ale
  • Apple slices and cinnamon for garnish

Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a large cocktail shaker and shake well.
  2. Serve with ice and apple slices. Sprinkle with cinnamon for garnish(optional)
Serves 2-3

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Gluten Free Apple Cobbler!

Happy Fall! I've finally accepted that summer is over and it's time to embrace the beauty of the fall harvest. Including freshly picked apples right off the tree!
I try to limit the number of desserts I make and eat simply because of health and weight loss reasons but I can't resist making an apple dessert in the fall or around holiday time. One of my favorite fall desserts is this apple cobbler. I was worried about trying this family recipe gluten free but yay the first time I made it this way, it came out super delicious! I like to eat mine warm topped with vanilla gelato(I used Talenti Tahitian Vanilla Bean which is gluten free). Curl up with a blanket and enjoy Cobbler Heaven! Recipe below.



























Gluten Free Apple Cobbler:

Ingredients
  • 1/2 peck apples(or around 10),(I used Macintosh), peeled, cored and sliced
  • 6 TBSP organic cane sugar
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1 cup plus 2 tsp all purpose gluten free flour(I used Bob's Red Mill)
  • 1/4 tsp xanthan gum
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2/3 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1 egg
  • 1 TBSP cinnamon
Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Toss sliced apples with 1 TBSP cinnamon, 1 TBSP sugar and 2 tsp flour in a large bowl and set aside.
  3. Measure flours, salt, xanthan gum and sugar into a large mixing bowl. Add vanilla and cut in shortening using a fork or pastry cutter until mixture is crumbly.
  4. Add egg and mix until dough forms. Texture should resemble cookie dough. You can add a little more flour, if dough is too wet.
  5. Spread apples in a large baking dish and top evenly with dollops of cobbler dough.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes until cobbler is golden and apples have softened.
  7. Serve warm with gelato or whipped cream.
Serves 6