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

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Early Fall Mini Vacation and Vineyard Visit!



























I can't believe it's October already! The summer is always over too fast but I managed to escape to the seaside for a mini vacation last week when it was still summer warm with blue skies.
Stonington, CT is a really gorgeous little seaside town close to the border of Rhode Island. I've been going there for years and I find it so relaxing to wander the streets and admire the old mariners mansions with their widows walks and sea views. I spent a few hours just watching and photographing the many sailboats that passed by from the lighthouse point.
Another fun venture is a visit to the local Stonington Vineyard. It's a tiny vineyard on a country road where they make their wine from grapes grown on the land and I've found some tasty treasures here. This visit I discovered their Pink Noir blend which really hit the spot on this steamy Indian summer day. Very crisp and light but not sweet, I could drink this all summer and be happy!

Hope you enjoy scenes from my mini vacation and next week I'll finally be diving into fall and blogging my famous gluten free Apple Cobbler recipe so stay tuned!!