Thursday, October 16, 2008
You want cake. You want pudding. You want pudding cake. It's bit of strange concept, but why not? Most people like something creamy to add moisture to a slice of cake and this recipe comes with it built-in.
The idea for this dessert came from gluten-free cookbook author Rebecca Reilly . I started out with her recipe and changed it quite a bit.
I switched some of the GF flour to almond meal, which adds richness and texture. Once that was done, the oil could be omitted since the almonds provided plenty. I also substituted soymilk instead of regular milk and egg whites instead of egg replacer powder. I have found that most recipes can afford less sugar without compromising the treat factor. Agave nectar, a sweetener derived from the agave cactus, is my first choice when I create a recipe. I replaced a lot of the sugar in the original recipe with a reduced amount of agave nectar. The result was a nice and light fruity-dessert which the whole family enjoyed.
Blueberry Pudding Cake (serves 6)
If you are not on a wheat-free or gluten-free diet, I suggest omitting the xantham gum and replacing the GF flour mix with all-purpose wheat instead. The cold leftovers go great with coffee. Refrigerate any remaining cake overnight and enjoy them for breakfast the next day.
3/4 cup almond meal
3/4 cup GF all purpose flour mix (such as Bob's Red Mill)
1/4 teaspoon xantham gum
2 teaspoon GF baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup soymilk, or regular lowfat
1/3 cup agave nectar
1/3 cup egg whites
2 cups frozen blueberries
1 tablespoon arrowroot
1/4 cup turbinado sugar, or granulated
1 cup boiling water
Preheat oven to 350F.
Oil a circular deep ceramic pie or gratin dish.
In a mixer combine the flour, xantham, baking powder and salt. Mix on low speed until combined.
Mix the soymilk, nectar, egg whites in a smaller bowl. Add to the dry ingredients in the mixer and mix well to form the batter.
Place the frozen blueberries on the bottom of the pre-oiled dish. Place the ceramic dish on top of a cookie sheet to catch drips during baking. Pour the batter on top of the berries. Mix the turbinado sugar with the arrowroot. Sprinkle the sugar mixture on top of the batter. Pour the boiling water carefully on top of the whole thing and bake for 55-60 minutes or until the top has formed a golden crust and is partially set. Let cool before serving.
-This cake tastes even better the next day, which makes it a great make a day ahead dessert.
-If you don't have Arrowroot in your pantry use some cornstarch instead.
-For an added special touch, make a batch of fresh whipped cream with a little agave nectar and a teaspoon of hazelnut or almond extract.
More lovely blueberry desserts for you to enjoy...
Easy Blueberry Pudding
Mango Blueberry Kanten
Blueberry and Plum Clafoutis