This recipe is my gluten-free adaptation of a recipe I used to make for our Scandinavian relatives at Christmas. It appears in Better Homes and Gardens COOKIES for Christmas cookbook as Scandinavian Almond Bars.
Since going gluten-free I put the recipe away and forgot about it until I was reading old cookbooks last week. I found the recipe and it brought back lots of memories of Christmases past. I decided to try a batch of gluten-free Scandinavian Almond Bars. The recipe was so easy to make and the crisp, almond-topped bars as good as I remembered.
I served a platter of my new gluten-free Scandinavian almond bars Monday evening to a party of about 20 Scandinavian friends, mostly a mixture of Swedes and Norwegians - and all are gluten eaters.
In minutes all that was left on the platter were a few buttery crumbs and stray almond slices.
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Poor fruitcake. The source of endless jokes during the holiday season. Like this one from 20 Ways to Use a Fruitcake -- "as a duraflame log replacement." So sad.
Well, I LOVE fruitcake and always have and always will. I grew up with the nuclear type of fruitcake that practically glows in the dark from all the red, yellow and green food dyes used to color what was once some pretty healthy fruit. And, yes, equally sadly, I even love that kind of fruitcake.
But I do know that artificial, mass produced fruitcake isn't at all healthy, so here is my version of natural gluten-free fruitcake. This recipe makes 2 loaves, one to keep and one to gift and includes about 8 cups of a variety of natural dried fruits and nuts.
Nothing glows and this gluten-free fruitcake is delicious. No joke.
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Lebkuchen is a traditional German Christmas cookie, similar to gingerbread but spicier. Also known as pfefferkuchen, and for a good reason - lebkuchen contains a healthy dose of ground pepper, or pfeffer.
My version of lebkuchen is made with an easy rice flour, tapioca blend and lots of spices. Lots. Cardamom, allspice, cinnamon, mace, ginger, cloves and yes, ground pepper. This cookie dough is very easy to work with. If you like your "pfefferkuchen" soft, roll out the dough a little bit thicker than you would for thin, crisp cookies.
My German / Scandinavian parents-in-law are coming for Christmas and I plan to "pfeffer" them with a big plate of gluten-free lebkuchen cookies! Frohe Weihnachten!
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Rosettes are small Scandinavian deep-fried pastries made using a "rosette iron" - a unique gadget that comes with a variety of interchangeable metal decorative shapes. Rosette irons are usually available at specialty cookware shops, Scandinavian shops and of course, online.
Rosette batter is a lot like pancake batter. It's not overly sweet and gluten-free rosette batter is very easy to prepare by simply substituting a basic gluten-free all purpose flour for the wheat flour used in traditional rosette recipes. I didn't add any gum because I wanted my rosettes to be crispy, and they were.
Last Christmas my energetic, tradition-loving father-in-law and I spent about an hour in front of my stove making gluten-free rosettes. It was a learning experience for me because I'm not much of a deep-fry cook. Before attempting to make your own piled-high plate of golden crispy gluten-free rosettes I highly recommend that you read this article - "Rosette Tools - Tips for Using Rosette and Timbale Tools to Make Crisp Cookies" by our About.com Housewares / Appliances Guide. She offers up lots of great tips that will help you avoid some of the mistakes I made when tackling my first batch of Christmas rosettes.
The batter can be prepared several hours or up to a day before using and rosettes can be made and frozen for several weeks before sharing.
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From the useful and unusual kitchen gadget, to fun gifts for gluten-free kids in the kitchen, high-quality gluten-free ingredients, great gluten-free cookbooks for the cookbook addicts on your list and more, check out our list of gift ideas for gluten-free cooks - and most cost less than $20!
If you can't find them in your local stores order online, a real time and fuel-saving way to shop, especially when buying from sites with discounted shipping rates.
- Gluten-Free Banana Bread with Fiori di Sicilia Syrup - Very Giftable!
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I can't imagine Thanksgiving without a traditional, gluten-free pumpkin pie on the menu. But is it my favorite Thanksgiving dessert? Not really.
There are great Thanksgiving dessert options beyond traditional gluten-free pumpkin pie. What if you aren't eating any grain? Try our silky delicious gluten-free pumpkin caramel flan. Not eating dairy? Try our creamy homemade pumpkin nut ice cream. Are you a bread pudding fanatic? Try our Southern-style gluten-free apple bread pudding with bourbon sauce.
Check out some of our favorite gluten-free Thanksgiving dessert recipes, even if pumpkin pie is at the top of your menu list (as it should be!)
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If dry, overcooked turkey is one of your Thanksgiving memories, this year give your turkey a makeover. Try a new cooking method!
Brines, seasoned rubs, marinades, grilling, smoking and frying are all ways to add incredible flavor and moisture to your Thanksgiving turkey. It's fun to experiment with new recipes and cooking methods and you never know when you're going to create some amazing food memories of your own. Like this Thanksgiving!
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Gluten-free (and grain free) pumpkin caramel flan is a super-rich option to traditional gluten-free pumpkin pie. If you are eating gluten-free and grain free this may be the perfect Thanksgiving dessert recipe you've been looking for.
A flan is an egg-rich custard poured into a baking dish that has been coated with melted, amber-colored sugar. The caramel flavor that is created when the sugar darkens adds so much depth and flavor to this simple custard dessert.
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Turkey and stuffing. Mashed potatoes and gravy. Sweet potato recipes. Cranberry sauce. Rolls and muffins. Gluten-free pumpkin pie and much more. These Thanksgiving recipes are all classic favorites that my whole family can enjoy - not just the gluten-free side of the table!
When our Eastern European Food Expert Barbara Rolek suggested I work on a gluten-free version of her popular Serbian / Croatian Nut Roll recipe I accepted the challenge, knowing it would be difficult to come up with a free form version of this lovely traditional sweet pastry.
It took several tries, lots of walnuts, butter, sugar and various gluten-free flour blends to get this recipe right, but finally I got a result we thought was really good. The fun thing about this recipe is that it's made just like the traditional recipe - the dough is rolled out, slathered with the delicious walnut mixture, rolled up jelly roll-style and rises and bakes free-form without need of a pan to hold it's shape.
We think it's absolutely delicious and hope you gluten-free bakers will give this recipe a try.
More Gluten-Free Sweet Roll Recipes (great for the coming holiday weekends!)
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