Gluten-free and Gorgeous

11 Oct

For some years  now I’ve been very conscious of gluten-free baking. My lovely cousin as well as a very dear friend were both diagnosed with Coeliac  disease some years ago and since then I’ve been on a mission to bake scrumptious delights they can enjoy along with everyone else.  Actually my resident nutrition guru (or elder son, as he is also known) tells me that gluten isn’t crucial to our diets anyway and we can manage quite well without it.  I just like to know that I’ve baked yummy cakes that are both tasty and able to be enjoyed by those with special dietary needs.

The glut of pears in the garden led me to experiment with a gluten-free chocolate and pear cake. Chocolate and pears – one of those combinations that just works. I’ve made this twice in as many days (all in the name of research you understand) and it’s gone down a treat.

So here we are, give it a try.

4 lovely ripe pears
100 g butter
100 g golden caster sugar
100 g gluten-free dark chocolate
3 large eggs, separated
100 g ground almonds

1. Grease and line a 23cm springform tin
2. Heat  the oven to 180 C
3. Peel the pears and cut them in half – remove the stalky bits and the core.
4. Melt the butter and chocolate together in the microwave then set aside to cool a little.
5. Whisk the sugar together with the egg yolks until smooth and pale, then beat in the chocolate and the ground almonds.
6. In a clean bowl whisk the egg whites to soft peaks, then fold into the chocolate mixture.
7. Pour into the prepared tin and place the pears on the choccie mixture, cut side down.
8. Bake for 40 – 50 minutes until the cake is done, allow to cool on a wire rack, then eat with pouring cream or ice cream or Greek yogurt or clotted cream or creme fraiche. Or all of the above.


2 Responses to “Gluten-free and Gorgeous”

  1. Jenny Lewis October 18, 2011 at 8:08 am #

    Tried it, loved it, had seconds, had thirds! Yummy.

  2. Edyth Miles October 18, 2011 at 8:16 am #

    Thanks 🙂
    Glad to know my efforts are appreciated.

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