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The Ultimate Gluten Free Earl Grey Cupcakes

2 Mar

Ultimate Gluten Free Earl Grey Cupcakes with some Earl Grey Whipped Cream Frosting!

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Holy Smokes!  I’ve been searching far and wide for a recipe that combined one of my favorite tea’s with gluten free flour to make the ultimate earl grey cupcake. Now if you like matcha cake you may like this subtle and delicate take on tea cake. I adapted some of my favorite recipes into a gluten free recipe and voila! These little cupcakes are slightly sweet and depending on how you like your tea, dark or light you can play with the flavour of these scrumptious goodies.

Earl Grey Cupcakes with Whipped Cream Icing

Makes about 12
Earl Grey Cupcake Batter
Ingredients

Adapted from Honey and Jam’s recipe
1/2 cup salted butter, at room temperature

2/3 cups of sugar

1/4 tsp stevia ( optional)

2 eggs

1 1/2 cups of sifted gluten free flour mix (1/3 arrowroot powder, 1/3 tapioca starch, 1/3 fava bean flour)

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp of xanthan powder

1/2 cup milk

3 bags of earl grey tea

Early Grey Whipped Cream Frosting 

Adapted from Elana’s Pantry

Ingredients

1 cup of heavy cream ( room temperature)

1 tablespoon of Agave syrup

1 bag of earl grey tea

Directions

1-Preheat oven to 350 celsius

2- Cream sugar and stevia with butter

3- Add eggs and mix together ( scrap sides of bowl)

4- In the meantime heat milk up to a low simmer. Once heated place milk in container then steep tea bag to your liking.

5- Sift all dry ingredients as well as remaining tea.

6- Combine dry ingredients in stages into the butter mixture.

7-Once cooled add milk and beat in the rest of the dry ingredients.

8- Pour the mixture into cupcake liners.

Frosting

1- Run tea bag under hot water

2-Let tea bag sit the cream

3. Tear bag and use some of the tea to add more flavour (about 1/3 of the bag)

4. Add Agave

5. Beat until you see stiff peaks

6. Decorate cooled cupcakes

Voila! You can serve these yummy goodies at you next tea party. They will be a nice accent to any afternoon tea. Some of my favorite tea’s to pair these cupcakes with are Mariage Freres’ Russian Star or even some Saint Petersburg’s, Kusmi Tea .

Sit back relax and enjoy some tea and lovely Earl Grey Cupcakes.

The Big Chill is Coming— How about some Bison Chili ?

5 Nov

With the cool temperatures of fall nibbling at your ears and winter around the corner, comfort food seems to be in order. I personally like to be able to cozy up with a bowl of soup or something even heartier and watch a movie. I miss being able to have a classic chili with beans and other ingredients that make my tummy hurt. So as per usual I have been experimenting in making a chili that is healthy and yummy! In the process I discovered how great bison meat is. Bison is a great alternative meat to the classic beef chili recipe and its healthy and rich in omega 3. So do you want to give my Bison Chili a try?

Bison Chili

Ingredients
500 grams of ground Bison meat (approximately 4 cups)
2 cans of canned diced tomatoes
2 medium/large shallots
2 cloves of garlic
2 TBS of bacon lard
1 TBS of tomato paste
1 large carrot
1 large celery stalk
red chili peppers flakes
capers (optional)
diced sun dried tomatoes (optional)
salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
1. In a pot heat up bacon fat minced shallots, garlic and chili peppers
2. When the shallots start to wilt add both minced carrots and minced celery
3. Cook for about 8-12 minutes on a medium heat
4. Add bison meat and break it up with a fork
5. Let meat cook on medium heat
6. Add canned tomatoes
7. Add capers and diced sun dried tomatoes (optional)
8. Cook for about 1-2 hours on low heat

*If you don’t have bacon fat you can always use some coconut oil or butter. I recommend keeping bacon fat on hand for recipes like these.

While the chili cooks I like to taste it and see what it may be missing. If you are using canned tomatoes that seem watery I would add some tomato paste and maybe drain some of the water before adding it to the chili. Once the chili starts to thicken I either steam some spinach or prepare some quinoa. This chili is nice on it own or it can double as a sauce. Personally I think both work and give the chili a different taste every time. So try my Bison Chili and Enjoy!

If you have any questions drop me a line!


Yummy In Your Tummy Coconut Flour Blueberry Muffins

7 Jul

The great muffin debate. This is what I used to call the enthused argument my friend Teo and I would have about muffins. Are muffins, cupcakes in a ‘healthy’ disguise? Can a muffin be a healthy treat? For the most part I would say that muffins are not as healthy as they seem, unless you are making your own at home. By baking your own muffins you can see how much sugar actually really goes into what you are making. I can guarantee you would be surprised how much sugar goes into a classic muffin recipe. Needless to say I do believe that muffins can be healthy treats…

Blueberry ( Coconut Flour ) Muffins

For this recipe you will need
Ingredients

6 eggs ( at room temperature)
3/4 cups and 2 TSP of Coconut Flour
2x(1/4) cups of Melted Butter or Melted Coconut Oil
1/2 a TSP of Salt ( to taste)
2x(1/4) cups of Raw Honey ( sweeten to your taste)
1 TSP of Baking Powder
8 TSP of Water
1 cup of Blueberries

Directions
1.Preheat oven at 375 Celsius and grease muffin tin (makes 12 muffins)
2. Combine all the dry sifted ingredients (baking powder, salt and coconut flour) into a medium to small bowl.
3. In a larger bowl mix all the wet ingredients (honey, eggs, butter)
4. Gently combine the dry ingredients in a whisk like motion until they are all mixed
5. Add water into mixture a teaspoon at a time until well mixed, mixture should be slightly glue-y
6. Add blueberries.
7. Baking time, 15-20 minutes or until you insert a toothpick and it comes out clean,tops should be golden.

What is great about these muffins is that every ingredients is accounted for. The honey which can be diminished-with apple sauce- is full of minerals and amino acids. So, although these muffins are sweet they are by no means related to cupcakes. The coconut flour is gluten free and filling and the blueberries are great antioxidants. Try them out… I guarantee this is the healthiest ‘yummy in your tummy treat’ you have had lately!

So until next time, enjoy the muffins treats!

If you have any questions drop me a line!

Grandma knows best, atleast her cookbook does.

15 Jun

This is ‘the’ cookbook of my childhood cake dreams. My grandmother received a copy of Better Homes and Gardens when she graduated highschool in 1949. My memories of this cookbook, are my grandmother taking it out for special occasions, usually birthdays and making delightful cakes (which to me seemed to be 6 layers in height). In the next couple of weeks I am going to try to make some of these recipes with gluten, primal and paleo concerns in mind. In the meantime check this out.

Chocolate Flavored Almond Flour Muffins

14 May

After some tries and failures. I think I have fiddled enough with this recipe to pass it on. This is a paleolithic/primal version of almond muffins. I have taken personal observations and suggestions from Mark Sisson’s blog and have made chocolate flavored almond flour muffins.

The main ingredient is almond flour. Which is hard to find here in Montreal. It is either overpriced, or simply unavailable. The options are as follows. You can go on to www.nutsonline.com, a great site that has many different types of flours, nuts and dried fruits. It ships to Canada and is not overpriced.

The other options are as follows; make your own. Buy some blanched almond and grind them ( just not too much or you’ll end up with almond butter). The easy quick solution I found was Sunsource , there are two locations here in Montreal, one in Westmount or one in Outremont. Here you can find blanched almond flour/meal and you can buy in specific quantities.


For this Recipe you will need

Ingredients
3 eggs
1/2 a cup of unsweetened apple sauce ( for moisture)
1/2 of maple syrup or raw agave nectar
5 oz (140 g) almond flour (2 cups almond meal or finely ground almonds)
6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tablespoons (1 fl oz) coconut oil
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons vanilla

I usually like to sprinkle some maple flakes on top of the muffins before I put them in the oven.


Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 deg F
2. Grease or use baking cups (yields 6 large muffins or 8 regular ones)
3. In a bowl beat the eggs with apple sauce and maple sugar for 3-5 minutes.
4. Add the coconut oil and mix well.
5. Add almond flour, cocoa powder, vanilla and baking powder, and mix gently.
6. Bake at 350 degrees until a until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean, approximately 35 minutes.

There are hearty healthy little yummy treats… they are not very sweet but are most definitely satisfying.They are gluten free and follow the primal blueprint. Feel free to experiment as I have.

If you have any questions drop me a line!

Happy Baking.

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