Gluten is not a problem for me, but I know folks with Celiac's disease or allergies, whose diets must be free from the protein found in wheat, rye, barley and other such grains. It's a tough diet to follow. I came across this recipe and wanted to share it with you, but didn't want to pass it on until I made and tasted it. Today was the day. I really did not care for the cake. That may be due to my unfamiliarity with baked goods made from brown rice flour. I thought the cake was dry and dense. The number and quantity of spices give it a flavor that resembles a standard spice cake, but the texture is grainy - almost sandy. It might be a real treat for someone whose diet is restricted, but it's probably not for the rest of us. I made one change to the recipe. I substituted cardamom for ground cloves because I thought the cloves would overwhelm the other spices. The cake is simple to do and, if you know or love someone with a gluten problem, you might want to try this. I never realized how restricting a gluten-free diet can be. I'll keep looking for some decent recipes.
Gluten-Free Spice Cake
3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup honey
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup brown rice flour
1/2 cup soy flour
1-1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1-1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts
1/4 cup finely chopped dried apricots
1 teaspoon grated orange peel
1 tablespoon confectioners' sugar
1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray an 8-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
2) In a large bowl, beat applesauce, honey, eggs, oil and vanilla until well blended. Combine rice flour, soy flour, ginger, cinnamon, baking powder, salt, baking soda, nutmeg, allspice and cardamom in a large mesh strainer; gradually sift contents into applesauce mixture. Stir until blended. Fold in walnuts, apricots and orange peel.
3) Transfer to prepared pan. Bake for 30 to 32 minutes, or until or until a toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar. Yield: 9 servings.
Recipe adapted Taste of Home Healthy Cooking 2009 Annual Recipes