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Gingerbread Loaf With Maple Glaze (Gluten-Free)

This gluten-free Gingerbread Loaf With Maple Glaze is full of rich molasses and ginger and topped with a maple glaze for a touch of sweetness.

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If you’re looking for a delicious gluten-free gingerbread loaf without a ton of sugar obscuring the important flavors, then look no further. This is a moist, richly flavored gingerbread that gets its sweetness from a scant bit of coconut sugar in the loaf itself, but mostly from the maple-based glaze on the top.

Gluten-free Gingerbread Loaf

I used a stand mixer to whip up the batter which uses a healthy amount of molasses. Right before I added the batter to the loaf pan, I stirred in a handful of crystallized ginger bits which add delightful little ginger bursts when you bite into one after the loaf has baked. I love my stoneware load pan – it bakes evenly and cleans up easily.

 

Gluten-free Gingerbread Loaf

I opted for a maple glaze in place of my beloved cream cheese frosting because I didn’t want an overly sweet gingerbread. The glaze adds just the right amount of sweetness, in my opinion. However, you could easily double the glaze portion and glaze it twice if you’d like a little more “frosting” as opposed to glaze. The glaze is thick as is, so it should be easy to double that section of the recipe if you desire more glaze. Garnish with a pretty sprinkle of crystallized ginger bits on the top.

Make sure you let the loaf cool completely before glazing, that way the glaze will set rather than drip completely off. I store mine in the refrigerator so it truly sets.

Gluten-free Gingerbread Loaf

This gingerbread loaf is amazing if eaten while warm. Even though I store mine in the fridge, I’ll just cut a slice and microwave it for 20 seconds or so until it’s warm. Delicious!

Gluten-Free Gingerbread Loaf

I used my favorite Bob’s Red Mill 1-to-1 Gluten-Free Flour for this recipe, but feel free to use regular all-purpose flour if you don’t need the gluten-free option.

Gluten-free Gingerbread Loaf

Enjoy!

Gingerbread Loaf With Maple Glaze (Gluten-Free)
 
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Gingerbread Loaf With Maple Glaze (Gluten-Free)
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Ingredients
  • For the Gingerbread Loaf
  • 2 cups gluten-free flour (Bob’s Red Mill 1-to-1 Gluten-Free Flour)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1½ teaspoons ground ginger
  • ¾ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt
  • ¼ cup organic coconut sugar
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup molasses
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • ¼ cup crystallized ginger bits
  • For the Maple Glaze
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon ground allspice
  • Garnish: crystallized ginger bits
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  2. Line a 9 X 5 loaf pan with parchment paper and grease well. Set aside.

  3. In a large bowl, stir together the gluten-free flour, baking soda, baking powder, ground ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon and salt. Set aside.

  4. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until well blended.

  5. Add in the molasses and vanilla. Mix well.

  6. Add the eggs, one at a time, until well mixed.

  7. Add half of the flour mixture and half of the buttermilk to the sugar mixture and blend well; add the remaining flour and buttermilk and blend well.

  8. Stir in the crystallized ginger bits.

  9. Pour and/or spoon the batter into prepared loaf pan and bake at 350 degrees for 55 minutes.

  10. Remove from oven and cool in the pan for 10 minutes.

  11. Remove from the pan and cool completely before glazing.



  12. Glaze instructions:
  13. Sift powdered sugar in to a large mixing bowl.

  14. Whisk in maple syrup, vanilla extract and cinnamon.

  15. Glaze will be thick. If you need to thin it out, add dollop of maple syrup and whisk.

  16. Spoon/pour glaze slowly over top of cooled gingerbread loaf. Allow to drip down sides.

  17. Garnish top of loaf with crystallized ginger bits.

  18. Glaze can be set quickly by refrigerating glazed gingerbread loaf.

  19. *Glaze recipe easily doubled if you desire more glaze.

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Italian Almond Pear Cake (Gluten-Free)

Rich almond flavor enhances the fruit in this classic Italian Almond Pear Cake made with gluten-free flour.

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I knew I wanted to make this cake when I saw it on Seasons And Suppers site, but she sealed the deal when she described it as “more pear than cake.” She was right. I tweaked her recipe just a bit to make it gluten-free, and added in a few subtle spices. This cake is amazingly, crazy delicious. I could not stop eating it! So you should make it immediately if you’re into almonds and pears. 😉

Almond Pear Cake Gluten-Free

Notes: I used Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free 1-to-1 Flour.  I also ground my almonds (in small batches) in my Vitamix – worked beautifully. You’ll need three pears, any variety. Peal them, core them, and cut them length-wise. Once the pears are nestled on top of the batter, which will be thick, bake for 25 minutes. The cake will gently rise around the pears.

Gluten-free Almond Pear CakeRemove from the oven and top generously with sliced almonds. Put the cake back in the oven for another 7-10 minutes to toast the almonds a bit and to ensure that the cake is done. Check the cake during the last few minutes by inserting a knife into the center. When it comes out clean, it’s done.

Gluten-free Almond Pear Cake

Remove from the oven and let the cake cool a bit before removing it from the Springform pan. Lightly dust the top with sifted confectioner’s sugar. Make sure you sift the sugar, otherwise you’ll end up with little clumps of sugar rather than a lovely dusting.

Gluten-free Almond Pear Cake

When you’re ready, cut yourself a slice and be prepared to be amazed with how delicious it is!

Gluten-free Almond Pear Cake

Perfezione! Delizioso!

Gluten-free Almond Pear Cake

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Italian Almond Pear Cake (Gluten-Free)
 
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Italian Almond Pear Cake (Gluten-Free)
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Serves: 8-10
Ingredients
  • ½ cup plus 1 Tbsp. unsalted organic butter, at room temperature
  • ½ cup plus 1 Tbsp. organic sugar
  • 2 large organic eggs
  • ⅓ cup plus 1 Tbsp. gluten-free flour (I used Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free 1-to-1 Flour)
  • 3½ oz (about ¾ cup) ground almonds
  • ½ tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. ground ginger
  • 3 small to medium ripe organic pears, peeled, cored and halved
  • 1.7 oz sliced almonds (for top of cake)
  • Confectioner’s sugar (sifted), for garnish
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 375° F.

  2. Grease an 8-inch springform pan and line the bottom with a round of parchment paper. Set aside.

  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter and sugar together until pale and fluffy.
  4. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Fold in the gluten-free flour, ground almonds, baking powder, cinnamon and ginger. Batter will be thick.

  5. Spoon the batter into the Springform pan and smooth out the top of the batter with the back of a spoon or knife.

  6. Peel, core, and slice pears lengthwise.

  7. Arrange the pear halves on top of the cake and bake in pre-heated 375° F. oven for 25 minutes. The cake will gently rise above the pears.

  8. Remove from oven and top generously with sliced almonds.

  9. Put the cake back in oven for another 7-10 minutes to toast the almonds a bit and to ensure that the cake is done. Check the cake during the last few minutes by inserting a knife into the center. When it comes out clean, it's done.

  10. Remove from oven and let the cake cool a bit before removing it from the Springform pan.

  11. Lightly dust the top with sifted confectioner's sugar and serve.

Italian Pear Almond Cake Gluten-Free

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Maple and Cinnamon Baked Pears

Maple Cinnamon Baked Pears are an easy and elegant dessert for fall and beyond.

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It’s pear season and it’s the perfect time to infuse these delicate-flavored fruits with warm spices. Baking the pears allows the pears to soften and absorb the flavors of the maple, cinnamon and ginger.

There are so many pear varieties from which to choose, so take your pick. Here, I used organic Bartlett pears.

Wash and dry your pears. Leave the skins on. Cut the pears lengthwise down the middle and using a melon baller or a small teaspoon, remove the core and seeds. Arrange pears, cut-side up, in a casserole dish or sheet pan. Optional: I like to line my casserole dish with parchment paper for easier cleanup.

Baked Pears Collage
Sprinkle the pears with ground cinnamon and ground ginger. If you like lots of spice, add more. I’m fairly liberal with my use of the spices! Add vanilla extract to maple syrup and stir to combine. Carefully spoon or pour the mixture over the pears, making sure to cover all the flesh. You’ll probably have a small pool of syrup in the bottom of the dish. That’s fine; I like to spoon a bit of the warm syrup over the finished product right before serving. If you serve the pears with a scoop of ice cream, drizzle a bit of the syrup over the ice cream, too!

Maple and Cinnamon Baked Pears
Optional garnish: I like to add a chopped nuts to the pears before serving. Here, I used chopped pecans, but walnuts would be yummy, too.

Maple Cinnamon Baked Pears

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Maple and Cinnamon Baked Pears
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 4 Bartlett pears
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ginger
  • Optional toppings: chopped pecans or walnuts, a scoop of vanilla ice cream
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375° F.

  2. Optional: Line baking dish or baking sheet with parchment paper for easier cleanup.

  3. Wash and dry your pears. Leave the skins on. Cut the pears lengthwise down the middle and using a melon baller or a small teaspoon, remove the core and seeds. Arrange pears, cut-side up, in a casserole dish or sheet pan.

  4. Sprinkle the pears with ground cinnamon and ground ginger.

  5. Add vanilla extract to maple syrup and stir to combine. Carefully spoon or pour the mixture over the pears, making sure to cover all the flesh.

  6. Bake pears, uncovered for 25-30 minutes until tender and lightly browned around the edges.

  7. Serve immediately, garnished with nuts and a side of vanilla ice cream.

  8. Optional garnish: Chopped nuts; pecans or walnuts. Drizzle with any remaining syrup mixture from baking dish.

  9. Note: Leftover pears will keep in the refrigerator, tightly sealed, for 2-3 days.

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Gluten-Free Apple Pie Shortbread Bars

These Gluten-Free Apple Pie Shortbread Bars are a delicious combination of an apple pie and an apple crisp!

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These gluten-free apple pie shortbread bars and simple to make and are yummy with or without the gooey drizzle on the top.

GF Apple Pie Bars

Without the drizzle:

GF Apple Pie Bars

Here’s how it came together. Using my KitchenAid stand mixer, I made the gluten-free shortbread and pressed it into the bottom of a parchment-lined 8 x 8 baking dish. While I baked the shortbread for 15 minutes, I assembled the apple filling in a large bowl and spiced up the apple slices with ground cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, brown sugar, and a little gluten-free flour.

I also had time to make the crumb topping mixture with melted butter, brown sugar and gluten-free flour. I like Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free 1-to-1- Baking Flour for this recipe.

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Once  the shortbread was finished baking, I topped it with half of the crumb mixture, added the sliced apple mixture, and then completed it with the remainder of the topping. I baked it for 45 minutes and then let it cool for a few hours before refrigerating it overnight.

The next day, after it was set, I lifted it out of the pan and cut it into bars. I made a quick drizzle with powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla and decorated the bars. This last step is totally optional, but I like a little gooey drizzle just to top it off.

GF Apple Pie Bars

Result? Seriously apple pie slash apple crisp heaven!

GF Apple Pie Bars

What would make this over-the-top? A scoop of vanilla ice cream on top! Sadly, I did not get that shot before the bars were consumed! But you can just pretend you see that scoop sitting on top…right? 😉

GF Apple Pie Bars

Try these Gluten-Free Apple Pie Shortbread Bars this fall (or anytime) and let me know how you like them!

GF Apple Pie Bars

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Gluten-Free Apple Pie Shortbread Bars
 
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Serves: 9-12
Ingredients
  • Shortbread
  • ½ cup unsalted organic butter, room temperature
  • ¼ cup organic sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon pink Himalayan salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose gluten-free flour
  • Apple Filling
  • 3 organic apples, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 Tablespoons all-purpose gluten-free flour
  • 2 Tablespoons organic brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Topping
  • ½ cup gluten-free flour
  • ¾ cup organic brown sugar, packed
  • ¼ cup organic butter, melted or at room temperature to cut in
  • Drizzle
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon milk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 300° F.

  2. Line an 8 x 8 baking pan with parchment paper. Make sure and bring the parchment up the sides so it will be easy to lift out later when you’re ready to cut the bars.

  3. Shortbread Base
  4. Using a stand mixer, place butter in bowl and mix on high for at least 5 minutes . Butter should be more white than yellow at this point; that's how you'll know it's creamed.

  5. Add sugar, vanilla, and salt to the butter and combine.

  6. Once combined, add in the gluten-free flour and mix well.

  7. Press the mixture into the parchment lined pan and bake in the pre-heated oven for 15 minutes.

  8. Apple Filling
  9. In a large bowl, combine the apples, flour, sugar, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg. Make sure all the apples are well coated.

  10. Crumb Topping
  11. Mix the gluten-free flour and ¾ cup brown sugar. Cut in the butter with a fork until crumble-like consistency is achieved.

  12. Remove the crust from the oven and turn the heat up to 350° F.

  13. Sprinkle half of the crumb topping over the short bread and then layer the apples on top.

  14. Finally, sprinkle the remainder of the crumb topping on top and place in the oven to bake for 45 minutes. Because oven temperatures vary, you may need to bake yours a little longer. You want to make sure the apples are tender. Test with a fork.

  15. Remove from the oven and allow to cool fully (at least a few hours) before covering and placing in the refrigerator overnight to set.

  16. Once it's set, remove from baking dish by lifting out the parchment paper and cutting into bars.

  17. Drizzle
  18. Sift powdered sugar into bowl. Add milk and vanilla and whisk until smooth.

  19. Drizzle mixture over bars and let set before serving.

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