Carla's Gluten Free Recipe Box Newsletter

February 22, 2016

 

Dear reader,

Today is National Cherry Pie Day! I created the below pie crust recipe several years ago, but people still enjoy it. Today, I would use my Flaky Gluten Free Pie Crust instead, as even gluten-eaters rave about it.

Why stop at cherry pie? Check out many recipes I've included in today's newsletter that contain cherries.

If you need to discover a gluten-free brand of maraschino cherries, be sure to read the article at the bottom of the page. I found a brand that is also free of artificial coloring.

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Happy and healthy gluten-free cooking!

 ~Carla

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Image: Gluten Free Cherry Pie

Someone recently asked me if I had a gluten free cherry pie recipe, and it got me thinking. It is my husband's fave, though I do not care for it. I thought I would make him a gluten free treat and try one of the gluten free pie crust recipes from "Gluten Free Cooking For Dummies®".  Because all flours measure differently, my dough ended up very crumbly. So, I add a bit of shortening to soften up the dough which makes crusts nice and flaky, too! I only had 2 cans of cherry pie filling, but really needed 3 for my pie pan, but it worked out alright anyway. Please make sure you read your the labels of any pie fillings. Comstock is gluten free, and at one time Walmart's Great Value brand was gluten free. Just check.

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Gluten Free Cherry Bars

Everyone loves lemon bars, so I thought why not make cherry bars? Cherry desserts are my hubby's favorite. Enjoy!

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Gluten Free Upside Down Pineapple Cherry Dump Cake

A surprisingly addictive gluten free dump cake recipe made with canned cherry pie filling and canned pineapple. A dump cake is an easy recipe where you literally dump the ingredients into a baking dish and bake it. Using a cake mix is the usual method. While you can use Betty Crocker's Gluten Free Yellow Cake Mix in this recipe, it is so much better when you use my self-rising gluten free cake flour blend recipe and sugar. I am not a fan of cherry, but combined with pineapple, the flavor is pretty incredible. I couldn't stop eating it. I felt so guilty afterwards. Oh well, I'll have to watch what I eat for the next few days. Enjoy!

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Image: Gluten Free Scone with Cherries and White Chocolate

From "Gluten-Free Makeovers" by Beth Hillson, published by Da Capo Lifelong, a scrumptious Gluten Free Cherry White Chocolate Scones recipe.

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Gluten Free Cherry Apricot Coffee Cake

Last month, I used my butter cake recipe to make this beautiful gluten free streusel coffee cake recipe. I just added fresh fruit and streusel topping. Instead of using my usual Gluten Free All Purpose Flour Blend Recipe in the topping, I used my Self-Rising Cake Flour Blend Recipe. It created a higher rise and lighter topping. If you prefer, you can use the same flour as you do in the cake. In addition, you can create a tart instead of a cake, omit the streusel and dust it with confectioners' sugar (see the photo below the recipe.) Enjoy!

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Homemade Gluten Free Cherry Jam

We were having guests over and I over did the shopping. I just now found a pound of cherries that I completely forgot about. So, I decided to make cherry ice cream, one of my husband's favorite flavors (along with chocolate), and decided to use sweet cherry jam as an ingredient. Use this sweet cherry jam recipe for toast or your favorite gluten free desserts. I hope you enjoy this recipe. I wrote it so that whether or not you have a candy thermometer you can make it.

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Image: Gluten Free Trifle with Cherries and Chocolate Brownies

This head-turning, gluten free trifle recipe is both colorful and delicious. The cherry glaze shimmers over the fresh cherries and while the colorful, contrasting colors catch your eye. Instead of using gluten-free sponge cake, I used chocolate brownies. With layers of sweetened whipped cream, the flavors balance perfectly. Use fresh cherries when they are in season, or defrost frozen cherries when not. Another option is to substitute the cherries for another fruit with matching flavored jam. You can easily turn this into a strawberry gluten free trifle recipe.

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Image: Chocolate Cherry Gluten Free Parfait

This is the American version of a parfait, easily made into a gluten free parfait, with gluten free expert, Carol Fenster's wonderful baking tips. This recipe contains a nice thick pudding, made dairy-free, if desired, flavored with both vanilla and almond extracts for additional flavor. To make things even easier, Carol uses Pamela's chocolate cookies. If she is referring to Pamela's Simplebites Mini Extreme Chocolate Cookies, they are perfect for this recipe, as well as making a chocolate pie crust, because they are so crunchy. They will withstand the layering of the pudding without becoming soggy. Thank you, Carol, for this awesome recipe! It's just perfect for this time of year. A little red gets us through the holidays. Enjoy all!

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Glazed Gluten Free Meatloaf Roulad Stuffed with Spinach

It's time to add (or hide) more veggies to your gluten free recipes. And what better dish to add them to than a gluten free meatloaf? (This is so moist and tasty!) You'll increase your fiber, lessen your fat and calorie intake and get more nutrients at the same time. And don't skip the veggies on the side thinking you have your sufficient intake. It is now suggested rather than loading your plate with one third vegetables, that if you increase it to half, you'll be much healthier.

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Natural Gluten Free Marachino Cherries

While you would think marachinos would be free of gluten, they may contain gluten in their additives or from processing in a factory that processes gluten-containing products. Legally, they only need to disclose wheat, not barley or rye on their labels. If you find a jar of marachino cherries that does not disclose any wheat, go ahead and still contact the manufacturer to find out if it is safe for you to consume (if you are gluten intolerant). However, there are safe brands available.

I am thrilled to learn that you can now purchase marachino cherries that are free of artificial dies, corn syrup, preservatives. They are made in a facility free of gluten and the top 8 allergens. Royal Harvest's has a line of natural marachino cherries without artificial colors, preservatives, Nature's Marachino Cherries.

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