It’s apple harvest time, and our county has some of the best in the world! We enjoy apples fresh from the tree, applesauce, apple muffins, apple cakes and bread. Baked apples are a special treat, and in our home they hold lots of memories of making them together.
Of course, there are so many ways to make baked apples, lots of different fillings and sweeteners. Use whatever nut you like, or omit them. No cranberries? Use raisins, or dried cherries.
The great apple baking test
The kids and I recently baked up a big batch of a dozen different types of apples to see which ones we liked the best, and good old standbys of Fortune, Empire, and Jonathan won hands down. These apples absorbed the flavor of everything else, and yet kept their pronounced apple flavor and shape, both important.
Earlier today, on my main site, Purple Almond Wellness, I featured an article about managing blood sugar for diabetes. Here is a list of 6 super healthy diabetes friendly recipes to help do just that! Each recipe uses at least one of the foods on THIS LIST of diabetes friendly foods. In some cases, more than one food is in the recipe. ENJOY!
I HATE doing dishes!! If you’re like me, there’s nothing better or easier than a one dish dinner. The article below lists 10 dinners made in ONE POT! YEAH!
“Dirty dishes are generally unavoidable when you’re cooking, but there is no rule that says you can’t use fewer dishes when life calls for it. And I would say life most definitely calls for it right now.”
My better half recently had a birthday. He requested angel food cake with my homemade frozen custard. I made him and my boys a “normal” cake with wheat flour. I’ll confess, it was from a box. He said he wanted to make things easy for me. 🤣
However, me, being gluten free, can’t eat that type of cake. I’ll share my frozen custard recipe in another post, but know that it requires 8 egg yolks. This means I had 8 egg whites left over. What do you do with them? Well, make gluten-free angel food cake of course!
I began by searching the web for an 8 egg white angel food cake recipe, which I found at Recipe Rascal. The recipe required the following ingredients:
8 egg whites
1 tsp cream of tartar
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
I used these ingredients, swapping the regular flour with an all purpose gluten free flour blend. What you use here is a matter of preference. Some suggestions would be Bob’s Red Mill or Pamela’s. I’ve had good success baking with both brands.
I sifted the flour and salt together 3 times (per recipe instructions) and set them aside in a small bowl.
Next, I added the egg whites to my stand mixer and blended until frothy, then added the cream of tarter. While the mixer was going, I gradually added the sugar and vanilla. I mixed this until the egg whites were stiff peaks.
How do you know if the whites are stiff enough? A good test is to hold the bowl upside down like I did here in this video:
Finally, I very carefully folded in the GF flour and poured the batter into an UNBUTTERED loaf pan (It’s VERY important that the pan is NOT greased). An angel food cake pan would work as well. I baked it at 325 for approximately 40 minutes.
When it’s removed from the oven, an angel food cake needs to be cooled properly or it will collapse. In my case, I set the loaf pan on its side. If an angel food cake pan is used, turn the pan upside down on a glass bottle, if the pan does not have “cooling feet”.
This cake was delicious and it really wasn’t that hard! My son said you couldn’t even tell it was gluten free. I will definitely be making it again. My husband also said he loved it and would have been fine with this as his birthday cake. Well, I guess I’ll know for next year. No more box angel food cakes for us!
We know meal prep is a good idea. It helps us eat healthy food and avoid prepackaged, processed food or worse, fast food. However, if you’re like me, you procrastinate, or don’t do it at all. After all, who wants to spend a weekend day cooking? I mean I like to cook, but, weekends are my time with my better half. So, I’ve searched the internet and come up with some super easy and quick ways to meal prep. My personal favorite are the mason jar soup cups. I think this is a brilliant idea!
How to Meal Prep Smoothies
Here’s a smoothie formula along with a video highlighting 3 ways to prep smoothies.
Mason Jar Salads
Who needs to try an make a salad each morning or even the night before. Here’s an infographic for mason jar salads and one mason jar recipe video
The Overnight Oats Builder
Overnight oats are a great way to meal prep breakfast. Below, you’ll see an infographic for overnight oats, along with 2 videos with a total of 7 recipes.
Everyone likes a good burrito bowl! Here is an infographic showing how to build your own, plus a recipe to get those creative juices flowing.
DIY Instant Soup Cups
I LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea! I think it’s brilliant. I created the infographic below based on the recipe video at the bottom of the page. Once the cups are made, store them in the fridge until needed. If you add protein eat it within 2-3 days. When you eat the cups, remove them from the fridge at least 10 minutes prior to consuming. This will prevent the cold jar from breaking when the water is added. When you’re ready, fill the jar with hot water and let it set until it’s heated through. At this point, eat it from the jar, or pour it into a bowl. I haven’t yet tried my own soup cups. However, I will absolutely try them, because my better half loves soup!
These ideas are super quick to put together. You could throw some burrito bowl ingredients in the oven. While that’s cooking, you can make a few soup cups, a couple of jars of overnight oats, and throw together some smoothie packs. Then, put the burrito bowls together when they’re cooked. I estimate this would take 1-2 hours tops. Then you have up to a week of lunches prepped.
As my way of saying thank you, I found the most authentic Amish Friendship Bread Recipe possible. The recipe is from Lovina Eicher, a member of Old Order Amish church in Michigan. She is the daughter of the original author of the Amish Cook newspaper column, and continued the column after her mother’s death in 1991. The link above is to a letter written by Lovina.
I found Lovina’s Friendship Bread recipe at the website, Amish 365, a website containing authentic Amish recipes. You can find it at the link below. While this is not a gluten free recipe, I can think of no better way than to share this wonderful tradition with you.
If you aren’t familiar with Amish Friendship bread, Amish women would give their bread starter as gifts to their friends or to their daughters as a wedding present. Here is a short quote from the Amish 365 article:
“The recipe’s name “friendship bread” seems to have its roots in the fact that the starter is often given away as gifts to people so that they can make their own!”
So, onto the recipe. Thank you for following me, visiting my blog and most of all, enjoying my articles!
AMISH FRIENDSHIP BREAD
3 pkgs. yeast
1 c. warm water
3/4 c. sugar
3 tbsp. instant potatoes
1 c. warm water
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 c. corn oil
1 tsp. salt
1 c. starter (potato fed)
1 1/2 c. warm water
6 c. bread flour
Follow the link below for the complete instructions