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    CELIAC.COM'S BEST GLUTEN-FREE HOLIDAY DESSERTS


    Jefferson Adams

    Celiac.com 12/02/2014 - Say what you want about turkey and stuffing being the cornerstone of any great holiday feast. For many folks, that’s all just window dressing for the real cornerstone of the meal: Dessert.


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    Photo: CC-- Jeff KubinaThis year, we’re going beyond the standard dessert fare to include the recipe for our home-run Gluten-free Pecan-Streusel Apple Pie with Almond Meal Crust, along with links to ten more top-ranked gluten-free desserts.

    Gluten-free Pecan-Streusel Apple Pie with Almond Meal Crust

    Almond Meal Crust Ingredients:

    • ¾ cup finely crushed almonds
    • ¾ cup almond meal
    • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
    • 2-3 tablespoons butter, room temperature

    Apple Pie Filling Ingredients:

    • 6 cups thinly sliced, peeled tart apples (6 medium)
    • ¾ cup sugar
    • 2 tablespoons King Arthur Gluten-Free Multipurpose Flour
    • 1½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • ¼ teaspoon salt
    • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

    Pecan Streusel Topping Ingredients:

    • 1 cup chopped pecans
    • ¾ cup King Arthur Gluten-Free Multipurpose Flour
    • ¼ cup sugar
    • 6 tablespoons cold butter

    Almond Meal Crust Directions:

    Heat oven to 325°F.

    Place all nut crust ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix well.

    Lightly coat the bottom and sides of a 9-inch pie pan with oil. Pour the nut crust mixture into the pan.

    Use the bottom of a measuring cup or glass to press the crumbs down into the bottom and up the sides of the pan.

    Place crust in oven and bake about 5-10 minutes, or until the crust is slightly browned. Remove and cool.

    Apple Pie Filling Directions:

    Heat oven to 325°F.

    In a large bowl, toss apples with lemon juice and vanilla. In a second bowl, combine sugars, cinnamon and gluten-free flour. Add to apple mixture and toss well to coat.

    Spoon apple filling mixture into the nut crust. Drizzle lightly with butter.

    Topping and Cooking Directions:

    In a small bowl, combine the flour, pecans and sugar. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle over filling.

    Bake at 325° for about 1 hour or until filling is bubbly and topping is browned (Check at 45-50 minutes). Cool on a wire rack.

    TIP: Cover crust with aluminum foil if it starts to get too done.

    Ten More Great Gluten-free Holiday Desserts:

    1. Gluten-free Holiday Pumpkin Pie
    2. Gluten-free Chocolate Cream Pie
    3. Pumpkin Cheesecake with Almond Meal Crust
    4. Pumpkin Cheesecake with Butter Pecan Crust
    5. Traditional Gluten-free Apple Pie
    6. Low-Fat Pumpkin Flan
    7. Gluten-free Apple Crisp
    8. Gluten-free Gingerbread
    9. Gluten-free Orange Walnut Bread
    10. Candied Orange Peels

    Image Caption: Photo: CC-- Jeff Kubina
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    admin

    This recipe came from the Sprue-nik Press, which is published by the Tri-County Celiac Sprue Support Group (TCCSSG), a local chapter of CSA/USA located in southeast Michigan.
    1/3 cup brown or white rice flour
    1 teaspoon xanthan gum
    1/3 cup tapioca flour
    1 Tablespoon sugar
    1/3 cup potato starch
    1/3 cup (5 Tablespoon) butter
    1-½ Tablespoon corn starch
    1 egg, beaten
    1/3 teaspoon salt
    ½ to 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
    Have eggs and butter cold for best results. Combine flours, starches, salt, xanthan gum, and sugar into a mixing bowl. Cut cold butter into slices and then work it into the flour mixture with hands or a pastry cutter until the dough feels slightly moist and begins to hold together.
    Add the beaten egg and vinegar to the flour mixture and stir with a spoon or fork until it begins to stiffen. The dough will be quite soft at first but will firm up. Is it firms up, form it into a ball and work it a little with your hands. Use a little tapioca flour if necessary to keep your hands from getting sticky.
    Roll the dough out between two pieces of wax paper, turning and peeling off paper as necessary to smooth out wrinkles. Leave the paper on the pie dough to turn it. When it is ready for a pie pan, peel the top layer of paper off, hold the lightly greased pan over the dough, and slip your other hand under the bottom paper and dough. Lift it into the pan as you flip it all over.
    Smooth the dough into the pan before removing the wax paper. Again peel it off; dont lift it off. Crimp edges as desired. Prick with a fork if a baked pie shell is desired and bake at 350 degrees F for 12-15 minutes.
    Double the ingredients for a two-crust pie. Dont attempt to fold the top pie crust. A two-crust pie will bake one hour or a bit longer.
    This recipe comes from Lifeline, Summer 1996, pg. 5. It is Lily Mae Pattens recipe.

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    This recipe comes to us from Joe Bacon.
    3 egg whites (room temp)
    1 teaspoon vanilla
    ¼ teaspoon cream of tarter
    1 cup sugar
    Filling: (see below)
    2 ½ cups sliced fresh berries (I use strawberries)
    Draw a 10-inch circle on plain brown paper or parchment and place on cookie sheet. Combine egg whites, vanilla, and cream of tarter. Beat until soft peaks form. Add sugar 1 tablespoon at a time, beating until very stiff peaks form and sugar dissolves. Spread meringue mixture on paper; build sides up taller than center to form a shell. Bake at 300F for 45 minutes. Turn off oven; let meringue dry at least 1 hour (do not open oven door). Remove from oven and carefully lift meringue off of paper; transfer to 12 inch pie plate or similar. Set aside.
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    2 teaspoon corn starch
    1/3 cup water
    ¼ cup lemon juice
    3 egg yolks beaten
    1 cup whipping cream
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    This recipe comes to us from angel_jd1 in the Gluten-Free Forum.
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    8 strawberries (optional)
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    1/3 cup sugar
    3 tablespoons cornstarch
    1 cup milk
    ½ cup water
    4 egg yolks, beaten
    1 ¾ cups HERSHEY’S Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips or HERSHEY’S Milk Chocolate Chips
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    ¾ cup whipping cream, whipped
    ½ cup whipping cream, whipped

    Directions:
    1. Prepare CHOCOLATE HEARTS.
    2. Stir together sugar and cornstarch in medium heavy saucepan. Stir in milk and water. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until boiling. Stir about half of hot mixture into beaten egg yolks. Return all to saucepan. Boil gently 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat.
    3. Add chocolate chips and vanilla to hot mixture; stir until chocolate is melted. Pour into small metal bowl. Set bowl inside a larger bowl filled with ice water. Beat on high speed of mixer about 5 minutes or until chocolate mixture is completely cooled. Fold in the whipped ¾ cup cream. Spoon into martini glasses or dessert dishes.
    4. Cover lightly with plastic wrap. Refrigerate 30 minutes or up to 2 days. Just before serving, top each with a dollop of the whipped ½ cup cream and a strawberry, if desired. Peel chocolate hearts from wax paper; place one on each dessert. 8 servings.
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    Tip: To form perfectly shaped chocolate hearts, trace around a small heart-shaped cookie cutter on a piece of white paper. Tape wax paper over the white paper; pipe chocolate on wax paper following the outline.

    Jules Shepard
    A light, fruit-focused recipe that tastes great with whatever fresh fruit you have on hand! Video demonstration link included!
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    ½ cup Jules Gluten Free All Purpose Flour*
    1 ½ cup gluten-free oats
    ½ cup brown sugar
    ½ cup (8 Tbs.) cold butter or Earth Balance Buttery Sticks
    1 ½ tsp. cinnamon
    4 cups rinsed, chopped fruit
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    ½ tsp. almond extract (if using peaches)
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