I've had Marilyn's wheaty pan loaves on my to-make list for a while, so I was glad to finally get around to making them. The mistake I made was in making this a Friday-night project instead of a Saturday or Sunday event. I've never made a bread that called for 3 rises before so at 2 AM I was still waiting for the bread to cool enough to wrap up. The puppy and I were very sleepy.
|It always freaks me out when she sleeps with one of her eyes open. Especially when only the white part is visible.|
It's a nice, hearty bread that I've been enjoying for breakfast smeared with honey almond butter and topped with sliced strawberries. I just pulled the last mini loaf out of the freezer to defrost so I'll be making it again this weekend; the only thing I think I'll do differently, other than making it on Sunday instead of Friday, is to add 1/4-1/2 c of ground flax seeds for more fiber.
Next up on my to-make list was a last-minute addition. Let me just say that I LOVE Dorie Greenspan recipes. They are always given in an easy, straight-forward way and typically come out exactly as they should. Her gluten free Almond Baby Cakes were no exception.
It was an easy process with only a handful of ingredients. The recipe calls for 5 items (almonds, sugar, eggs, butter, vanilla/rum/kirsch) but I added a couple of teaspoons of lemon zest to the batter and I used vanilla, rather than kirsch or rum, although I think the kirsch would probably taste really good. The recipe says to use muffin cups but I only have jumbo muffin cups so I went with what I had. I used a 4" individual tart mold and my mini brioche molds for a second batch and that taught me that you should only fill whatever mold you use 3/4 of the way to the top. They're still delicious, but they overflow and it's a bit of a pain to get them out of the molds.
These are light, flavorful and really tasty. As you might know from a previous post, my stepmom (who is a really awesome lady, btw) can't have gluten, so I decided to take a few of these down to Austin with me for Easter weekend and they were a definite hit!