Jenna(2.5) and I had fun today baking this yummy orange marmalade cake from Michael Cox’s book Gluten Free, More Than 100 Delicious Recipes Your Family Will Love.
Cooking is a fabulous learning activity to do with children. This was a really good recipe to try with a two year old, because it only called for four different ingredients: eggs, oranges, sugar, and almonds (plus marmalade for the top). I simplified the instructions a bit by using my Vitamix, which meant that it took less than ten minutes to prepare even with Jenna’s help.
The math skills we worked on were: counting, adding, and following directions.
I’ve checked out a bunch of gluten free cookbooks from the library and Gluten Free is the first one I’ve found that doesn’t use a lot of “freaky” ingredients. The author developed most of the recipes for his bed and breakfast in Spain, where he didn’t have access to Xanthan Gum and other unusual items I’m finding in most GF products.
Michael Cox’s recipes use whole foods that you would find at any grocery store.
Last night I made the chocolate walnut cake, and added a raspberry strawberry sauce on top. It was so delicious that my kids were licking the plates, and my husband had three servings! Again, I used my Vitamix, which meant that I could just dump in eggs, cocoa powder, sugar and whole walnuts, and…Voila! GF/CF cake batter in under five minutes. My only problem was that I got a bit, er..um… “distracted” during the baking process and ended up burning the edges. Otherwise my Marianne pan would have made a really pretty well for the raspberry sauce. I had to cut away the burnt sides, but the inside was still delicious.