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Grilled Gluten-Free Skillet Cake with Summer Fruit

Gluten-Free Grilled Skillet Cake with Fruit-2This post is brought to you by Pamela’s Products.

We made it to Boise almost four weeks ago. It’s been a whirlwind romance! I can’t believe it’s already been a month, but at the same time it’s like we’ve been here forever. You know that feeling when you love something so much and it’s the right fit, and it feel like life was always this way? It’s kind of like that. We absolutely LOVE living in Boise thus far. I have never lived in a place that I immediately loved this much. Even New York took about nine months to love. We have a backyard again and it’s just what we needed. I’ll have to take some pictures to share. It has an amazing deck with big shady trees. I’m in heaven. It also has a neat little patio, so we immediately went out and bought a giant pot-bellied charcoal grill. To break it in the kids requested burgers and hot dogs (I had salad!) and I made a Grilled Gluten-Free Skillet Cake that we ate topped with nectarines and blueberries. At that moment, even though I hadn’t unpacked all the boxes and everything was still a mess, all was right in the world. You can’t go wrong with cake!

Gluten-Free Grilled Skillet Cake with Fruit-3

I was feeling inspired by my friend Annalise’s post on How To Bake on a Grill and decided I needed to try grilling a cake. The more I thought about how I was going to do that, the more I realized I probably couldn’t or shouldn’t use my cake pans. Charcoal grills are a little trickier to regulate the temperature and all of that, and I didn’t want to ruin my pans or the cake. So I settled on using my beloved cast iron skillet. This gluten-free skillet cake is made with Pamela’s Baking and Pancake Mix. I love the ease of using this mix for this recipe – it really helps eliminate the guesswork. I am able to use is cup-for-cup as I would if I were using all-purpose flour. My other favorite thing about the mix is that one of the ingredients is ground almonds which really makes the texture great. It adds a bit of a nutty flavor, but also keeps the texture from being gummy or too chewy.

Gluten-Free Grilled Skillet Cake with Fruit-10gluten-free skillet cake

For the batter, I opted for a quick method that involves cutting cold butter into the dry ingredients and adding the liquid last, gently combining it. It has a texture that is somewhere between muffin and biscuit – kind of like a shortcake. I didn’t sweeten it too much because I knew I would be topping it with ripe, sweet summer fruit.

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roasted pineapple coconut milkshake

Roasted Pineapple Coconut Vegan Milkshake

roasted pineapple coconut milkshake

I’m so happy to be part of this super fun #Milkshakeweek in partnership with some of my favorite blogger friends. I am sharing a yummy recipe for a non-dairy, vegan milkshake. There has been no shortage of ice cream in its many forms around my house this summer. I want to feel guilty about that, but you know, SUMMER. My kids are delighted with their once-a-day cone after being at the pool all day. This is my treat. And I don’t want to share with anyone except maybe my husband because it’s really a milkshake made for two.

roasted pineapple

I used homemade coconut vanilla ice cream and golden roasted pineapple..and a smidge of rum for this ultra rich and creamy vegan milkshake. Roasting the pineapple in the oven really brings out the natural sweetness and flavor of the fruit, plus the almost caramel flavor it gets. I love me some roasted pineapple. We make it quite often at home, but it usually doesn’t make it very far from the baking sheet. We love it warm right out of the oven. It adds great flavor to the milkshake and helps to cut the richness just enough.

roasted pineapple coconut vegan milkshake

All it really needs beyond that is that smidge of rum, or more if you’re keen on it. My husband likes to put half milkshake, half sparkling water, which he says is the perfect way to have this. Just so you know there are other options out there in Milkshake Land. :)

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Roasted Pineapple Coconut Vegan Milkshake
 
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A rich, creamy vegan milkshade made with sweet coconut milk ice cream and roasted pineapple.
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Recipe type: beverage, dessert
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • For coconut vanilla ice cream:
  • 2 can full fat coconut milk
  • ½ cup evaporated cane juice
  • 1 vanilla bean, scraped, seeds only
  • pinch salt
  • For milkshake:
  • ¼ pineapple, cut into ¼-inch slices lengthwise
  • brown sugar, for sprinkling
  • 4 cups coconut ice cream
  • 2 Tablespoon rum (optional)
Instructions
  1. Combine coconut milk, cane juice, vanilla bean, and pinch salt in a blender. Puree until smooth. Pour into an ice cream maker and churn according to manufacturer's directions. Transfer to an airtight container and freeze until firm enough to scoop.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or grease well. Preheat oven broiler to low and adjust oven rack to upper middle position, about 4 inches away from the heat source. Place the slices of pineapple on the baking sheet and sprinkle with a little brown sugar. Broil for 5-10 minutes, or until the sugar is melted and the pineapple starts to turn golden brown and sugar caramelizes. Remove from oven and let cool completely.
  3. Scoop coconut ice cream into blender, add the pineapple and rum, if using. Pulse, scraping down sides as needed, until thick and creamy. Pour into glasses and serve immediately.
Notes
-Store-bought non-dairy ice cream can be used instead of homemade.

 

 

 

 

Chilled Pesto Cucumber Buttermilk Soup

Chilled Pesto Cucumber Buttermilk Soup

Pesto Cucumber Buttermilk Soup
The next week is going to be stressful. We are moving from Salt Lake City to Boise. I’m equal parts thrilled and terrified to make the move. Boise isn’t that much different than Salt Lake, but it still feels like a chance to have a fresh start. I haven’t written very much about it, but our family has been through the wringer the last 4+ years dealing with long-term unemployment and all of the emotions that go along with it. Things have finally started looking up. We’ve worked hard, and our business has grown. Hooray! And so I’m ready to continue that in a new place. Because of that, I’m sharing this Chilled Pesto Cucumber Buttermilk Soup with you. I’m cleaning out my fridge and freezer. It’s great fun trying to come up with ways to use up the odds and ends.

Cucumber Buttermilk Soup with Pesto
I can’t say I make many chilled soups. I like them, sure. I think I just forget and they aren’t on my mind. Cucumber is my favorite veggie of the moment, with beets as a close second. (Now as I’m typing this, I’m realizing that I want to make a chilled beet soup ASAP!) My fridge has been full of cucumbers and I had to stop buying them to prepare for the move. I had one left, plus the tail end of a jar of homemade pesto, and a carton of buttermilk. Soup was inevitable! (more…)