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Help - gluten free cake or cookie recipe needed

Can you help - I want to make some tasty treat for my team at work, who have all been pretty overworked of late. Cake or cookies or suchlike.

Need to accommodate several dietary and religious requirements:
- Gluten free
- Vegetarian (but not vegan)
- No alcohol in it

Can anyone suggest some tried and tested recipes that always go down well?

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  1. I have been working on a flourless choc torte, one pound good choc, 10 eggs, 1 1/3 cup sugar, 2 sticks of butter. Melt choc and butter in a double boiler, beat sugar and egg yolks till mayo consistency, start with eggs at room temp. Fold choc and butter mixture (off heat while you are beating yolks and sugar ten minutes) into yolks and sugar. Beat whites till stiff, fold in 1/4 then add rest. Bake in well greased 10-12 inchspringform pan at 325 ( I put parchment in bottom) until set in the middle. Torte will fall some after rising out of pan. If you're going to try it, let me know and I will check on temp listed here, it's by memory only and that does fail me.....

    1. Another no-miss flourless chocolate torte. Positively decadent. Always a huge hit. I serve it with raspberry puree and a few fresh raspberries for decoration.

      http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/...

      1. OK I just lost all of my post and my 3 year old is screaming, so here is a quick run down and if you want any of the recipes, let me know and I can post the links. The jist is that I have Celiac and get sick of the flourless chocolate torte, because that is all that is served most of the time that is flourless. But it is crowd pleaser, so may want to do it anyway. If you want some other suggestions though....

        Cakes:

        Clementine cake, pistachio cake soaked in rose syrup, orange blossom syrup, or really anything you like, almond tres leche (inspired) cake, chocolate roulade filled with mousse or ice cream, pumpkin roll, chocolate cupcakes, angel food cake.

        Cookies: Chocolate sparkle cookies, macaroons (french or coconut), coco de pasties (from Leites culinaria), brownies work well gluten free, the ubiquitous peanut butter flourless cookies, almond cookies.

        None of these require many special ingredients (usually nuts or a readily available flour substitute) and are very accessible to non-gluten-free diners.

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        1. re: jsaimd

          Almond tres leches? Would love the link if you can post it.

          1. re: pepper_mil

            The basic idea is to follow a nut cake recipe like this one.

            http://www.bakingandbooks.com/2007/07...

            I use almonds instead of pistachios and then soak the cake in a mixture of evaporated milk and dulce de leche instead of the rose syrup. Cool in the fridge thoroughly and "frost" with whipped cream. You can top with coconut if you like. I don't have the almond cake recipe at hand that I usually use, but it is very similar to this one (except almonds not pistachios).

        2. There is epicurious's La Bete Noire which is a fabulous flourless chocolate cake. I would also recommend using Pamela's Baking/pancake Mix instead of flour in a recipe and cutting down the leavening agent as it already contains it.

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          1. re: Miss Needle

            I have used a 2:1:1 mix of Pamela's, sweet rice flour and teft flour in many baking recipes such as muffins as a gluten free alternative to whole wheat flour. That makes most recipes gluten free. Play with the oil content however.....

          2. Chocolate truffles or fudge come to mind as fitting the bill, although they aren't cookies or cakes per se. (I think most candies would be considered gluten free by virtue of being flourless.)

            1. This flourless chocolate cake is very good and not as heavy and rich as many. It's also quick and easy: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Flourles...

              We also like this pear and almond tart, in which I sub corn or potato starch for the flour: http://www.recipezaar.com/55252

              1. Thanks all - sorry, didn't get on here for a few days to say that before. And ended up getting caught up last week and not cooking anything either...

                Jaimd - do you have a gluten free brownie recipe you could post?

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                1. re: pootle

                  pootle, are you following the flourless pb cookie thread? I just made it last night and am amazed at the mouth texture of the cookie, its behavior in the oven, and the fact that it's just an all-around delicious cookie.

                  1. re: pootle

                    Here are a couple of links for you:

                    http://glutenfreegirl.blogspot.com/20...

                    Brown rice flour (or white rice flour) and tapioca flour can easily be found at Asian groceries or a Whole Foods type place and are inexpensive.

                    You can just sub a mix of rice and tapioca flour in these too:

                    http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

                    The key is that rich grown-up brownies use very little flour so they adapt well.

                  2. check out some kosher cookbooks and look for Passover recipes, you should be able to find a number of recipes using potato flour or no flour at all, or ground almonds in place of.