As our Suite of Sweets for Sweethearts event continues, today I have the pleasure of sharing not one, but two recipes from Gluten-Free Entertaining: More than 100 Naturally Wheat-Free Recipes for Parties and Special Occasions. This cookbook is the newest cookbook from one of my favorites, Olivia Dupin!
Olivia is a professionally trained chef who has been living gluten free and creating gluten-free recipes since 2009 when she was diagnosed with celiac disease. I’ve been a big fan of Olivia’s since she “friended” me years ago when it looked like I’d be able to attend a gluten-free retreat where she was going to be the chef. Sadly, I did not end up getting to go, but we’ve stayed “connected” ever since.
You can read more about Olivia on her website, Liv Gluten Free, here. (Interesting tidbit … Olivia has worked as a private chef for some celebrities, including performing a stint for comedian Jerry Seinfeld.) You can also check out a few of her recipes on her site (like Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream … hello!) and find more on her Facebook page.
So far, this year’s Suite of Sweets for Sweethearts event has featured Vanilla Pudding (from Everyday Classics: 68 Tasty & Essential Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, and Soy-Free Recipes, Chocolate Pie (from The Paleo Chocolate Lovers’ Cookbook), and Red Velvet Cupcakes (from Gluten-Free 101). All such delectable goodies!
I asked my readers on Facebook to choose the recipe they’d like to see next in this SSS event and Olivia’s Mile-High Chocolate Cake won the vote. I think you made a great choice for obvious reasons! (This recipe is also the one featured on the cover of Gluten-Free Entertaining.)
Another recipe of Olivia’s, her Double Strawberry Waffles, was also in the running. That recipe came in a very close third, so I asked Olivia if I could share both with you all and she has graciously agreed. I love that!
Olivia’s recipes are not difficult to make and she focuses on naturally gluten-free ingredients. I loved her first book, The Complete Guide to Naturally Gluten-Free Foods: Your Starter Manual to Going G-Free the Easy, No-Fuss Way-Includes 100 Simply Delicious Recipes!, for this very same reason.
If you’re not one to host a lot of events—or any really—you might think that Gluten-Free Entertaining would not be a good choice for you. You would be mistaken. While this book is definitely terrific for anyone who entertains, it’s also great for your average person (and couple or family) who might never entertain. Here’s why.
Olivia offers you 14 complete meal plans/recipe groupings in this book and you can use them or the individual recipes in them any time for your own family. You don’t have to have a houseful or be on a date (one section is “Impress a Date Night”) to appreciate meals that include Baked Salmon with Roasted Tomatoes, Garlic Shrimp, Green Bean and Bacon Casserole (a sort of “grown-up” version of that other ubiquitous holiday Green Bean Casserole), Lemony Sugar Snap Peas, Crepes with Cannoli Cream, Easy Vanilla Cupcakes, or Mom’s Chocolate Chip Cookies.
One comment that I hear often from folks entering giveaways is that they’re looking to get out of a cooking rut. I get that. Part of that sometimes is having a main dish idea, but not knowing what to serve with it. Olivia’s new cookbook will help you come up with some terrific, but easy meals, and get you out of your rut.
And if you’re someone who does like to entertain friends and family, Olivia will walk you through all the steps needed to do so. There are three main sections in Gluten-Free Entertaining: Planning the Perfect Pantry, Celebrating the Holidays, and Special Occasions. Within those sections, you’ll find events like “Passover Seder,” “Christmas Cookie Exchange,” “Easter Brunch,” “Baby Shower Brunch Buffet,” and “Spanish Tapas Dinner Party.” And even within those, there are recipes for everyone. For example, one recipe under Passover Seder is Chocolate Chip Almond Torte and the recipes within the Baby Shower Brunch Buffet section include Buttermilk Biscuits, Quick Sausage Gravy, and Sugar and Spicy Cookie Mix Party Favors. That last recipe is Olivia’s baby shower version of a Cookie Mix in a Jar, but with only a slight tweak, it could also be used for easy homemade holiday gifts.
When gluten-free flour is required for her recipes in this book, Olivia uses a three-ingredient flour blend. As Olivia states, you can make her blend up ahead of time or simply measure out the individual ingredients as needed for each recipe when you make them (as you’ll see noted in her recipes here).
Back to Olivia’s recipes (which you’ll find at the bottom of this post) …
She frosts her Mile-High Chocolate Cake with pumpkin custard as part of her “Giving Thanks Celebration” section, but you could easily use your own favorite frosting as filling between the three layers. Olivia says, “This stunning three-layer cake is made in one bowl and is so simple and delicious you will want to use it for many special occasions, or maybe even no occasion at all.”
Olivia’s beautiful Double Strawberry Waffles—part of the “Easter Brunch” section—have fresh strawberries in the batter as well as served on top. She says that the batter can be made ahead, but the strawberries that go in the batter need to be added right before the waffles are made. Olivia also adds that it’s fine to substitute any other fruit or even chocolate chips. Now she’s talking! Either way, these waffles would certainly perk up any breakfast or “brinner,” too.
The Giveaway of Gluten-Free Entertaining …
UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Mary, Jeann Fishback, Katrina, and Magic and Mayhem! Their comments are shown below. Thanks to all who entered and good luck on the rest of the SSS giveaways!
Mary ~ “Both my daughter and I are gluten free and I’m always looking for interesting recipes as it it very easy to get in a rut. Summer is my favorite time to entertain.”
Jeann Fishback ~ “I like to entertain but just trying to re-work my favorite recipes isn’t enough. I need new and interesting choices. Yeah for this book!!!”
Katrina ~ “I enjoy entertaining at Christmas time and out on the patio in the summer months. Your site name says it all, the best way to eat GF is to eat food in its natural form.”
Magic and Mayhem ~ “Just curious if all the recipes involve oat flour. We avoid it since it’s so close to gluten and some studies show that it causes damage even when it’s GF oats. Do you know if there’s an easy sub? The cake looks beautiful and the pumpkin filling sounds delicious. Thanks!”
Four readers will win a copy of Olivia’s new cookbook, Gluten-Free Entertaining. This giveaway will end Thursday, February 20, at midnight Eastern.
To enter the giveaway, do the following:
~ Leave a comment that relates to this giveaway. Do you like to entertain? What’s your favorite time to entertain? Are you in a cooking rut? Have you discovered the wonders of gluten-free living using naturally gluten-free foods and products? Tell us all about it. (required entry)
~ “Like” gfe on Facebook and use your mouse to hover over “Like” and click on “Get Notifications” so you won’t miss a post. (Leave a separate comment saying that you did; optional entry.)
~ “Like” Liv Gluten Free on Facebook and use your mouse to hover over “Like” and click on “Get Notifications” so you won’t miss a post. (Leave a separate comment saying that you did; optional entry.)
p.s. Be sure to also enter the other open giveaways for Everyday Classics: 68 Tasty & Essential Recipes Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Egg Free, and Soy Free (ends today, Friday, February 14), The Paleo Chocolate Lovers’ Cookbook (ends Saturday, February 15), and Gluten-Free 101: The Essential Beginner’s Guide to Easy Gluten-Free Cooking (ends Sunday, February 16).
- 2 cups (470 ml) milk
- 1 can (14 ounces, or 392 g) pumpkin purée
- 2 eggs
- 4 egg yolks
- 1 ¼ cups (250 g) sugar
- 5 tablespoons (40 g) cornstarch
- 4 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup (112 g) cold unsalted butter
- 1 tablespoon (15 ml) vanilla extract
- 3 cups (600 g) sugar
- 4 cups (480 g) Liv’s Flour Blend (page 15)
- (OR 2 cups (240 g) cornstarch + 1 cup (120 g) almond flour + 1 cup (120 g) oat flour)
- 2 cups (240 g) cocoa powder
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 tablespoon (14 g) baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 6 eggs
- 2 cups (470 ml) milk
- 1 ½ cups (355 ml) canola oil
- 4 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 cup (235 ml) boiling water
- 3 tablespoons (22 g) powdered sugar, for garnish
- In a large saucepan, combine the milk, pumpkin purée, whole eggs, egg yolks, sugar, cornstarch, pumpkin pie spice, and salt. Cook over medium heat, whisking frequently, until the mixture begins to bubble. Lower the heat slightly, switch to a rubber spatula, and stir the mixture constantly until it is very thick and resembles pudding. Remove from heat. Add the cold butter and stir until completely melted. Add the vanilla and stir to combine. Pour into a heat-proof container and place plastic wrap directly on the surface to prevent a skin from forming. Cool to room temperature, then refrigerate until completely cooled and set, at least 3 to 4 hours.
- Preheat your oven to 350˚F (180˚C, or gas mark 4).
- Grease three 8-inch (20 cm) round cake pans. Line the bottoms of the cake pans with parchment paper cut to fit, then grease the paper and set aside.
- In a very large bowl, whisk together the sugar, flour blend, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add the eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla and stir to combine. Stir in the boiling water. Distribute the batter evenly among the 3 prepared pans.
- Bake the cakes for 35 to 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of each one comes out clean. Cool for 20 minutes, then run a sharp knife along the edge of each pan and invert each cake onto a cooling rack. Cool completely.
- To assemble the cake, place 1 cake layer on a serving plate. Top with half of the pumpkin filling, then top with a second cake layer, and add the remaining filling. Top with the final cake layer. Dust with the powdered sugar before serving.
If you do not have three pans, you can bake the cakes in batches.
This recipe is also soy-free.
Yield: 12 servings
Chef’s Tip: This cake recipe makes 36 cupcakes. Just fill a cupcake pan three-quarters of the way and bake for about 18 minutes at 350˚F (180˚C, or gas mark 4). Try using the pumpkin filling to stuff the cupcakes and top with your favorite frosting.
- 2⅔ cups (320 g) Liv’s Flour Blend (page 15)
- (OR 1⅓ cups (170 g) cornstarch + ⅔ cup (80 g) almond flour + ⅔ cup (80 g) oat flour)
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 eggs
- ½ cup (120 ml) cream
- 1 cup (235 ml) well-shaken low-fat buttermilk
- 4 tablespoons (112 g) unsalted butter, melted
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 cups (510 g) diced strawberries, divided
- Maple syrup, for serving
- Combine the flour blend, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Whisk in the eggs, cream, buttermilk, butter, and vanilla. Gently stir in 1 cup (170 g) of the diced strawberries.
- Cook according to your waffle maker’s instructions. Repeat with the remaining batter to make 6 waffles. Top them with the remaining 2 cups (340 g) strawberries and serve with the maple syrup.
This recipe is also soy free.
Yield: 6 Belgian waffles
Chef’s Tip: Substitute any berry that you prefer, or even chocolate chips!
Full disclosure: This giveaway is sponsored by Olivia Dupin and Quayside Publishing, but all opinions expressed herein are my own.