Gluten and dairy free pistachio amaretti

Gluten and dairy free pistachio amaretti

This recipe is simple and perfect if you have problems with gluten and dairy. Amarettis can be prepared in hundreds of different ways, but as a pistachio lover I could not let a chance go by to leave you my personal recipe for these delicious treats.
They’re prerfect for teatime, coffee time, or… well, any hour of the day!

Ingredients (for approximately 16 amarettis):
110/120 grams of almond flour (it depends on the weight of your eggwhite)
1 egg white (approx. 35 gr)
50 gr powdered sugar
20 gr pistachio paste
1 pinch of salt

plus some more powdered sugar to cover the amarettis and a few pistachos for decoration (optional)

How to prepare them:
Preheat the oven to150 degrees (fan oven).

Beat in a mixing bowl the eggwhite with the powdered sugar and a pinch of salt until stiff, then add the pistachio paste and whisk it slightly just to incorporate it in the mixture (mind not to deflate the eggwhite!).

Add the almoond flour with a spatula into the mixture, stirring gently until it is entirely incorporated.

The mix will be quite moist and sticky, but it has to be.

Take a teaspoon and use it to create small little balls (approximately 20 grams each), and roll them into the powdered sugar (they’ll stick no more after this passage).

Place all your amarettis on a baking tray covered with parchment paper.

Slightly press them and then put (if you like) one pistachio at the centre of each amaretto cookie, but it’s just for decoraton, you can omit them if you don’t like or don’t have them.

Bake for about 12 minutes.
The amarettis must not brown, they have to remain slightly pale.

Wait unti they’re well cold to remove them from the baking tray as they’re still quite soft and chewy once they’re just out of the oven.

(Italiano) Mini plumcake al limone e lavanda

(Italiano) Mini plumcake al limone e lavanda

There are two flavours that put together remind me of the summer, and they are lemon and lavender. I used the flowers of this plan on various occasions, but the combination I prefer is with lemon, and in fact I have used it time and again.
To be true, any excuse to open the envelope containing the lavender buds, and be surrounded by the memories of a summer in the South of France, with lavender fields as far as the eye can see, the light blue sea and a pair of espadrilles that I consumed as much as I walked around!
I returned to France several times, for work mostly. But more than Paris or the north, it is the South of France the place I remember more fondly.

I let myself inspire by lavender fields to realise these mini pound cakes with lemon and lavender, a classic combination, that are so easy and quick that we can name it the last minute recipe. If you realise you’ve run out of breakfast stuff, this is the recipe that’s gonna save your day!

The basic recipe can be adapted to almost any combination of flavours according to the season. For the end of spring, lemon and lavender are just perfect.

170 gr baking flour
40 gr rice starch (or another starch)
100 gr sugar
8 gr baking powder
2 medium range eggs
40 ml lemon juice
Zest of a lemon
60 ml sunflower oil (or any other vegetable oil)
1 teaspoon of lavender buds (edible)

Sift the flour and the starch with the baking powder and set aside.

In another bowl, beat the eggs with the sugar until they are very fluffy and pale. It’s going to take about ten minutes, depending on your mixer.

After that, incorporate the flour and the oil (alternating them) with the help of a spatula. Keep on until both ingredients have all been amalgamated.

Them, pour in the lemon juice, the lavender buds and the zest of the lemon. If you see that the batter is too thick, add some more lemon juice, or a few drops of water.

The batter must be quite firm, but slightly soft as well.

Fill in the mini pound cake moulds for something more than a half of their volume, but please pay attention that they’re not overstuffed and we dn’t want them to overflow.

Preheat the oven at 180 degrees, and when it reaches temperature bake the mini pound cakes for about 25 minutes. I sprinkled some granulated sugar on to for a more breakfast feel, but you can do without it as well.

Let the mini pound cakes cool on a rack

Carrot ad almond cake

Carrot ad almond cake

Almonds and carrots, a match made in heaven. I have prepared tons of versions of this classic cake, it’s my hobby horse kind of, because for quite a long time I have prepared it over and over again. I kept on eating it, god knows why.
My rabbit time is now over, but from time to time I indulge in baking one of the hundreds of versions of the carrot and almond cake.
Recently I baked many sorts, but I lacked the gluten free and dairy free version.
Sooner said than done, here’s this particular type which you can of course also prepare with plain flour, if you have no problems with food intolerances. It is a very light cake altogether, because it has no dairy, so no butter of course.
But then, apart from keeping in good shape, you’ll get a 20/20 visus!

250 gr carrots (already peeled)
180 gr caster sugar
180 gr gluten free flour mix
70 gr di almonds (you can also use almond flour, but I prefer to feel it under my teeth)
50 gr potato starch (please make sure it’s gluten free)
90 gr sunflower oil (or any oil with a mild flavour)
2 medium range eggs
8 gr baking powder
Grated lemon zest (half)
One pack vanillin

Peel and wash your carrtos. Cut them into small pieces and put them into the food processor with the oil, and blend it until you get a coarse carrot puree.
Set aside.
Grind the almonds in the food processor too, and set aside this one too.
Mix together in a bowl the gluten free flour, the baking powder, the potato starch and the vanillin.

Beat the eggs with the sugar in a large bowl with the mixer until they’re pale and fluffy. Then pour in the lemon peel, the carrot puree and the grounded almonds.
Stir well.

Then add little by little the dry ingredients (sift them first).

You can mix them with the electric mixer, but use a very low speed.

Pour the batter into a 22 cm baking tray, and line it with parchment paper first .

Bake at 180 degrees for thirty minutes.

Let it cool before taking the cake out of the tray.

Sprinkle with powdered sugar, if you want, before serving.
It’s perfect for breakfast, teatime, or whenever you crave for something light and sweet.