Hi, it's Lois, telling you about my Gluten Free Cinnamon Almond Coffee Cake, which is based on one of Don's family recipes. Don loves to have Garmer's Coffee Cake on Christmas morning, but since I found out I have to avoid gluten, I have been converting our recipes to gluten free.
This coffee cake is pretty simple to make, but it does involve yeast and letting the dough rise. The good thing about baking with gluten free flour is that you do not have to do a double rise; in fact, it will totally bomb if you do!
Baking with Gluten Free Flour
It seems more and more people are discovering they are allergic to gluten. My first husband had a severe case of celiac sprue when he was a kid. He thought he grew out of it when he became a teenager, but in his 40s he learned that he was still allergic to gluten (and therefore, wheat, oats, barley, etc.). It's tough when your favorite meal is a hamburger on a bun! I had no idea what gluten was when I was married to him. And I no longer cook for him, but since others around me are allergic to gluten and I am quite sensitive to it, I generally cook and bake gluten free.
I also have a gluten-free flour conversion chart in case you need to make your own gluten-free flour in a pinch.
Our Gluten Free Cinnamon Almond Coffee Cake turned out beautifully. It was tasty and had just the right texture. It's easy to bake it too long so be careful and take it out about 3-5 minutes before you think it is done. That is, if there are one or two crumbs clinging to the toothpick tester, it's done! Take it out of the oven or it will be dry.
A Family Favorite
This recipe, the standard version, of course, is my current husband's favorite coffee cake. We have it every year on Christmas morning. He calls it Garmer's Coffee Cake. This is delicious just as is, especially warm, but we tried it with Don's Homemade Chocolate Sauce on top and that was really good. Then again, I think chocolate makes just about anything better!
Gluten Free Cinnamon Almond Coffee Cake freezes well. To freeze, when cool, remove it whole from the pan. Wrap it in foil. Then wrap it in plastic and put it into a heavy freezer bag. Remove the freezer bag and plastic wrap and place it in a 350F degree oven for about 20 minutes if it is frozen (or about half that time if it has thawed). It also ships well so you can bake one and send it to family and friends.
You're gonna wanna eat this.
Gluten Free Cinnamon Almond Coffee Cake Recipe
- 1 tablespoon yeast
- ¼ cup warm milk
- 1¾ cup milk room temperature
- 4 cups Bob’s Red Mill One-to-One Baking Flour
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup natural sugar turbinado
- ½ teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ cup butter room temperature
- ¼ cup powdered sugar
- ¾ cup slivered almonds
- Add the yeast to the warm milk. Make sure the milk is not too warm or you will kill the yeast.
- Mix in the rest of the milk and add the gluten free flour, one cup at a time, and mix to combine.
- Add the salt, eggs, sugar, nutmeg, ½ the butter, and ¾ teaspoon cinnamon. Mix to combine.
- Then beat on high speed for 3 minutes. I use my Kitchen Aid stand mixer. The batter will be thick, similar to brownies batter.
- Pour the batter into a greased 9" x 13" standard cake pan and spread evenly over the pan.
- Cut the rest of the butter into small pieces and dot the butter over the top of the cake (evenly).
- Sprinkle the remaining cinnamon and the powdered sugar over the top of the cake.
- Spread the almonds over the top of the cake.
- Let the cake rise for 30-45 minutes until doubled in bulk.
- Bake at 350F degrees for 25-30 minutes until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.