So we had an interesting weekend…
late on Friday night, as I was putting the kids down, I noticed a smell of burning rubber. Not generally a good sign. My husband and I walked around the house, sniffing everywhere. We could not find the source.
Concerned about our house burning down, I could not sleep. As I lay there, I could hear the heater turning off and on. On and off. Not really surprising since it was unusually cold for us – down in the 20s. But what bothered me was the weird humming sound. And the vibration.
I woke up my husband. “Something is NOT right with the heater.”
So we began to explore some more. He was able to determine that although the outside fan was working fine, and the pipes were hot, nothing was coming through the blower.
The house was getting colder by the moment. So we made a plan. Move the three kids into our room, and run the space heater in there for the night.
…. oh wait, wait! I need to interrupt this important post with some BREAKING NEWS. We are hearing reports out of Miami that Justin Bieber has been arrested….
(Did y’all hear about that? Andrea Mitchell actually interrupted a Congresswoman she was interviewing on live news to bring reports about Justine Bieber’s arrest!!! Is true journalism dead??? Unbelievable.)
… As I was saying. We collected the children, turned on our space heater in our bedroom, and hunkered down for the night.
We stayed plenty warm. The next morning (I am getting to the cake, I promise!) it was in the low 50s in our house. Thankfully, we have gas logs and I was able to warm up the living room. My husband suggested if I needed to bake anything, now was the time.
So I thought, hmmm. What sounds good?
Coffee cake! And I have been wanting to experiment with other gluten free recipes, so that is what I did. And it turned out great.
(in case you’re wondering, it was Sunday afternoon before we got the heat fixed, but thank goodness the previous owner purchased the extended warranty on the system, so it cost us $0. We just had to hibernate for 2 days, all of us already sick. But it was a fun adventure!)
I pulled out the handy dandy family cookbook, found my Aunt Peg’s Blueberry Coffee Cake recipe, made a few adjustments, and voila, the Gluten Free Blueberry Coffee Cake was a success.
Gluten Free Blueberry Coffee Cake
- 1 1/2 cup flour (All purpose gluten free flour)
- 1 tsp Xanthum Gum
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 1 1/2 c. blueberries (I used frozen)
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 c. milk
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup sugar (OR if you are trying to lower you sugar intake, you could substitute 1/4 cup Agave – which is what I did)
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 c. oil
- 1 tbsp butter
- 1 tbsp flour
- 1/4 c. brown sugar
- 1/4 c. chopped nuts
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Cream egg, sugar, and oil together.
- Add dry ingredients, milk, and cinnamon. Fold in blueberries.
- Pour into a greased 8X8 cake pan. Sprinkle on topping. Bake for 20-25 minutes.
- Notes: You can use an all purpose Gluten Free flour like Namaste, which does not require the xanthum gum. It also tastes great. Since recipes with gluten free flour tend to be a little dry, you want a little extra liquid. Using Agave syrup not only has the benefit of cutting down the sugar content, but it is also liquid, which helps add moisture. If you use regular sugar, I encourage you to add either more milk or perhaps some extra egg whites.
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