It's officially summer and so begins my desire to eat an exorbitant amount of fruit in all sizes and shapes. Hence, this recipe! Once again, I turn to my favorite blog Sally's Baking Addiction. Seriously, if you haven't checked out her blog, DO IT THIS MINUTE. It's perfection.
Anyway, a bit of background why I chose this recipe. I'm going hiking this week (lol) up in Saranac Lake, with my boyfriend and his dad, stepmom, and their kids. However, a few of these are gluten free and cow-milk intolerant, so I wanted to make a tasty treat that everyone would be ale to enjoy, because there is literally nothing worse than watching someone else eat something that you can't partake in, be it because of allergies or an intolerance or whatever. So I found this Grapefruit Loaf/ Cake recipe and decided to use it as a base for my adventure.
This first obvious substitution was gluten free flour. I did some Googling and there were two choices: use gluten free flour plus xanthan gum or use a gluten free baking mix. Because I am slightly lazy and wanted to save $8 (xanthan gum is expensive! but lasts a while because you buy a lot and only use a little each time), I opted for a 1-to-1 gluten free baking mix. This one to be precise:
I read a few reviews of this specific brand and it seemed like it would be the best option for someone who has never made a gluten free recipe before! (This post is not sponsored by Bob's Red Mill. I decided to use this product on my own after reading reviews of a few different products/ this is what my grocery store had.) This baking flour "mix" has xanthan gum included already, so it takes care of that tricky step for you! You basically swap out the original amount of all-purpose flour for this gluten free flour and you are good to go! No extra steps needed! I was so happy to find something that would me to make something the whole hiking partay could enjoy (such wholesome family fun).
Next substitution was the greek yogurt originally called for in this recipe. This was slightly trickier because non cow-milk yogurt can be hard to come by, but luckily my grocery store pulled through and they had goat's milk yogurt!
I AM IN THE CLEAR! The baking can commence!
Gluten Free Grapefruit Goat Milk Yogurt Cake
While it might seem complicated, this recipe was actually super easy. The most "difficult" aspect was getting that darn grapefruit zest. One and a half tablespoons seems like infinity when you are using a zest and the grapefruit is getting slippery and you zest the skin off and just omg. Other than that, this recipe was a breeze. I used one and a half grapefruits to get enough zest and only one grapefruit to get the amount of juice needed. Then like most baking recipes, you mix the dry, then mix the wet, then combine the wet and dry and KABOOM, you have pre-cake. Pour the batter into your loaf pan and you are good to go! My baking time was about 42 minutes, so make sure you keep an eye on your cake, because it's the 21st century and ovens are still so temperamental. The glaze I mixed up in a Pyrex measuring cup, which made it SO EASY to pour over the cake and get that drizzle effect.
The zest and juice of the grapefruit are so aromatic when the cake is out of the oven! I cannot wait to try this baby, and must resist temptation because I can't bring a half eaten cake to a hiking trip. That's just bad hiking etiquette...right? Anyway, I hope you will be inspired to try some gluten free substitutions, even if you aren't gluten free. It was so much easier than I thought, so I will definitely be doing some swaps in the future.
As always, happy baking friends :)