Grandma’s Crazy Cake

My Grandma used to make this Crazy Cake every Saturday in the winter for the neighborhood card playing evening. We could always count on this cake to be Delicious! Super moist and Super YUM. We would always be seen begging for more than one piece.
I am listing the recipe in it’s original form, because all I do to make this cake GlutenFree is to substitute Pamela’s or my fake Pamela mix or even Sorghum flour & whatever starch and it still works! I am sure you can make it with your favorite flour as well.

1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour (or substitute your favorite GF flour mix)
1 cup sugar
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda –(no need if using Pamela’s)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon vinegar
6 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 cup cold water

In your 8×8 pan (or double it for a 9×13) … mix flour, sugar, cocoa, soda and salt. Make three wells in the flour mixture. In one put vanilla; in another the vinegar, and in the third the oil. Pour the cold water over the mixture and stir with a fork until moistened. Pop into the oven and Bake at 350°F. oven for 25 to 30 minutes, or until it springs back when touched lightly.

Cool and frost if desired.
Grandma would sometimes just serve it with ice cream or drizzled with fresh sugared raspberries and a plop of whipped cream – mmmmmmmmm 🙂

almond pie crust

Heaven! I think I am in heaven–

I had been trying to make a decent pie crust for awhile, but I just have not been all that enthusiastic about my results. …BUT, we now have a no-roll pie crust that works for a bottom crust open top pies. This, makes me happy… I am dreaming of dairy free chocolate silky pies and with this crust, IT will be DREAMY!!

Almond Pie Crust

1 1/2 c. almond flour or almond meal
1/2 c. tapioca flour or tapioca starch -same stuff
4 Tbs. melted butter, margarine or whatever makes your tummy happy… maybe earthbalance buttery sticks?
4 Tbs. honey, agave syrup/nectar or maple syrup

Mix together thoroughly, pat it into a 9″ pie plate and Bake 10-12 minutes in a preheated 350F oven. Cool and fill with your favorite one-crust pie filling. Deeelish!

fruit crumble, crisp

Another yummy Recipe you can make using Pamela’s Baking and Pancake Mix or whatever other flour makes you happy.

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Filling:
3 c. peaches or apples or cherries or  “you get the idea” (Today I used home canned peaches, drained) If using rhubarb you might wish to use more like 5 cups.
3 T. tapioca starch, arrowroot starch or corn starch
1/2 c.  sugar
1/4 c. water

Heat on low. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Boil 30 seconds to 1 minute, until it looks like a “pie filling”, being careful not to burn and pour into greased 8×8 pan.

for the topping:
1/4 c.melted butter, margarine or oil
2 T. brown sugar
3/4 c. flour** – since this is Pamela’s Mix Giveaway week, let’s use Pamela’s Baking and Pancake Mix – otherwise any baking mix, buckwheat flour, sorghum flour or brown rice works well.
6 T. Tapioca starch**, arrowroot starch or cornstarch
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Optionals: 1/4 chopped nuts or whatever you think would be yummy.

**for those who can eat oatmeal or regular flour, you can substitute 1/2 c. oatmeal and 1/2 c. regular flour for the flour mix and tapioca starch

Mix together until it becomes quite crumbly. Sprinkle/crumble this mix over the fruit and bake at 350 for30-35 minutes.

YUM! My family loves this served with ice cream (it is a bit “pie-ish”) 🙂