Paleolithic Apple Cake

With the dawn of a new year and all the resolutions coming and going (by January 15), I was resolve not to start anything on January 1st, but rather to start moving in the right direction to make lasting changes for this year.  One thing I started moving toward was eating in a more “paleo” way.  I don’t even necessarily mean this in a definitive paleo diet sense, because there are some paleo rules I prefer to ignore.  But in the rules I can stand behind, like cutting out as much processed foods as I can, I am paleo-bound.

So first thing was to get out my two favorite paleo cookbooks, Nom Nom Paleo and Practical Paleo, as well as to pull up my friend’s blog that provides AIP (Auto Immune Paleo) recipes, Fed and Fulfilled. The first “new year’s” paleo recipe I have now tried is the Paleo Caramel Apple Upside Down Cake, from Fed and Fulfilled’s (my friend) Joanna Smith.

PLEASE Check out her blog post with the details HERE. Her end product and photos are fantastic.

As you know, from the few times I tell you the recipes I’m baking, I do not always exactly follow the recipe… either to my delight or demise. This case is no different.  I started baking it for a good friend who is also mostly paleo and who recently had beautiful twins! She also happens to know Joanna, which led me to think this would be a nice serendipitous end to our meal. See Nick and I holding her beautiful twins below.

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The long and short of the tale of this cake is…  I did not plan enough time to finish the cake, and it never made it to this lovely family’s home. However, I was half way through the recipe and decided to stick it all in the fridge and finish it for our small group the following morning.

The deviations I ended up making are as follows:

  • All the applesauce was homemade (for lack of having anything but apples in the house)
  • The pumpkin in the pumpkin caramel sauce was replaced by applesauce
  • I did not make the caramel sauce ahead of time so I am entirely sure it didn’t resemble Joanna’s version because it still looked like applesauce when I was making the cake
  • The batter dried out more than I’d hoped because it sat in the fridge over night
  • I had the whole thing in the oven before I realized I had forgotten the apple cider vinegar
  • The layer of apples and the cake batter were more mixed than they should have been since I had to incorporate the apple cider vinegar by disassembling an already warm cake batter.

BUT… alas, all of my mistakes and substitutions produced the above lovely cake that our small group enjoyed. In true paleo fashion there was only raw honey as sweetener and seemed appropriate for a morning “coffee cake.” I concluded that if my mistake was this good… Joanna’s creation must be fantastic and I can’t wait to try it again and hopefully let the originally intended audience try it as well.

I will let you know what other paleo things I successfully or unsuccessfully try over the new year.  And as a reminder, if paleo is a lifestyle you subscribe to, you can always reach out and request Baked True North’s goodies to be made paleo… and in most cases I can make that happen. I will be doing more experiments to make that happen this year!

Stay Delicious,

Lauren

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Growing Pains

Today was the craft boutique in Monaca. It was a lovely event and we’ll run. It was not the right place for Baked True North.

As I have a tendency to do, I over prepared for this show. I baked dozens of cookies, half dozen yum-breads, 2 dozen doughnuts, put together the most attractive table I could with samples and all! But I suppose I am still learning.

I am actually writing this from my table at the event because it has been so uneventful here. I thought the North Boroughs had a lack of gluten-free products and knowledge, but as one would expect, the further from the city you go, the greater the population who truly seem to be disgusted by the idea of gluten-free. At all my other events, people try the cookies and are buying whether they need it or not because it tastes good. Today people are just looking away like I’m selling a medication or something they don’t need.

Thankfully I stopped myself yesterday from making more. I haven’t rolled out the surprise yet and I decided last minute to scrap the paleo cookies.

But as all learning and growing experiences are, I know what I’ll do differently for next time I’m at a show… And I’ll probably stay out of Monaca for now. It was lovely to meet everyone and I’ll come back whenever you want to order! Haha

Now for the exciting part… Up to 50% off everything I have left over until midnight on Tuesday!

  • Doughnuts $3/half dozen
  • Yum-breads $3/mini loaf
  • Jars of mini chocolate chip cookies $10/jar
  • Pumpkin spice waffle cookies $4/half dozen
  • All large cookies (oktoberfest/pumpkin chocolate chip/signature chocolate chip) $3/each

Email me at bakedtruenorth@gmail.com to order!

Thanks for all of your support as I find the rhythm of business.

Stay delicious,

Lauren

The Gluten-Free Lady

Saturday was the Bellevue House Tour here in the North Boroughs, and I was blessed enough to have the right acquaintances that I could be one of the featured foods at the final reception. The house tour is set up so you travel along a map through Bellevue and visit the most beautiful homes in our area, all decorated for Halloween and fall.  Then the final house, which is actually a gorgeous mansion, hosted a reception where local fooderies brought in some hors d’oeuvres.  1029161605_hdr

I made pumpkin chocolate chip minis, Signature Chocolate Chip minis, and my newest cookie mini: The OKTOBERFEST! This was inspired by the German Chocolate Cake I wrote about at the beginning of the month. It is packed with dark chocolate and enough coconut and pecans that you will definitely remember the last German Chocolate Cake you had. These will probably only be a seasonal cookie, but I have added them to my Options until Christmas.

During the house tour I realized I was affectionately beginning to be known as The Gluten-Free Lady around our town.  That’s kind of awesome.  And you can always tell it’s someone that understands gluten-freedom when they call you that… because a lot of people have said over the past few months, “so, these are the gluten ones?” in reference to my cookies.  Um… no.  No gluten. But what that means is that I get to spread the word about something I am passionate about!

One more thing I wanted to add into this short and random post is that another event is coming up on November 6th.  I’ll be at the 2nd Annual Simply Chic Craft Boutique in Monaca, PA from 10am to 4pm.  It will be a lot of fun and I will have another 2 or 3 items I am going to be rolling out for the event.

  • Cocoa Spiced Wine YUM-Bread: It is as amazing as it sounds.  I had a bunch of friends taste test this one and I got some good feedback and decided to roll it out.  I’ll have some pictures after the event.
  • PALEO Pumpkin Waffle Cookies!!: Paleo mostly means unprocessed, natural, and accessible to primal ancestors (in lay man/Lauren terms). I tested it out at a fellow health-enthusiast’s house last week (picture below) and it was a hit, so  I have added it to my Options as well. I’ll probably write more about paleo eating in the new year, for those interested.
  • SURPRISE – you’ll have to wait and see for this one.
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Paleo Pumpkin Waffle Cookies

So check out the event if you can as I will have a basket or two in a drawing and coupons for all my visitors at the table!

Stay delicious,

Lauren

 

Expert Cookie Taster #2

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The Makery was our favorite cookie test to date. Not only was it gluten-free, but it was paleo!

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And the best part was that it actually tasted like a chocolate chip cookie! It was moist and hit the spot. It was a little thin, which seems to be common, especially from those I’ve ordered through the mail.

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And look at this great list of ingredients. I have very little I can complain about on this list. Especially since they list it all right there. This was their regular chcolate chip cookies and I think I would give this a 7 out of 10. Nice job Makery!