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Recipe Reviews 5 reviews
Gluten-Free Orange Almond Cake with Orange Sauce
This cake has an extremely yummy flavor but is a bit crumbly--better eaten with a spoon than a fork! This might be due to the fact that I used homemade almond meal--regular almonds chopped in the food processor. The sauce is good, but I think next time I'll just leave out the egg whites and use the sugar/orange/buttery syrup instead. Like someone else said, the sauce separates quickly. In addition, I followed the recipe exactly and had waaaaaaaay too much sauce. I used about a quarter of the sauce and the cake was soaked. The cake reminded me of a nutty pancake drenched in syrup, which was very delicious. I will halve the syrup recipe next time and leave out the egg white.

21 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 27, 2008
Pumpkin Casserole
I live in a country that doesn't have sweet potatoes, so I wanted to find a pumpkin-y recipe to use as a substitute this Thanksgiving. Today I did a trial run to test this recipe out and never fails me. The flavor of this dish is out of this world--better than sweet potatoes! I made several adaptations: 1) I used measurable Splenda instead of sugar, and I only used 1/2-2/3 C based on others' reviews of how sweet the dish is. I found the sweetness level to be perfect. 2) One of our friends who will be having Thanksgiving with us is gluten-intolerant, so instead of normal self-rising flour, I used corn flour and a bit of baking powder. This recipe calls for so little flour anyway that I don't think it made much of a difference in the flavor--it tastes great to me! 3) I can't get evaporated milk here, so I measured out 2 cups of milk and simmered it down to 1 cup. This was my first attempt at making evaporated milk, but it worked out great in this recipe. The casserole burned on the surfaces where it touched my glass dish (bottom and sides), but I'm not sure if this was due to the corn flour (I've had other corn flour-based things burn) or if it is due to my stupid oven that doesn't have a proper temperature gauge (just "level 1" and "level 2" Ugh.). I'm pretty sure my oven was a bit too hot, but to overcome this problem on Thanksgiving Day, I will set the casserole dish in a pan of water while it is baking. Thanks for such a fabulous recipe!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 23, 2008
Leek Tomato Dish
I made this for dinner guests tonight and they reached for second and third helpings. I drizzled some olive oil over the leeks before adding the rest of the ingredients, and they cooked up quite nicely that way. Very nice dish, but not quite the rave that deserves five stars. I will definitely add this to my side-dish repertoire because it tastes good AND is a breeze to prepare!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 3, 2007

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