Sunday, July 14, 2013

Gluten-Free Pink Berry Cobbler + Recipe

I love grapefruit - it's my favorite citrus to eat and bake with.  Also, my favorite scent in beauty products from The Body Shop and Burt's Bees (check out the Pink Grapefruit line at The Body Shop or Burt's Bees new Lip Balm with Pink Grapefruit - they're amazing!).  This recipe combines the refreshing, tart flavor of grapefruit and gooseberries with sweet raspberries and strawberries.  Kenneth and I enjoyed some still warm from the oven with a little cold milk - it's a perfect summer evening desert!

This recipe is adapted from Smitten Kitchen's Blueberry Crumb Bars and can easily be made with wheat flour.

Pink Berry Cobbler (Gluten-Free)

Canola oil
1 ½ cup sugar 
1 cup sweet sorghum flour* 
½ cup millet flour* 
½ garbanzo bean flour* 
½ cup tapioca starch 
½ cup cornmeal 
1 teaspoon baking powder 
¼ teaspoon salt 
2 teaspoons xanthan gum**
Zest and juice of one pink grapefruit 
1 cup cold unsalted butter (2 sticks) 
1 egg 
4-6 cups frozen gooseberries, raspberries and strawberries 
4 teaspoons cornstarch 

Directions: Preheat the oven to 375°F.  Lightly grease a 9×13 inch cake pan with canola oil. In a medium bowl, stir together 1 cup of the sugar, the flours and starch, baking powder, salt, xanthan gum and grapefruit zest.  Use a fork or pastry cutter to blend in the butter and egg.  Dough will be crumbly.  Put a little over half of the dough into the prepared pan. In another bowl, stir together the sugar, cornstarch and lemon juice.  Gently mix in the berries.  Sprinkle the berry mixture evenly over the crust.  Spread the remaining dough over the berry layer.  Bake in preheated oven for 55 to 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.  Keep in the refrigerator. 

*Use whole wheat flour if not baking gluten-free.
**Omit if not baking gluten-free.

Gooseberries are tart pink, purple or green berries.  I've seen them available at the grocery store once or twice before, but not very often.  The best way to find them is through your local farmers' market or by growing them yourself.  The bush is naturally spiky, but there are now varieties grown with few to no spikes.  If you are unable to find any gooseberries, simply increase the amount of raspberries and strawberries!