A Glimpse of a Gluten Free Day: Battling Dessert and Lunch

I am going to bet that this two-part post will resonate with many of my gluten free buddies out there. So here it goes. Just the other morning, I was sitting in the office working away at my desk when in came this amazing apple dumpling cake…and my co-worker. Everyone "ooo’ed" and "aww’ed" over it. Meanwhile, I was sulking over the fact that it was not gluten free – rarely do we have a gluten free dessert come through the doors. To make matters worse, it was her great grandma’s recipe. It doesn’t get much better than that…or worse if you have Celiac Sprue.

In the past, I would allow myself to "cheat" a little when I was first diagnosed. Ya know, what’s a little wheat here and there really going to do to you? Well, then I did my research. I haven’t come across a Celiac Association in the whole world that doesn’t advise against this behavior. They all suggest that as soon as you eat gluten again, you begin damaging the villi in your intestines even though no pain may be felt. No thank you!

So, my dilemma: resisting the apple dumpling cake. I quickly got a hold of this fabulous recipe and to my utmost delight the only ingredient that needs to be amended in order to make this wonderful cake gluten free is the flour!!! And of course I am willing to share. I will include the recipe at the bottom of this post.

Oh, and if you’re not a baker, check out Udi’s gluten free muffins and cinnamon rolls – They are pretty fabulous too!

Now on to another typical dilemma of mine…no lunch, which means I have to buy it. With today’s economy the way it is, I can’t afford to buy a $10-15 salad every time I forget my lunch. Furthermore, after a grueling morning suffering through the almost overwhelming temptations brought on by my co-worker’s great grandma’s apple dumpling cake, I was not in the mood to sacrifice anymore! So here’s an easy solution, keep a loaf of Udi’s gluten free bread in your desk. Remember, unlike other gluten free breads, there’s no need to refrigerate this tasty loaf! Grab a couple slices and you can be out the door along side your co-workers headed to the choice sandwich shop! Just ask for your sandwich without bread (make sure you request that they change their gloves before touching your meat/veggies to avoid cross contamination). Once you get to the table, pull out your bread and prepare your sandwich! Voila! – lunch on the go made gluten free with the help of Udi’s. What a great relief after the tragic morning events. 

A seemingly tragic day saved in the end by Udi’s…sigh ๐Ÿ™‚

Great Grandma’s Apple Dumpling Cake

2 eggs
2 cup GF flour
2 cup sugar
1 cup oil
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 can apple pie filling (cut up with utility shears)
1 cup walnuts (optional)
Bake in a greased 9×13 pan at 350ร‹ลก for 40 minutes or until dark brown/passes the
toothpick test.
For Icing Combine:
8 oz. softened cream cheese
¾ stick of softened butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
2-3 cups powdered sugar to taste
*Leave butter and cream cheese out overnight to avoid lumpy icing.

4 responses to “A Glimpse of a Gluten Free Day: Battling Dessert and Lunch”

  1. jackie b says:

    Hi, I made GF molasses cookies and everyone at work was begging me for the recipe. 2cups GF flour, 1 egg, tbsp cinnamon, ginger. teaspoon of salt, soda, nutmeg, cloves and vanilla. 1/2 c molasses and brown sugar. 1/2 stick butterflavored Crisco, or butter. whip all together, chill x 1 hour. roll into balls, dip or flatten in sugar. Bake 350* x 8-12 min, then cool on cookie sheet for 2min, then to rack. I have to say I was a little skeptical myself, until i tasted them. please try. I used 2 parts rice flour with pea and flax and soy flours mixed. First recipe I have adapted. Maybe wine bread is next, I’ll let you know.

  2. Phyllis says:

    I am 65 years old, overweight, have arthritis, my legs and feet hurt and I’m always tired. Do you think that eating gluten free could help me?

  3. Cate@GlutenlessDining says:

    Great tips – I can totally relate to hunting for a cheap lunch!

  4. Maria says:

    I can relate. However, no dairy, no soy for me. Life is even more complicated. : (

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