One GRITS Journey To Convert Beloved Southern Recipes to Paleo Approved, and Darn GOOD too!

This is my story of how I am striving to change my family's life, nutritionally, for the better. Here in the deep South Paleo is a foreign word. No one has heard of it, and gluten free is really almost as unheard of...
After reading Gary Taubes enlightning GOOD CALORIES, BAD CALORIES I was determine to change! Armed with my own two hands, the internet (thank God for AMAZON.com), and all those wonderful blogs and podcasts available now, I am beginning my journey.
Please feel free to join me as I try to adapt all of our Southern Favorites into Paleo Appropriate Scrumptiousness!!! (and all Gluten Free) I will try to post all of the good ones, and may even blog about some failures along the way.

12 March 2011

Strawberry Bliss Birthday For CareBear (Gluten Free of Course)

Of course the birthday girls day starts out with breakfast! She has requested strawberry everything for her birthday. So we have started the day out with Warm Strawberry Cream Scones with a Strawberry Icing Glaze- yes every bit as yummy as they sound! Truley!!!! The day started off well!
Now I need to go bake a Strawberry Cake with Strawberry Swiss Buttercream Icing.

Strawberry Cream Scones, with a Strawberry Icing Glaze (gluten free)
and then we made the cake:

Strawberry Cake with Strawberry Buttercream (GF)


I have to say this turned out well, but getting there was not easy... I tried to make (ICING TAKE ONE) Swiss Meringe buttercream, the egg white/sugar mixture WOULD NOT get fluffy- Let it go for ages in my kitchenaid, it would not get to a marshmellowing thickness, just a runny mess!!!!! AHHHHHHH!!!!
 ICING TAKE TWO- So I made a cream cheese strawberry icing---and Carebear did not like it-- I thght it was great, but as she doesn't like cream cheese--WHAT WAS I THINKING???
So on ICING TAKE THREE we finally  succeeded with this-
Strawberry Cake with Strawberry Buttercream
1 GF Cake mix ( I used Betty Crocker)
1 3oz box strawberry jello
1/2 cup finely diced strawberries
1/2 cup coconut oil ( heated if needed to make it liquid)
4 eggs, seperated
1/2 cup hot water

Directions:
Dissolve jello in hot water.
In first bowl beat egg whites until fluffy. Set aside.
Add egg yolks and the rest of the ingredients to the Jello and Beat for 2 min in the mixer ( I used a Kitchenaid)
Fold egg white into cake mixture GENTLY, and keep folding till all combined well.

Grease 3 9 inch cake pans with butter, place a parchment sheet that you have cut out in a circle the same size as pan into bottom, make sure it is well buttered as well on both sides, and then dust the pan with some flour ( i used one of my AP gluten free flour mixes) This step is critical to make sure that your cakes will come out of the pan!!! Do this for all three pans. and then you can divide your cake mix equally into all 3 pans.
see how the cake came right out!!! and then I peel the parchment off...
 

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