One of the best things about gluten free baking at home is taking advantage of the best flavors of the season. Here are some of my favorite gluten free blog recipes that take advantage of summer's fruits and vegetables.
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Here's the 10¢ tour of these recipes for baking with gluten free summer fruits and vegetables (remember – the links are all above):
Gluten Free Blueberry Cheesecake Cookies: Blueberries are just starting to get big and beautiful, and these special little cookies really do those berries justice. Cheesecake in a cookie!
Gluten Free Key Lime Pie: This smooth and dreamy pie is worth the trouble of squeezing all those tiny little key limes. At least they don't have any pits! If you can find key limes or just don't have that kind of patience (no judgment), try squeezing 1 part fresh lemon juice + 1 part fresh lime juice to mimic the fresh and light tartness of key limes.
Gluten Free Bittersweet Chocolate Zucchini Bread: When zucchini season hits, it's all hands on deck. When you have had your fill of 'em sauteed and grilled, make a couple of these perfectly moist, chocolate zucchini breads. Stash one in the freezer – you can even slice the loaf while it's still frozen and just toast a slice at a time.
Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread: Since rumor has it that my husband already planted 3 zucchini plants against my express, annual wishes that he restrain himself (my son dropped a dime on him), I am going to need all the zucchini bread recipes I can get. Go old school with this straight-up zucchini bread, with just a few well-placed chocolate chips.
Gluten Free Strawberry Rhubarb Coffee Cake: Even though I remain a little freaked out by the poisonous leaves on those gorgeous stalks of rhubarb, I'm willing to take one for the team to make this perfect marriage of strawberry rhubarb in a moist, crumb-topped coffee cake.
Gluten Free Summer Corn Muffins: The best part about fresh corn in the dog days of summer is that the kernels are sweet and tender enough to eat without being steamed or boiled. These corn muffins help summer shine bright.
Gluten Free Shortbread Plum Crumble: Plums are my favorite to use in these sweet bars with a shortbread crust and a crumb topping, but really any perfectly ripe stone fruit will do. Promise you'll try it at least once with black plums?
Gluten Free Cherry Custard Tart: Cherries are in full swing right now, which means every farmer's market stand is bursting with them—and I don't even have to take out a second mortgage to afford them! If you don't already have one, consider a cherry pitter. As much as I am loathe to purchase one trick kitchen ponies, that gadget is the only way I know how to pit a cherry and still leave it looking, well, like a cherry.
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