Gluten Free Iron Skillet Pecan Coconut Cake

Gluten Free Iron Skillet Pecan Coconut CakeUsing an iron skillet is a great choice for baking as it has the ability to keep things hot on the entire surface of the skillet. Whatever you decide to bake in the skillet, it will always bake evenly while developing a wonderful crust around the edges and bottom.

An iron skillet is an amazing piece of cook-ware your kitchen cannot do without. There are five things you can bake in an iron skillet, such as cakes and pies, and everyone knows you can use it to bake up some cornbread.

Another great use for the iron skillet is roasted chicken. An article in the New York Times by food writer Melissa Clark entitled, “A New Breed of Roast Chicken, Cast-Iron Seared,” states by heating an iron skillet in a 500 degree oven, then placing the bird in the pan so its thighs make contact with the surface, the dark meat will finish cooking at the same time as the white. This is because the thighs, which are instantly seared by the cast iron, get a jump-start on the breast, which is not seared and cooks more slowly, staying moist (view the video).

Baking a cake in a iron skillet is a fun way to play around with your everyday cake recipes, including those that are used to make cupcakes.

Our featured recipe is just that, a cupcake recipe turned into a Gluten Free Iron Skillet Pecan Coconut Cake. We originally found the recipe at Say Grace Blog, and the writer Felesha who describes herself as a Tex-Mex foodie lover says, “Pecan pie muffins go up a notch when combined with yummy semi-sweet chocolate chips and tasty sweetened coconut.”

Here at Splendid Recipes and More we took it up a notch by turning her German Chocolate Pecan Pie Muffins into a Gluten Free Iron Skillet Pecan Coconut Cake, and here is what you will need.

1 cup coconut sugar, can also use brown sugar

½ cup gluten free flour

2 cups pecan pieces

¾ cup  semi-sweet dark chocolate chips

½ cup sweeten and shredded coconut

⅔ cup clarified butter, room temperature

2 eggs, room temperature

1 tsp. vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

batter for Gluten Free Iron Skillet Pecan Coconut CakeIn a medium bowl, mix together coconut sugar and gluten free flour.

Next add pecans, dark chocolate chips and coconut, and mix in.

Next add the clarified butter cream butter with the vanilla extract, and mix in.

parchment paper on the bottom of iron skilletPlace a piece of parchment paper in the bottom of a iron skillet (makes for easy removal of the cake). Butter the sides with some coconut oil.

Gluten Free Iron Skillet Pecan Coconut Cake batter in an iron skilletNext spoon in the batter, and place into the preheated oven and bake for 30-35 minutes.

fresh baked Gluten Free Iron Skillet Pecan Coconut CakeLet stand and cool for about 10 minutes.

Gluten Free Iron Skillet Pecan Coconut CakePlate and enjoy!!

After using your iron skillet here is a great way to clean it: How to Care for Your Cast Iron Cookware.

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Roasted Chicken Breast With Ginger Carrot Salad

Roasted Chicken Breast With Ginger Carrot Salad - close upWith chicken breasts on hand that are skinless, and boneless , you can always have something quick and satisfying to eat for dinner. Whether you grill, boil, pouch or roast, there will always be an easy chicken breast recipe for any occasion.

roasting skinless, boneless chicken breasts with coconut oilBoneless chicken breasts are a go to fresh meat choice for any time-pressed home cook and their kitchen because they’re quicker to cook than bone-in chicken breasts.

Brushing the chicken breasts with a cooking oil (preferably olive, coconut, or avocado oils) or marinade before roasting or broiling helps prevent the chicken breasts from drying out.

For a quick lunch or dinner, it is really easy to incorporate chicken breast into salads, or pastas (Link here for ideas using chicken and leafy greens as: Salads as a Main Course).

We have the roasted chicken breast recipe, and all you have to do is choose the occasion. Our featured recipe is, Roasted Chicken Breast With Ginger Carrot Salad. Just 45 minutes from start to finish, and here is what you will need.

4 chicken breasts, skinless, boneless

3-4 tablespoons coconut oil, melted

3 medium rainbow carrots shredded, one each: yellow, purple, orange

1/2 cup dried cherries

2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped

1/4 ginger cilantro dressing, best choice is Paleo Chef

Boston Lettuce leaves, about 8 pieces

melted coconut oil Slice breasts into two’s horizontally. Melt coconut oil (it is bought solid, but melts above 76 degrees), and place into a 13 X 9 glass baking dish.

chicken breasts coated with coconut oilNext coat chicken in oil on both sides. You will note that the coconut oil will solidify once again on the cold chicken breasts, as they are colder than 76 degrees.

Place baking dish in to oven on middle rack and roast for 10 minutes, than turn breasts and roast another 10 minutes or until chicken reaches 165 degrees internal temperature.

heating shredded carrots and dried cherries in hot water

While cooking the chicken, you can prepare the salad. Boil some water in a small pot, about 2 cups. Place shredded carrots and dried cherries into a medium glass mixing bowl, and add boiling water. Set aside for 3 minutes.

rinsing shredded carrots and dried cherries under running water Next drain water and rinse carrots and cherries in a colander under running water, and pplace produce back into the glass bowl.

Carrot Ginger Salad

Next add the chopped cilantro with the 1/4 cup of Ginger Cilantro dressing (by Paleo Chef), and mix together. Set aside.

Roasted Chicken Breast With Ginger Carrot SaladNext plate a piece of Boston lettuce leaf, and place piece of chicken breast on top. Then top the chicken breast with the ginger carrot salad, and enjoy!!

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Rosemary and Thyme Oven-Roasted Chicken

Our last article on cast iron cookware – 4 Commonly Asked Questions About Cast Iron Cookware – ended with stating..”Come back later  and we will show you how to oven roast a whole chicken using a 10.25 inch cast iron skillet“. Will you came back and here’s the recipe.

Rosemary and Thyme Oven-Roasted Chicken and here is what you will need:

ingredients for Rosemary and Thyme Oven-Roasted Chicken

Most cooks and those that prepare oven roasted chicken will use lemon, but I have chosen to use an orange.

1 whole roasting chicken, approximately 4-5 pounds

1 large yellow onion or 2 medium, cut into uniformly thick slices

1 whole orange, cut into quarters

8-10 cloves garlic, crushed and skins removed

4 tablespoons butter, cut into slices

2 sprigs fresh rosemary leaves removed and chopped, plus 3 whole sprigs

3 sprigs fresh thyme leaves removed, plus 3 whole sprigs

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Salt

You can opt to make some vegetables of your chose, while roasting the chicken. We will prepare some potatoes with our chicken.

1 batch Oven-Roasted Red Potatoes* (optional)

Preheat the oven to 425˚ degrees.

Remove giblets from chicken cavity and discard. Rinse chicken and pat dry with paper towels.

preparing to roast  potatoes

If you are preparing the potatoes, do so according to the recipe instructions in a 12” pre-seasoned cast iron skillet. As a suggestion the recipe can be for Oven-Roasted Red Potatoes. 

Once potatoes have been browned on the stove top, push them to the outer edge of the pan and placed sliced onions in the center. Otherwise, omit the potatoes and just place sliced onion on bottom of skillet.

place cleaned chicken over potatoes

Set chicken on top of onions and fill cavity with sliced oranges, garlic cloves and whole sprigs of rosemary and thyme. For a nicer appearance, tie legs together with kitchen twine.

ingredients for herbed butter

Add chopped rosemary and thyme leaves to a flat plate and press butter slices into the herb mixture. Repeat on the other side.  Use a knife to separate the skin from the breast meat and slide the herb butter slices in between.

Drizzle over top of chicken breast with some olive oil. Use fingers or pastry brush to coat the exposed surface, and season generously with salt and pepper, to taste.

roasting chicken in cast iron skillet in the oven

Place skillet in oven and roast for approximately 1 hour or until juices run clear when you cut into the area near the base of the thigh. Actual cooking time will vary depending on how large the bird is and individual oven settings.

Remove skillet from oven, and tent with aluminum foil. Let rest for 10 to 15 minutes before serving.

Rosemary and Thyme Oven-Roasted Chicken

When ready to serve carve chicken meat from carcass, plate and serve with potatoes and leafy greens. The meat should be very succulent and juicy with hints of citrus flavor. Enjoy!!

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