Gluten-Free Desserts for Two

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Sweet, delicious gluten-free recipes for small households and hot dates.

GLUTEN FREE CHERRY CLAFOUTIS

Tom Hirschfeld

Do you live and cook in a small-batch world? I’m always saddened to hear people say, “Oh, I don’t cook much; after all, it’s just me or the two of us.” Get rid of the notion that your small household doesn’t merit homemade food. You, your health and your happiness are important!

Don’t let “smallness” dampen your gluten-free culinary spirit. Created to serve two people, these delicious recipes show that small can be mighty—and mighty good!

Bing Cherry Clafoutis

GLUTEN FREE CHERRY CLAFOUTIS

Tom Hirschfeld

PREP: 10 minutes
BAKE: 20-25 minutes

MAKES 2 SERVINGS.

Use fresh, pitted Bing cherries (sometimes called dark or sweet cherries) when in season. Other times of year, use canned or frozen cherries (thawed and drained). This recipe is quite versatile; vary the fruit to your liking. It can be made egg-free; see instructions.

Each clafoutis contains 258 calories, 10g total fat, 2g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 107mg cholesterol, 90mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate, 1g fiber, 29g sugars, 4g protein, 24Est GL.

Rustic Peach Pie

GLUTEN FREE PEACH GALETTE

Tom Hirschfeld

PREP: 20 minutes
BAKE: 30-35 minutes

MAKES ONE 7-IN. PIE.

Sometimes called a galette, this free-form pie is one of the simplest to make and is virtually failproof because it works whether the pie is a perfect circle or not. That’s why it‘s called rustic.

Pie yields 4 slices. Each slice contains 207 calories, 8g total fat, 4g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 8mg cholesterol, 111mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate, 1g fiber, 15g sugars, 1g protein, 20Est GL.

Carrot Cake Cupcakes

GLUTEN FREE CARROT CUPCAKES

Tom Hirschfeld

PREP: 10 minutes
BAKE: 25-30 minutes

MAKES 6 CUPCAKES.

Most carrot cakes are huge—way too much for small households. But there’s no reason you can’t enjoy carrot cake—one of America’s favorite flavors—in cupcake form. This recipe can be made egg-free; see instructions. To use this recipe to make a small carrot cake, see instructions.

Each cupcake with cream cheese frosting contains 437 calories, 20g total fat, 8g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 58mg cholesterol, 209mg sodium, 64g carbohydrate, 2g fiber, 45g sugars, 3g protein, 38Est GL.

Cream Cheese Frosting

GLUTEN FREE COOKING FOR TWO

PREP: 20 minutes

MAKES 3/4 CUP.

This wonderful frosting by professional baker Diane Kittle, owner of Dee’s One Smart Cookie Bakery in Glastonbury, CT, can be made with dairy-free alternatives for those who can’t tolerate cow’s milk.

Each tablespoon of cream cheese frosting contains 86 calories, 4g total fat, 2g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 12mg cholesterol, 19mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate, 0g fiber, 12g sugars, 0g protein, 9Est GL.

Carol Fenster is the author of ten gluten-free cookbooks, including, 100 Best Gluten-Free Recipes, and the award-winning 1,000 Gluten-Free Recipes. The former associate food editor at Living Without magazine, Fenster’s work has been published in the New York Times, Washington Post and elsewhere.

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