Honey Lemon Poppyseed Cake

I’ve been meaning to develop a lemon poppyseed cake for a while now.  My jar of poppyseeds have been long suffering in silence, hidden behind the more popular dried fruits and nuts of the world.  Finally, their time has arrived.  This cake recipe is moist, flavourful and tastes great warm, with the addition of drizzled honey over the top.

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Honey Lemon Poppyseed Cake
In a large bowl whisk together…
3 eggs
1/3 cup honey
1/2 cup canola oil + 1 tbsp lemon oil (for flavouring, can substitute)
1 cup canned white kidney beans + 1/4 cup water, pureed
Zest of 2 lemons
Juice of 1 lemon

In a seperate bowl whisk together…
1 1/4 cup almond flour
1 1/4 cup brown rice flour
3 tbsp poppyseeds
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp salt

**1 tbsp of honey to drizzle over top when serving**

Fold wet into dry and pour into parchment lined loaf pans.
Bake at 350 for 30 – 40 minutes (depending on size of tin) or until top if firm and cake tester comes out clean.

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Whistle Stop Chrimstmas Fair 2013

The 5th Annual Whistle Stop Christmas Fair
When: Sunday December 1, 2013
Where: Markham Go Train Station. (214 Main St. North, Markham)
Time: 10:00am – 3:00pm.
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This is our 5th fair and this year we will be supporting the Markham Stouffville Hospital’s Expansion Campaign!

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The Whistle Stop Christmas Fair is the perfect place to get all of your Christmas gifts, including; home made preserves, hot sauce, pottery, jewellery, specialty soaps and creams, baked goods including gluten free, christmas cards, artisanal crafts and much more!

We will also be holding a charity BBQ and Bake sale in the parking lot!

Hope to see you there!

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Rice Cake Brittle

Guest post by: Kathryn Barlow of kbarlowdesign.com

I came about testing this while I was trying to find a gluten-free dessert to bring to a party. I’d been planning on making Breton Brittle, and wanted to try to find a gluten-free version since I already had all the ingredients for breton brittle. I asked my friends to see if they could recommend a good gluten-free substitute for Breton crackers, but no one could recommend anything that would have a similar taste/texture. My better half suggested rice cakes, and I figured it would be worth a shot!

I tested a batch of Breton Brittle with one corner as a gluten-free rice cake (be careful which brand you get – Quaker rice cakes have a possible cross-contamination issue due to where/how it’s manufactured. I went with Lundberg lightly salted, which had a guarantee on the packaging). I could hardly wait to try it, and was surprised at what a different sort of snack/dessert it made! Regular Breton Brittle is super sweet and kind of heavy/dense. The rice cakes made it lighter and airier with more crunch. I’m pouring toffee and chocolate over rice cakes – how could that not be delicious, really. Over the next couple of days I let various people sample each kind, and was surprised how some people were 100% on board with Breton while others preferred the rice cakes! It was about a 50/50 split and a handful of people that loved both.

Without further ado, here’s the recipe and step by step instructions!

Rice Cake Brittle

- 1 package gluten-free rice cakes
- 1 cup butter
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup chocolate chips

Line cookie sheet (jelly-roll pan) with heavy aluminum foil (over sides of pan).
Position rice cakes in pan leaving as little space between them as possible. Break up rice cakes to fill in the holes as best you can without crumbling them too tiny. Pre-heat oven to 400F.

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Bring brown sugar and butter to a boil in a medium saucepan stirring occasionally to mix butter and sugar. Let it boil for 20 seconds.

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Pour immediately over rice cakes. Bake at 400F for 5 mins. (It will bubble and spread)

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Remove from oven, sprinkle with chocolate chips, let them melt for a minute or so, then spread chocolate with a wet spoon.




Leave overnight in the fridge to harden/set. If you are super impatient, you can sometimes get away with 3-4 hours, but it’s best to give it as much time to set as possible. Once set, it can be broken into chunks.

I keep mine in the fridge to prevent it melting, and found that it freezes really well. I also may or may not have eaten a bowl of this for breakfast one day after a party… it’s really addictive!

Zucchini Cornbread

Sweet corn is at its prime right now in Ontario.  After picking up a bundle  from Reesor’s Farm Market in Stouffville, I used the leftovers from a BBQ dinner for a batch of cornbread.  The addition of fresh corn along with grated zucchini adds moisture and flavour to this savoury quickbread.

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For this recipe you will need…
3 eggs
1/2 cup canola oil

1/4 cup maple syrup
1 1/2 cups grated zucchini

1 1/3 cups corn flour
1/3 cup chickpea flour
1/3 cup tapioca flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
2 cups cooked corn kernels (2 cobs)

Whisk wet ingredients together in a large bowl.  In a separate bowl mix together dry ingredients.  Once combined, fold dry into wet.  Pour into a greased and parchment lined loaf pan (8″x 4″) or in two, 5 inch round cast iron pans.  Bake at 350 degrees for 35-45 minutes as a loaf or 20 – 25 minutes in cast iron pans (or until a tester comes out clean).

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Enjoy on the side of a soup or chili or on its own with a large smear of butter!

Blueberry Crepe Stack Cake

Searching for a new dessert to make for a friends long weekend dinner party, I decided to flip through Laura Calder’s “Dinner Chez Moi” – it never fails.  Her Cherry Crepe Stack Cake looked too delicious not to try, so I created my own gluten-free version.

I made a buckwheat crepe and opted for a blueberry filling because they looked so fresh at the market.  This recipe requires some forethought as the crepe batter has to rest in the fridge for 2 hours, however, it’s worth the wait.

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To a blender bowl add…
2 cups milk
4 eggs
1/4 cup sugar
3 tbsp melted butter
1/2 cup buckwheat flour
1/2 cup coconut flour
1/2 cup tapioca or arrowroot starch
1 tsp cinnamon
pinch of salt

Blend until smooth (about 1 min.) and store in a sealed container in the fridge for 2 hours.

While waiting for two hours to pass, make the filling.  When you are done that read a book,  mow the lawn or go for a run.  Make sure to pass a grocery store as you will want ice cream to top the cake!

FIlling – 3 Stages
In a saucepan, heat…
2.5 lbs fresh blueberries

1/2 cup white sugar

1 cup walnuts
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/4 tsp salt

1 tsp white sugar
1 tsp cinnamon

Heat blueberries and sugar until blueberries are soft but remain intact.  Use a slotted spoon to scoop out blueberries leaving liquid remaining in the pot.  Add 1/2 tsp tapioca starch to the liquid and cook down until syrup-ey!

Next, toast 1 cup of walnuts on a frying pan.  Once toasted pour in maple syrup and stir until maple syrup hardens and coats the nuts.  Roughly chop and set aside.

Now that 2 hours are up it’s time to get crepe-ing!    Brush butter on a hot non stick pan.  Pour approx. 1/4 cup of mixture into pan and swirl so it has an approx. 7-8 inch diameter.  Once browned, flip and continue.  You should get between 10-12 crepes.

Once your crepes are done it’s time for assembly.  Create your crepe stack in a spring form cake pan.  Layer as follows, crepe + sugar/cinnamon, crepe + sugar/cinnamon + chopped nuts, crepe + sugar cinnamon + whole blueberry sauce.  Repeat and end with a plain crepe on top.  Heat in a 350 degree oven for 20 minutes.

Serve in slices with a scoop of praline or maple ice cream and a splash of reserved blueberry sauce.



Raspberry Shortcake with Mascarpone Cream

Since strawberries are almost out of season in Ontario, I thought I would create a shortcake recipe with July’s favourite fruit at the forefront, raspberries!  This recipe looks daunting with its’ long list of ingredients, but do not fret, it’s not as difficult as it appears.  The cake is fluffy and moist with a hint of clementine flavour.   Topped and filled with a tangy mascarpone cream, and an oozing raspberry sauce, it screams summer by the slice.

To make this recipe less daunting prepare it in stages.  You can make the cake up to a day ahead of time and the fillings at any time, even minutes before you serve it.

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Beat together in a large bowl…
2 egg yolks
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup canola oil
1 tsp vanilla
2 tbsp clementine or orange zest
1/4 cup freshly squeezed clementine or orange juice

Whisk together in another bowl…
1/2 cup almond flour
1/4 cup corn flour
1/4 cup white rice flour
1/4 cup tapioca flour/starch
1/4 cup coconut flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt

Fold dry into wet, alternating with…
1/2 cup milk

Then fold in…
2 egg whites whipped to soft peaks

Bake at 350 degrees in a parchment lined 9 inch round cake pan for 35 – 40 minutes.

Raspberry Sauce
In a small saucepan over medium heat combine…
2 cups raspberries
Juice and zest of 1 clementine (approx 2 tbsp)
2 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp tapioca flour/starch

Cook down until a thick sauce remains.

Mascarpone Cream
Whisk together in a small bowl, until smooth
3/4 cup mascarpone
3/4 cup greek yogurt
1/2 cup icing sugar
1/4 tsp salt

Slice your cake in half horizontally.  Dollop half of the raspberry sauce and cream on the bottom cake and spread to the edges.  Dollop the remaining on the top and garnish with fresh raspberries, mint and clementines!  Store the cake in the fridge for up to a week!
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Unionville Farmers’ Market 2013 – Cancelled

We regretfully announce that the Unionville Farmers’ Market for 2013 will be cancelled for the season.  Due to the ongoing construction to restore the Stiver Mill, the market organizers have decided to cancel the market.   Organizers hope to return next season when construction is completed.

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We thank everyone for their support over the past 4 years and hope to see you at our Whistle Stop Christmas Fair in December.

Stay tuned to our website for recipes, guest blogs and everything we are up to during the summer!

Happy July!

Ginger Molasses & Strawberry Ice Cream Sandwiches

For these spicy, strawberry ice cream sandwiches… scoop a hefty amount of vanilla ice cream between 2 cookies, stuff in some fresh strawberry slices and devour!  (Or freeze for later, if they last that long)  

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In a large bowl beat together…
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups demerara sugar
3/4 cup canola oil
1/4 cup molasses
1 tsp vanilla

In a separate bowl whisk together…
1 cup brown rice flour
1/2 cup tapioca flour/starch
1/2 cup coconut flour
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt

Mix dry ingredients into wet.  Roll tablespoon size balls and flatten with a fork onto a parchment lined baking sheet.    Bake at 325 for 6-8 minutes.  Let cool for 10 minutes before removing from sheet.  When cool, scoop ice cream between two cookies and add as many strawberries as you wish!  Makes 36 cookies.

Korean Kimchi Pancake!

Korean Kimchi Pancake or “Kimchi Jeon” is a quick dinner fix with a lot of flavour.  Serve with gluten free soy sauce for dipping and some of your favourite veggie sides.  Experience the “Land of Morning Calm” from the comfort of your own kitchen.

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Whisk together in a large bowl…
4 eggs
1/2 cup brown rice flour
1/2 cup white rice flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp sesame oil
1 tsp salt
1 1/4 cups kimchi
*canola oil for frying

Fry on medium/high heat in a non stick pan until browned on each side.  Serve with soy sauce for dipping! Recipe Makes two, 8 inch pancakes!

Welcome to Sweet Grace & Co.

Check out our guest blog post on ‘Cause You’re Young - “A website for artists and entrepreneurs to connect and carve a name for themselves.”


Five summers ago my sister and I took a chance on a farmers’ market.   With our parents’ mini van full of muffins, pies & brownies, a deck umbrella to shield us from the sun and a few chalk boards advertising the daily specials, we were ready to take on the self-employed world (well, part time at least).

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Our gluten-free baking adventures began about 10 years ago when our mother was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis.  Hoping to lessen her medication intake and improve her mobility, she consulted a naturopath. She was advised to eliminate foods that caused inflammation specifically gluten.

Coming from an Italian/German family that loves to cook and eat EVERYTHING, it was quite a shock when our first ventures into gluten-free baking did not turn out as desired. Cookies with a texture indecipherable from pet rocks and pizzas as sturdy as frisbees from Canadian Tire, were a, thankfully, short-lived reality.

laura market grace farmers market

With a number of culinary disasters, chipped teeth and a few friends still willing to try our new gluten-free recipes — “You HAVE to try it.  This one ACTUALLY tastes good!”–we finally got the hang of gluten-free baking.  A friend suggested that we sell at a local farmers’ market, as at that time gluten-free products, especially good ones, were hard to find.

After a googling and e-mailing blitz, we received an email from one market that was still taking vendors.  We set up a blog, whipped up some crude homemade business cards and presto, we had our own business–one step above a curb side lemon aid stand.  After late nights baking, early morning fighting (over who had to drive) and hot summer days pushing our product, we started to develop a clientele would would seek us out at the market.

After our first market season we learned a lot about how to run our own business.  Hard work, trial and error, GREAT customer service and a good product go a long way.   We also saw how the ‘tire kickers’, who looked insulted at the very thought of trying a sample of a gluten-free brownie, would in time be converted into repeat customers.


Throughout the years, we have revamped our website, business cards and design (with the help of a friend who happens to be a real deal web  designer www.kbarlowdesign.com) and continue to work on and improve our recipes.  Our new focus is to provide recipes for people to make themselves so they can live a gluten-free life without relying on a box in a grocery store.

Check back each month for new recipes, blog updates and tips and tricks that will make your gluten free life more enjoyable!

Happy Eating!