I recently had a death in my extended family. My dear Uncle Jimmy passed away in Ponoka, Alberta at the age of 80. To some, this seems like he lived a very long life, but to his family it was way too short.
I grew up in rural Alberta and my childhood was spent with many cousins, aunts and uncles. Every Sunday I was at Grandma and Grandpa’s house at the farm eating perogies, baked turkeys, cookies, fresh cinnamon buns, sauerkraut and many other platters of food.
When my husband first attended a Durstling gathering he was shocked at the amount of food displayed. I still remember what he said to me after we went home.
“Most people stop eating when the food is gone, there, the food is never gone. If Grandma isn’t asking someone to grab another ice cream bucket of cookies out of the freezer, an aunt is bringing a huge lasagna into the house.”
There was always a lot of food. But I loved it, loved sitting by Grandpa in the living room, loved playing outside with my cousins, and loved Grandma’s hugs. But time goes by, we all grew up and got married. Some stayed in the area, others moved away. You try to stay in contact, and attend various family reunions and birthdays through the years but you have your own kids and spend your time with them. I did get a chance to give my Uncle a hug before he passed and for that I am grateful.
Monday was his funeral in Ponoka, and while it was a very sad and teary day, it was also a chance for me to catch up with my extended family. All but one of my cousins attended the funeral so tons of hugs and stories were exchanged. It was bittersweet.
After I spent a little bit of time reminiscing with my family, I really felt the need to make something from my childhood. Do you remember jam cakes? They were the kind of quick sheet cake that we’d have for Sunday lunch. It was a simple cake, but one that I remember well. I had one of my old recipes and thought this would be a good opportunity to try switching out the white flour that I can’t have anymore with the gf flour mix CUP4CUP.
CUP4CUP is a gf flour blend by Thomas Keller, the owner of the restaurant The French Laundry. It’s available at Williams Sonoma throughout Canada and the US.
Gluten Free Old Fashioned Jam Cake
3 large eggs
3/4 cup softened butter
1 cup white sugar
1 cup strawberry jam
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp baking soda
pinch of salt
1 1/2 cups Cup4Cup gf flour
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Line the bottom of a 9 x 13 pan with parchment paper.
- In a stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar until light. Add eggs, one at a time, scraping sides of bowl to incorporate all.
- Add jam and mix again.
- In a small bowl, combine the gf flour, baking soda, salt and spices. Stir well.
- Add dry ingredients to egg mixture alternating with the buttermilk.
- Beat until batter is smooth.
- Pour batter into baking pan, and bake for 35 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and cool.