Gluten-Free Paradiso Cakes

Take some time for you and for this little piece of cake heaven. Invented by Italian priests, this dessert really is a slice of paradise.

Gluten-Free Paradiso Cakes

Of Lombard origin, the legend says that “Paradiso” (Paradise) cake was invented by a priest of the Certosa of Pavia, North of Italy. The cake was so good that, once tasted by the other priests, they gave it the name of “Paradise”. In 1878, the pastry chef Enrico Vigoni, owner of a bakery that still exists in Pavia, a town near Milan, picked up the recipe and made it famous throughout Italy.

My gluten-free version, made with rice flour and corn starch (corn meal-corn flour), is a softness to be enjoyed at any time of the day but quietly, very quietly. Take some time for you and for this little piece of heaven.

Gluten-Free Paradiso Cakes
 
Take some time for you and for this little piece of cake heaven. Invented by Italian priests, this dessert really is a slice of paradise.
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Recipe Type: Baking, Dessert
Cuisine: Gluten Free
Serves: 6-8
Ingredients
  • 80 ml (2½ fl oz) mild extra-virgin olive oil (or 100 ml/3½ organic cold-pressed sunflower oil)
  • 150 g (5 ½ oz) light brown sugar
  • 4 organic eggs
  • 3 tablespoons fresh cream
  • 250 g (9 oz) rice flour
  • 50 g (1¾ oz) corn-meal-cornflour
  • 2 teaspoons organic baking powder
  • zest of 1 organic lemon
  • icing sugar to taste
Instructions
  1. Knead the oil with sugar. Add the egg yolks, stirring constantly and the fresh cream.
  2. Add the flour, baking powder, lemon zest, mixing thoroughly.
  3. Whip the eggs whites until stiff and add them to the mixture from the bottom upwards.
  4. Pour the mixture into small molds, greased and floured.
  5. Bake, in preheated oven, at 180°C (350°F/gas 4), for 30 minutes.
  6. Decorate with icing sugar.
Veronica Lavenia

Veronica Lavenia

Veronica is a born and raised Italian. She inherited her love for travel, passion for cooking and natural, sustainable, plant based slow food from her parents. Her works have appeared in 'Vegetarian Living', 'Veggie Magazine', 'Lifestyle food', 'Australian Good Food & Travel Guide', 'Chickpea' and 'Free from Heaven', among others. She is the author of "Panini: the simple tastes of Italian style bread"; 'The Rustic Italian bakery" and "The Vegetarian Italian Kitchen", published by New Holland Publishers Australia. Her fourth book, 'A Modern Italian Table: simple everyday natural recipes' will be released in March 2017, for the same publisher.

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