Favorite season? Fall. Reason why? Festivals.
This time of year, you can find a plethora of festivals around the city and region. Many of these festivals revolve around our favorite pastime of eating. The annual Hickory Apple Festival happens this weekend, October 1st and 2nd. Events take place at the Mt. Pleasant Township Volunteer Fire Department, located approximately 25 miles southwest of Pittsburgh in Hickory PA. They have loads of home cooked foods, and home-baked goodies, countless craft booths, and various vendors.
Then I got to thinking, what could someone with celiac disease feel safe eating at one of these festivals? There are no labels to read, and no gluten free tags. Scary, right?
What to do? Enjoy the crisp fall weather, the live entertainment, the petting zoo, the crafts, and the various vendors. In exchange for no goodies at the festival, head home with a big bag of apples. On the menu, a new recipe from the Kid-Friendly Food Allergy Cookbook by Leslie Hammond and Lynne Marie Rominger, Pancake Torte.
2 cups milk
1 cup rice flour
¼ stick butter
½ cup sugar
1 cup sliced apples
In a blender, add the milk, flour, butter, sugar, and eggs. Blend until smooth. Butter a 9-inch pie dish. Arrange sliced apples on the bottom. Pour mixture over the apples and bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes. Cool slightly and slice like a pie. Serve warm.