When’s the last time you visited your local library? If it’s been a while, I bet you’d never guess the kinds of things you’ll find available for checkout including this pan to make a paleo bundt cake!
I’m sure you’re familiar with the fact that they have more than just books. You can borrow magazines, music, DVD’S and games for systems like PlayStation, XBOX, Wii and some libraries may even have entire systems available to borrow so you can play the games.
Our library has stepped it up a notch. They now also carry board games, knitting needles, small appliances (think ice cream maker!) and high quality cake pans for checkout.
And I bet you could have guessed, I was the first one to check out this beautiful heart shaped bundt cake pan.
I made note of when the pans were becoming available, thanks to our library’s newsletter and made sure to be the first to check it out because I didn’t want any cross-contamination with others baking using regular flour.
The pans are high quality, so they don’t go in the dishwasher. That means when I brought it home I made sure to scrub scrub scrub with hot soapy water several times, just in case I wasn’t actually first. :)
I’ll do the same if I decide to check out any of the other pans, now that they’ve been available for a while.
I put in a recommendation to the library to possibly purchase two pans (one regular and one gluten-free) but no matter whether they do or not, there would obviously be no guarantee that when people take them home there would be no crosscontamination.
Regardless, I love that our library is on the cutting edge of introducing new products and providing quality service to those in our and the surrounding towns.
Tell Me About The Bundt!
I refer to my friend Betsy as the ‘Queen of the Bundt’ because she makes amazing looking bundt cakes. She even has a Bundt of the Month in the sidebar of her site! They’re not paleo but they are gorgeous.
I was inspired several years ago by Betsy’s bundts and as a result I put a mini bundt cake pan on my Amazon Wishlist.
That same Christmas I received the pan as a gift and made paleo White Russian mini bundt cakes for my Brunch themed paleo Christmas dinner. That recipe, sadly, never made it to the site.
Is This Your First Paleo Bundt Cake?
I don’t believe in stocking the kitchen with unnecessary items that don’t get used on a regular basis. Call it my minimalist kitchen principles. :)
If you come to our house and look through our kitchen drawers, you’ll notice very few specialty tools and appliances. Any items I own get used regularly and I make it a point to check back every 2-3 months and if I’m not using something I donate or sell it.
And for that reason I’ve never once owned a bundt cake pan.
Happy Valentine’s Day
We’re not huge fans of celebrating Hallmark holidays, so we don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day but I know many people do.
In the past I’ve shared a very paleo Valentine’s day recipe of beef heart kabobs and a chocolatel-y dessert of Chocolate Pear Tart so when I came across this heart shaped pan available to check out at our local library, I decided to go with a more traditional Valentine’s Day paleo recipe AND bake with an adult size bundt pan.
Does It Have To Be Heart Shaped?
If you’re in the baking mood and own any 10-inch bundt cake pan, you can prepare this recipe. So don’t worry if you don’t own this heart shaped pan.
A Few Tips For This Paleo Bundt Cake
I was super excited to have this recipe made so far in advance of Valentine’s Day and then I somehow lost the piece of paper I wrote the recipe down on. The day after I freaked out, I went and checked out the pan again and made it again.
Baking is not my forte however here are a few tips, now that I’ve made this cake a couple times.
- You can use coconut sugar in place of honey in the Paleo Lemon Curd.
- DO NOT add more than 3/4 cup of Paleo Buttermilk when combining the liquid and dry ingredients.
- Be sure to sprinkle almond flour on the bundt cake pan after rubbing down with coconut oil so it doesn’t stick when removing.
- Don’t skip allowing the cake to rest before tipping it over to prepare to serve.
- Don’t try to rush this recipe. Read everything before you start and be sure to allow plenty of time to prepare and cook.
Take A Peak Behind The Curtain
I don’t talk about the gear we use all that often, because I’m typically much more interested in the ingredients I’m using and what’s happening in the kitchen. But, I figure sometimes it’s fun to get a look behind the scenes.
When it comes to food photography, good lighting is a must! If you visit me when I’m cooking a dish for the blog you’ll notice my homemade table setup in the gym sitting right next to a giant sliding glass door, to make use of as much natural light as possible.
I’ll typically be using my Canon DSLR but there are cameras being brought to market that have far more packed into an even smaller vessel, like this compact camera for example.