Caramelized Red Onion, Apple, Bacon and Gorgonzola Loaf

This loaf cake is no joke. I wasn’t always a lover of savory loaf cakes since given the choice, I’d take sweet over salty every time. Things changed when I started playing around with decadent, flavor-packed ingredients, like caramelized onions, apples, bacon and gorgonzola. Oh, yeah.

Dairy-free? Just swap in a dairy-free cheese for the gorgonzola, such as my Dairy-Free Goat Cheese (in my latest cookbook, Silvana’s Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free Kitchen) or any of Treeline Treenut Cheese‘s soft cheeses (I love the smoky Chipotle-Serrano Pepper French-Style Soft Cheese), a Hudson Valley-based company I fell in love with years ago.

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For ingredient substitutions, please see the detailed chart at Gluten-Free 101.

Let’s get baking,


Caramelized Red Onions, Apples, Bacon and Gorgonzola Loaf

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 medium red onions (thinly sliced crosswise)
  • 1½ cups Silvana's Kitchen Gluten-Free Multi-Purpose Flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ½ cup non-hydrogenated canola oil or grapeseed oil
  • 2 large eggs (at room temperature)
  • 1½ large apples—peeled, cored and thinly sliced
  • ½ cup crumbled blue cheese (plus more for topping)
  • 3 slices bacon (chopped and cooking until crisp)
  1. In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium-low heat. Add the onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened and caramelized, about 25 minutes.

  2. Preheat the oven to 350°F and grease a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan with cooking spray. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a small bowl, whisk together the sour cream, oil and eggs. Stir into the flour mixture until smooth. Fold in about 1 of the apples, blue cheese and about two-thirds of the bacon. Transfer the batter to the prepared pan and top with the remaining half apple, blue cheese and bacon. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 55 minutes. Let cool completely in the pans, set on a wire rack.

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