Flourless Chocolate Cake Recipe (Gluten Free!)

I wanted to make a gluten free cake for my friend’s birthday – she has Celiac disease..   This is what I whipped up – so easy – and soooo delicious!

Flourless Chocolate Cake Recipe (Gluten Free!)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup white granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened Dutch process cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp espresso powder

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375
  2. Cut a circle out of parchment paper to line bottom of 8" cake pan. Grease pan, place parchment paper on bottom, grease again. This step is VERY important or the cake will stick!
  3. Place butter and 1 cup chips in a glass mixing bowl. Place in microwave, heat 1 minute. Stir. Continue to heat for 30 seconds/stir, until mixture is well combined.
  4. Add sugar and espresso powder (optional)
  5. Add eggs and vanilla, whisk until smooth
  6. Add cocoa powder, mix until well combined and smooth
  7. Pour into prepared pan.
  8. Place in oven, bake 20 minutes.
  9. Remove, let cool 10 minutes.
  10. Run knife around the edge of the pan, quickly invert onto a cake plate
  11. Peel off parchment paper
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You can glaze with this Ganache Recipe if you would like!

 

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Chocolate Ganache Recipe

I made this to go over the fabulous Flourless Chocolate Cake Recipe but it can be for any type of cake!

Chocolate Ganache Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream

Instructions

  1. Place chips and whipping cream in microwaveable safe bowl
  2. Microwave 30 seconds at half power, mix well
  3. Continue to microwave for 30 seconds at 50% power, mixing well after each 30 seconds
  4. When completely smooth, spread over your dessert.
  5. Cool at room temperature for 30 minutes
  6. Then refrigerate for 1 hour to allow to completely set.
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Queso Fundido Recipe

This dip recipe is really delicious – it was a HUGE hit with the guests on a long weekend at the beach a few weeks back..

Queso Fundido Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 lb shredded monterey jack cheese
  • 8 oz muenster cheese, shredded or chopped (if you can only find slices!)
  • 8 oz queso fresco (2 cups) - I have substituted dry ricotta when I could not find queso fresco
  • 1/2 lb anaheim chilies
  • 2 jalepenos
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 1 lb white button mushrooms, cleaned, stems removed and sliced
  • tortilla chips/tortillas

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400. Stir together all cheeses in a large bowl.
  2. Spread chilies on greased, rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with a small bit of olive oil. Bake until skins turn black and blister, about 25 minutes. Remove from oven. Allow chilies to cool about 15 minutes. Peel, seed all chilies under running water. Chop and set aside.
  3. Grease a 12" cast iron skillet with 1 Tbs olive oil. Add cheese mixture to skillet. Bake until cheese has melted and is golden brown, about 25 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, heat rest of live oil in large skillet over medium high heat. Add garlic, cook 1 minute. Stir constantly. Add mushrooms, cook, stirring regularly, until mushrooms have softened - about 7 minutes. Add chilies, stir for 1-2 minutes.
  5. Remove hot skillet with cheese from oven, top with mushroom mixture.
  6. Serve immediately with hot griddled tortillas and or tortilla chips.
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Fabulous Steak Marinade Recipe

Yummy yummy this was good!  I *highly* recommend this recipe for any type of steak!

Fabulous Steak Marinade Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 Tbs garlic powder
  • 3 Tbs dried basil
  • 1 1/2 Tbs dried parsley flakes
  • 1 tsp white pepper
  • 1/2 tsp hot pepper sauce
  • 2 Tbs fresh horseradish sauce
  • 1 tsp minced garlic

Instructions

  1. Place soy sauce, olive oil, lemon juice, worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, dried basil, parsley, and white pepper in blender or small food processor. Add hot sauce, horseradish and minced garlic. Blend on high until thoroughly combined.
  2. Pour over steaks and cover or pour over steaks in zip lock bag. Refrigerate up to 12 hours. Cook meat as desired.
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Crock Pot Roast with Vegetable Recipe

I love to walk in to the house and smell something yummy coming from the crockpot, which has been bubbling for hours.  In this case it was a roast with carrots and potatoes.  Delicious!

 

Crock Pot Roast with Vegetable Recipe

Ingredients

  • 3-4 Tbs olive oil
  • 1 cup sliced onion
  • 1 3-4 pound roast (this was bottom round)
  • 2-3 cloves minced garlic
  • salt and pepper
  • sliced potatoes
  • 2 cups baby carrots
  • 3-4 cups beef broth
  • water

Instructions

  1. Place olive oil in large pot
  2. Heat over medium high heat
  3. Add onion, stir for 2 minutes, add garlic, stir an additional 2 minutes
  4. Add roast, and sear on all sides
  5. Place roast in crock pot with the onions and garlic mixture
  6. Add potatoes and carrots on top
  7. Add beef broth and water to cover half way
  8. Cook on high for 6 hours, then turn down to low
  9. Roast will fall apart!
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Blueberry Cobbler Recipe

This blueberry cobbler was so light – it was delicious!!!

 

Blueberry Cobbler Recipe

Ingredients

  • 3 cups fresh blueberries, washed, picked over to ensure no stems
  • 3 Tbs white sugar
  • 1/3 cup fresh orange juice (yes I squeezed mine fresh!)
  • 2/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened but not melted
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375
  2. Grease an 8" square baking dish
  3. Place blueberries, 3 Tbs sugar, and orange juice into the prepared pan. Gently mix.
  4. In a small bowl, mix flower, baking powder and salt.
  5. In a medium bowl, cream butter and 1/2 cup sugar with electric mixer until fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Add flour mixture slowly, stir gently until just until incorporated.
  6. Drop the batter by rounded spoonfuls over the blueberries - not touching completely but almost. Try to cover most of the berries.
  7. Bake in preheated oven for 37-42 minutes, or until lightly browned.
  8. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream!
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Roasted Red Pepper Sauce Recipe

Red peppers are a HUGE hit here – and roasting them gave them great flavor for the pasta!

Roasted Red Pepper Sauce Recipe

Ingredients

  • 4-5 red peppers
  • 3 Tbs olive oil
  • 2 Tbs minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil
  • 2 - 2 1/2 cups half and half
  • 4 Tbs unsalted butter
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat broiler. Lightly coat peppers with olive oil, place on pan in the preheated oven. Broil until peppers start to blister and skin is slightly blackened. Remove, place in paper bag or zip lock bag for 45 minutes.
  2. Remove seeds and skin from peppers. Cut peppers into small pieces.
  3. In a large skillet, heat 3 Tbs olive oil. Add garlic, basil, and peppers. Cook for about 12 minutes.
  4. Place mixture in blender (be careful as it's very hot!) or use an immersion blender (depends on what you want the consistency of the sauce to be). Return to skillet, add butter, season with salt and pepper.
  5. Pour over prepared pasta, sprinkle with more fresh basil.
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