Posts Tagged 'flourless'

Pipe Dream #280: To Fix You/Love You – Almond Cookies (GF)

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If you’re looking for an almond fix, please look no further. I’ve done the work for you. These cookies are thrice almond. Paste, extract, slices.

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Paste.

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Extract.

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Slices.

I actually didn’t like this recipe very much. The cookies were far too spread-y because I tried to use 7 ounces of almond paste instead of 10 ounces. Go with the original recipe linked below. And add dark chocolate chips. Because I just think that sounds amazing, yeah?

But if you do make it my way, you can try slicing up the cookies into squares and layering them in glasses with whipped cream before sticking them in the fridge for an hour or two. It made a lovely miniature meringue cake for a gluten-free neighbor.

Trying to love and fix my neighbor,

L

Almond Cookies

Adapted from King Arthur Flour

7 ounces almond paste (from a can, or learn how to make your own from scratch here)
scant 1 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 large egg whites, lightly beaten
1/4 teaspoon gluten-free almond extract
sliced almonds

Preheat the oven to 325°F. Lightly grease two baking sheets, or line them with parchment.

Blend the almond paste, sugar, and salt until the mixture becomes uniformly crumbly; this is best done in a stand mixer. Add the egg whites gradually, while mixing, to make a smooth paste. Stir in the flavorings.

Scoop the dough by heaping tablespoons onto the prepared pans, leaving a few inches in between each, as they will spread quite a bit. Sprinkle with sliced almonds.

Bake the cookies for 15-20 minutes, until they’re golden around the edges. Remove them from the oven, and let them cool on the pan. Once cool, you can slice into prettier squares. I made a dessert for a gluten-free friend by whipping some heavy cream, then layering the cookies and cream. After a few hours in the fridge, it was just like an icebox cake.

 

Pipe Dream #262: To Keep My Options Open? – Flourless PB Banana Maple Muffins

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Statement of the hour: One great thing about being gluten-free is that you don’t have to be chocolate-free.

Can I get a holler on that?

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I’m not gluten-free, but I have friends that are, and I would feel significantly worse for them if chocolate contained gluten. This recipe contains it AND peanut butter AND muffins, which are two other items that needn’t cause coeliacs regret.

These muffins are a wonder. While not the most traditionally fluffy of muffins, they are extremely moist and flavorful. I was pleasantly surprised–even if I hadn’t underbaked them, I know they wouldn’t have been dry. Plus, I can’t think of anything easier than grinding a few ingredients in a blender to taste (you can play with the sweetener, flavorings, salt, etc.).

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The maple flavoring is optional, as are the chocolate chips. But let’s be honest, when are the chocolate chips ever optional?

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Fabulous food styling by Carica. Endless obsession with chocolate chips on my table by Lauren.

L

Flourless PB Banana Maple Muffins

Adapted from Averie Cooks

1 medium ripe banana, peeled
1 large egg
heaping 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
3 tablespoons maple syrup
1 tablespoon vanilla extract (I used half vanilla and half maple extract)
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
a pinch salt
heaping 1/2 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spray mini muffin tins with non-stick spray, dust with flour, then tap out the excess.
Combine all ingredients except the chocolate chips in a blend and blend until smooth, about 1 minute.Spray a tablespoon measure with non-stick spray and use it to fill each tin about 3/4 full.
Bake for 8 to 9 minutes, or until the tops are set, domed and springy when pressed. The muffin tops will sink as they cool. Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then remove to cool on a wire rack.

Pipe Dream #64: Um…Chocolate – Flourless Chocolate Torte

I really didn’t know what to call this post except “Chocolate.” This whole recipe is saturated with chocolate. And ok, let’s be real, my whole life is saturated with chocolate. Or at least, I feel that it should be. Can I get an amen?

Also, I make a lot of ‘I feel’ statements. Like, “I’m feeling like you are in a bad mood,” or “I feel that I think that I possibly want to go on a bike ride.” Just thought I would tell you that. Anyway.

Actually, it was my dad’s birthday, so I felt like I should make something that he would like. It wasn’t a hard decision. In my dad’s eyes, chocolate is always a winner. I mean, he can pretend like he’s all healthy eating green shakes in the morning, but we all know where his true heart lies. And can I just say, there is a lot of chocolate in this recipe. You have to go all in and buy 23 whole ounces of the good stuff. But it is worth it, I promise. :]

There is real dark chocolate in the glaze. Also pictured, butter.

There is chocolate in the batter.

There is chocolate lining the very pan in which the cake is baked.

This recipe also includes fewlding in egg whites, which I don’t actually get. Usually, you fold in egg whites because you want your cake or what-have-you to be especially light. This torte is the opposite of especially light; it is like a fudge cake. So I don’t get why you fold in the egg whites, but whatevs. I did it. It turned out fine.


Bonus, this cake has the easiest frosting in the world. Just heat up the chocolate, and pour it over the cake. Ba-am. The golden apples were a little more time-consuming, but I’ll tell you about that some other time, like maybe later this week if I get the time. Hold your breath.

Suffice it to say that this torte was a cinch and my dad totally loved it. Print it, bake it, love it.

I feel,

L

Flourless Chocolate Torte

Adapted from Williams-Sonoma Collection Series, Dessert, by Abigail Johnson Dodge (Simon & Schuster, 2002)

Serves 12-14…depending on how you slice it.

For the torte:

Unsweetened cocoa powder for dusting
15 oz. bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
18 Tbs. (2 1⁄4 sticks) unsalted butter,
cut into small pieces
7 egg yolks
9 Tbs. granulated sugar
1 1⁄2 Tbs. dark rum or brewed espresso (optional)
1 1⁄2 tsp. vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
5 egg whites, at room temperature
3 cups raspberries
Confectioners’ sugar for dusting

For the glaze:

1/2 cup butter
8 oz chopped bittersweet chocolate
2 tablespoons light corn syrup

Directions:

Preheat an oven to 300ºF. Grease a cake pan and dust with cocoa powder.In the top pan of a double boiler or a janky makeshift version of a double boiler. Sometimes I use a regular pan and a glass bowl…gets the job done. Combine the chocolate and butter. Set the top pan over simmering water and melt, then whisk until well blended. Set aside to cool a bit.In a large bowl, using an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat together the egg yolks, 6 tablespoons of the granulated sugar, the rum, vanilla and salt on medium-high speed until pale and very thick, 3 to 5 minutes. Graduallypour in the chocolate mixture and continue beating until well blended.In a deep bowl, using a mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, beat the egg whites on medium-high speed until foamy, about 1 minute. Make sure your bowl and beaters are very clean. Gradually add the remaining 3 tablespoons granulated sugar and continue to beat until medium-firm peaks form, about 2 minutes. Scoop half of the egg whites onto the chocolate mixture and fold them in gently. Fold in the remaining whites just until no streaks remain, so your cake doesn’t deflate. I find this hard to do without feeling like I’m overdoing it–you’ll probably be fine, though.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and spread it evenly. Bake until the torte puffs slightly and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out very moist but not liquid, about 40 minutes. This is tricky too, as Abigail warns us not to over-bake. Whatever. Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let cool for 30 minutes.

Remove the torte from the pan and let it cool completely, then cover and refrigerate until very cold, at least 4 hours or up to overnight.
To glaze the torte, combine butter, cut into 4 pieces, and chocolate in the top of a double boiler. Set over simmering water and melt, then whisk until blended. Remove from the heat and whisk in the corn syrup until smooth and glossy. Set the cold cake on a wire rack over a large plate or baking sheet. Slowly pour the warm glaze over the center of the cake. The glaze should cover the surface evenly, but feel free to help it along to be even. I spent a devil of a time wiping off my cake plate after I glazed it so the excess would look even. No, I’ve never been a perfectionist.

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