triple threat chocolate attack

tripple threat chocolate cake... chocolate ganache. rich, moist chocolate cake made with quinoa. chocolate & vanilla bean cream filling! Entirely gluten-free

Sometimes I cheat….

What I mean by that is, if I have to make a cake for a tasting (as I’m doing today), I wont make a whole cake.

…I like to do what I call the “half-a-cake“. What I mean by that is, I divide the whole recipe in half, bake only one layer of cake, cut that cake in half & stack it on top of itself.┬áThen decorate as intended.

It’s cheating without cheating.

Truth is, if I made the entire cake, I’d eat anything that wasn’t being given as a sample.

…And then I’d be huge.

Todays cake was made as a half (although the recipe given is for the full shebang). It was a special request from a couple who are about to renew their vows & want something a little special to mark the occasion.

My orders were, that they wanted it chocolate, chocolate & more chocolate….. & that it had to be moist! Well, ok, I can do that.

What I have here is a rich, moist, bitter chocolate cake. That has then been filled with a light chocolate & vanilla bean cream filling. & that whole thing has been covered entirely with a chocolate ganache that is neither dark chocolate nor milk chocolate but rather somewhere in-between.

Message received!

They’ve also asked me to make BINGO cookies as their giveaways for the occasion. Turns out they are quite avid BINGO players who frequent ballsupbingo more often than not. Hey, we each have our quirks. Turns out the game can be quite fun (yes, I may or may not have wandered over & played a few games).

Any way, I’ve not done the cookies yet, but the cake tasting went quite well… looks like I’ll be making about 30Kg of it!

I’d also like to share that I used quinoa as the selling point for the cake. I mean, besides the fact that it is completely gluten-free & the cake was absolutely delicious, quinoa is incredibly healthy for you. Since people are always trying to be more health conscious, I thought I’d throw that little tidbit in there.

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beurre noisette & sea salt brownies

beurre noisette (browned butter) & sea salt brownies - gluten-free

I’m a creature of habit. I find something that works & then I find a way to incorporate that success every which way possible.

Case in point, I recently discovered the power of browned butter (or beurre noisette in French) when I made a batch of browned butter cornbread. I was so impressed with the rich, nutty, yet subtle flavor of the butter that I had to use it again (and probably there will be an again, again later on).

Here I stand before you. Repeating the addition of beurre noisette in a batch of extra dark chocolate & sea salt, gluten-free brownies.

beurre noisette (browned butter) & sea salt brownies - gluten-free

I screwed them up the first time. I’m not ashamed to say it. My butter separated right out of them whilst they were baking & laid in a lake on top of them. It eventually absorbed back in during the baking process, but I knew I couldn’t live with that.

I’m not saying they weren’t delicious… after all, between Mel, myself, Naz & her mother, we practically ate the lot. Ok fine, Mel & I ate the lot… the other two only had a piece each. Still, I couldn’t possibly put them down as a success knowing what had gone on.

Back to the drawing board I went, turns out an addition of an extra egg & a little xanthan gum to tie up the mix was all it took.

I stand before you now a proud baker.

….possibly a little heavier too than when I initially started.

If you make them, you’ll understand.

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browned butter cornbread

browned butter cornbread - gluten-free

Cornbread… how deliciously southern.

The very idea of cornbread always makes me think of eating hushpuppies & fried catfish with my dad.

My daddy was one of those extra special people who could put a smile on anyone’s face. The man had a sense of humor that knew no bounds… and for the little time I had with him, he was my super hero.

The point I’m getting at here is that I saw a picture of cornbread pop up on one of my feeds the other day, & immediately I was transported back to a time where every second I spent with my dad was bliss.

I don’t need much more convincing than that. If the idea of food gives me a happy memory, I’m going to make that dish.

I’m not a complicated person, I’m just absolutely, irrefutably ruled by my emotions.

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