Ahhh yes, February 14th. Valentine’s Day.
I find that these days you pretty much fall into two camps with regards to Valentine’s Day.
1. You’re single and you despise everybody else that is posting mushy lovey dovey crap and just want to bury yourself in a bottle of wine and block of chocolate until it all blows over.
2. You’re in a great relationship that doesn’t need validating because of a special date and despise everybody else that makes a big deal about V-Day…. BUT you still wouldn’t mind being surprised with wine, chocolate and flowers. (This is totally me, by the way).
Actually I think, technically we need a third camp here, but you get the point.
Whether you believe Valentine’s Day to be a whole lot of baloney or not, I think we can mutually agree on the point that there should be chocolate involved. …. so maybe we should just make it the official International Day of Chocolate Eating and Wine Drinking instead.
Now, I bet I know what you’re thinking. “Here she goes, off about chocolate again, and she’s going to tell me to bake up this amazing cake, which will require me going to the shops and you know, actually baking something… and then waiting to you know, eat it, which is kind of the whole point… so maybe I’ll just buy a big block of chocolate and be done with it.”
Well sorry, but I’m going to prove you wrong.
There is nothing worse than needing a chocolate fix, or wanting to create something really sweet and simple for your honey, and having to slave away in the kitchen for hours on end to get it.
Trust me. I may be a baker, but I totally get it.
That’s why I knew I had to share this amazing recipe with you.
It’s beyond quick and crazy delicious. And when I say quick, I mean, done and dusted, ready to dig in and enjoy it, in under 10 minutes! Yup! That damn quick.
Oh and did I mention you don’t need your oven either? Or any fancy pants ingredients, just some flour, sugar and cocoa, all stuff, we pretty much keep stocked in the cupboard right?
So whether it be for Valentine’s Day or just because you’ve got a hankering, you have to give this one a shot!
Gluten Free Chocolate Self Saucing Pudding for Two
(or one, I mean really, we’ve all been there)
Prep Time: 5 Minutes
Cook Time: 3 Minutes
20g Butter, melted
1/2 Cup Gluten Free Self Raising Flour – any brand of packaged flour will work fine for this. I love the White Wings Gluten Free range
1/3 Cup Caster Sugar
1 Tbsp Cocoa Powder
1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
1/4 Cup Milk
1/3 Cup Brown Sugar
2/3 Cup Boiling Water
Additional 1 Tbsp Cocoa Powder
Probably the best part of this whole gorgeous recipe, is the fact that it’s all done in the microwave! You simply mix it all together and whack it in for 3 minutes!! Yup, so if you can get your prep time down and speed through it (like I do) then you could have this whole dish served up in under 5 minutes!
Oh yeah, it’s amazing.
Place the butter in a medium sized ceramic bowl and melt it in the microwave for about 20 seconds.
On top of that, throw in the flour, caster sugar, 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder, vanilla and milk. Mix really well together. Sometimes gluten free flour can go a little clumpy no matter what you do to it, so use the back of a spoon to really work it together and you should end up with a thick, glossy, (uncooked) muffin type mixture.
Boil the kettle. Now on top of your chocolately mousse mix, sprinkle the brown sugar and extra tablespoon of cocoa powder. No need to be fancy here, just sprinkle across the top.
Carefully add the boiling water over top of this, if you have little bits of cocoa that haven’t dissolved, don’t stress! It won’t matter in a minute, or three.
Pop it straight into the microwave and cook on High for 3 Minutes. It’s done when the cake is springy but set in the middle and your sauce becomes thick and luscious!
Be careful now, as it will be piping hot! Though if you serve it up with a good dollop of thickened cream or vanilla bean ice cream it will help cut through the heat and richness nicely. You know, so it can get in your belly faster!
I honestly, cannot rave about this dessert enough. It’s rich and chocolatey and perfect to share with a loved one this Valentine’s Day.
What are you waiting for? Give it a whirl now, you don’t need an excuse!!
Have you tried any of my other delicious recipes that would be perfect to share with a loved one? Why not check some of these out! Old Fashioned Gluten Free Ice Cream Sandwich, Mocha Choc Chip Cream Dessert, Salted Chocolate Tart.
And don’t forget to tag me in your creations on Instagram! I love to see what you’ve been whipping up in the kitchen.
I have these memories, of sitting on the floor scoffing down fish and chips on a Friday night. I couldn’t of been more than 8 years old? God I don’t know, it was forever ago.
Friday nights were junk food and movie nights with my family and their closest friends. We kids would get a feed of junk food, then an ice cream, then we’d bundle up in bed and watch a movie, while the adults did the same in the lounge room.
It was fab. Though I suspect, like most childhood memories, that things weren’t quite as fantastical as I remember them. The best part of these nights though, was always the ice cream. Naturally my favourite flavour/type at the time would vary… but my god, some days I just couldn’t go past a good ole Peters Giant Sandwich.
As most things do, they changed over time, and by the time I was a teenager, I swear the simple giant sandwich was half the size and tasted totally different. My dad swears the same, we were both avid lovers.
Of course, you eventually move on, to other delicious and amazing ice cream selections, but I would always love that classic giant sandwich and would occasionally eat one, purely for nostalgia.
The problem of course arose when I was diagnosed gluten intolerant. Hmm yup. I bet you know what happened next…. I was never able to eat another one again! … I mean, even if they weren’t the same as before… I still wanted the CHOICE!
Years have gone by and I hadn’t given much thought to the simple ice cream sandwich, I mean, I pretty much wrote off all ice creams on a stick.
But then, something happened the other day. I can’t even tell you exactly what. All I knew, was that I HAD to try my hand at making one myself. “Surely they can’t be that hard!” I told myself……
…. well guess what. They are so freaking easy to make, I mean, seriously simple. And what’s better is they work so easily as gluten free too! No crazy flour combinations or weird ingredients you have to source because you need to recreate some fluffy, light texture that gluten would normally do.
Nope. None of that! Oh and did I mention, they taste better than the ones available in shops now! They actually taste just like the old fashioned ones we used to eat as children, I kid you not!
So stop day dreaming about that classic childhood ice cream and get in the kitchen and whip up a batch now…. or better yet, make two… because, you know, they won’t last more than 5 minutes.
Ahhhh January 26th. Australia Day. An iconic day where we celebrate our nation’s beginnings and embrace our inner bogan…. *ahem* I mean patriot.
We Aussies like our Summers hot, our beers cold, our beaches sandy and our bodies bronzed, well most of us anyway. We also have this little thing about plastering our flag everywhere, including ourselves. But hey, it’s what we do.
With Australia day only a week away or so, I got to thinking about what fabulous dessert I was going to whip up for it. I always make something, and I knew I had to get into the spirit and create a dessert that was truly Australian this time.
For about a second I considered creating the Aussie flag in cheesecake form… but, well that might be taking it a step too far.
I did also consider a lamington styled cheesecake, which is still something I’m thinking about, but I need to really consider the flavours before venturing in that direction. For now though, I knew I wanted a dessert that showed off our lesser seen colours of green and gold and it just had to imbue everything that is an Australian summer.
What do you think of when I say Aussie Summer?
I know several friends of mine would jump up and down and scream Mango, mango, mango! I mean what is a summer feast without a perfectly ripened mango….. well in my mind, it’s a good one!
Ahhh yes, my little secret is out in the world now. I don’t like mango. I think I must be one of the few Australians who don’t! You should see the looks I get when I actively avoid it too, god it’s like I’m burning the flag or something!
So I thought I would push myself out of comfort zone and whip up a delicious Aussie cheesecake packed full of mango and hey, guess what! I actually liked it! I mean I avoided the plain fruit on top, because, yuck! But the cheesecake itself it’s so gorgeous and light and the perfect end to a summer BBQ.
So if you need a dessert to take along to a little shindig, or you’re just feeling patriotic… or hell, maybe you just feel like cheesecake. This baby is for you.
Now grab a can of Export, whack your thongs on, turn up the ACDC and let’s get cooking!
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“Collect things you love, that are authentic to you, and your house becomes your story.”
– homeowner Eric Flett – from CountryLiving
Whether you can believe it or not, it’s now 2017!
I know right? Where and how did that happen!
Amazingly it’s been a whole year since we started this crazy journey we call building our dream home. In fact it was the week just before Christmas 2015 that we signed off on the house plans and things really got rolling.
Now it’s a year later and soooo much has changed, well I mean obviously, but so much has changed in our lives and the way I feel about this place, that it surprises me. It’s quite hard to explain but, before, it was just a dream, something that was taking its sweet time to happen, and now it’s here and built (and nowhere near finished!).
But it feels like home. Like we’ve always lived here and that this is where we were always meant to be. Weird, I know… or maybe not so much.
Either way you look at it, we’ve been living in the new house for 7 weeks now and these last two weeks have found me waking up and not feeling overwhelmed by it all.
Yes I know, I know. Everyone says, be patient, it takes time, to get it all unpacked and sorted. I’ve done that though and it was still overwhelming me. You can blame my big head, full of ideas for that I think.
Well, that was until recently anyway.
What’s the first thing you think of when I say, Summer?
What about your childhood summers? Is there some thing, some memory that really sticks out for you?
For me, on both counts, it’s fruit.
Yup, kind of weird I guess. To me though summer means it’s time for delicious, juicy fruits and colourful fruit salads and the smell alone can completely take me to another place and time.
It’s not even a particular kind of fruit either, though some of my strongest memories from my childhood are of my great grandparents bringing huge trays of fresh peaches and apricots home from their travels up north.
The minute the weather starts to warm up, I start keeping an eye out for all kinds of glorious fruit and I just love bringing it all home and figuring out what I’m going to do with it! Just imagine all the things you can create; fruit smoothies that are every colour under the sun, fruit salads for breakfast, toppings for cheesecakes or better yet, freshly barbecued with a dollop of vanilla bean ice cream… mmmmm, delicious!
There is one fruit though, that just screams summer. Lemons!
Yes I know, that’s not entirely accurate since lemons aren’t technically in season at this time of year. But there is something about balmy summer days that make me crave an ice cold Gin and Tonic with a big wedge of lemon. Or better yet, that classic dessert, Lemon Meringue Pie.
I have to admit, I haven’t made a lemon meringue pie in a very very long time, much to my husbands dismay. Of course it was made just that little bit harder when I found out I was gluten intolerant several years ago.
Because hey, we all know what a bitch gluten free crusts and pastry can be!
So it was whilst considering what to serve at a small family gathering, that I decided I just had to try my hand at it again but this time with a twist!
Imagine this, a beautiful zesty lemon curd, smothered in pillows of soft meringue and encased in a crunchy, coconut base. Sounds pretty good right?!Not only is it good, or shall I say, insanely delicious, but it’s also easy as…. well… pie!
So if you’re sick of your gluten free crust failing, your pastry not holding together and not getting to enjoy your favourite desserts because of your intolerance, then this recipe is for you!
Ahh those summer days.
Hot, sunshiny days spent at the beach, the smell of hot chips and sunscreen. Sand in places where you really wish it wasn’t and the sound of waves crashing onto the shore as the sun finally sets, letting the temperature drop 10 plus degrees.
Where ever you envisage yourself on those crazy hot days, the simple fact is there are few ways to cool down better than plonking yourself beside the seaside. The exception to this of course, is gobbling down an icy cold popsicle.
Especially if, like me, you live no where near a goddamn beach!
I don’t know about you, but a scrummy, icy cold, perfectly flavoured popsicle can easily transport me right back to that perfect scenario and make me feel like I’m on holidays again.