Carla's Gluten Free Recipe Box Newsletter

February 10, 2016

 

Dear reader,

With five days left before Valentine's Day, here are a few ideas to help you spread the love. From romantic dinners for two to kids' favorites to decadent chocolate desserts, there's something for everyone.

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Happy and healthy gluten-free cooking!

 ~Carla

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Double-Frosted Gluten Free Red Velvet Cake

This gluten free red velvet cake recipe is moist and luscious. Red Velvet is known for its richness. While not everyone has the time to make a three-layer, double-frosted cake, when you wish to impress guests, this is the cake to make. When time is short, make a single frosted cake and/or make a naked cake (no frosting on the sides). The cake, as well as frosting recipes, were raved about by my cookbook recipe testers. If you usually use ready-made frosting, you may never again.

Note: Also find this gluten-free recipe in my upcoming cookbook Carla's Best 125 Gluten-Free Recipes (2016).

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Gluten Free Strawberry Cake Mix Cookies

Shortly after I published my new copycat recipe for Betty Crocker's Gluten Free Yellow Cake Mix, one of my Facebook followers asked if I could adapt a Strawberry Cake Mix Heart-Shaped Ore-Style Cookie Recipe to gluten free. I found the same exact recipe published on Thirty Hand Made Days Blog. I immediately went to work on adapting my yellow cake mix into a strawberry cake mix.

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Image: Gluten Free Chocolate Strawberries

With Valentine's Day fast approaching, I thought you'd enjoy this easy recipe for gluten free chocolate covered strawberries. You surely can save quite a bit of money making them yourself, and there is so many different and fun ways to decorate and display them. The only things you'll need for this recipe are strawberries and your favorite gluten free chocolate. It doesn't matter if it is milk chocolate or dark...whatever you enjoy eating. This can be made with chocolate morsels, but you'll need to add heavy whipping cream as directed in my Gluten Free Chocolate Truffles recipe. Meanwhile, the method below is fast and easy, though a bit more costly. Either way, they'e delicious!

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Image: Gluten Free Truffles

I was so pleased with these gluten-free truffles, as this was my first time coating them with tempered chocolate. Tempering the chocolate, discussed below, will give your truffles a professional shine. Tempering chocolate appears to be fast when you read the directions, but it is actually very time-consuming. Unless these are a gift, I would skip that step and just melt the chocolate and not let it cool too much before dipping. Truffles are very easy and fast to make unless you are dipping them in chocolate. But it was so well worth it, as these were a gift. You may decorate the tops with white chocolate mixed with food coloring (Select Tea makes natural ones), or you may drizzle a bit of thin chocolate on the top after it sets a bit, or leave plain, as I did. I thought the papers that I used were decoration enough. If they are for Valentine's Day you may think about piping out a very think pink or red heart. How will you decorate your gluten free truffles?

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Traditional Gluten Free Chocolate Mousse

This makes the richest and most decadent chocolate mousse you’ll ever have. It reminds me of what five-star restaurants serve. Don’t skimp on perfection. Use high-quality chocolate. Serve alone, top with whipped cream, or use as a filling for my in other desserts.

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Gluten Free Chocolate Mousse Layered Cake

Straying away from the typical all chocolate mousse cake, I created this layered gluten free chocolate mousse cake instead. I don't know about you, but I like to have cake in my cake. If I wanted all mousse, I would simply make chocolate mousse. I don't enjoy the typical triple chocolate mousse cake because it contains white chocolate, of which I am not a fan. It's too sweet for my tastes buds. This recipe combines the best of both worlds, chocolate cake and chocolate mousse. That's all I can say is, "Mmmmm!" 

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Gluten Free Fondue Menu

When you have guests you'll want to make your work as easy as possible the day of the event.  Serve something simple, yet elegant. Fondue is something you can prepare ahead of time, allowing time to mingle with your guests. Gluten free fondue also makes a wonderful Valentine's Day, anniversary, or special date night dinner. I have listed several gluten free fondue recipes. Enjoy!

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Image: Gluten Free Tiramisu Cake

An incredibly light gluten-free tiramisu cake. The sponge cake acts just like gluten-filled sponge cake. It holds moisture and flavor. No one will know it's gluten-free, and will rave about it.

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Image: Gluten Free Red Velvet Cupcake

Carol Fenster, an author of over nine titles including "Gluten-Free 101" plus many other cookbooks, offers us her decadent Gluten Free Red Velvet Cupcakes with dairy-free options. Carol's flour recipe includes sorghum flour instead of rice.

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Gluten Free Red Velvet Pancakes

I've been contemplating what new gluten free Valentine's Day recipes to post in the coming days. I wanted to make some gluten free red velvet pancakes using buttermilk, but since I didn't have any, I needed a substitute. You know how you can make homemade buttermilk by adding a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar (or white) to 1 cup of regular milk? Well, I decided to use some heavy whipping cream instead. The results? Absolutely amazing pancakes!

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Gluten Free Angel Food Cake

Cake flour is used in angel food cakes because it contains low protein, which means less gluten. This makes baking a gluten free angel food cake ideal! Because cake flour is a finer texture than regular wheat flour, it is extremely important that you use a superfine gluten free flour for this recipe. I used my Gluten Free All-Purpose Flour Blend, which is made up of superfine white rice flour. I use it in most of my baking recipes. However, I did not use my Gluten Free Self-Rising Cake Flour Blend recipe in this cake, as it contains leaveners such as baking soda and baking powder, which you do not want to add to an angel food cake. Angel food cake uses egg whites as the leavener, and a bit of cream of tartar to stabilize the egg whites and prevent them from drying out.  It contains no fat, making this an ideal dessert for waistline watchers!

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Crunchy Gluten Free Chocolate Mousse Pie

A decadent chocolate mousse fills a crunchy chocolate crust, topped with lightly sweetened whipped cream and additional chunks of crunchy cookies. Make the crust in advance so you can breeze through making the filling and topping the following day. My gluten-eating neighbors went crazy over this pie!

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Image: Heart Shaped Gluten Free Panakes

There's nothing wrong with making a special Valentine's Day breakfast for your special someone, or in addition to your weekend celebration. Kids love them too! I have listed a few ideas, as well as linked to a couple of my gluten free recipes. I hope you find them useful. Happy Valentine's Day to you all!

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