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Chocolate Crispie / Cornflake Cakes

Since it was chocolate week this week, I thought it’d be a great opportunity to eat as much chocolate as my body could handle and obviously discover easy and cheap gluten free chocolate recipes.

‘Twitters-ville’ has been rife with some really impressive and adventurous chocolate recipes with some people even adding chocolate to meat dishes! I never thought these two would go together, but apparently meat and chocolate go together like birds of a feather.

So I thought of making some chocolate mousse because I assumed it’s simple [like me, as my mum would say] and all you need is egg whites and chocolate , it’s cheap as chips and it’s absolute foul proof – yeah…. right!

First off – making egg whites. Simple enough but it’s bloody hard work! After 20 mins of vigorous stirring I was brought to my knees! My arms felt like they were gonna drop off! Some of you may laugh and think I’m over exaggerating  but just look at the state of the whisk I had to use!

Just look at the state of it! I just knew by looking at it that me and this whisk were gonna fall out, but because I didn’t have any alternative, I had to just get over it and use this whisk! So because I had to use this disgrace, I didn’t mix my egg whites enough as I lost patience after a while – this was my first mistake. I also used milk chocolate instead, which apparently isn’t supposed to be used in chocolate mousse recipes, it tasted fine but it made the mousse look a bit anaemic – my second mistake.

And then, when I left it in the fridge to set, the bloody thing separated and looked gross!  This apparently was because I hadn’t let the chocolate cool before mixing in my egg whites – my third mistake!

So admitting defeat [for now, I will attempt to make it another time] I went back to the ‘drawing board’ to think of other simple, quick and easy gluten free chocolate recipes. I looked in the food cupboard but felt like Old Mrs Hubbard – it was bare, except for the odd bits that didn’t really go well together such as sprinkles, custard and pickled onions [mmmm!].

The I realised, I still had chocolate left over from the mousse recipe and I had cereal which meant I could make….

CHOCOLATE CRISPIE CAKES! 

I usually make these when I want something sweet but can’t be bothered to bake and I also make them for Mikey. He absolutely loves them which is a hindrance more than a blessing as he literally scoffs the lot and then goes into a chocolate coma!

 

Ingredients:

 

  1. 100g of chocolate
  2. 25 tablespoons of gluten free ‘rice crispies’ or gluten free ‘cornflakes’

Method:

 

  1. Break up the chocolate in to chunks and place in a large bowl [I used a casserole dish – works just as well] 
  2. Place the dish on top of a pan of boiling water, make sure the dish doesn’t touch the water! 
  3. Gently melt the chocolate making sure it doesn’t burn or stick to the dish 
  4. Add a tablespoon at a time and stir of either your gluten free ‘cornflakes’ or ‘rice crispes’ 
  5. Carefully, place the chocolate covered cereal in some bun cases and keep refrigerated 
  6. Try and hide them from Mike

 

 

Basic Gluten Free Cupcakes

 

So easy and simple to make; a gluten free vanilla cupcake! Use any gluten free flour you fancy but the best variety are those that already contain Xanthan Gum [such as Doves, Glutafin etc].

Ingredients:

  • 150g Gluten Free Self Raising Flour
  • 150g Butter
  • 150g Caster Sugar
  • 5 tablespoons Milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
  • 125g Icing Sugar (for the icing)
  • 3 tablespoons Water (for the icing)

 

Method:


  1. Pre – Heat Oven 200° / Fan 180°/ Gas Mark 6
  2. In a bowl, add the sugar and butter. Mix together with a spoon until creamy
  3. Add the milk, vanilla essence and eggs. Mix together with a whisk or fork 
  4. Add the flour to the mixture and stir, stir STIR… 
  5. Once the mixture looks like the image below, it’s ready for the paper cases! 
  6. Fill the 12 paper cases as show in the image below and then pop in the oven, on the middle shelf for 10/15 mins 
  7. Watch the cupcakes rise and get excited [try to refrain from opening the oven door!] 
  8. Eat the cake mixture ..mmmmmm 
  9. When the cupcakes are ready, place on a wire rack to cool down 

For the icing:

 

  1. Add 125g of Icing sugar into a bowl 
  2. Add 1 tablepsoon of water to the icing sugar and mix, keep adding until you have a thick consistancy 
  3. When the cupcakes have cooled down, use a knife to spread the icing on the cupcakes and than you’re done!