Gluten Free Chocolate and Peanut Butter Squares

I do like to try to mix things up occasionally. After all, what’s the worst that can happen?

We’ve had a few visitors over the past few weeks, the school holidays playing havoc with the normal routine (But then what is normal?) and it’s been a little chaotic!  Sometimes I’ve had time to bake, other times, sadly not. And in the hope of bettering myself I even baked some gluten free Caramel Shortcake for a job interview!! I was asked to talk about something I’m passionate about……. 😀

I think I’ve said it before, planning what to bake normally ends in epic failure! Make-it-up-as-I-go along mostly works out well and this was one of those occasions.

Pre-heat the oven to Gas 3 / 160c and line a small baking tray (20cm X 10cm) with greaseproof paper.

 

Gluten free Chocolate and Peanut Butter Squares

90g soft butter

80g soft peanut butter

160g soft brown sugar

3 eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract

120g gluten free self-raising flour

40g Cocoa (I used Food Thoughts)

40g ground almonds

1 tsp bicarb of soda

200g chocolate (I use Callebaut)

80g melted butter

1 Bag of Reece’s mini peanut butter cups

First of all scatter about half the bag of mini chocolate peanut butter cups on the base of the baking tin.

Then mix all the dry ingredients together and set aside.

Beat the butters with the  brown sugar until light and fluffy. Then beat in the eggs one at a time. I used a stand food mixer, so I also had to remember to scrap the sides occasionally. When beating in the eggs leave the to beat in well before adding the next. Ensure the mix is smooth and not curdled. Mix in the vanilla extract. Then alternate mixing in the sour cream and dry ingredients. Dry – cream – dry – cream – dry. Until all mixed in well. Pour over the scatter mini cups, smooth out to an even surface and bake in the preheated oven for about 25-30mins.

Leave to cool for about 30 minutes before removing from the pan, and making the topping.

Melt the chocolate – in a microwaveable bowl – in 30 second bursts. Or in a bowl over simmering water. Ensuring no water gets into the chocolate and the water isn’t touching the bottom of the bowl.

Once melted stir in the melted butter and pour over the chocolate cake. Spread evenly and then decorate with the remaining mini Reece’s chocolate  peanut butter cups.

Leave to cool and set at room temperature before cutting as it will cut easier. If you need it quick pop in the fridge. But beware……it’ll be harder to cut.

As with most gluten free fresh bakes,  it’ll only last a couple of days before it starts to dry out. The chances are though it won’t last that long😃😃

Enjoy 😀😀😀

 

Gluten Free Millionaires Shortbread-Easter Mash Up

Gluten Free Easter Millionaires Shortbread

An updated recipe to the one I wrote last year. And to be honest, I know its not yet Easter, but the Easter Eggs are in the supermarkets and I couldn’t keep this to myself until then, so here it is. It when down very well with colleagues and Noah alike. I had to share it sooner rather than later. Just when everyone is looking to Mothers Day! Oh…I’d better check what Noah’s Mum would like me to bake for that……

Gluten free Millionaires Shortbread Easter-Mash-Up

I used an 8″X11″ cake tin, lined with greaseproof

Pre heat the oven to Gas 2 – middle shelf for baking

Cream together 60g Caster Sugar and 120g soft butter. Then mix in 120g of Dove Farm Rice Flour, 75g Cornflour, plus 1/4 teaspoon of Xanthum Gum. Mix together to bring together to form a  dough.

Press this into the cake tin. Ensuring you get into the corners and level this off. I used the back of a spoon.

Bake this for approx. 25-30 mins. it should have a light brown tinge. Remove from the oven and leave to cool, before putting the next bit on.

For the caramel – dissolve 80g of dark brown sugar with 80g of butter, in a heavy based saucepan. This takes a couple of minutes, but you must ensure all the sugar is dissolved. Stir continuously so that the mix doesn’t burn or stick to the bottom of the pan. Then pour in one tin (397g) of Carnation Condensed milk and over a medium heat stir this until it begins to bubble and thicken. About 4 mins. Pour this over the cooled shortbread and again, leave to cool.

For the topping – melt in a bowl, set in a saucepan over simmering water (don’t let the bowl touch the water) 180g Belgian Milk Chocolate (I use Callebaut) pour then, over the cooled and now set caramel.

Then scatter over 4 Cadbury Crème Eggs cut in half, Cadburys Mini Eggs and some large Chocolate Buttons oh, and 2 small Cadburys Crunchies, just crushed in your hands.

Cool again – can be quicken if you leave the cake in the fridge. But if you leave to cool, covered, at room temperature it will be easier to cut. Once cooled you can cut into as many squares as you want and into any size.

Enjoy and let me know how you get on.

 

Chocolate & Peanut Butter Bundt – Gluten Free


I tell you what, these Nordic Ware Bundt pans, don’t half look fantastic!

This recipe uses the Nordic Ware Heritage (10 cup) pan and it’s certainly my favourite. Now on the surface these lovely Bundts look easy to make, and in some ways they are. But it is all down to the preparation of your pan. If you don’t prepare the pan, it might not come out in one piece – or at all!. I find this the most therapeutic part of baking the Bundt. It has to be done and it can’t be rushed. I use very soft butter, not melted and brush the entire inside of the pan carefully, ensuring that every crevice and curve, is lightly coated in butter – no lumpy bits mind! Just a smooth coating. This then is dusted with flour – I use about 2 tablespoons of gluten-free flour sifted into the pan – tap and move the pan around so all the butter is covered, tap on a hard surface so that all the flour sticks. Then turn upside down over a sink and tap again, so that all the excess flour is removed.

Now you are ready!

It’s has taken many Bundt bakes (failures included) to almost perfect a gluten-free Bundt, and this works for me. So good luck and let me know how you get on 😊

Set the oven to Gas Mark 3 and the shelf set, one level below the centre. Clearly if you using a convection oven it won’t really matter! Which is about 160c – 170c. But you know your oven. Mine is very temperamental!!

Great for afternoon tea with friends and family, should serve at least 10… But that depends on how big the slices are 😀

175g Soft butter

340g Granulated Sugar

3 beaten eggs

1 tsp Nielsen-Massey Vanilla Extract

250g Dove Farm Gluten Free Plain Flour

40g Cocoa Powder

1 tsp Baking Powder

4 Tablespoons Smooth Peanut Butter – I used SunPat – at room temperature

80g Belgian Milk Chocolate – I use Callebaut

2 Tablespoons semi skimmed milk

240ml  Sour Cream

50ml Double Cream

To Finish –

1 Packet of Mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

150g Belgian Milk Chocolate – broken into small pieces

130ml Double Cream

50ml Semi Skimmed Milk

To Make –

Sift the flour, cocoa powder and baking powder together and set aside.

Beat the eggs together with the vanilla extract, set aside.

I melted the chocolate and milk in the microwave for approx 30 seconds and stirred to mix to a paste. But you could use a bowl, over a small saucepan, with simmering water, to melt the chocolate. Ensure the bowl does not touch the water, stir the milk in, after its melted. Which ever way you melt the chocolate, once it’s melted, stir in the peanut butter.

Mix the sour cream with the double cream.

Beat the butter and the sugar together until light and fluffy, get as much air in as you can. About 5 minutes in a food mixer. Then pour in the egg mix slowly and ensure all the egg is beaten in well. Ensure also that you scrape down the sides of the mixing bowl as you go.

Then, beat in the flour mix, chocolate mix and the sour cream mix alternately. Approximately a third of each, at a time. Until all these have been thoroughly blended in.

Spoon this mix then evenly in your prepared Bundt pan. Once all in, tap the pan on the work-surface so that the mixture gets into all the moulded pans’, crevices and curves.

Bake for approx 50-60 minutes. Test with a skewer to ensure its baked, insert into the deepest part, it should come out clean.

And now the other important part – ONCE REMOVED FROM THE OVEN – LEAVE TO COOL IN THE PAN FOR NO MORE THAN 10 MINUTES – SET THE TIMER. Once the 10 minutes is up, turn out of the pan onto a wire rack and leave to cool completely before decorating.

To make the sauce, heat the cream and the milk in a saucepan, until just about to boil and pour over the broken chocolate. Stir until the chocolate has melted and resembles chocolate sauce. Leave this to cool for a couple of hours before pouring over the finished Bundt and decorate with the Mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.

Enjoy each slice with company and a cuppa 😀

And if you can prepare this in a day in advance, the flavours do certainly intensify 😀