Gluten-Free Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cake

20171122_151224Finally, we are here! The grand finale. We are going to put all the components I’ve been posting together into one show-stopping cake. A combo of chocolate-pumpkin-honeycomb-meringue-awesomeness!

I think the cream cheese frosting is also a crowd-pleaser as well.

I’ll keep the writing short and simple on this one, because frankly we’ve talked about it for a week, so let’s get to the good stuff.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cake

Cake:

  • 1 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp ginger
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 1/2 cup Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips

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Super Simple Truffles

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Back to yet another component of the delicious Thanksgiving cake I made. I recently started my adventures into truffle making. It all began with a coffee toffee truffle (see the picture below).

For the Thanksgiving cake, however, I wanted something simple, not to over-power the other elements. These were SO easy to make.

The plus of truffles, besides being gorgeous, is that you can make a variety of flavors. Next I really want to make a caramel truffle. All chocolate is a little too rich for my personal taste, but adding other flavors, that would be my style. Maybe a lemon white chocolate. Or chocolate cherry. Or chocolate raspberry. Or a coconut. Or an Almond Joy inspired truffle.  Or an orange chocolate, just zest some orange into the ganache. So many options.

Super Simple Truffles

  • 8 oz. Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips
  • 3/4 cup coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp maple
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp organic powdered sugar

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Naked Banana Toffee Crunch Cake

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Man I have been completely slacking on my posting lately. Evidence being that I made this cake in October for Zach. I have been baking more than I’ve been making new recipes or taking pictures. But I do have some stocked up to share with you. Beginning here.

I have the most amazing husband (see the bearded, Bob Ross-ish haired handsome man above). This cake I made for him. He doesn’t really do celebrating or holidays, his birthday included. However, he entertains me and lets me bake for him anyways (so long as I made one for his frat boys too, which I did). His favorite flavor: banana. I had seen a cinnamon frosting and thought that sounded delicious (recipe adapted from Country Cleaver). I had also recently made my first batch of coffee toffee and had some leftover. So I just sprinkled a little of that over the top. Which was the perfect addition and his favorite part.

I would vote it my favorite gluten-free cake I’ve ever made (although lately I made a sweet potato-molasses-cake which I will be posting). I’ve always focused on making them designed pretty and never really made very many layered cakes. My dear husband sliced this cake for me, so that it had beautiful layers. A perfect amount of frosting to cake each bite.

It was delicious and hope that you all like it too!

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Gouda Mashed Cauliflower

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I think I’ve been using cauliflower as a potato substitute for almost a decade now. And I have mashed everything. One day I tried: rutabaga, parsnips, turnips and celery root. I’ve also mashed sweet potatoes several times, but even though I like color, the bright orange is not appealing to me as side. And the rutabagas and such were tasty, but the cauliflower is hands-down the best.

One year for Thanksgiving I made them, and my uncles ate them, thinking they were potatoes. They loved them and requested them for the next year.

I usually like to whip them up with either butter or cream cheese or sour cream. They give them a lovely texture.

But I saw a mash with Gouda and I had to give it a try. I love some Gouda and it was so easy. AND it was a perfect side dish for yesterday’s Crispy Honey Garlic Chicken.

I’ll have more to come with cauliflower mash Thursday, as well. I used them in a loaded casserole. It was so good, my husband went for thirds. And between him, me, and my sister-in-law, Mary, we crushed the whole thing.

Smoked Gouda Mashed Cauliflower

  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 3 sliced sliced Gouda cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp butter or ghee
  • Garnish: crumbled bacon

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Crispy Honey Garlic Chicken

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My whole life I have enjoyed cooking. I think I get type-cast as just a sweets, baking type. Or I slip comfortably into the that role and let my husband hold the savory side down.

But I do love cooking, I always have.

I remember growing up, I liked to be in the kitchen. I recall one time, being in the kitchen, making something with mushroom, pretending I had my own cooking show. My father yelling, “who are you talking to?” And then whispering the rest of my broadcast.

Growing up, family meals were essentially. We sat down for meals together. It wasn’t very often that we ate out. We ate at home. And my father is a bomb cook.

So cooking is essential to me.

It is important for Zach and I to eat together. It is rare that we eat out as well. With him being a chef and me a baker, it is a no-brainer that we love home-cooked meals.

I have been slacking slightly on the meal front, in that I will generally eat the same things. Cabbage. Hash. Sweet potato fries. Zach and I will rotate the same things.

It seems the last few years, that my creative energy all pours into my baking.

This past week I got back to my savory roots. First with this honey garlic chicken and mashed cauliflower. Then tortilla soup. Then pulled pork.Then some creamy spinach stuffed chicken. It felt great to being back in the kitchen, making some new dishes.

And this dish?

The flavor was on point. It was spicy, but the honey was just what it needed. And pork rinds are my favorite for breading chicken.

So good.

And gouda mashed cauliflower on the side? Perfection. I will have that recipe next week. Also this made plenty of chicken and we had left-overs.

Crispy Honey Garlic Chicken: 

  • 3 chicken breasts, cleaned and cut into strips
  • 2 cups pork rinds, ground finely
  • 4 tsp pepper
  • 4 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp ginger
  • 2 tsp thyme
  • 2 tsp sage
  • 2 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tsp cayenne
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup raw, local honey

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Tortilla Soup

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This cooler weather has me craving some soup, I don’t know about you.

Since I made tortillas last week, it immediately popped into my mind to make a tortilla soup.

The tortillas crisped up perfectly (I actually may have liked the crispy little tortilla bits more than the regular tortillas).

The soup was slightly spicy with a great flavor.

Plus I swapped beans for roasted peppers.

I LOVE roasted peppers. And I was super geeked when they turned out perfectly. Needless to say I will be featuring a separate piece on making roast peppers and what to do with them.

I love crock pots! They are easy to just put everything in and let them cook. Or to warm them.

This soup made plenty and we enjoyed some Sunday before some football.

Nothing beats soup on a crisp Fall day!

Crispy Tortilla Soup

  • 1-2 Spicy Tortillas
  • 64 oz. chicken broth
  • 14.5 oz. fire roasted tomatoes
  • 2 roasted peppers, diced
  • 1/2 lb- 1 lb. chicken, shredded
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 3 tsp cumin
  • Optional Toppings: Avocado, Sour Cream, Green Onions, Cilantro

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Chicken Shawarma

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This adventure into pita bread began with chicken shawarma.

When Zach and I were living in Champaign they had a lot of diverse restaurants, it was definitely a nice food town.

One of our favorite spots was a Middle Eastern restaurant. The first time we went, the menu was out of my know. Zach insisted on shawarma, so I got the chicken with him.

SOOOOO DELICIOUS!

It did come with a side of pita. Naturally I give all my bread sides to Zach, so he was stacked up.

I reserved in my mind to one day make my own shawarma. And to make my own pita for the side.

This had so much flavor, and we had plenty of left-overs the next day. The pita was a good boat for eating the chicken, but also for sopping up the tasty sauce left on the plate.

I also tried to make a yogurt sauce, but I used a coconut milk one (dairy generally upsets Zach’s stomach), but I think the coconut threw us both off. Maybe some day I will try it again with another yogurt.  Continue reading “Chicken Shawarma”