Gluten-Free Recipes for Dessert



Egg Free Chocolate Pudding/Custard

May 5, 2008

Egg Free Chocolate Pudding/Custard


From Chef Oonagh Williams of Royal Temptations Catering



Gluten-Free Chocolate Custard

Ingredients:

  • 3 squares (3 oz.) unsweetened chocolate or 70% dark chocolate
  • 3 cups 2% milk
  • 3 tbsp. cornstarch
  • ½ cup milk
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

Directions:

1. Melt chocolate and 2 ½ cups of the milk together in a 6-8 cup microwave safe bowl.

2. Mix together sugar, cornstarch and salt in a separate bowl and stir in remaining ½ cup of milk to make a smooth mix.

3. Whisk milk/sugar mix into milk/chocolate mix.

4. Microwave for three cycles of 2 minutes each, stirring with a whisk in between. Then microwave for three cycles of 1 minute a piece, whisking each time until the mixture is bubbling. Time will vary with power of microwave. The bowl will be hot and heavy, so be careful with lifting in and out to stir and taste test mixture.

5. Remove from microwave and stir in vanilla. Pour into ramekins or martini glasses. Serve at room temperature or chilled.

Tips and Alternatives:

I have made this pudding with refrigerated almond milk and with a combination of almond and coconut milks – both with dairy-free and gluten-free semi-sweet chocolate. When using semi-sweet chocolate, I decreased the chocolate to 1/2 cup. I found the flavor to be thinner than with dairy milk and chocolate, but my students were happy.

I have also used the refrigerated gluten-free vanilla and hazelnut creamers. They gave an excellent flavor. I then poured cooked hazelnut chocolate custard into a hazelnut crust following the same recipe as the pecan crust I use for my Chocolate Pecan Indulgence.


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English “Hobnob” Biscuits (Oatmeal Cookies)

English “Hobnob” Biscuits (Oatmeal Cookies)


From Chef Oonagh Williams of Royal Temptations Catering

Makes about 28 cookies.

Gluten-free, egg-free, nut-free, and can be easily made lactose or dairy-free.

Gluten-free oatmeal cookies

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup certified gluten-free rolled oats, ground in food processor to flour consistency
  • ½ cup Oonagh’s Gluten-Free Flour Mix
  • 2/3 cup light brown sugar (not packed)
  • 1 cup certified gluten-free oats, chopped in food processor to consistency of quick cooking oats. Leave unchopped for a crunchier cookie.
  • ¼ tsp. xanthan gum
  • 2 tbsp. maple syrup or honey
  • ¼ tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1+1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter or dairy-free substitute, melted
  • pinch of salt

Directions:

1. Combine the oat flour, Oonagh’s Gluten-Free Flour Mix, chopped oats, baking powder, xanthan gum, salt and sugar in a bowl.

2. Heat butter and syrup gently in the microwave until the butter melts and the syrup becomes liquid. Take off the heat and stir in the vanilla extract and baking soda.

3. Add syrup mixture to the dry ingredient mix and stir thoroughly to combine. Mixture will come together as you stir it.

4. Using a 1 tbsp. measure, scoop mix at least one inch apart on lined cookie sheet. It will be crumbly, so tidy scoops of dough back into mounds on baking sheet. Flatten slightly with fingers. You can sprinkle with regular sugar for crunchier, sweeter finish.

5. Bake in 325 degree oven for about 15-18 minutes. Cookies should be golden, not dark brown.

6. Allow to cool on baking sheet for about 5 minutes before removing to cooling rack.

Tips & Alternatives:

The raw mix will stiffen as it sits, so work quickly if you don’t have enough baking sheets.

Drizzle the cookies with melted semi-sweet or milk chocolate once they have cooled.

Think about substituting ¼ cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips, coconut flakes or chopped nuts for ¼ cup of chopped oats. Or sandwich two cookies around frosting or buttercream.

If you do not flatten the cookies, then cook for 20+ minutes. They will not be as crispy when cooled.


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Chocolate Bread Pudding

Chocolate Bread Pudding

From Chef Oonagh Williams ofRoyal Temptations Catering

Chocolate Bread Pudding

I used to love making this with Portugese sweet bread rolls or Challah or Brioche bread. I loved a local Portugese sweet bread roll that I can’t eat now. It is almost impossible to find these breads gluten-free, so I substituted an Udi’s bagel, as it doesn’t disintegrate and doesn’t have any funny taste.

I mix the bread pudding ingredients in a glass bowl/jug, then cover and refrigerate overnight. In the morning, just spray baking dish and then pour in ingredients. This makes it far easier to clean the dish. We find that this is delicious even with fat-free milk and egg substitute. Such a huge saving in calories and still very enjoyable to eat!

Four times the recipe will fit an 8 cup, 8×8 inch casserole dish and will need to cook for about 45 minutes.

Makes 2 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 of an Udi’s plain bagel or about 2 oz. of gluten-free Portugese sweet bread, gluten-free challah or gluten-free brioche. Cut into cubes about ½ to 1 inch square
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml, 4 fl. oz.) cream/half and half/ or even a fat free substitute (I’ve only used almond milk for the milk and the coconut creamer for cream substitutes)
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml, 2 fl. oz.) liquid egg substitute or 1 large egg
  • 1/2 tsp. (3 ml) gluten-free vanilla extract (I use Costco’s labeled gluten free)
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) sugar or more to taste
  • 2 – 4 Tbsp. (30-60 ml) gluten-free mini semi sweet chocolate chips
  • Sugar (and sliced almonds) for sprinkling on top

Directions:

  1. Stir vanilla, pinch of salt and sugar into milk so sugar starts dissolving.
  2. Beat eggs and add to milk mix.
  3. Mix bread cubes and chocolate together in greased, small pyrex casserole of 2 cup capacity
  4. Pour over milk mixture and allow to stand for about 10 minutes (or covered overnight in fridge) for bread to absorb liquid. Sprinkle very lightly with sugar for a crustier top, plus almonds for visual appeal and some crunch.
  5. Stand on a cookie sheet or a skillet (easier to clean sloshing liquid). Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for about 45 minutes. The bread pudding should rise like a cake, be light golden brown on top, but still wobble. The middle should not have any “free” liquid sloshing around but should still look moist.

Other Options:

Add a few tsp. of seedless raspberry jam to the middle of the dish for an extra burst of flavor. Don’t put frozen raspberries in center as they really slow down the cooking.

Serve with fresh sliced strawberries, raspberries, peaches, fruit sauce. Some bacon or sausage on the side is really tasty. Or just plain maple syrup.

About Chef Oonagh Williams

Chef Oonagh WilliamsLike Chef Oonagh at Gluten Free Cooking with Oonagh on Facebook, where she posts recipes, her appearances on NH ABC WMUR TV, Local and National radio, products she’s tried, where she will be speaking next. Contact Chef Oonagh on Skype for consultations on food for the gluten-free and other food allergy diets. Her gluten-free cookbook, Delicious Gluten Free Cooking has over 200 pages with full color photos. Click the link for photos and a list of all recipes. E-mail at [email protected].


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Chocolate Caramel Cookies

Chocolate Caramel Cookies


From Chef Oonagh Williams of Royal Temptations Catering

Gluten-Free Chocolate Caramel Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 stick of butter (4 oz.), soft at room temperature
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp. vanilla
  • 2 Tbsp. maple syrup, honey or corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup Oonagh’s Gluten-Free Flour Mix
  • 1 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • 3 Tbsp. regular cocoa
  • ¼ cup almond meal/almond flour/ground almonds
  • 1/8 tsp. xanthan gum
  • 1/8 tsp. baking powder
  • Salt
  • 1-2 cups (4-8 oz.) chopped nuts
  • Store-bought caramel sauce (Make sure it’s gluten-free!)
  • ¼ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted.

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Beat butter and sugar together until light and creamy, stir in vanilla and mix well.

2. Add flours, xanthan gum, baking powder, cocoa, syrup and salt. Mix until a soft dough is formed.

3. No need to refrigerate dough. Using a tablespoon, scoop dough into a cereal bowl containing some of the chopped nuts, then transfer to a cookie sheet.

4. Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and use a ‘tamp’ (like a mini rolling pin with a ball at each end) to press dough down to make a well in the dough. Return to oven and cook for a further 10 minutes while watching them. They do over cook easily, but you want them totally cooked or they will taste grainy. Remove from oven, press down again with the tamp and leave to cool.

5. Warm the caramel sauce so it is can be easily poured. Spoon or pour ½ tsp. of sauce into each indent in the cookies. Leave to set up or chocolate will melt into warm caramel, instead of sitting on top.

6. Remove cookies from cookie pan and place on chopping board or paper towel. Drizzle with melted chocolate. If you use a small fork you get skinnier drizzles than with a spoon that too often just leaves a blob of chocolate. Leave to cool so chocolate hardens. Store in the refrigerator and bring to room temperature for eating.

Tips & Alternatives:

Bake the cookies in mini muffin cups to keep things neat. This also makes them easier to transfer and serve.


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Chocolate Overkill Dessert

Chocolate Overkill Dessert


From Chef Oonagh Williams of Royal Temptations Catering



Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake and Brownie Dessert

Ingredients:

Cake

Topping

  • ½ cup gluten-free semi-sweet chocolate chips and/or your favorite candies
  • 1 pint whipping or heavy cream for piping on top whipped with 2 Tbsp. powdered sugar, 1 tsp. vanilla and 1/8 tsp. xanthan gum

Directions:

I used a 4.5 qt (4.5 liter) bowl.

1. Break up cake between your fingers into small pieces. Put cake pieces into bowl.

2. Sprinkle with ¼ cup Kahlua or plain coffee. The cake and brownie pieces are moist enough on their own, so feel free to skip this step unless you want the extra flavor.

3. Spread half of chocolate custard over cake layer.

4. Spread first pint of heavy cream whipped with sugar, vanilla and xanthan gum on top of custard.

5. Sprinkle lightly or heavily with candy/small chocolate pieces.

6. Repeat steps 1-5 using brownie instead of cake. Reserve some of the whipped cream if you want to pipe around the bowl.

7. Keep dessert in refrigerator and remove about 30 minutes to 1 hour before serving.

Tips and Alternatives:

For a semi-homemade version, use boxed gluten-free cake and brownie mix, instant chocolate pudding mix (make sure it’s gluten-free) and frozen whipped topping.

Get creative with your toppings. A layer of strawberries, raspberries or mango would be great.


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Chocolate Raspberry Mallow Bars

Chocolate Raspberry Mallow Bars


From Oonagh Williams of Royal Temptations Catering

Ingredients:
mallow cookies

  • ¼ cup Oonagh’s Gluten-Free Flour Mix
  • ¼ cup + 2 Tbsp. granulated sugar
  • Salt
  • 2 oz. (½ stick) soft butter
  • 1/8 tsp. xanthan gum
  • 1 x 1 oz. square of Baker unsweetened chocolate
  • 1 tsp. gluten-free vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup chopped pecans
  • Mini marshmallows – about 1/3 of 10 oz bag
  • ¼ cup seedless raspberry jam or preserves
  • 1 cup (6 oz.) semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ½ stick (2 oz.) butter

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 *. Spray 8×8 pan with gluten-free non-stick spray.
  2. Put square of unsweetened chocolate in microwave safe bowl and microwave for about 1 minute until melted. Stir down chocolate since it retains its shape even when melted. Prepare rest of dough while it cools.
  3. Beat soft butter until creamy, add flour, sugar, salt and xanthan gum and beat until well mixed.
  4. Beat in egg and vanilla extract and beat until creamy.
  5. Beat in chopped nuts.
  6. Beat in cooler melted chocolate – should be a lovely creamy mix.
  7. Spread into 8×8 pan and bake for 25 minutes. Remove from oven.
  8. Spread the mini marshmallows in a single layer over hot dough. Work as quickly as possible. Cover with foil, crimped around edges of pan and leave for 20 minutes outside the oven for marshmallows to soften.
  9. After 20 minutes, lift foil and gently spread the marshallows. Melt the raspberry jam and drizzle over marshmallows and gently spread. (It will look messy!) Let stand for about 10 minutes to set up slightly.
  10. Melt chocolate chips with butter and spread over marshmallows/raspberry mix.
  11. Once the pan is totally cool, refrigerate for about 3 hours. Cut into bars by dipping a sharp knife into a very hot mug of water. Make one cut and then dip the knife again for next cut. Continue to dip and cut to make 4×4 =16 squares.
  12. Immediately remove from pan to plate. If you cut but leave the bars to come to room temperature before removing from pan, the chocolate breaks and slides away from raspberry topping as chocolate is warm. They are best eaten at room temperature.


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Hazelnut Fudge Brownies

Hazelnut Fudge Brownies


From Chef Oonagh Williams of Royal Temptations Catering

Makes 12 -15 mini muffins or 4 cupcakes. Triple this recipe for a regular 8×8 pan.

Adapted from Fine Cooking.

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup chocolate hazelnut spread
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup hazelnut or almond meal – Use store bought or make your own by grinding hazelnuts or almonds in a food processor.
  • ½ tsp. vanilla or hazelnut extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • ¼ cup chopped hazelnuts for topping (optional)

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line mini muffin pan with paper or foil cases.

2. Whisk chocolate hazelnut spread, vanilla and egg together in a 4 cup bowl until smooth. Add almond or hazelnut meal and salt and beat just until blended.

3. Spoon the batter with a one tablespoon scoop into mini muffin cases and sprinkle with chopped hazelnuts.

4. Bake until a toothpick comes out with wet, gooey crumbs. About 11-12 minutes. Do not over-bake. Set on a rack to cool.


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Easter Almond Cake

March 20, 2008

Easter Almond Cake


From Chef Oonagh Williams of Royal Temptations Catering



Almond Cake

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 stick (2 oz.) very soft butter
  • ½ cup (4 oz.) sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 cup (4 oz.) of almond meal
  • 1/2 tsp. gluten-free baking powder
  • 2 tsp. gluten-free almond extract
  • Topping: powdered sugar, ¼ to ½ cup sliced almonds

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and beat until well blended and fluffy, about 1 minute. Mix will go lighter in color as you beat it.
  3. Spread mix in greased and gluten-free floured 8” x 8” cake pan. Sprinkle with sliced almonds.
  4. Bake in 350 degree oven for about 30-35 minutes until well-risen, golden brown and set but still soft in the middle. The texture should be similar to rolls of almond paste when cut, but cooked throughout.
  5. Remove from oven, serve warm or cold, sprinkled with powdered sugar.

Raspberry Sauce
Makes about 2 cups

Ingredients:

  • 1 x 12 oz. bag of frozen raspberries
  • ½ cup. sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • ½ cup seedless raspberry jam or jelly for extra “oomph” of flavor

Directions:

  1. Melt sugar and water together, add raspberries, and simmer for just a few minutes. Stir in raspberry jam until it melts. Depending on ripeness of raspberries and your personal taste, you might want to add more sugar.


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