Chocolate Fondue Dessert and Gluten Free Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Fondue Dessert and Gluten Free Chocolate Cake

    Chocolate Fondue Dessert 

    Dark chocolate has made some big news recently for the fact that it is one of the newest--and the most taste tempting heart healthy foods. Dark chocolate keeps more of the flavonoids than the other varieties. New research is telling us that dark chocolate with its flavonoid content can help to keep your heart healthy and to prevent some types of cardiovascular diseases. Fortunately dark chocolate, which is rich in flavonoids is not rich in gluten--and remains one of the most delicious foods that you can eat which is gluten free.

    Obviously that doesn't mean that you can ignore the high calorie content and dash to the store to get yourself a ton of dark chocolate to the exclusion of other kinds of food, but it does mean that when eaten in moderation as part of a healthy diet, dark chocolate can help you to stay healthier in the long term.

    Dark Chocolate Fondue

    You will need:

    • 12 ounces Dark Chocolate finely chopped
    • 3/4 cup heavy Whipping Cream
    • Fresh strawberries
    • Fresh pineapple
    • Fresh blueberries
    • Sliced bananas
    • Fresh sliced apples

    To make:
    Heat the whipping cream until very warm and drop the chocolate into the whipping cream.
    Allow all chocolate to melt thoroughly and stir til smooth, but do not allow boiling.
    Keep warm over a pot of warm water in a double boiler and using toothpicks or bamboo skewers and dip the fresh fruit into the chocolate pot.

    Gluten Free Chocolate Cake

    Also called by some, gluten free soufflé, this is one of the most decadent desserts that you will create which is gluten free. One taste and you're absolutely in love. Much more like a chocolate soufflé than it is a cake; the taste is out of this world. The cocoa adds some antioxidants to your dessert, keeping you healthier and helping to stave off some long term disease processes.
    You will need:

    • 2 sticks of butter (you must use real butter for this recipe, not margarine which is slightly more watery)
    • 1/4 cup Hershey's unsweetened cocoa, plus one teaspoon for dusting the pan
    • 8 ounces of bitter, mildly sweetened chocolate, chopped into fine pieces
    • 5 eggs
    • 1 and 1/4 cups heavy whipping cream
    • 1 cup pure cane sugar
    • 1/2 cup sour cream
    • 1/4 cup powdered sugar

    To create the cake:

    Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
    Butter a spring form pan measuring 9 inches.
    Melt the butter and combine with the quarter cup of heavy cream until it is all melted.
    Add the chocolate bars and allow melting. Stir to smooth the mixture and remove it from the heat.
    Beat eggs, sugar and cocoa into the chocolate into the buttered pan, add the batter you've just created and bake until the entire mixture is set and puffed up. It will take about 40 minutes to cook completely.
    Allow to cool approximately 40 minutes to an hour before you try to unmold the cake.
    Beat the sour cream and the confectioners’ sugar with the remaining heavy cream and serve as a sauce.
    Decadent does not even begin to describe this dessert, which is lovely enough to serve to guests at a holiday dinner.

    Baked Apples

    Walnuts which contain the omega fatty acids are a good part of a healthy diet. Desserts don't have to be unhealthy. While the butter adds a small amount of saturated fat to your diet, it is so slight as to be negligible.
    You will need:
    • 4 apples, preferably Cortland or Spies
    • 1/4 cup brown sugar
    • 5 teaspoons water
    • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 2 tbsp. real butter, cut into slices
    • Walnuts or pecans for garnish, as desired
    To make baked apples:
    Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
    Drip the syrup over the apples and bake them for approximately 20-30 minutes.

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