Gluten Free Brownies

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Gluten Free Brownies

Gluten Free Brownie

Sometimes in life you meet someone, who through unforeseen circumstances, life throws a curve ball.


I know a young woman at school who is having such an experience. Angela is the daughter of one of my staff at school, she is in her Senior year of High School and has been ill for much of that time. She has gone through a lot this year and has managed to do so with grace and a sense of humor, that I am not sure I would have had at her age…….she is beautiful inside and out. Although she is getting better, she has learned that a gluten free diet may help. As anyone who is trying gluten free knows substitutes,  especially for sweets can be a challenge.

I talk about my blog at work, and my staff has listened to me go on and on about whatever it is that I am doing for my blog.  They have been my guinea pigs, official taste testers, and sounding boards. I was talking about a request from a friend of mine for gluten free recipes and Angela made a comment that she had tried gluten free brownies and they were awful.

Perusing Pinterest one day, I came across a recipe for a gluten free brownie using of all things, black beans. The original recipe is from Skinnytaste, a food blog that I follow. I wondered if they would taste like a real brownie and how they would turn out. With Angela in mind I made them.

Now, I must admit I was a little scared to taste them, as I have never had much luck with substitutions in baking. I was sooooo very surprised! They were gooey, chocolatey, fudgy, and quite frankly, I don’t know anyone who would be able to tell that they were not regular brownies.

But the real test would be having Angela taste them. Now, I am sure that she was just as leery as I was to eat them, but she did and the look on her face was priceless. She loved them!!!

So, this recipe is for Angela and all of those who are looking for a yummy gluten free brownie 🙂

They are so good you may have to hide them………..

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Gluten Free Brownies
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Serves: 16
 
Ingredients
  • 1 (14 oz) canned low-sodium black beans, rinsed and drained
  • • 2 large eggs
  • • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • • ¾ cup sugar
  • • ½ teaspoon oil
  • • 1 tablespoon unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • • ½ teaspoon of freshly ground coffee or instant coffee
  • • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips, divided
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F.  Grease a nonstick 9 x 9-inch square baking pan with baking spray and line with parchment paper, leaving a 2-inch overhang on all sides.
  2. Blend the black beans, eggs, cocoa powder, sugar, oil, almond milk, balsamic, baking soda, baking powder and coffee in the blender until smooth and pour into a bowl. Fold in ½ cup chocolate chips until combined.  Pour the brownie batter into the prepared pan.  Sprinkle the remaining chocolate chips evenly over the top of the brownies.
  3. Bake the brownies until a toothpick comes out clean, about 30 to 32 minutes.  Allow the brownies to cool completely before slicing them into squares.

 

 

 

 

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Bacon Egg Breakfast Bread

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Bacon Egg Breakfast Bread

Bacon and Egg Breakfst Bread

Sunday breakfast has alway been a big deal for Tim and I. When we were first dating, we went to breakfast every Sunday morning. We had a favorite place and we had a favorite waitress………..we were Sunday morning regulars………..fast forward three years, we are now an old married couple and we tend to stay home more.


But, Sunday breakfast is still a big deal. We have the usual bacon and eggs, or french toast, or pancakes. But, sometimes we try something new and today was a ‘try something new  day’!

I suppose, you could consider this a pizza, but I prefer to call it a Breakfast Bread. Eggs, bacon, and cheese fancied up with cherry tomatoes,basil, and spiced up with just a touch of pepper flakes!

Bacon Egg Breakfast Bread

 

Yeast dough is scary for a lot of you……….don’t be afraid!!!! It is really easy. The dough takes just a few minutes to put together, it has a short knead time (I use my Kitchen-aide mixer, it takes all the work out of it). The rise time gives you time to prep the other ingredients. If you are really afraid of the dough, you can use a pre-made, but give the dough a try you will not be sorry.

Tim and I really enjoyed this Bacon Egg Breakfast Bread……..it will join the list of our  Sunday favorites!

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Bacon Egg Breakfast Bread
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Serves: 6
 
Ingredients
  • • 1¼ teaspoons dry yeast
  • • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • • ⅔ cup warm water
  • • 1½ cups flour+, plus extra, for dusting
  • • 1 teaspoon table salt
  • • ½ tablespoon olive oil, plus extra, for drizzling
  • • 4 eggs
  • • 8 slices applewood smoked bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • • 4 ounces cherry tomatoes
  • • 1 cup grated swiss
  • • ¼ teaspoon dried re pepper flakes
  • • 2 tablespoons basil leaves, chopped
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. Place the yeast, sugar and water in a large bowl and set aside in a warm place for 5 minutes or until bubbles appear on the surface. Sift flour, salt into yeast mixture, add oil and mix to combine. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 5 minutes or until smooth and elastic. Place dough back in a large bowl, cover with a clean tea towel and set aside in a warm place for 15–20 minutes.
  3. Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface to make a 10 inch circle. Transfer to a deep-sided 10 inch cast iron skillet ( you can also use any deep baking dish) lined with parchment paper and push dough up sides.
  4. Crack the eggs onto the dough and top with the bacon and tomatoes. Sprinkle with the cheese, red pepper flakes flakes and basil. Drizzle with olive oil and bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden. Serves 4-6.
Notes
You may want to broil for just a few minutes to achieve a really golden top.

 

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Asparagus Ham Lasagna

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Asparagus Ham Lasagna

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Easter Sunday………Families, faith, and of course food! Every Easter, all the Aunts, Uncles, and cousins would squeeze into my Grandma’s tiny little house for a huge Easter feast at the center of which was my Grandma’s ham. It was always huge, you know so she could send some home with everyone. She saved margarine and cool whip tubs all year so she could send left over holiday food home.


Back then the take home was for ham sandwiches or scalloped potatoes and ham. So in tribute to the left over ham……..Asparagus Ham Lasagna.When you buy a ham,buy a bone-in ham. You can use the left over ham for sandwiches, scalloped potatoes and ham, or Asparagus Ham Lasagna! The bone makes a nice pot of October Beans Southern Style

Since spring and Easter go hand and hand, and asparagus is associated with spring, and Easter is associated with ham………not sure where I was going with that but…..the combination of asparagus, ham, and swiss cheese is delicious!!! Adding pasta is like icing on a cake. 

The nice thing about lasagna is that you can make it and bake it, you can make it and bake it the next day, or you can make it and freeze it for a meal when you don’t know what to fix.

Add some crusty bread and a nice green salad and its a feast that is sure to please.

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Asparagus Ham Lasagna
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Serves: 6
 
Springtime Lasagna
Ingredients
  • 1 pound asparagus, trimmed
  • • ½ package no cook lasagna noodles
  • • 4 tablespoons butter
  • • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • • ⅓ cup flour
  • • 4½ cups milk
  • • 2½ cups swiss cheese shredded
  • • 1 teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • • Salt and pepper to taste
  • • 1 pound sliced ham, thin slices ( I used left over from a spiral cut ham)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees .
  2. 2. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic, cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the flour and cook for 2 minutes. Slowly whisk in the milk and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Lower the heat and simmer, whisking constantly, until thickened, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in 1 cup of swiss cheese and half of the nutmeg; season with salt and pepper.
  3. 3. Spread about ⅓ cup of the cheese sauce in a baking dish. Layer 3 noodles on the sauce and top with ¾ cup cheese sauce. Place half the ham and asparagus on top and ⅓ of the remaining swiss over the sauce. Repeat the layering process three more times. Top with the remaining noodles, cheese sauce, swiss and nutmeg. Cover with foil and bake until heated through, about 30 minutes. Uncover and cook for 10 minutes more. Let stand for 15 minutes before serving.

 

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