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Gluten Free Brownies with Chocolate Chips and Espresso

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Yes, I have been away for QUITE some time. This year has started off with a bang or two and so I have been trying to stabilize my schedule, and my life. I’m slowly starting to get back into the swing of things, but in terms of cooking and baking, well, I’ve been going out more. Mostly because it’s fun, and it kills time, and also because it’s been so damn hot in Los Angeles lately that I can’t turn my oven on even for five minutes without the A/C yelling at me at making its’ job easier. 

Onto why I am finally writing after all this time. I stumbled upon this gluten free brownie recipe a week ago. Today was the day that I just had to try it out. I will be bringing it to work to determine if others liked it as much as I did, but I have no doubts. I didn’t taste like anything I’ve ever tried that has been “modified”, or anything less than fluffy, gooey goodness. 

What I found really interesting is that this recipe calls for some ground coffee, instant. Although I added instant espresso, I thought that it added a deeper richness, that most brownies don’t have. It wasn’t overly sweet, and the cocoa powder and semi-sweet chips add just the right balance so you’re not trying to drown yourself in milk after just one bite.

Overall, I’d say this is a keeper and then some. 

 

Also, wordpress has informed me that over 9 days ago it was my blog anniversary. Who knew!? I guess chocolate brownies were just the thing to post, in celebration. Happy Belated Breakfast Socks!

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Gluten-Free Chocolate Coffee Brownies

Taken from Snixy Kitchen

  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, melted
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ chocolate extract (if you don’t have this, just double the vanilla extract measure).
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee granules (I used instant caramel latte mix because that’s what I had!)
  • 7 ounces semisweet chocolate chips, melted using a double broiler
  • ½ cup almond flour (or almond meal)
  • ½ cup brown rice flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 tablespoons good-quality cocoa powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons dark chocolate chips

 Preheat oven to 350°F. Line an 8×8 Pyrex baking dish with parchment paper (or grease & flour with brown rice flour).

In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the eggs, butter, sugar, vanilla extract, chocolate extract, and coffee granules. Add the melted chocolate chips and whisk to combine.

In a separate bowl, mix together the almond flour, brown rice flour, baking powder, cocoa powder, and salt. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing just until completely combined.

Pour the batter into the baking dish. Sprinkle the dark chocolate chips evenly on top.

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean or only with a few crumbs.

Let cool for about a half an hour before serving to prevent them from crumbling (I cut mine into rectangular pieces, and got 6, the bigger the better).

 

Enjoy!

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Sick As A Dog

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The phrase is actually quite misleading. The English term “sick” refers to vomit, and therefore “sick as a dog” translates to, quite literally, vomiting like a dog. I suppose, since I haven’t vomited, and only had fever, chills, running nose, and coughing spells, I should really blame the weather and said I’m feeling “under the weather”. I digress.

This is how two sick days are spent properly:

Eating rice and salmon with grilled cheese and Progresso’s Clam Chowder. Then taking a nap and taking a bath with my new Mango Lush Bath Melt. So lovely. While the bath smelled and felt like silk, I hooked up my laptop to watch Mad Men season 4 on Netflix. To top it off, while I couldn’t breathe through my left nostril I decided to eat some Brownie’s to make myself feel better. Little did I know that chocolate and runny noses don’t mix.

 

Now today, I’ve been a bit lazier. The last stretch of the illness is seeping out of me and I’m enjoying some InStyle, and Tostito’s Chips. That’s pretty much what I’ve survived on all day, and I’m a foodie, sorta.! Surprisingly watching Gilmore Girls, Supernatural, and Devil Wears Prada (again),  has helped keep my mind off things and the dreaded feeling of going to work tomorrow after two days off. The fever has gone down a bit, but I must say that I think it was the bath’s doing last night, and not my pleading with God to make the shivers stop.

The savior of the day is my new teas (and I’m slightly biased on this front, considering I’ve got over 14 different teas to try in my home). I love Teavana, and the better half of my paycheck is spent there, but not everyone is as avid a drinker of tea as I am. These are a few of my favorites from over the course of the month. That’s right, my favorites change.

To start off: the new Peachberry. It’s got such a nice, sweet fragrance, it’s incredible. Not to mention that before you even drink it you get to watch the pearls unravel into lovely leaves of tea, if that doesn’t want to make you drink it nothing will. Another favorite is my MateVana(which is an herbal tea surprisingly!) and JavaVana. Both have a wonderful mocha flavor that is accomplished by adding some milk to the tea. It’s a lot like coffee because of their cocoa-yness(?) and luxurious textures.

   

Finally, I’m quite proud with my Acai Blueberry tea drinking due to the fact that it’s the best choice when ill, and I really can’t take care of myself when sick. It’s a favorite by default, but that doesn’t make it any less delicious. It’s fruity, which I don’t usually like but the blueberries add a nice acidic taste that balances honey and Teavana’s Rock Sugar, really well. The blueberries and Acai berries do have antioxidants, don’t they? I’m going to count this as a win either way.

Lastly, online window-shopping has got to be the best part of my sick days. Modcloth had the best swimsuit called Beach Honeycomb. Not only is it in a great yellow color, but it’s a one piece which is what I’ve been looking for, and it’s got little bee’s on it! And I’m sure my chest will hold it up better than their model’s.

And, Shabby Apple has come out with their spring Mad Hatter collection, and I can’t wait to go nuts with it! I think this style of romantic-modern-fairy tale design comes from rereading The Secret Garden one too many times.