Valentines day is just around the corner. Many of you may receive chocolate along with a bouquet of flowers on this special day. Remember that not all chocolate is gluten free. Most plain chocolate is gluten free but Godiva chocolate is not. See the list below.
If you plan to dine out, you may want to call a day or so ahead of time to make sure the restaurant can accommodate your diet. Some restaurants have set menus with only a few choices for Valentines day so they they can increase the number of guests. The menu may not be one that can easily be made gluten free. Usually the busier they are, the more chance of cross contamination in the kitchen. Be sure to tell your server you need gluten free, if the server does not seem to understand, ask to speak with a manager.
If you decide to have dinner at home, I recommend a great flourless chocolate cake recipe from Haydn Zug’s Restaurant. It is delicious and easy!
Warm Flourless Chocolate Cake
4 ounces fine quality bittersweet chocolate (make sure it is gluten free)
1 stick unsalted butter
3/4 cup sugar
3 large eggs ( room temp)
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
Preheat oven to 375 degrees and butter an 8 inch round baking pan. Line bottom with a round of wax paper, butter paper.
Chop chocolate into small pieces. In a double boiler or metal bowl set over a saucepan of barely simmering water , melt chocolate with butter, stirring until smooth. Remove top of double boiler or bowl from heat and whisk sugar into chocolate mixture. Add eggs and whisk well. Sift cocoa powder over chocolate mixture and whisk until just combined. Pour batter into pan and bake in middle of oven 25 minutes, or until top has formed a thin crust. Cool cake in pan on a rack for 5 minutes and invert onto a serving plate.
Dust cake with powdered sugar and serve with ice cream.
A heart shaped paper doily can be placed on top of the cake, then dust with powdered sugar. Remove the doily for a fancy design. Enjoy!
Gluten free chocolate list per the www.lancasterareaceliacs.org Winter newsletter.
Here is a list of a few well known companies and their gluten-free chocolate products:
Almond Joy; Mounds; Heath Bars; Hershey’s Kisses (milk chocolate, filled and nuggets);
Milk Chocolate Bar and Milk Chocolate Bar with Almonds; Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups (except seasonal shaped items); Skor; York Peppermint Pattie
Silky Smooth Milk Chocolate; Silky Smooth Dark Chocolate; Silky Smooth Mint & Dark Chocolate Swirl; Silky Smooth Caramel; Silky Smooth Peanut Butter; Sugar Free Milk/Dark Chocolate
Nestle Milk Chocolate
Among the chocolate treats off limits is Godiva’s entire line of products.