Since it was chocolate week this week, I thought it’d be a great opportunity to eat as much chocolate as my body could handle and obviously discover easy and cheap gluten free chocolate recipes.
‘Twitters-ville’ has been rife with some really impressive and adventurous chocolate recipes with some people even adding chocolate to meat dishes! I never thought these two would go together, but apparently meat and chocolate go together like birds of a feather.
So I thought of making some chocolate mousse because I assumed it’s simple [like me, as my mum would say] and all you need is egg whites and chocolate , it’s cheap as chips and it’s absolute foul proof – yeah…. right!
First off – making egg whites. Simple enough but it’s bloody hard work! After 20 mins of vigorous stirring I was brought to my knees! My arms felt like they were gonna drop off! Some of you may laugh and think I’m over exaggerating but just look at the state of the whisk I had to use!
Just look at the state of it! I just knew by looking at it that me and this whisk were gonna fall out, but because I didn’t have any alternative, I had to just get over it and use this whisk! So because I had to use this disgrace, I didn’t mix my egg whites enough as I lost patience after a while – this was my first mistake. I also used milk chocolate instead, which apparently isn’t supposed to be used in chocolate mousse recipes, it tasted fine but it made the mousse look a bit anaemic – my second mistake.
And then, when I left it in the fridge to set, the bloody thing separated and looked gross! This apparently was because I hadn’t let the chocolate cool before mixing in my egg whites – my third mistake!
So admitting defeat [for now, I will attempt to make it another time] I went back to the ‘drawing board’ to think of other simple, quick and easy gluten free chocolate recipes. I looked in the food cupboard but felt like Old Mrs Hubbard – it was bare, except for the odd bits that didn’t really go well together such as sprinkles, custard and pickled onions [mmmm!].
The I realised, I still had chocolate left over from the mousse recipe and I had cereal which meant I could make….
CHOCOLATE CRISPIE CAKES!
I usually make these when I want something sweet but can’t be bothered to bake and I also make them for Mikey. He absolutely loves them which is a hindrance more than a blessing as he literally scoffs the lot and then goes into a chocolate coma!
- 100g of chocolate
- 25 tablespoons of gluten free ‘rice crispies’ or gluten free ‘cornflakes’
- Break up the chocolate in to chunks and place in a large bowl [I used a casserole dish – works just as well]
- Place the dish on top of a pan of boiling water, make sure the dish doesn’t touch the water!
- Gently melt the chocolate making sure it doesn’t burn or stick to the dish
- Add a tablespoon at a time and stir of either your gluten free ‘cornflakes’ or ‘rice crispes’
- Carefully, place the chocolate covered cereal in some bun cases and keep refrigerated
- Try and hide them from Mike