"May the Fourth be With You" Wookiee Cookies: chocolaty, chewy, a little rough around the edges, just like our favorite Wookiee. // @bobsredmill.com

Wookiee Cookies

by Sarah House in Recipes

As May 4th began to approach this year, we realized that it was a holiday we hadn’t yet thrown much weight behind and, as you might guess, we’re big Star Wars fans around here.  How could we celebrate May the Fourth Be with You and include a Bob’s Red Mill twist?  And could we develop a recipe that would allow for a cute and catchy rhyme in the title?  Thus, Wookiee Cookies were born.

"May the Fourth be With You" Wookiee Cookies: chocolaty, chewy, a little rough around the edges, just like our favorite Wookiee. // @bobsredmill.com

When we decided to use Chewbacca as inspiration for a cookie, I immediately began to think of all things Chewy:  hairy, hard to understand if you didn’t speak Shyriiwook, probably not the most well-groomed and likely with some detritus caught up in that coat (hey, I NEVER saw a hair brush or comb on the Millennium Falcon; did you?).  Okay!  So earthy, spicy, and a bit rough around the edges it is.

"May the Fourth be With You" Wookiee Cookies: chocolaty, chewy, a little rough around the edges, just like our favorite Wookiee. // @bobsredmill.com

I decided to roll with the popular spice trio of cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg, and I included the double-chocolate of cocoa powder and chocolate chunks because why not?  Please note that the recipe calls for chocolate chunks, not chips.  Being a 7 foot tall, fully coated being among us (relatively) short and hairless humans really stands out like a chocolate chunk.  An errant mouthful of Wookiee fur, I imagine, would be not unlike a mouthful of shredded coconut.  And since I imagine Chewbacca, in particular, as being a bit brusque, I opted for a flour blend that uses Graham Flour.  Graham Flour is a coarsely-ground whole grain wheat flour that imparts a hint of texture to breads, cakes, and cookies.

"May the Fourth be With You" Wookiee Cookies: chocolaty, chewy, a little rough around the edges, just like our favorite Wookiee. // @bobsredmill.com

Add them all up, and graham flour, shredded coconut, chocolate chunks, and spices equal my ideal wookiee:  a bit rough, a bit surprising, and someone I want to hang around all the time.

Get the recipe for Wookiee Cookies and May the Fourth Be With You!

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6 Quick and Easy Mother’s Day Brunch Ideas

by Cassidy Stockton in Health, Recipes

 

Nothing says Mother’s Day quite like brunch with a whole spread of food, friends, and family. When preparing brunch for a spring holiday like Mothers Day, you want light, fun menu options for your guests. While every hosts wants to offer a diverse spread,it’s important to find recipes that are quick to prepare so you don’t end up spending your entire day in the kitchen. Brunch may be a Mother’s Day must, but difficult and time-consuming recipes don’t have to be.

Here are 6 easy Mother’s Day brunch ideas to get your menu started:

 

Mixed Berry Crepes

Mixed Berry CrepesLight, airy, healthy, fruity, sweet, and easy to make: what more could you ask for? These yummy crepes from Skinny Mom are great as a breakfast or dessert dish at your brunch and only 115 calories. Get seconds and thirds without having to feel guilty about it.

 

 

Lemon Poppyseed Waffles

Lemon Poppyseed Waffles

These fluffy waffles from Spabettie are gluten free, vegan and a bright addition to your Mother’s Day brunch. The poppy seeds and lemon make this recipe much lighter than heavy waffles soaked and butter and syrup most people are used to. Blogger Kristina Sloggett recommends Daiya’s Blueberry Greek Yogurt Alternative, which is both dairy and soy free, as a topping for these waffles. This simple recipe makes brunch that much healthier and better.

 

Cream of Broccoli Soup

Cream-of-Broccoli-1If you are looking for a healthy lunch option to throw into the mix, soup is the perfect fit. The great thing about this soup from Somewhat Simple is that it is a great, light starter. With only five ingredients and taking only about fifteen minutes to prepare, it is incredibly easy, but your guests will think you went the extra mile and it will serve as a great addition to your spread.

 

Thai Chicken and Quinoa Casserole

thai_chickenThis savory dish from The Gingered Whisk is a brunch must and knocks the myth that casseroles can’t be healthy. Filled with quinoa, chicken, beans, peppers and lots of seasonings this recipe is much different then your traditional heavy and creamy casserole. Minimal prep and only 30 minutes to bake makes it quick and easy too!

 

 

Sweet Potato Breakfast Bowls

Sweet Potato Breakfast BowlsSpoon University blogger Jordan Gottlieb created this recipe in her dorm room—making it one of the most simple dishes on this list. All you need is a microwave, four ingredients, and the toppings of your choice! This creative recipe allows your guests to get involved and have fun as they create and build their own bowls. Let everyone self serve the sweet potato, banana, cinnamon, and milk of your choice mixture and provide fruit, granola, coconut flakes, almond butter, and granola so each person can pick and choose what they want. Easy, fun, and healthy this breakfast bowl is sure to be a hit.

 

 

What are your favorite go-to brunch recipes? Feel free to share in the comments below.

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National Oatmeal Cookie Day // Bob's Red Mill

National Oatmeal Cookie Day is April 30th!

by Lindsey Duncan in Gluten Free, Recipes

Get excited…National Oatmeal Cookie Day is tomorrow! We know what you’re thinking, and we’ll admit that the origin of the day is a bit of a mystery to us too. But, hey, it doesn’t take much for us to get in the baking mood around here so let’s celebrate! How about baking up one of the recipes below and sharing the treats with friends and family tomorrow in the spirit of the day?

We love The Best Gluten-free Oatmeal Cookies from Texanerin Baking which call for coconut oil in place of butter for a chewier cookie, making these treats not only gluten free, but dairy free to boot!

You’ll find the Oregon Trail Cookie recipe on our Whole Wheat Flour package. This twist on traditional oatmeal cookies features pumpkin seeds, flaxseeds, and tart cranberries instead of raisins. They are wholesome, unique, and delicious!

National Oatmeal Cookie Day // Bob's Red Mill

Not feeling cookies but still looking for something to fuel your day? Try out Oatmeal Cookie Smoothie, featuring our new Chai Nutritional Booster! With protein, fiber, chia seeds, and probiotics, this smoothie is a quick and easy meal on the go.

National Oatmeal Cookie Day // Bob's Red Mill

Whichever cookie recipe you choose to bake for National Oatmeal Cookie Day, you will surely need a bag of the world’s best oats from Bob’s Red Mill! Shop our oats now. Happy baking!

 

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Haroset: Serve this sweet fruit and nut paste at your Passover Seder, or as a tasty side to grilled meats or roasted veggies, or as dessert with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. // @BobsRedMill

Haroset

by Sarah House in Recipes

Some of my favorite things about food are the history and traditions that lead to the creation and preservation of so many dishes.  Many iconic foods stem from religion and the Jewish faith has many traditional dishes, each with massive significance to the culture.  Passover is one of the largest Jewish celebrations and food plays a central role.

The Passover Seder table includes several foods of import.  To name just a few:  bitter herbs to symbolize the bitterness of slavery, unleavened matzah as “poor man’s bread”, salt water for tears shed, and haroset (or charoset) to represent the mortar used by Jewish slaves in their work.  Haroset is a sweet paste of fruits and nuts eaten with bitter herbs on matzah.

Haroset: Serve this sweet fruit and nut paste at your Passover Seder, or as a tasty side to grilled meats or roasted veggies, or as dessert with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. // @BobsRedMill

While all haroset contains fruits and nuts, the types of fruits and nuts often differs according to the cook’s location.  Europeans often use items like apples and walnuts while those in the Middle East incorporate local fruits like figs and dates.  With local variations in mind, I set out to create a haroset that was both traditional, encompassing, and includes some local Oregon fare.

I wanted to include some fruits and nuts often found in traditional haroset recipes.  Middle Eastern flavors are some of my favorites so I chose chopped walnuts, dried dates and figs, and (a personal favorite) pomegranate molasses.  Pomegranate molasses is made from the juice of pomegranates, sweetened and reduced into a thick syrup.  It’s sweet, it’s tangy, it’s perfect.

Haroset: Serve this sweet fruit and nut paste at your Passover Seder, or as a tasty side to grilled meats or roasted veggies, or as dessert with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. // @BobsRedMill

Many traditional haroset ingredients are native to Oregon.  Oregon is known for its grapes and wine.  Raisins impart sweetness while wine adds great depth of flavor and just the right amount of liquid to plump and infuse the dried fruits.  Mount Hood is ideal tree fruit country and our apples reach grocers around the US.  Pumpkins are a successful Oregon crop and hazelnut orchards (real Oregonians call them filberts, FYI) are all over the Willamette Valley!

A bit of chopping and a 15 minute steep is all it takes to whip up a batch of haroset.  If you won’t find yourself around a Seder table this year, there’s no reason not to make a batch, anyway.  The fruit and nut blend works the meal, from an accompaniment to grilled meat or roasted root veggies, to a simple tart filling or topped with vanilla ice cream.  Or, like me, holding the fridge door open, eating right out of the container.

Get the recipe for Haroset at BobsRedMill.com

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Caramel Apple Hand Pies- flaky, portable, gluten free and oh-so-worth it! // @BobsRedMill

Gluten Free Caramel Apple Hand Pies

by Sarena Shasteen in Gluten Free, Recipes

Apples are probably my all time favorite food. I will admit, when it comes to apples, I am a huge snob. I like a crisp, slightly sweet apple with a tiny hint of sour. I know, I’m an apple-y snob, I told you I admit it.

Caramel Apple Hand Pies- flaky, portable, gluten free and oh-so-worth it! // @BobsRedMill

Rarely will an apple go beyond it’s raw eating state in my home, but sometimes, I will sacrifice my favorite food for a treat. I have to say, it’s totally worth it in these apple hand pies. This buttery, flaky hazelnut pie dough combined with the creamy caramel apple filing…yeah, this is definitely worth sacrificing my apples for a treat!

Caramel Apple Hand Pies- flaky, portable, gluten free and oh-so-worth it! // @BobsRedMill

Let me talk about this pie dough for a minute. This is my go to pastry dough for savory and sweet. To use it for chicken pot pie, leave out the powdered sugar. It doubles and halves perfectly to suit your needs. Also, almond flour is a great substitution for the hazelnut flour without changing the integrity of the final product. Another great thing about this pie dough, it is so incredibly easy to work with! You can’t beat that, right?!Caramel Apple Hand Pies- flaky, portable, gluten free and oh-so-worth it! // @BobsRedMill

This recipe is amazing and worth the trouble, but you have to bring a couple of things to the workstation when you start. You need everything to be very cold. The grating of the butter and freezing it really helps get all that buttery goodness distributed evenly, as well as, keeps things everything cool while you work. The other thing, you need is patience. Baking is not always easy, but I find it extremely rewarding when you come up with a final product like this. Definitely try this and please, enjoy the process. I promise, you will be rewarded!

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Gluten Free Caramel Apple Hand Pies

makes 9-10 hand pies

Crust

Filling

  • 1/4 cup Dairy Free Stick Butter
  • 3-4 Medium Green Apples, about 4 cups sliced and then dice to about an inch
  • 2 Tbsp Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 tsp Apple Pie Spice
  • Pinch Of Salt
  • 6 Tbsp Cornstarch

Topping

  • 2 Tbsp Cashew Milk
  • Coarse Sugar

In a large food processor, combine the hazelnut flour through salt. Mix until blended. Next add the the frozen butter to the flour mixture and pulse to form a coarse meal. Add the egg and pulse until the dough forms a ball. Place the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to use. Keep the dough cold during each process.

In a bowl, mix the diced apples with the lemon juice. Melt the butter over medium heat. Add the apples, brown sugar, apple pie seasoning and salt to the butter. Cook for about 10 minutes, until the apples are soft, stirring occasionally. Next sprinkle a tablespoon at a time of the cornstarch over the apples stirring constantly until the mixture thickens. Allow the mixture to cool completely before using.

When everything is cool, lay the dough on plastic wrap covered with powdered sugar. Sprinkle extra powdered sugar over the dough and cover with another piece of plastic wrap. Roll the dough to a rectangle. Cut dough into the shape you desire and refrigerate for 15 minutes. Preheat the oven to 375°. Place half the cuts on a parchment lined baking sheet. Top with 2-3 tablespoons of the apple filling. Don’t add the caramel to the pies, reserve it for serving. Using some of the cashew milk, moisten the edges of the dough. Top each of the pies with the remaining cuts of dough. Wet your fingers with the cashew milk and press the edges of the dough to seal the edges. Brush the tops of the pies with cashew milk and sprinkle with coarse sugar.

Bake 25 to 30 minutes until the edges are golden brown. Serve warm with remaining caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream or at room temperature straight from your hand.

Sarena Shasteen: The Non Dairy QueenSarena Shasteen has been an avid health food and fitness enthusiast from an early age. She holds a degree in Culinary Arts from The Art Institute of Atlanta, a certification in Fitness Nutrition and is a certified Fitness Trainer from International Sport Science Association (ISSA). Becoming a Personal Trainer and Specialist in Fitness Nutrition has been a lifelong goal of hers. Sarena enjoys helping others reach their health goals by teaching them that health and fitness are not only achieved in the gym, but also through fun everyday activities. Now a food writer, recipe developer, personal chef,  Personal Trainer and Specialist in Fitness Nutrition, she enjoys sharing with others that healthy living can be fun and delicious. Keep up with her at The Non Dairy Queen and on Facebook and Twitter.

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blackberry cheescake

5 Gluten Free Dessert Recipes to Try Out

by Cassidy Stockton in Gluten Free, Recipes

Gluten free recipes, especially dessert recipes, tend to have a negative stigma. As cooks and as human beings we sometimes assume that ingredients like flour is key to the taste and a necessity in making and baking sweets. Oh how wrong that is! Gluten free is no longer just for the gluten intolerant and the best part is that these anytime treats will taste just as good, if not better, than the cakes, bars and muffins you are used to.

Not only are these desserts gluten-less, all the ingredients are much healthier and guilt free alternatives to all the recipes you know and love. So instead of turning up your nose to these gluten free delights take a big whiff because they not only taste delicious but they smell amazing too. After you try these recipes for yourself, your new rule of thumb will be “no gluten no guilt!” If you are already gluten free, feast your senses on new ideas for your own personal cookbook.

 

Pumpkin Spice Flourless Chocolate CakePumpkin Spice Chocolate Cake

Only five simple steps, the product is a chocolate cake with hints of pumpkin and espresso to die for and, of course, gluten free. Flourless cakes like this, prove that flour is not needed to create the fluffy texture in cakes. The best part is you probably will not even have to go out to the store to bake this dessert thanks to the Reluctant Entertainer’s crafty recipe. With ingredients like butter, sugar, chocolate, and coffee you are sure to have these on hand, so it is a great recipe to whip up on the fly.

 

Tropical Coconut Sunshine Balls

Coconut Sunshine BallsSweet and salty, this island-inspired dessert from Spabetti will satisfy all your cravings. Coconut is not the only “nut” or fruit in this recipe, as you will also taste flavors of prickly pear, almond, and pistachio. Yet blogger Kristina Sloggett understands that dried prickly pear might be hard to get your hands on, and says dried apricots will work just as well and not take away from the taste. This five-ingredient recipe, containing only fruit and nut-based products, makes these gluten free truffle balls a snack worth writing home about.

 

Fronzen Blackberry, Goat Cheese, and Honey Cheesecake

blackberry cheescakeMade with goat cheese, this cheesecake recipe via Adventures in Cooking is not only gluten free but lactose-intolerant friendly, as well. With a honey almond crust, vanilla goat cheese filling, and a blackberry topping you will not even notice that this sweet treat is almost good for you. With all natural ingredients, no butter, dairy, flour, or chocolate you could eat the whole cake and not even feel bad about it, well not really anyways.

 

Cranberry Mango Nut Bars

Mango Nut BarsThis sweet snack from The Gingered Whisk is great because it is a bar you can grab on the go. Made with only fruit, nut, and honey ingredients it is healthy, all natural, and gives you all the salty and sweet you could ask for. What is even more amazing is that this recipe requires no cooking or baking. Just mix, spread, and freeze. Really, that is all it takes!

 

Pumpkin Muffins

Pumpkin MuffinsPlease introduce yourself to coconut flour. Yes, you read that right. Coconuts have really transformed themselves from just a fruit or key ingredient in Pina Coladas to oils, flours, and much more. Coconut flour helps to make gluten free baking that much easier. These pumpkin muffins from Spoon University will leave you wondering why you ever ate any other muffins. You can enjoy these baked treats for breakfast on the go or a dessert after lunch or dinner or both for that matter.

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Almond Crusted Scallops and Spring Salad Recipe: With the red grapefruit, endive, shaved fennel, asparagus and hint of white wine vinegar, the salad in this dish screams spring! // @BobsRedMill @ChefBillyParisi

Almond Crusted Scallops and Spring Salad

by Billy Parisi in Gluten Free, Recipes

Is it Spring yet??  Living in Chicago we seem to always get this one last week long winter blast that kills all the budding plants and flowers and literally makes the entire city miserable…  Well I think, hopefully, that we are past that and warmer days are ahead, which is why I felt inspired to make this Almond Crusted Scallops and Spring Salad recipe.  With the red grapefruit, endive, shaved fennel, asparagus and hint of white wine vinegar, the salad in this dish screams spring and I couldn’t be happier.  I know it may seem weird to some who read this, but, man, I can’t wait to be able to go outside without a jacket.  Starting to feel my struggle yet?

Almond Crusted Scallops and Spring Salad Recipe: With the red grapefruit, endive, shaved fennel, asparagus and hint of white wine vinegar, the salad in this dish screams spring! // @BobsRedMill @ChefBillyParisi

I always enjoy going out to eat after a long winter and noticing the menu changes that reflect spring time ingredients, because to me that means availability of fresh produce is changing.  Don’t get me wrong I love winter veggies and fruits, but after 4 months or so I’m ready for a switch.  This light fresh spring salad is incredibly easy to make, but it starts with prepping up all of the vegetables.  Be sure to shave the fennel thin, perhaps with a mandolin or even try using a peeler.  Next, segment the grape fruit, slice the endive, blanch and chill the asparagus, and keep everything cool until it’s time to serve.Almond Crusted Scallops and Spring Salad Recipe: With the red grapefruit, endive, shaved fennel, asparagus and hint of white wine vinegar, the salad in this dish screams spring! // @BobsRedMill @ChefBillyParisi

Now let’s move on to the scallops.  I chose these crazy huge U-12 sea scallops.  If you’re wondering what U-12 means, it’s referencing how many scallops it would take to reach 1 pound.  So, roughly 12 of these scallops equals a pound; You’re welcome!  I like larger scallops because they seem meatier to me than bay scallops and will hold the almond crust better too.  To prepare the scallops remove the little side muscle, better know as the foot, since it can be really chewy and discard it.  Now season up the scallops on all sides with salt and pepper and coat them in Bob’s Red Mill Almond Flour and press them in and set them aside before cooking.  Bob’s Almond Flour is finely ground making it perfect to coat these scallops, or any seafood, on all sides, literally covering every square centimeter of the surface area ensuring you get the same delicious bite all the way through!

Almond Crusted Scallops and Spring Salad Recipe: With the red grapefruit, endive, shaved fennel, asparagus and hint of white wine vinegar, the salad in this dish screams spring! // @BobsRedMill @ChefBillyParisi
Next on the agenda is to fire up a large sauté pan on high heat and add in some cold olive oil.  Once the oil begins to smoke, turn the heat down to medium-high and add in the almond crusted scallops and sauté.  To help brown the scallops, add in a few pads of unsalted butter and baste them using a spoon.  Scallops actually will cook quicker than you think so check them after 2 minutes or so to make sure they are browned before turning over.  At this point you can finish them in the oven on 400° for 6 to 8 minutes or continue to cook them right on the cook top until your desired internal temperature is achieved.  Just as an FYI, scallops should never be well done, think more on the medium side of things for a perfect scallop.

Almond Crusted Scallops and Spring Salad Recipe: With the red grapefruit, endive, shaved fennel, asparagus and hint of white wine vinegar, the salad in this dish screams spring! // @BobsRedMill @ChefBillyParisi

Finely to complete our dish we need to toss around the vegetables with a little bit of white wine vinegar, salt and pepper and then it’s time to eat!  If you’re wondering what those little green leaves are they are micro-greens, which can literally be purchased at almost any grocery store.  Lastly, top off this beautiful easy to make Almond Crusted Scallops and Spring Salad recipe with a little goat cheese.

PERFECTION!!!  If you have any questions at all regarding this recipe or others, you know where to find me.

Almond Crusted Scallops and Spring Salad Recipe: With the red grapefruit, endive, shaved fennel, asparagus and hint of white wine vinegar, the salad in this dish screams spring! // @BobsRedMill @ChefBillyParisi

Almond Crusted Scallops and Spring Salad

For the salad:

  • 2 segmented grapefruits
  • ½ thinly shaven fresh fennel bulb
  • 2 sliced Belgian endive
  • 1 bunch of roasted or blanched asparagus cut into 1/3’s
  • 2 teaspoons of white wine vinegar
  • ¼ cup of micro-greens
  • 1 tablespoon of thinly sliced chives
  • goat cheese crumbles for garnish
  • Kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste

For the scallops:

  • 1 pound of large sea scallops, foot removed
  • 1 ½ cups of Bob’s Red Mill Almond Meal Flour
  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons of unsalted butter
  • Kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste

Serves 3 to 4

Procedures:

  1. In a large bowl toss together the grapefruits, fennel, endive, asparagus, vinegar, micro-greens, chives, and salt and pepper until combined and set aside and keep cool.
  2. Add the almond meal to a bowl and set aside.
  3. Season the scallops on all sides with salt and pepper and dredge them in the almond meal making sure to coat on all sides by pressing down on them. Set aside on parchment paper.
  4. Add the olive oil to a large sauté pan on high heat and sear the scallops for 2 to 3 minutes or until golden brown and flip over. Add in the butter at the beginning to help brown and flavor.
  5. Continue cooking the scallops on the other side for a further 3 to 4 minutes or until the desired internal temperature has been achieved.
  6. Once the scallops are done cooking serve them over top of the spring salad and sprinkle on some goat cheese.

Chef Billy Parisi // billyparisi.comHello, I’m Billy Parisi, but to some I’m known as “Chef Billy Parisi.”  I do a little bit of this and a little bit of that, but for the most part I’m a Food & Content Creator, Sometimes TV Host, Digital and Social Strategist, Influencer, Picture Taker, Coffee Drinker, Daddy, Husband, College Sports Enthusiast, Fashionisto, Film & Music Lover!

I’ve been in the kitchen since I started washing dishes in a restaurant at the age of 13, and during that time I knew immediately that I wanted to be a chef.  I graduated from Arizona’s Scottsdale Culinary Institute and the University of Missouri, and have logged several years as line cook, sous chef, and executive in some of the Midwest’s finest restaurants.  I currently live in the city of Chicago with my wife Lindsay and daughter Olivia and cook up new inventions, mash-ups, fusions and twists on old classics.  I’m incredibly spontaneous and outgoing, and run 2 small businesses BPMVC, and my latest venture 5 Loaves 2 Fish! 

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This flourless chocolate cake is light and spongy with a terrific chocolate-almond flavor.  Great on its own or as layers of a frosted cake. // @BobsRedMill // passover

Flourless Chocolate Almond Cake

by Sarah House in Gluten Free, Recipes

Eggs play an integral role in baked goods, from lightening texture to binding structure to creating loft to adding fat and flavor.  For restricted diets like grain-free, eggs can be a meal-saver.

Grain-free dishes are so hot right now, but people forget that grain-free confections have been a norm in several cuisines for the mere fact that eggs + nuts + a little something sweet equal an excellent dessert!  Just because you still eat and enjoy grains like wheat, rice, and quinoa, don’t think all these fancy “new” nut products aren’t for you.  This cake is a perfect example.  Pulling heavily from traditional European patisserie methods, this unleavened chocolate cake is great for any special occasion, or just because.  And since there are no leavens at work (no baking powder, baking soda, or yeast) this cake is a swell choice for Passover, too!

This flourless chocolate cake is light and spongy with a terrific chocolate-almond flavor.  Great on its own or as layers of a frosted cake. // @BobsRedMill // passover

Some bakers may be intimidated creating a cake without any of the standard butter, sugar, or flour components.  And you do need to be aware of what you are doing to ensure a perfect cake.  To help you avoid the inner shame of knowing you kinda maybe messed up the cake you’re about to serve, here are a few tips to ensure a rich and fluffy outcome.

  1. Chocolate is sensitive.  Chocolate doesn’t like high heat or it will burn.  Chocolate does not like water or it will seize.  And there is no coming back from either of those.  Some bakers like to melt chocolate in the microwave but I prefer to have an eye on my chocolate the whole time.  Instead of microwaving, there are two great choices to carefully melt chocolate:  a double-boiler or straight on the stove-top.Double-boilers are super easy to put together.  Place about an inch of water in a pot and bring it to a gentle simmer over medium-low heat.  Find a clean metal bowl that fits neatly over the pot, like a lid.  Put the chocolate in the bowl, put the bowl over the simmering pot, and stir gently until all the chocolate is melted.  The only word of warning I have is to not let that water get too hot.  A faster boil produces more steam which can turn into condensation droplets in your bowl.  And remember, chocolate does not like water.  Any type of water.  So keep it to a simmer.

    If you are a bit more confident with your ability to keep an eye on things, throw that chocolate into a small pot and place it right on the stove over very low heat.  If you remember to check it frequently, and stir it just as often, you’ll come out with perfectly smooth and melted chocolate.  Trust me.  And yourself.

    This flourless chocolate cake is light and spongy with a terrific chocolate-almond flavor.  Great on its own or as layers of a frosted cake.

  1. Eggs are interesting beasts.  Half forgiving and down for anything, half sensitive and prone to over-reaction.  Yolks are the forgiving team.  Toss them in a bowl and start whipping and they’ll get light and fluffy and lemony-yellow as the dawn.  You can even toss stuff in with them, like honey in this instance, and they won’t mind.  True now, if you left them mixing for too long, they’ll lose some volume.  But why would you do that?  If you get called away from cake baking for more than 5 minutes, you’re going to turn off the mixer, right?  (Right.  You WILL do that.)Whites, on the other hand, need some babying.  Stop paying attention to them and they’ll go from liquid to Styrofoam in a hot second.  And don’t you dare let anything in that bowl with them, other than maybe some cream of tartar or some sugar if you are making meringues.  Let some water sneak into the bowl, or a noticeable amount of egg yolks or fat, and you find yourself cracking a whole new set of eggs, plus rewashing and thoroughly drying your utensils.

    So make it easy on yourself.  When you are whipping egg whites, keep the egg whites clean and away from water, and use thoroughly cleaned and dried bowls and whisks.   I once worked for a chef who insisted that whipping egg whites be started on the slowest speed in our mixer and to then increase the speed very gradually over time so the proteins could slowly untangle themselves from each other and then hook back up again much later.  It took about 20 minutes.  I found that ridiculous.  Start slow so you don’t slosh egg whites all over.  But don’t be afraid to crank up the speed.  Just watch what is happening in the bowl and be ready to stop when the right volume and peak is reached.

    Also, these whipped egg yolks and egg whites are providing a lot of the structure and bind and height here, so be gentle when folding and when transferring the cake batter into the pan.  Don’t squish it down.  Gently spread it around.

    This flourless chocolate cake is light and spongy with a terrific chocolate-almond flavor.  Great on its own or as layers of a frosted cake.

Paying attention to what you are doing is the best and simplest way to make a perfect cake 100% of the time.  This holds true for all baking.  It’s not necessarily that the recipe is complicated, it’s just that some ingredients require a watchful eye.  But, heck, if it all goes south and the cake comes out flat, the rich chocolaty flavor and tender almond crumb will still be there, so just call it a torte and call it a day.

Get the recipe for Flourless Chocolate Almond Cake at BobsRedMill.com

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National Coffee Cake Day // bobsredmill

National Coffee Cake Day + Our 10 Favorite Coffee Cake Recipes

by Lindsey Duncan in Gluten Free, Recipes

It’s Thursday, April 7th… You know what that means?! It’s National Coffee Cake Day, of course!! (Who didn’t know that?)

What exactly is a coffee cake, anyway? Why should it be celebrated? And is it one word or two?! Okay, okay, one thing at a time: A coffee cake is a spongey cake, usually with a crumb or streusel topping, which is meant to be served alongside coffee. It should be celebrated because it’s delicious. You will see it written both as one word and two, but Merriam-Webster says it’s two.

Getting down to a little more detail, Baking Illustrated, by the Editors of Cook’s Illustrated Magazine, defines “Crumb Coffeecake” as “nothing more than a single layer of buttery yellow cake topped with crumbs made from sugar, flour, and butter.” It is, of course, paired perfectly with a morning or afternoon cup of coffee.

National Coffee Cake Day // bobsredmill

We are celebrating National Coffee Cake Day by sharing with you all 10 of our favorite coffee cake recipes!

  1. Cranberry Swirl Coffee Cake made with our Organic Unbleached White All-Purpose Flour is moist and tart with yogurt and cranberry sauce.
  2. (Vegan!) 7 Grain Marionberry Coffee Cake – we love that this recipe features a berry native to Oregon and creatively uses our 7-Grain Pancake Mix in place of flour!
  3. (Gluten Free!) Lemon Blueberry Coffee Cake which no one will know is gluten free. Our Almond Meal keeps the cake moist and subtly nutty while our Organic Quinoa Flour and Sorghum Flour with Tapioca Flour provide fluffiness and divine texture to please even the most discriminating gluten-eating palette.
  4. Butter Pecan Streusel with Unbleached White All-Purpose Flour brilliantly features a cream cheese center for decadence second to none.
  5. (Vegan!) Vegan Coffee Cake from Vegan Gretchen is just like the coffee cake you remember from before your vegan days with a perfectly spiced, satisfying cinnamon topping.
  6. The Pioneer Woman’s “The Best Coffee Cake. Ever.” might be just that. We love this old-school recipe of her mother’s. Fair warning: there is nothing bashful about this buttery cake from heaven.
  7. These Coffee Cake Muffins from The Kitchn make no compromises on taste for convenience. Pop a coffee cake in your bag and whip it out just in time for that much-needed mid-morning coffee and snack break.
  8. Sour Cream Coffee Cake from Gimme Some Oven is moist and delicious and super easy to make, with a prep time of only 5 minutes!
  9. (Vegan!) Chocolate Cherry Coffee Cake featured on krisscarr.com, by Chloe Coscarelli, just might be part ice cream. This vegan coffee cake satisfies the sweet tooth and leaves nothing to be desired!
  10. (Paleo! Gluten free!) Hazelnut Coffee Cake from Fed and Fit is a grain-free, paleo-diet-friendly (and thus, gluten free friendly) twist on traditional coffee cake. Cassy used our ground Hazelnut Meal to create this dish and we are in love with it!

There you have it – 10 of our favorite coffee cakes and something for every diet. Celebrate, you, and enjoy National Coffee Cake Day!

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The perfect morning begins with a tall mug of hot black coffee, no cream or sugar please, and a delicious coffee cake.  This Coffee Cake with Butter Pecan Streusel is exactly what is needed. // @BobsRedMill and @ChefBillyParisi

Coffee Cake with Butter Pecan Streusel

by Billy Parisi in Recipes

The perfect morning for me begins at 5 am with a tall mug of hot black coffee, no cream or sugar please, and a delicious coffee cake.  There is no need for cream and sugar in your coffee when you’ve got a coffee cake that perfectly compliments with sweet deliciousness.  I know 5 am is early, but if I want any time to myself I’ve got to get up at the crack of dawn before anyone gets up just to get a few quiet moments in.  The cool thing about coffee cake is just how versatile it is and how much you can really change them up.  While the batter usually stays the same you can completely play with the streusel on top or the filling in the center, it’s really up to you.  For this coffee cake recipe, I went with a cream cheese center, but I’ll get to that in a bit.

The perfect morning begins with a tall mug of hot black coffee, no cream or sugar please, and a delicious coffee cake.  This Coffee Cake with Butter Pecan Streusel is exactly what is needed. // @BobsRedMill and @ChefBillyParisi

The best part of coffee cake is the crumb topping, or streusel.  It’s that extra bit of sweetness and crunchiness that just puts that touch of love on the cake.  I simply cut together some butter, flour, cinnamon, brown sugar and chopped up pecans for the topping.  You can use a pastry knife to do this or a fork, but the goal is to get the butter about the size of rice.

The perfect morning begins with a tall mug of hot black coffee, no cream or sugar please, and a delicious coffee cake.  This Coffee Cake with Butter Pecan Streusel is exactly what is needed. // @BobsRedMill and @ChefBillyParisiThe next best part of the coffee cake is the center.  Now there are a ton of different things you can do here like just brown sugar and butter chunks, or fruit, or icing, but I decided to have the best of all things and mixed together some softened cream cheese and ½ of the pecan streusel.  That’s right cream cheese, butter, brown sugar, cinnamon and pecans as my center.  Can you blame me?

The perfect morning begins with a tall mug of hot black coffee, no cream or sugar please, and a delicious coffee cake.  This Coffee Cake with Butter Pecan Streusel is exactly what is needed. // @BobsRedMill and @ChefBillyParisi

Now on the the batter.  It’s as easy as creaming together some butter and sugar until it is light and fluffy and then adding in a few eggs and some vanilla.  Next, you mix in the dry ingredients until it’s incorporated.  I used Bob’s Red Mill All-Purpose Unbleached Flour with some baking soda, baking powder and salt and it was the perfect combo.  Bob’s Red Mill All-Purpose Unbleached Flour is unbleached, unbromated, enriched baking flour milled from high quality North American wheat and is excellent for all of your baking needs.

The perfect morning begins with a tall mug of hot black coffee, no cream or sugar please, and a delicious coffee cake.  This Coffee Cake with Butter Pecan Streusel is exactly what is needed. // @BobsRedMill and @ChefBillyParisi

Time to load up your Bundt pan with all this delicious goodness.  Start by adding half of the batter to the bottom and then layering on the cream cheese filling, the other half of the batter and then the crumb topping.  From there you bake in the oven at 350° for about 45 minutes.  I always say that simplicity is elegant when it comes to food, and that’s why the classic coffee cake is still so dang good.  Enjoy!

The perfect morning begins with a tall mug of hot black coffee, no cream or sugar please, and a delicious coffee cake.  This Coffee Cake with Butter Pecan Streusel is exactly what is needed. // @BobsRedMill and @ChefBillyParisi

Coffee Cake with Butter Pecan Streusel

For the Streusel:

For the Filling:

  • ½ cup of softened cream cheese

For the Batter:

  • 2 cups of Bob’s Red Mill All-Purpose Flour
  • ½ teaspoon of baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon of baking soda
  • pinch of Kosher salt
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter
  • 2/3 cup of sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1 cup of sour cream
  • ¼ cup of whole milk

Serves 8 to 10

Procedures:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°.
  2. For the streusel: Add all of the ingredients to a medium size bowl and using a pastry knife or fork cut the butter in so that it is the size of rice and set aside.
  3. For the filling: Add the cream cheese and half of the streusel to a medium size bowl and whisk until completely combined, and set aside.
  4. For the batter: Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt to a large bowl and mix until combined. Set aside.
  5. Cream together the butter and sugar in a standing mixer on high speed until it is light and fluffy, about 4 minutes.
  6. Next, add in the egg and vanilla and mix until completely combined.
  7. Turn the speed down to low and slowly add in the dry ingredients just until they are mixed in.
  8. Finish the batter by mixing in the sour cream and whole milk until it’s combined.
  9. Next add half of the batter to the bottom of a prepared bundt cake pan and then layer on the cream cheese filling, the other half of the batter and then the crumb topping.
  10. Bake in the oven at 350° for about 45 minutes and cool completely before serving.

Chef Billy Parisi // billyparisi.comHello, I’m Billy Parisi, but to some I’m known as “Chef Billy Parisi.”  I do a little bit of this and a little bit of that, but for the most part I’m a Food & Content Creator, Sometimes TV Host, Digital and Social Strategist, Influencer, Picture Taker, Coffee Drinker, Daddy, Husband, College Sports Enthusiast, Fashionisto, Film & Music Lover!

I’ve been in the kitchen since I started washing dishes in a restaurant at the age of 13, and during that time I knew immediately that I wanted to be a chef.  I graduated from Arizona’s Scottsdale Culinary Institute and the University of Missouri, and have logged several years as line cook, sous chef, and executive in some of the Midwest’s finest restaurants.  I currently live in the city of Chicago with my wife Lindsay and daughter Olivia and cook up new inventions, mash-ups, fusions and twists on old classics.  I’m incredibly spontaneous and outgoing, and run 2 small businesses BPMVC, and my latest venture 5 Loaves 2 Fish! 

 

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