Voluptuously Fudgy One Bowl Gluten Free Brownies

Yup. I did it again. I made up my own recipe dang it. Why? Because I think that gluten free recipes are overly tedious. Certain things like gluten free puff pastry will be tedious even if glutenized. Brownies shouldn’t be. It should be a simple luxurious treat.

I’ve done a lot of gluten free experiments lately like gluten free pizza and gluten free banana strawberry muffins. They came out beautiful….if not better. But lets talk turkey here.  Pre-packaged gluten free bake goods are crap for the most part.  Pre-made gluten free bread is like choking down sand. I honestly don’t understand it.  Thinking logically if bread is done correctly it shouldn’t be grainy. It makes me think that gluten free bread is not the problem but the manufacturer is.

So far I have tried a few different brands of flour. Heck, I even mixed up my own.  The unfortunate part of it all is the expense of the flour. Considering the fact that I don’t have to spend my days in misery exceeds any negative thoughts to the expense of gluten free products.  But really its not that bad.  Arrowhead Mills Gluten Free All Purpose Baking Mix can be used for muffins, cakes, breads, pizza and cookies.  It does have baking powder in it as well as salt so take that into consideration. Think of it as like regular all purpose flour.

So I looked up a ton of gluten free brownie recipes just to make sure I wasn’t missing anything.  A common misconception is that fudgy brownies are because of flour. Nope. Wrong. Its the amount of egg you use. You never will get a fudgy brownie with out the use of eggs.  The more egg you use the more fudgy and vice versa.  You would not believe how complicated some of the gluten free brownie recipes are.  It was laughable.  Just replace flour with the gluten free all purpose flour and presto:  gluten free brownie magic.

Gluten Free Brownies by The Home Made Cook

  • 3/4 cup real butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 cups of sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsps of pure vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs, room temp
  • 3/4 cup gluten free all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup of baking cocoa (the better the chocolate the better the brownie…you can sub out the cocoa and butter and just use unsweetened chocolate)
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Grease 8 or 9 inch square pan.
  3. Combine all dry ingredients evenly in large bowl.
  4. Add melted butter and stir until incorporated
  5. Add eggs one at a time and whip with a whisk until glossy and thick.
  6. Add vanilla until incorporated.
  7. Pour brownie batter into pan and bake for 35 minutes or until cake tester comes out clean.
  8. Enjoy!

Yes, I’m a Mom Monday: Ashley Taylor Furniture

Ashley Taylor is evil. Like evil genius evil  Don’t look or you will lured into this succubus of a boutique furniture store.  This is the kind of stuff I dreamed of having when I was a little girl. Which was amazing considering that my own mom was a tomboy and I had 4 brothers. I puke pink. That is how girly I am.

Lets start with this bed. Oh, this bed. I dream about this bed.

If my mother-in-law saw this she would squeal like a stuck pig.  I squeal…mmm yes I did.

How about this chandelier?

Okay…well if that didn’t convince you then this sure will:

This place rocks! Hey if I can go buy a crystal flower door nob…..then the place has to be pretty cool right?

Case Closed. I didn’t receive any kind of compensation what-so-ever to blog about this company. Just obsessed.

Spoon Sisters: Feeding your (snarky) inner dork

Considering this was or still is a food blog you might be amazed to find non food posts.  I’m giving myself a little break because we are dealing with something with James on a day to day basis.  So its been hard for me to concentrate on coming up with new recipes. Trying to keep my spirits up through some sharing of little places on the web that I love. After all ITS MY BLOG AND I CAN CRY BLOG WHAT & WHEN I WANT TO!

So this next bit is all about the Spoon Sisters. I have been obsessed with interesting cutlery since this blogs inception…however that is not what Spoon Sisters are all about. It’s just best I show you.

Everyone has a pain in the ass to shop for in their family or circle of friends. I think this site will solve that problem.  It might in fact teach that person to not be such a pain in the ass to shop for. And then the baby showers…the weddings….engagement parties. It’s like it never ends people!

I like to call this bit:

Saying It Without Saying it

A Sterling Silver PMS Mood Swing Pin

Paper Shampoo. Because you never know…

The Moveable Feast *coughs*

It’s the thought that counts right?

For that “going green” binge drinking friend in your life: Ice Shot Glasses

This next line up is called:

Wow..um…thanks. (Baby Shower Gifts)

The Mute Button

The Baby Owner’s Guide

Pee Tee Pees

The Totseat/Strait Jacket

I’m your baby, bitch. Baby Tats

They do actually have some pretty cool spoons.

Posh Tots-The Evil Bastards

This is what every mother dreams of. There is no point of even talking about prices here. It doesn’t matter. If you have to ask you can’t afford it. (I fall into that category!)

Exhibit A:

Exhibit B:

Exhibit C:

Exhibit D:

Exhibit E:

I rest my case.

Yes I’m a Mom Monday…on Tuesday: I Heart Crate & Barrel

I heart you Crate and Barrel. If I could marry you..then divorce you….then take half of your possessions I would. You would have to pay alimony in Dinnerware, Furniture, and Accessories.  I covet. I covet you and your ability to create bliss for everyone who loves stylish home furnishings.

Take these French Fry and Hamburger Baskets:

Or these Condiment Spoons:

I have a slight obsession with spoons so…beware.

This adorable Cake Tester:

Great design in a Martini Glass:

This is from their sister site Land of Nod. I have two toddlers and THIS ladies and gentleman is something I haven’t seen before anywhere:

Three Sizes Fit All Table grows with your child. Just choose the table that fits your child’s needs and add optional sets of legs so that you can convert your table as your child grows. Our 15 in. table was designed for the little ones. It’s ideal for trains and craft projects. Our 23 in. table is just the right size for older kids who are ready to pull up a chair. Add our 30″ legs to convert your table to a desk. Don’t forget to add a paper roller and rolling storage bins to our 15 in. and 23 in. tables to keep the mess under control.”

When my girls get passed the Tearing-Everything-Down-Stage I am so getting them this:

And how about these lunchboxes? Can you say smart?

This is just a start of what I have to show you!! I wasn’t in anyway compensated for my opinions here. No free products. Nothing. Just Obsessed.

Gluten Free Key Lime Cheesecake Cupcakes with Strawberry Puree Cream Cheese Frosting


Hello Everyone!

This is my first guest post so bear with me.  Writing a blog is kind of like talking to a wall most days…at least on my blog anyway. I’m not nearly as entertaining as our D.U.M.B. mom here but I can cook, and bake….and I’m pretty good at eating as well. I suck at photography as you can see. I blame my Kodak Easy Share.  I dream in DSLR. Maybe one day.

So who the heck am I? What would make for a good read? Well lets talk about this cupcake. Because this is what I do. This is who I am. A food blogger who happens to be a stay at home  mom of two crazy little girls and a stepmomma to 3 teenage stepsons and a very happy wife to a husband who is glad he married someone who can cook. Food brought my family together.  I had to teach myself to cook to save money. I found a passion.

Gluten Free Key Lime Cheese Cake Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Puree Frosting.

Why gluten free? Because about a week ago I discovered that I am allergic to gluten.  It’s called Celiac Disease.  I had a laundry list of the symptoms. I couldn’t believe it. Finally an explanation for what was wrong. You know how I found out I had it? By looking up alternative flours for a recipe throw down I am doing soon. Crazy.  A week into my new diet and I feel like a new person.  Now I’m overweight y’all. It’s obvious that I like food. But feeling healthy…it’s worth it. So my big problem is flavor. I mean what is the point of eating food if it doesn’t taste good right?

The very nature of being a foodie is respect for ingredients. For the best ingredients. So my mission is to work around this gluten problem. Boy oh boy I have never had so much respect for ingredients. In celebration of my renewed health I decided to make a extremely flavorful cupcake. You can’t get more flavorful than cheesecake…or key limes…or strawberries can you?

For those afraid of the kitchen don’t be. I only started cooking 4 years ago. I grew up on cheap mac and cheese out of the box. A day didn’t go by I where I didn’t eat something canned or devoid of flavor. It was tragic. After my love affair with Burger King and KFC ended I realized that I can do better. I followed Taste of Home recipes. Things I really wanted to eat. Then I got a bit more brave…I started to make things from scratch.  I failed many a time. All I have to say is thank God for rug shampooers. Now I am to the point where I create my own recipes. Because I have to save a little something for my own blog I will be posting the recipe there. Also I have to keep this under 500 words and I am already at 493..and now I am at 502.

Ok here is the recipe I promised!

Gluten Free Key Lime Cheesecake Cupcakes by The Home Made Cook

  • 2 eggs
  • 2 pkgs of cream cheese, room temp
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla
  • 1 cup of freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 cup of corn starch
  1. In stand mixer place cream cheese and granulated sugar and mix till light and fluffy.
  2. Still mixing add eggs and beat until well incorporated.
  3. Add lime juice  and vanilla. Batter will thin out.
  4. Gently sprinkle cornstarch into mixture and beat until mixture thickens.
  5. Pour batter lined muffin tins.
  6. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes.
  7. If you wish puree fresh strawberries and then whip 1/2 cup sugar and 1 pkg of cream cheese together to create a wonderful frosting for the top of the cupcakes.

Makes 12 cupcakes

Chocolate Malt Marshmallow Eggs & Star Lollipops

Easter Time!!! Chocolate! Jelly beans! Robins Eggs! Peeps! (ick) Fake colorful grass! Egg hunts! Sugar Rush! Funny looking egg salad! I love it all!  Winter is still clinging to New York but not for long.  The birds are finally back from down south. I’ve been waking up to the gentle chirping of robins lately.  Our geese couplet are back and honking up a storm in our back field. I must have the Swiffer mop by the door at all times to wipe up mud. I loath winter.  Even though it feels like it is still here I know that spring isn’t far off when we hit Easter Time.  We are on the downward spiral baby! Of course I love any holiday that gives me the excuse to make candy! I’m loving these marshmallows. The malt in the chocolate gives is such a full bodied flavor.  I used a silicone egg mold for the Easter egg and a star cookie cutter for the lollipops.

Chocolate Malt Marshmallows by The Home Made Cook

  • 2 1/2 Tbs unflavored gelatin
  • 1 1/2 cups of sugar
  • 1 cup corn syrup
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tbs of pure vanilla
  • 1/2 cup of powdered malt
  • 1 cup of cocoa (plus more for dusting)
  1. Grease and dust (with cocoa) a 9 x13 pan.
  2. Combine gelatin and 1/2 of cold water in your stand mixer. Let sit for about 15 minutes.
  3. Combine sugar, corn syrup, salt and a half cup of water in a heavy bottomed saucepan.
  4. Turn temp on low and stir until sugar has dissolved.
  5. Raise heat to high, without stirring, until mixture is at the firm ball stage. (244 F)
  6. Remove from heat.
  7. Turn your stand mixer on low and slowly drizzle the syrup into the gelatin mixture.
  8. Add cocoa and malt here and stir until well incorporated.
  9. Slowly turn your stand mixer to the highest setting and allow to mix until triple in volume. (about 15 minutes)
  10. Add vanilla.
  11. Pour mixture into prepared pan using a wet rubber spatula to even it out.
  12. Dust generously with cocoa.
  13. Allow to sit for 24 hours.
  14. Enjoy!

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