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Monday, March 30, 2015


Posted by Bryna Bear aka Gluten Free Baking Bear

     The first time I made this cake it was by accident.  I received a wonderful chocolate cookbook as a gift, Luscious Chocolate Desserts by Lori Longbotham.  I meant to make a different cake from the book, but somehow started this recipe before I realized my error.  I never would have purposefully made it because it was flourless and my past experiences with flourless cakes were disappointing.  They were all very dense and fudge-like.  Well, happy mistake.  This cake is light and delightful.  It is decadently rich and amazingly delicious.  It’s like eating a wonderful chocolate bar that is soft, fluffy and smooth.   
    You must know how to fold in egg whites to make this cake.  I would recommend that you watch a YouTube video about folding in egg whites or you will have chocolate soup instead of a cake.  That said, this is a fairly easy cake to make.
     Use good quality chocolate for best results.  You really taste the chocolate in every bite, so it should be a very good tasting chocolate.
     I have had issues with the oven temperature given in the recipe.  It says to use a 300℉ oven.  Maybe it is my oven, but it comes out best if I use a 325℉ or even a 350℉ oven.  At the 300℉ temperature the center does not get done enough, in fact it is liquid.  At 325℉ the center is soft but not liquid.  At 350℉ the center is completely cooked, but soft, only the top gets a bit too crisp.  For my taste I like the more done center, but it is delicious no matter what you do to this cake. 
     Since it has no flour and no leavening it also makes an elegant Passover dessert. 


1 lb.
Semisweet Chocolate (you can also use bittersweet or a combination of both) - chopped  
Use good quality chocolate for best results.
1 cup/2 sticks
Unsalted Butter
9 large
Eggs - separated
3/4 cup + 1 Tbs.
For dusting the baked cake:
Confectioner’s Sugar and Unsweetened Cocoa

  1. Preheat oven to 325℉.  Prepare a 9” springform pan by buttering it and then dusting it with cocoa.  I put a cardboard cake board on the bottom and butter and dust it to make it easy to move the cake onto a plate and/or to give the cake away without the bottom of the pan.
    Springform pan greased and dusted with cocoa.
    Note the bottom has a cake cardboard to make removing the cake easier.
  2. Melt the chocolate and butter in a double boiler over simmering water.  Stir frequently until smooth.  Remove the top pan and allow the chocolate to cool to room temperature.
    Melted chocolate and butter.
  3. In the bowl using a hand mixer, beat the egg whites until soft peaks form and then beat in the 1 Tbs. of sugar.
    Egg whites beaten to soft peaks.
  4. In the bowl of a stand mixer or a separate bowl using a hand mixer, add the egg yolk and 3/4 cups of sugar.  Beat on medium-high speed for 4-5 minutes until the mixture is very pale and thick.
    Egg yolks.

    Yolks beaten with sugar until light colored and thick.
  5. With a rubber spatula fold one-third of the chocolate mixture into the egg yolk mixture.  Then fold in one-third of the beaten egg whites.  Repeat until all of the ingredients are folded in.
    Folding in some egg whites.  These got beaten too much and are dry and stiff.
    They still worked well, just harder to fold into the batter.

    Batter after everything is folded in.
  6. Pour the batter into the prepared springform pan and smooth the top with the spatula.
    Raw batter in the pan.
  7. Bake for about 30 minutes.  The center should puff up and the edges should be firm.  The center will be a little jiggly.  Do not over bake.
    Cake after being baked.
    Note that it puffs up, even in the center.
  8. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  9. To serve. Run a knife around the edges of the pan.  Unlock and loosen the sides of the pan and carefully remove.
  10. For a nice presentation, dust the top of the cake by sifting cocoa over it , then sifting a layer of confectioner’s sugar over the cocoa.  Repeat.  I use two different sieves to dust the top, one filled with cocoa and one filled with confectioner’s sugar.
    Cake in pan decorated with sifted cocoa and confectioner's sugar.
    Note that the cake has sunk in the center.
    This is to be expected.
  11. Slice the cake into thin slices as the cake is very rich.
    Thin slice of cake.
  12. You can also chill the cake overnight before serving.
    Top view of the cake.
    It is not Christmas, I just made it to give to someone and I used a
    tray that I did not have to get back.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015


Posted by Bryna Bear aka Gluten Free Baking Bear

     These easy to make chocolate cookies have a delicious rich brownie taste.  Light and chocolatey, the centers are chewy and the edges crisp. These cookies are also a great way to use left over egg whites.  Since there is no flour or leavening they can be eaten for Passover.  The cookies have a dark shiny top and stack and keep well for over a week at room temperature.  In fact, I found a forgotten one that was stored in a baggie for well over two weeks and it tasted fresh and yummy.
     I made these by adding everything into a bowl and hand mixing it together.  You will need to use parchment paper on the baking sheet to prevent sticking.  When hot, these cookies are delicate and break easily.  Let them cool completely on the parchment paper before removing them with a spatula.  You can add 2 cups of any sort of add-ins that you like such as dried cherries, raisins, chopped nuts and chips such as chocolate, peanut butter or white chocolate.       
     I experimented and made a batch by whipping the egg whites first.  These came out like soft melt in your mouth brownie cookies with a crisp top layer. The whipped egg white cookies were perfect the first day and then the top crisp layer kept getting harder and harder each day.  The taste was always great, just the texture of the top was a bit off.  I forgot to get any photos of the whipped egg white cookies.  The tops were lighter in color and less shiny than the unbeaten egg white cookies.  I’m wondering if the whipped egg white recipe can be used to make flourless brownies if I bake the whole recipe in a square baking pan, lined with parchment paper.  I will try this and let you know.


3 cups/340 gm./12 oz.
Confectioner’s Sugar 
1/2 cup + 3 Tbs.
Cocoa Powder - unsweetened
1/4 tsp.
Sea Salt
1 cup
Chocolate Chips (optional) - or you can use other chips such as peanut butter or white chocolate - or you can use dried fruit such as cherries or raisins - or you can use chopped nuts - or you can use 1/2 cup of chips and a 1/2 cup of dried fruit or nuts.
1 cup
Walnuts - chopped (optional) - or you can use dried fruit such as cherries or raisins - or you can use chocolate (or any other flavor) chips - or you can use 1/2 cup of nuts and a 1/2 cup of dried fruit or chips.
4 large/193 gm./6.8 oz.
Egg Whites
1 tsp. 

  1. Place the oven racks in the upper and lower third of the oven.  Preheat the oven to 350℉.  Prepare baking sheets by lining them with parchment paper.  Set aside.
  2. Sift the confectioner’s sugar, cocoa and salt into a large bowl.  Add the chips and nuts and mix well. (You can add a total of 2 cups of any combination of chips, nuts and dried fruits that you like.  You can also leave the cookies plain.)
    All the dry ingredients added to the bowl.

    Dry ingredients mixed well with the nuts and chips.
  3. Add the eggs and vanilla and stir until just moistened.
    Starting to stir the wet ingredients into the dry ones.

    Batter all mixed.
  4. Scoop onto the prepared baking sheets using a scoop that measures 1-inch across or use a tablespoon.  The batter will spread quite a bit so leave 2 inches between each scoop of batter.  The batter will appear too thin, but the cookies actually puff up during baking and make a cookie with a normal thickness.
    Raw batter 2-inches apart on the parchment paper lined baking sheet.
    The batter looks too thin, but it will puff up during baking.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes.  Half way through the baking time, turn the baking sheets from front to back and rotate the sheets from the top shelf to the bottom shelf and vice versa, so that the cookies bake more evenly.
  6. The cookies are done when the tops are shinny and lightly cracked.
    Baked cookies, right out of the oven.
    I told you they would puff up.
    You must cool them completely before trying to take them off the paper.
  7. Cool completely on the parchment paper before gently removing the cookies.  When the cookies are warm they are very delicate and can easily break, so be patient and let them cool all the way.
  8. Store the cookies for about a week in an airtight container at room temperature.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015


Posted by Bryna Bear aka Gluten Free Baking Bear

     With lots of egg whites saved from recipes using only yolks, baking an angel food cake seemed like a good idea.  I never tasted a home made angel food cake until I was an adult and before that I could not understand why people ate them.  Unlike the ones sold in stores, home made angel food cake is moist, light and delicious with a delightful texture.  Eaten plain or with toppings such as fruit sauce and or whipped cream this cake is a real treat.
     I used a traditional recipe from Martha Stewart and converted it into a GF version.  With a stand mixer or using a hand held electric mixer it is easily and quick to make.  It is best served the day you make it.


1/2 cup
Tapioca Flour
1/4 cup
Chickpea Flour
1/4 cup
Sorghum Flour
1/2 tsp.
Xanthan Gum
1 1/2 tsp.
Cream of Tarter
1/4 tsp.
Sea Salt
1 1/2 cup
Sugar - divided
1 3/4 cups/about 14 large
Egg Whites - room temperature
1 Tbs.
1 1/2 tsp.
Vanilla Extract
1/2 tsp.
Almond Extract

  1. Preheat oven to 350℉.  You will need a 10-inch angel food pan or a tube pan with a removable bottom.  Do NOT grease the pan.
    This is an angel food pan with a removable bottom and
    with feet to keep the cake elevated as it cools.
  2. In a medium sized bowl add the flours, xanthan gum and 3/4 cup of sugar.  Mix well.  Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer add the egg whites and water.  Using the whisk attachment whip until foamy.
    Egg whites whipped until foamy.
  4. Add the salt, cream of tarter and vanilla to the egg whites and beat, on medium speed, until soft peaks form.
    Egg whites, cream of tarter and vanilla whipped to the soft peak stage.
  5. Continue beating the egg mixture while adding the remaining 3/4 cup of sugar, one tablespoon at a time until stiff, but not dry.
    Egg whites and sugar all whipped.
  6. In six additions, sift the flour mixture over the stiff egg whites.  Fold in the flour mixture after each addition.
    Some of the flour mixture sifted onto the egg whites.

    Folding the flour into the egg whites.

    The egg whites after all the flour has been added.
  7. Scoop the mixture into the angel food or tube pan.  Run a knife through the batter to eliminate any air pockets and then smooth out the top with a silicone spatula.
    Batter in the pan.
  8. Bake about 35-40 minutes until the cake is golden brown and springs back when pressed.  Do not over bake.
    Cake after baking.
  9. Turn the cake pan upside down to cool completely.  If your pan does not have feet then turn the cake upside down and place the center ring over a wine bottle to keep it elevated.
    Cake cooling upside down.
  10. When cool, run a knife or offset spatula around the inner and outer edges of the pan.  Slide the side ring off the pan while holding the center of the pan.
  11. Run a knife along the bottom of the cake to release the cake.  I like to serve it with the bottom up but you can serve it any way you like.  A sharp rap of the pan when the cake is inverted will also release the cake.  Just do this over a plate or baking sheet.
  12. Serve plain or with a fruit or fruit sauce and or whipped cream or non dairy topping.  Some people like it with chocolate sauce.  
    A slice of cake with homemade strawberry sauce.
  13. It is best when served the day it is baked.  Left over cake will keep a few days at room temperature or in the fridge.  It is best to slice the cake using a serrated knife.
    The cake is also wonderful plain.