Monday, April 13, 2015

Torta Caprese

Torta Caprese


7 ounces dark chocolate
4 large eggs, separated
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups ground almonds
7 ounces butter, melted & cooled


Powdered sugar or cocoa powder
Sweetened whip cream


Preheat oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease a 9-inch spring form pan.

In a food processor, process the chocolate until fine.

Beat the egg yolks with the sugar and vanilla extract until pale and thick.  Fold the chocolate, butter and ground almonds into the egg yolk mixture.

Use a clean bowl to beat the egg whites until they form soft peaks and then fold into chocolate almond mixture.

Pour the batter into your prepared pan and bake for about 50 to 60 minutes or until set.

Cool 20 minutes, then remove from spring form pan.

Allow to cool to room temperature and then dust the top with powdered sugar or cocoa. Top with sweetened whip cream.

Serves 8

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Gluten-free Oatmeal Cookies

Gluten-free Oatmeal Cookies
Recipe submitted by Luti Lauvao Gibbs

What Does Gluten Free Actually Mean? Gluten free means foods that do not have gluten. Commonly found in wheat, gluten is a type of protein. It is also found in barley and rye. Gluten is the ingredient that gives dough its elasticity.

Gluten is used extensively as food additive.  Its property to thicken is beneficial in giving rigidity to highly fluid substances.  Definition by


1/2 cup oil, butter or margarine
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon gluten-free vanilla
3/4 cup Namaste Perfect Flour Blend
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 cup gluten-free oats
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup raisins (optional)
1/2 cup nuts (optional)


Cream together oil, butter or margarine with sugars, egg and vanilla until smooth.  Add dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.

Drop by rounded tablespoons onto lightly greased cookie sheet.

Bake at 350 degrees for 10 - 12 minutes.  Let cool for 5 minutes then move to wire rack and continue cooling.  Makes about 2 dozen cookies.

Recipe submitted by Luti Lauvao Gibbs