If you're planning on cooking dinner for your date but have to deal with their particular gluten free diet, then you might think that you're stuck serving ice cream. Pies and cakes and cookies are the big taboo in the world of gluten free cooking. However, there plenty of really sweet and impressive desserts that you can serve besides flour based cakes, pies, and cookies. Here are three to consider.
Handmade Chocolate Truffles
Chocolate truffles are perfect for people who are on a low gluten diet. They are made with just two ingredients: cream and chocolate. You can add other things, such as raspberry liqueur or orange flavored liquor (Chambordor Grand Marnier for instance). But you can also go with just plain chocolate and cream. The simplest way to make them is to melt 8 ounces of dark chocolate (or semi-sweet, but avoid milk chocolate) and then add in 1/2 cup of cream. This will create a thick ganache. Then cool this down in your fridge for several hours. When it's solid, you can use two spoons to form the truffles, or if you happen to have food grade plastic gloves, you can use these to hand roll the chocolate. Finally, you can dust them in cocoa powder and then let them sit in fridge until you are ready to serve them. They would be great with a heavy red wine such as a Cabernet Sauvignon.
Flourless Chocolate Torte
If you really love the idea of serving a chocolate cake, but don't feel up to searching for a hard to find gluten free mix, then you could just make a flourless torte. These were around way before the current gluten free craze. They are rich, and have an intense flavor. They are made with butter, eggs, sugar, and chocolate. You can find several different recipes, some will have more sugar, while others will accentuate the flavor of dark chocolate and have a more bitter flavor. You can serve the torte with a dusting of confection sugar and fresh raspberries.
If you're not keen on cooking a torte, or even making truffles, then a perfect dessert would be a nice selection of gourmet caramels. These are delicate, soft, chewy, and have an intense cream and caramel sugar flavor. They are way better than the rock hard things you see hanging on the supermarket shelves. A real gourmet caramel is an exquisite little piece of candy that is to be savored. It's great to serve with a nice white wine such as a oaky Chardonnay, since the flavor of the caramels will complement the smokey, woody notes of the wine.
To check out caramels and other gourmet candies, go to sites like http://www.abdallahcandies.com that specialize in sweets.Share