This post is linked to Simply Sugar and Gluten Free’s Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays!
Last weekend, we did a little entertaining…
The guests – The Kelly’s, the amazing family behind the adventures in The Adventures of a Gluten Free Mom.
The reason – a stopover for the Kelly’s along their journey from New Mexico to (sunny and cool) San Diego.
The fun (for the kids) – Lego building, typical boy horseplay, all things Star Wars, swimming after dark, and a mini virtual bowling tournament.
The fun (for the adults) – toasting to new friends in real life, good libations, great conversation, and the realized camaraderie that each of our 6 year olds and each of our 3 year olds are almost too alike, especially in their affinity for “potty talk”.
The Dietary Restrictions – Gluten (them and us), Dairy (them and us), Sunflower Seeds (us) and Soy (us).
The Menu – Shirley’s – gfe –gluten free easily – Cucumber Bruschetta with an adaption of mango salsa, Vegetable Root Chips with I am Gluten Free’s Smoky Aioli Sauce, Rice crackers with a tomato basil hummus and smoked salmon, Leek Risotto, from the Gluten Free Goddess, my Zucchini Fritters, my Dairy Free Pesto Crusted Chicken (recipe coming soon), and for dessert (for which this post will focus on)… Gluten Free Dairy Free Chocolate Fondue (with a variety of dipping goodies for accompaniment)!
Before I get on with the dessert, I just want to say that we had such a great time with the Kelly clan. Heidi is an amazing woman and so determined to change the way Celiac Disease and Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity are diagnosed. I can just tell by meeting her in person that she is going to be responsible for some big changes to come. And for all of you that are going to be meeting her when we are at IFBC (The International Food Blogger Conference), you will love her and be drawn to her immediately – I know I was!
Okay, so on with this fondue.
I just have to say, up front, that I never expected that a Dairy Free version of Chocolate Fondue would turn out so well. But, apparently, substituting out the heavy cream in my usual recipe with Non-Dairy Mimic Crème produces the most amazingly smooth and creamy chocolate.
According to their site, “Mimic Crème is the non-dairy, non-soy, gluten-free substitute for cream that truly is both tasty and healthy.” The picture above is of their sweetened version (which is the one that I used in the fondue). They also have an un-sweetened version of this. In addition, they have coffee creamers (which I have not tried) and a version of dairy free whipped cream called Healthy Top that whips just like real cream!
I am thoroughly impressed with the results that this product has given me in a number of different recipes. I have used their unsweetened version in pasta dishes as part of a cream sauce, and I have used the sweetened version in a number of baked goods. However, I was hesitant when I decided to use it for the fondue because I was unsure of what the consistency would be like as I melted the chocolate – turns out, however, it was perfect.
I will say that the only drawback is that all of their products are nut-based (they use a blend of Almonds and Cashews). Therefore, it is NOT safe for anyone with Nut Allergies!
Here is the ingredient list of their sweetened version:
MimicCreme Sweetened—Purified Water, Nut Blend (Almonds & Cashews), Sugar (Vegan), Maltodextrin (Corn-Based), Tapioca Starch, Natural Flavors, Xanthan Gum, Guar Gum, Bicarbonate Soda, Sea Salt
So, if nuts are an issue for you, definitely avoid this. Otherwise, I would highly recommend this product!
Chocolate Fondue – Gluten Free and Dairy Free!
6-8 oz of Dark Chocolate (dairy-free and gluten-free) – such as Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate 72% (see Trader Joe’s list of Vegan products) – chopped into small pieces **Update: This post was modified 8/9/10 to include a Dairy Free Chocolate, as the Green and Black’s Bars listed before are NOT Dairy Free**
3/4 cup Sweetened or Unsweetened Mimic Creme (or if you are not Dairy Free, than you can, of course, use an equal amount of heavy cream)
a pinch of salt
A variety of dipping goodies ( In the picture above, I used Organic Strawberries, Organic Cherries, Bananas, Pretzel Sticks, Homemade Gluten Free Brownies, and the most amazing homemade Marshmallows from Sweet Republic Artisan Ice Cream shop here in Scottsdale)
1. Warm the Mimic Creme in a heavy bottomed pan until small bubbles begin to form and it comes to a very light boil. Then add the chocolate pieces and gently whisk until melted, smooth, and fully incorporated.
2. Immediately transfer to a fondue pot and keep it heated it with a low flame, or serve straight from the pot (but it will start to thicken and harden after a while this way).
3. Assemble all of your dipping goodies of choice and provide some utensils, such as fondue forks or bamboo skewers, to help you dip (or just use your fingers – especially amongst family)! Enjoy!
What are your favorite things to dip into fondue? Give me some new ideas!!
And a quick pick of our boys in mid-catch!
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