When I was doing some research for “X week” and l discovered that Xanthan Gum is a common binding component in gluten free baking, and I was thrilled. (As you might imagine, finding ingredients or dishes that start with the letter “X” is not the easiest thing in the world).
Xanthan Gum can be pretty pricey, but fortunately, my favorite Grocery Store, Rainbow, sells it in bulk. So I literally was able to purchase a teaspoon of it for about 16 cents.
Now for what to make. Since I was having girls over for theBachelor Finale Monday night, and the final episode was shot in Switzerland, I knew we just had to bust out my fondue pot, which has been sitting in a cupboard, unused, for years. I decided to make a gluten-free vanilla pound cake for dipping in a chocolate fondue.
From there...it's... Stab. Dip. Enjoy. We also served with strawberries and marshmallows.
Gluten Free Pound Cake with Chocolate Fondue
Keywords: bake dessert gluten-free xanthan gum chocolate cake
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 cup butter, melted
- 4 eggs
- 4 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 3 cups gluten-free flour blend
- 1 teaspoon Xanthan Gum
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 cup milk
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate
- pinch of salt
- 1 tablespoon Bailey's Irish Cream Liquor
- additional dippables such as fruit or marshmallows
InstructionsFor the Cake:
- Heat oven to 350°F. Grease 12-cup Bundt® or 10-inch angel food cake (tube) pan; sprinkle with gluten-free flour blend. Set aside.
- Combine sugar and melted butter in large bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Add 1 egg at a time, beating well after each addition. Add vanilla; beat until well mixed.
- Stir together gluten-free flour blend and baking powder in small bowl. Gradually add flour blend mixture alternately with milk to butter mixture, beating at low speed until well mixed.
- Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pan.
For the Fondue:
- Warm the cream over moderate heat until tiny bubbles show and begins to lightly and slowly boil. Add the chocolate and whisk until smooth and full incorporated.
- Immediately transfer to a fondue pot heated at low or with a low flame, or serve straight from the pot.
- Arrange the dippables on a platter or plates around the chocolate pot. Use a fondue fork, bamboo skewer, seafood fork, or salad fork to dip the fruit pieces and other dippables into the hot melted chocolate mixture. Eat immediately.
**If the fondue begins to feel a little stiff, add a tablespoon of heavy cream and stir.
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