Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Chocolate custard

Bonjour! Is anyone out there still?? I wouldn't blame you if you've forgotten this little blog even exists! I've been completely hopeless with updating, but I have two pieces of exciting news that's going to change all that.

1. My autoimmune disease that has caused me a lot of food allergies has dramatically improved and is currently not active!   I was pretty uninterested in cooking, and hopefully you can understand why; the amount of food allergies I had just really put me off the idea and it was all quite upsetting.  But now I know what food allergies I have, and more importantly, the alternative that are out there.  That means more recipes for those with food allergies are coming your way..including this one - a dairy and gluten free chocolate custard!  You cannot tell this has soy milk in it...no funny aftertaste. In fact, this custard when served warm is so indulgent and rich that you have to remind yourself not to feel guilty!

2. My second update is the most exciting!! I am officially leaving to Europe (France and Paris included of course) in one months time! I will be there until November and it will be my first time to Europe without any parents...just me and my best friend.  Needless to say, I am excited about trying more European and French cuisine, and this has reignited my passion for cooking. Plus, I've taken the semester off uni in order to travel so I now have time to cook as much as my heart desires.

All in all, these bits of news mean I will be back on here more often before I leave to Europe..and while I am in Europe I shall be updating with the food I try, the eclairs I see, and the places we go!


 Ingredients for Chocolate Custard (Dairy Free and Gluten Free)
3 tablespoons gluten free cornflour
2 tablespoon water
1/3 cup caster sugar (or coconut sugar if you have allergies)
1/4 cup gluten free cocoa
pinch of salt
1 cup rice milk (if you don't have, replace with soy or almond milk)
1 cup soy milk
1/3 cup dairy free chocolate, chopped
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Method
Combine the cornflour and water in a small bowl, mix until smooth and then set aside. In a saucepan on medium heat, combine the sugar, cocoa and salt.  Gradually add the milk, 1/4 of a cup at a time.  Stir constantly until smooth. Cook until a thin film develops on top of the liquid and until steam rises from the surface.  Do not let the mixture boil.  Add the chocolate at this point (make sure its chopped well) and stir so that the chocolate melts into the mixture.   Once the chocolate is melted in, add the cornflour mixture.  Continue to stir constantly.  Do not let the mixture boil, but allow to cook until the mixture thickens.  Transfer to a tea cup or bowl and serve whilst hot! Feels like a very indulgent take on hot chocolate.  Otherwise, transfer to a bowl, letting it sit for 30 minutes, and then cool for 2 hours in the fridge.  The custard will thicken more upon cooling. 
As this custard contains no eggs, it will crack easily. Please be careful when transferring to the fridge or picking up and putting down. If you want, cover any cracks with shaved chocolate. But I prefer to serve this hot and slurp it from a tea cup so you don't have to worry about cracks anyhow!



17 comments:

  1. Brittany, how exciting! You're going to have such a great time in Paris, you may now want to leave. :)

    Glad to hear that you are feeling better! (Your blog looks gorgeous!!)

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  2. That's great news Brittany! So glad that you are feeling better, and your Europe move will be very exciting.

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  3. Great to hear you are in good spirit! Super fantastic that you will be experiencing Europe with a special friend, this is what memories are made of...looking forward to hear all about it! Greetings from Afriqbue du Sud
    Colette

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  4. How exciting for you. Paris is a long way from us but it would be great to keep in touch while you are here. This custard sounds very yummy and I like soya anyway. Bonne vacance. Diane

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  5. Bon chance on your upcoming trip!
    Maybe you will get yr makeup done by Veronique!
    carolg

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  6. Man, having food allergies must be so very frusterating! I'm glad you found a fun way to still enjoy good foods.
    Have a fun and safe trip.

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  7. so glad to see you back and happy that you are feeling better. While your food allergies must be frustrating i'm sure as a foodie you will embrace it and have fun with it. Seems like you already are with this recipe, which sounds yum by the way. Yay for your trip! looking forward to the pics and updates, very jealous!

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  8. Hi Brittany,
    That is good news that you are feeling better!
    And yay! Paris here she comes!! I'm so envious that you are going to Paris!!! Oh my, think of all the lovely yummies that you will be trying!
    The chocolate custard is a lovely treat, indeed!
    Have fun and looking forward to you cooking up a "storm"!!
    :)

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  9. oh hi brittany, so nice to see you back, i actually thought you have stopped blogging or your blog has moved somewhere!Glad to know that you are still enjoying your food like this choc custard. wow, France!!your dream is almost coming true, looking forward to your posts again!

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  10. How wonderful to see you back with us!!! Thank you for stopping by. Now pass me the custard svp! :)
    V

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  11. So nice to hear from you! What a wonderful adventure you will have. So sorry about your allergies. Does that mean no croissants?!!! I am glad you have figured things out though. Have a wonderful time.

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  12. good to see you back... So much people suffering from allergies... There is a lot of ways no to cook dairy and gluten free!!!! This custard looks good!

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  13. Brittany look absolutely delicious Im happy to see you again!!

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  14. I'm happy to hear you're doing better! It's incredibly how many people are discovering that all the problems they've been having are due to food issues. My best friend has recently been put on a gluten/soy free diet too and she's really frustrated too, so I've started looking for recipes to help her out. This recipe sounds like something she'd love. And how exciting about the trip! I loved my week in Paris and wished I could stay longer. I don't think I've ever had that much time off in my life, you will definitely love it.

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  15. autoimmune diseases...they suck! You are making the best of life and adapting well. I am going to an allergist/specialist in a few months (I've been on the waiting list for a few months already) and hope I find out why I get so sick. Your dessert looks amazing!

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  16. How very exciting that you are going to Europe and your favorite, France. I would love to go to France. I have only ever been to Poland. Would love to got to France, Italy, Germany and Spain. Those are my number ones.

    It is very unfortunate all the food allergies that are out there. It makes me mad frankly and this is why I speak out about genetically engineered food and pesticides as often as I can. I think these things are major contributors.

    I am glad you are feeling better!

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