Monday, January 27, 2014

Gluten Free Red Velvet Brownie Bites

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                        Red Velvet Brownie Bites

     I just noticed that I have been baking with a theme, RED, well I had no Valentine desserts to share until I started baking these.  There are a lot of Holidays you really don't need to make a dessert for, but this is one that you can't ignore.  I had pinned this on Pinterest a while ago and decided, this would be perfect for a party or any place you needed to share with a group; plus for a bonus it had my favorite ingredient in it CHOCOLATE!!!!  These are easy to make, taste delicious and look so great on a platter! 
     Now if you have been following me, I wanted to share how my Cruise to the Caribbean was and show some pictures.  We took a big family cruise on The Holland America, Nieuw Amsterdam  to the Eastern Caribbean.  This was my 2nd Cruise since being diagnosed with Celiacs, it was a good experience!!

This is the beautiful island of Turks and Caicos, the beach was GORGEOUS, white sands and warm turquoise waters!  My idea of heaven!

     The meals were excellent, try not to notice I had two Lobster tails!  I had alerted the ship and staff to my food allergy when  I booked us , then I made fast friends with our server and the Head Sui Chef on the Lido deck, so that if there was anything I questioned or needed they knew who I was, and took such EXCELLENT care of me!!

     This beautiful landscape is on the lawn of El Moro Fort in Puerto Rico,  this was amazing to visit!  We have been to Puerto Rico twice, and I loved it just as much the second time if not's a Vacation for the eyes and the people are so kind and welcoming!

     The desserts on the ship are mostly pre-made by Kinnikinnick, their bread and pasta is also the same.  I'm not a fan of pre-made desserts so, I tried one, then asked one night if they had any Flourless Chocolate Cakes, and low and behold this little beauty showed up at dinner the next night! YESSS...this was so wonderful!! So, I asked for it the next night and had 2, because I had been on Dessert rations( I put myself on) this was so good, I would have skipped dinner and just had the cake!

     This is Half Moon Cay, Holland America's Private Island, they feed you there, it's awesome.  They were very careful, not one time on the cruise did I ever get contaminated!!  There was a Caribbean party one night late, and I was very sad that I would just get to sit and watch everyone eat, because I had missed dinner.  They found me a great fish dinner, and my friend the Sui Chef saw me BEFORE  the party and asked if he could get me some desserts from the back, it really made my night and made me feel included in the festivities!!  My family was so jealous of me for once!

I hope this helps you to feel hopeful about venturing out, and traveling.  Happy Baking, Natalie

Adapted from,
-1 cup butter softened
-1 cup sugar
-1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
-1/2 cup cocoa(I use dark, so the red doesn't show up in the pic well)
-1/8 tsp salt
-1 TBS red food coloring
-1 TBS Buttermilk
-2 large eggs
-1 1/4 cups Pamela's Bread flour mix

 Cream Cheese Frosting-
-4oz room temp Cream Cheese
-1/4 cup butter softened
-1 cup powdered sugar
-1/4 tsp vanilla

To make-bowl and big spoon
-put the butter in a sauce pot or a microwave safe bowl, I used the bowl, melt the butter(not boiling, just melted) then add the sugar and stir into the butter.
-Next add the vanilla, cocoa, salt, food coloring and buttermilk. stir them all together.
-Lastly add the eggs, then carefully fold in the flour, just make sure you have no flour left on the edges.  It is a pretty thick batter.

Preheat the oven 350 degrees. Spray the pans with Pam spray. There are 2 options, either you can make mini sized or regular muffin sized.  If you want to do Mini size, then use a 1TB measuring spoon, exactly.  If you want a regular sized muffin pan, then use 2 TBS in the pan.  They both bake for 13 min.  Let them cool for a few minutes, then poke a small indent into the middle of them, so you can fill it with the Cream Cheese Frosting later.
    Whichever size you do, they taste awesome but you get more if you do the mini's...I'm not exactly sure how many because I had to throw a bunch away in the trail and error period! I'm thinking 36.

These are a few of my favorite things this week! Family

My nephew's Jake and Matt and my niece Kortney
My little family, who aren't so little anymore!

Brayden and Brooklyn, the two biggest cheeses!

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