Thursday, January 13, 2011

Gluten Free Tweet Up #2: Chocolate Pudding Recipe

Last week, I was invited to Tinsley's house for a gluten free tweet up. Tinsley is a stylish and fun twenty something who has an amazing company called Celiebo and it's just so much fun to be part of her Sex in the City world for a sparkling evening before I return to my just turned forty life. A highlight of the gluten free fare she served was her chocolate pudding. "I put vegetables in EVERYTHING!" she said bubbling with enthusiasm as I asked about the stylish spread. The chocolate pudding was a take off on Jessica Seinfeld's chocolate pudding recipe (in her Double Delicious cookbook p.159) which Tinsley had made her own by using earth balance for the vegetable shortening and agave and a little water to replace the sugar. She generously gave me her version because even though she credited Jessica Seinfeld, I knew that she had tweaked it a little and I pressed her for HER rendition of Jessica Seinfeld's recipe. If you haven't gotten a copy of Jessica Seinfeld's new book Double Delicious, by the way, it is really terrific and not to be missed. I am not the expert at hiding vegetables in prepared food that Jessica and Tinsley are, but I admire both of them for their enthusiasm for their pro-vegetable approach. I made the chocolate pudding at home, but sadly, it wasn't the same as Tinsley's. I did eat it for days and found it incredibly rich and satisfying when I wanted a sweet treat--but I think food always tastes better when someone else prepares it. I have to admit, when I first made it, I regretted that I didn't have the avocados for guacamole. But, it was a healthier dessert than what I usually grab. I also saw another recipe for chocolate pudding using avocados in Living Without so it must be a popular dessert right now. You can see Tinsley's amazing party spread on her Celiebo VLOG Episode #190 Gluten Free Getting a Community.

Also, here are the other guests I met at the tweet up...

Lauren who vlogs at The Celiac Diva (@TheCeliacDiva)
Jill who can be found at Glow Gluten Free (@glowglutenfree)
Erin who writes Gluten-Free Fun (@gfreefun)
Kristen who writes Pasta's Kitchen (@PastasKitchen)
Susan Cohen who directed Generation Gluten Free (@susanecohen)
Deborah (@gothamtomato)

Chocolate Pudding--by Jessica Seinfeld (GF/CF/SF ) but with substitutions to make it allergy free. You can see original recipe on SparkRecipes. But just buy the book!

1/4 Cup “buttery spread” - I use Earth Balance
1 cup avocado puree – 2 avocados in food processor with about a TBSP of water to get a creamy consistency
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup confectioners sugar OR if you prefer to go light on the sugar sub the 1 cup for 1/3 cup agave, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 cup water, whisked together – still working out these measurements, sometimes the texture is a little off, but I try to go easy on the sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch OR 2 TBSP Arrowroot for a corn-free version

Melt buttery spread over low heat. Stir in the avocado puree, sugar, cocoa powder, & vanilla (or agave mixture). Cook until the mixture thickens (about 5-7 min). Off heat, add cornstarch or arrowroot gradually until mixture thickens. Very creamy when served warm.

Dust with confectioners sugar & enjoy!