Birthday Dinner: Etouffee and Black Forest Gateau

My Heart decided to find a super yummy dessert that I could also eat – no flour! … He is such a sweetheart!

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Base: eggs separated, caster sugar and cocoa – Filling: 70% dark chocolate melted & mixed with eggs, separated

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Black Cherries soaked in cherry vodka – base is coated in the chocolate base…

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…chocolate topped with whipped cream and the marinated cherries and then rolled – this was set into the fridge overnight

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Roll was topped with cocoa powder and then melted cherry jam mixed with the remainder of the marinade from the cherries

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…melted chocolate crumbled on top – another coating of cocoa and some reserved marinated cherries – back into the fridge to wait for dessert

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My Heart made his herb loaf – a huge family favorite – baguette sliced, not all the way through, and then coated with melted butter mixed with Herbs de Province – wrapped in foil and baked – 15 minutes wrapped up at 400-degrees and then opened up for another 10 minutes to Crisp

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Etouffee is one of my daughter’s favorites! Spicy Italian sausage “balls” browned in a little olive oil – chopped green and red pepper and sweet onion added

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… flour added to the sausage, peppers & onions then chicken broth to make “gravy” – cooked shrimp added at the last minute, cooked until warmed through – served up on cooked short-grain Asian rice

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I have to admit to being “bad”… totally worth it though – this bread is fantastic!

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Dessert was Amazing – rich and chocolaty beyond belief. Happy 25th Birthday Angela!

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