At a recent cooking class we made dairy free cappuccino brownies. Dairy free baking is new for me but I’m always up for a challenge in the kitchen. At first I thought…how hard could it be. Then I thought…dairy free might even be more difficult that gluten free. What do you think?
Apparently dairy proteins can cause difficulty for as many as 50% of people with celiac disease…so it seems reasonable to learn a little bit about it. I added some brief need-to-know information from my cooking class notes at the bottom of this post to help you get started with dairy free (DF) gluten free (GF) baking.
My sister gave me these little espresso cups and I wanted to try baking brownies in them. When I was prepping for this cooking class I tried a few different baking pans including these tiny cups. Inspired by my Layered Cappuccino Brownies I took a tried and true recipe and created a unique presentation just for fun. In this case I think it worked perfectly.
It seemed fitting to make a cappuccino brownie recipe to go in an espresso cup. First I made a regular gluten free chocolate brownie. For the cream cheese topping rather than making a second layer I simply whipped the dairy free cream cheese with cinnamon and piped it on top to look like the foam of a cappuccino.
Rather than a layer of melted chocolate I decided to simply grate dairy free dark chocolate on top, just like you might do on a cappuccino.
As small as the cups are this still seems like a generous portion for dessert so make sure you are hungry when you serve these beautiful gluten free dairy free cappuccino brownies.
Dairy Free Baking
Non-Dairy Milk Substitutes
Dairy Free Chocolate
I am still experimenting with baking in cute little cups and loaf pans. I share them with my coffee aficionado friends.
I’d love to hear if you tried an uncommon shape or did something different with your brownies. Let me know in the comments below.
|4 oz dairy free chocolate baking pieces|
|¾ cup dairy free margarine|
|1 cup sugar|
|2 tsp vanilla extract|
|½ cup sorghum flour|
|6 Tbsp brown rice flour|
|6 Tbsp sweet rice flour|
|¼ cup dairy free milk|
|DAIRY FREE CREAM CHEESE TOPPING|
|8 oz dairy free cream cheese, at room temperature|
|6 Tbsp margarine, at room temperature|
|1½ cups icing sugar|
|1 tsp vanilla extract|
|1 tsp cinnamon|
|GARNISH – grated dairy free chocolate|
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