One of the hardest things about going gluten free is the feeling that you will forever have to give up your favorite dishes. The truth is we all go through that at the beginning. Then we learn through trial and error that it is possible to thrive even when our familiar wheat must be replaced.
There were a few recipes that I got from others that kept me going and reinforced the idea that this new lifestyle change was NOT going to get the better of me. I will be posting my versions at a later time on this blog with the links to the many wonderful gluten free cooks who sustained me with an abundance of hope. This was one of the first of my own that I adapted. Even with regular flour, this is a thin, chewy and chocolaty treat. But it was easily made gluten free.
This has all the richness that you may have thought you would never eat again. It is also a recipe that has a history in my family and you know, we Southerners love our family stories – especially when they are connected to food!
In my family growing up, this was our fallback recipe for those times when we hadn’t really planned to bake, but we didn’t have anything else in the house to satisfy us. The ingredients are simple and always on hand.
I lived with one of my favorite aunts for over a year while I was attending college in North Carolina. I think of her every time I make this recipe. My uncle was a city planner and on the nights when the city council meeting would go on well into the night, she would bake us a Hot Fudge Pie. We would curl up in our bathrobes and pjs, sit on the couch either watching something funny on TV or more often then not, just talking while we ate our warm slivers of pie.
Enjoy this decadent little treat. Keep it for those times when you need to be reminded that eating gluten free does not mean deprivation in any shape or form.
- ¼ cup cocoa
- ¼ cup buckwheat flour
- ¼ teaspoon xanthan gum
- ½ cup melted butter (1 stick)
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Prepare an 8 or 9 inch pie pan with olive oil cooking spray, or butter.
- Melt 1 stick of butter (1/2 cup) and set aside.
- Whisk together all dry ingredients to blend. (Cocoa, flour, xanthan gum and sugar)
- Add the butter, eggs, and vanilla to the dry ingredients.
- Stir together with a spoon until well mixed.
- Pour mixture into a prepared pie pan.
- Bake at 350 degrees F for about 25 minutes.