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Recipe Reviews 16 reviews
Beet, Walnut and Prune Salad
Just a note about authenticity. I've been making this salad for years, ever since a Russian friend in Moscow sent it to me, courtesy of his grandparents. Their recipe (and they're village people) INCLUDES prunes. I remember this vividly because their recipe was sent in Russian, and directed me to "soak the prunes"--and the root for "to soak" and "to torture" seemed very similar :) to me. Anyway, please don't assume the prunes are not authentic. I imagine some families use them and some don't. But both versions are genuine. And I love the prune one! :)

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 31, 2013
Surprise Cake
Delicious! I've tried two variations, both gluten-free, and it is INCREDIBLE. I used certified GF whole grain oat flour and almond flour. I also used yogurt instead of sour cream as I have it at hand more often. The only other substitution I made was to include an espresso cup of coffee as part of the water measurement. Since I was making it GF and was worried about the thing not rising, I used cupcake/muffin tins--this recipe made 18!! At the end I topped some of them off with crushed walnuts and some with chocolate chips. DELICIOUS! The blend of coffee/cayenne/chocolate was *perfect.* It feels warm and warming, and not hot. It's like an exotic comfort blend of dreamy heaven. :) BTW, I followed other review's time suggestion for cupcakes and they were AMAZING. Keep an eye on it if you're making GF, as you don't want it to dry. They didn't rise too much (but they did a bit), and have the consistency of amazing brownies. They're moist and delicious, but not gooey or sludgy as I feared as it was my first GF baking experience. The second time I added more cocoa powder, all coffee and a touch more cayenne. The truth is, to my shock...I think I liked the original version better! Truth is, they're both delicious, so just have fun with it. I'm about to make my third batch now--I save them in freezer bags labeled by month so that I don't get carried away enjoying them excessively :)

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 20, 2013
Flourless Chocolate Cake I
Delicious exactly as written. I've made it several times, sometimes with modifications (adding coffee or adding alcohol)--but the best is just as written. :)

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Reviewed On: Jul. 17, 2013

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