Friday, December 9, 2011

meekness & chocolate tortes

This past Tuesday at our ladies Bible study, we wrapped up our study of the Grace of God by talking about implementing that grace in meekness, forgiveness and love.  it was a fantastic lesson taught by the lovely Nancy Butterfield and i highly encourage all ladies to call Sound Words (our book store at Indian Hills Community Church) and check out a copy of the cd!  trust me, you will be most convicted and encouraged by it!

a couple of things struck me while we were dwelling on meekness.  things i would like to share with you before i go rambling off about chocolate.  :)  

the definition of gentleness/meekness is:
The willingness to suffer injury instead of inflicting it.  It is a quality of being wise or having wisdom, is associated with goodness, and being forbearing.  it means fairness, sweet reasonableness, befitting one of good family. 

Matthew Henry said "meekness teaches us to prudently govern your anger."

it was quick to be pointed out that meekness/gentleness is something that God calls us all to, especially us as women.  and "it's not about personality, it's about my character in Christ!"  yes, God gave me my personality, but it's all wrapped up with my sin nature.  Yet He calls me to be gentle, as Jesus was.  so, i must be laying aside myself and, with the help of the Holy Spirit, taking up the things that He calls me to be.  

remember also, that gentleness isn't just quiet-ness.  i've seen many a quiet lady who is not gentle, and know many other who are very gentle, yet i wouldn't exactly call them quiet.  :)  so it's not all about the volume.

a couple more Matthew Henry quotes (he has many good one's on the subject)

"if we soberly reflect, we will find that we have often been the worse for our speaking, but seldom the worse for our silence."  

"the law of meekness is this: Whatsoever pleases God must not displease us."

it reminded me that i must remember to pause... and think of things in light of eternity.  will it please God if i say this? people will not be offended that i took a moment to speak when my words come out with gentle reflection.  

we must be careful when we speak to use words of gentleness.  and we must be especially careful when we type!  when my words are written, the reader can not see my face or hear my voice.  they have only letters to try and interpret what i'm trying to say.  in this day of multiple social web sites, it's easy to throw words out there with no feeling of accountability.  but our facebook status is still a representation of who we are and should even more so be filled with words that reflect a gentle and meek personality.  

i will leave you with the verses that stood out to me most.  

Psalm 39:1 "I will guard my ways, that i may not sin with my tongue"

1 Peter 3:3-4 (this is written to women, especially those married to an unbelieving husband) "Let not yours be the outward adorning with braiding of hair, decoration of gold, and wearing of fine clothing, but let it be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable jewel of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God's sight is very precious."


speaking of things that are better on the inside than the outside... (i know kind of lame, but how else do you transition from meekness to chocolate torte????)

whaaa, whaaa...

attempt #1 tasted amazing, but please make sure you grease and sugar dust your pan.  my cooking spray alone resulted in a torte that let go around the edges, but wasn't willing to budge in the middle.  

this is a recipe shared with me by my friend Natalie who's been doing this gluten free thing a whole lot longer than i have and it's fantastic to get recipes from her.  

it's an excellent goody to make if you are cooking for a gluten free friend but don't have any of the fancy ingredients around your kitchen.  just be extra careful that your prep area and cooking utensils are very clean before you start.

Flourless Chocolate Torte
6 oz semi-sweet choc chips
½ c. butter
1 c. sugar
4 large eggs
½ c. cocoa powder

Melt choc chips & butter, stirring constantly until smooth. Remove from heat & whisk in sugar. Add eggs one at a time & whisk well. Sift cocoa over choc mixture & whisk just until combined. Pour batter into greased & powder sugar dusted 8in round pan & bake at 350 degrees for 40-45min. Serve plain or with your favorite toppings (caramel, ice cream, etc)

couple notes:

i found that if i melted my butter first and then added my chocolate, the chocolate melted quicker and more evenly, thus i didn't have to worry about burning it.  because burnt chocolate is nasty and an easy thing to end up with.  

sifting the cocoa powder just helps break up the clumps so that everything whisks up easier.  however: if you do not have a gluten free kitchen, beware of your sifter!  it can hang on to tiny bits of flour that will let go when they see fit and find their way into any and everything.  

if you are like me and buy your chips in the huge value size bag from sam's, then just note that 6 oz. is just under 1 cup.  also, i used 60% cacao chips and dark cocoa powder, so in order to keep it from getting too bitter, i kept the cocoa powder to 1/4 c. rather than 1/2 c.

and yes, as my first picture demonstrated, it's important to grease AND sugar dust your pan.  doing this will result in a torte that happily flips out onto the cake plate with no qualms whatsoever!  

mmmm... a lovely gift for any chocolate lovers in your life, gluten free or not.  :)


  1. That looks good! Are those chocolate chips dairy-free?

  2. no, sorry. those have "milk fat" listed in the ingredients. a while back i made homemade chocolate with no dairy, it was on my homemade almond joy post. that might be worth a try, but the texture may come out a little different.


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