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Now that January is over it felt time to share a little decadence on the blog. It’s Mark’s birthday today and we’ll be tucking into some of these brownies later! This is my go-to brownie recipe which comes from one of my favourite cookbooks – The Guilt-free Gourmet. They’re extremely dense and chocolatey so you can’t actually eat that many of them. Every recipe I’ve tried from this book is gorgeous and the fact that all the recipes are sugar, wheat and dairy free is an added bonus!
225g dark chocolate, at least 70 per cent cocoa solids, chopped (I usually use Lindt 70% Cocoa but any good quality dark chocolate will work)
110g rice flour
70g unsweetened cocoa powder
½tsp baking powder
½tsp sea salt
225g dairy-free butter, such as sunflower or soy spread (I used normal butter as I didn’t have dairy-free to hand)
2 eggs, plus 2 egg yolks
grated zest of 1 orange
100g pecans, lightly roasted (hazelnuts or walnuts work really well too)
Preheat the oven to 180˚C/350˚F/ Gas 4. Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water.
Sift the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt into a medium-sized bowl. In a large bowl, beat the butter with the sugar until pale and fluffy. Slowly mix in the eggs and egg yolks, then the melted chocolate and orange zest. Finally, stir in the sifted ingredients and nuts.
As the melted chocolate cools it becomes increasingly stiff and difficult to mix, so using a food mixer is definitely the way to go.
Spoon the mixture into a small baking pan lined with greased baking paper and, with the back of a metal spoon or a spatula, level the top. Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, depending on the thickness of the brownie.
Test that the brownie is cooked with a skewer. This should come out with a bit of the wet mixture still on it, as the brownie will firm up once it has cooled completely and the chocolate sets.
Once cool, cut the brownies into small squares, as they are seriously decadent & filling.
Hope you enjoy.
We’re off to pick Oisin up from school now and head to Dundrum for sushi to start the celebrations!
Hope you all have a great weekend!
healthy chocolate brownies