If you’re still snowed in or like me, are enjoying just staying warm and cosy at home this week, why not try some baking? It’s great fun, keeps you warm and produces wonderful results to eat alone or to earn some brownie points (no pun intended) with your family or housemates. Following numerous requests for the recipe, here is the original recipe for Go Free Chocolate Brownies. The beauty of this recipe is that it is wheat, gluten and dairy free, which is unusual to find in a brownie recipe. I have since revised our recipe to make it healthier, but this is the original version we first used…. happy baking!
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Go Free Chocolate Brownies
50g Olive Oil (You can use 70g butter or dairy free margarine if you prefer)
100g Dark Chocolate (buy the best quality you can afford and read the ingredients on the back)
170g Golden Caster sugar
2 Large eggs, beaten
70g Gluten free plain flour
1 tsp Gluten Free baking powder
¼ tsp salt
1 tsp Vanilla extract
70g nuts (walnuts, hazelnuts or pecans work very well)
1) Preheat the oven to 180C / 350F / Gas Mark 4
2) Grease and line a 28cm brownie tin
3) Melt butter / margarine / olive oil with the chocolate over a low heat in a glass bowl over a pan of boiling water
4) Mix in the beaten eggs (this is where a Kitchen Aid comes into its own, or use an electric hand whisk) and continue to mix for 3-4 minutes
5) Sift in flour, baking powder and salt, then add the vanilla extract and nuts and mix gently
6) Pour the mixture into the brownie tin and even out with a spatula.
7) Cook for 25-30 minutes – test after 25 minutes as not every oven operates at the same temperature. I prefer my brownies cooked until they are very squidgy still, but be careful not to overcook like a cake, or else they will be too dry.
8) Enjoy with a cup of tea!