Gluten Free Brownies
PREP TIME 15 MINS | COOK TIME 25 MINS | SERVINGS 8 LARGE BROWNIES
- 250g unsalted butter
- 200g good quality *dark chocolate broken into pieces
- 75g dried cherries optional
- 50g chopped nuts optional
- 80g gluten free cocoa powder sifted
- 65g plain gluten free flour sifted
- 1tsp gluten free baking powder
- 360g caster sugar
- 4 large eggs
- Preheat oven to 180°C/350°F/gas 4.
- Line a 25cm square baking tin with greaseproof paper.
- In a large bowl over some simmering water, melt the butter and the chocolate and mix until smooth. Add the cherries and nuts, if you’re using them, and stir together.
- In a separate bowl, mix together the gluten free cocoa powder, gluten free flour, gluten free baking powder and caster sugar. Then add this to the chocolate, cherry and nut mixture. Stir together well.
- Beat the eggs and *mix in until you have a silky consistency.
- Pour the brownie mix into the baking tray, and place in the oven for around *25 minutes. You don’t want to overcook them so, unlike cakes, you don’t want a skewer to come out all clean. The brownies should be slightly springy on the outside but still gooey in the middle.
- Allow to cool in the tray, then carefully transfer to a large chopping board and cut into chunky squares.
*dark chocolate: I prefer to use 100g of good quality milk chocolate and 100g of good quality dark chocolate. This combination results in a sweet, rich brownie.
*mix in: I add in the eggs one at a time, as I find this makes it easier to combine them with the mixture. The eggs emulsify the brownie mixture, making it silky and smooth.
*25 minutes: If the brownies are still very wobbly after 25 minutes, cover with tin foil and return to the oven for a further 5-8 minutes until just set. Covering with tin foil will prevent the brownies from burning on top, which can happen easily due to the high sugar content.
Hello! I’m Niamh a.k.a A Gluten Free Mummy
I’m a Home Economics and SEN teacher from Co. Galway, Ireland. I’m also mummy to Evie-Marie (aged 2) and Páidí (aged 1).
So, why the gluten free food blog?
Well, long story short, from the age of 11 to 16 I was in and out of hospital with severe tummy pains. After every test, probe and medication going – as well as multiple abdominal surgeries – the doctors were still unable to diagnose a cause. On the way home from hospital one day when I was 16 years old, we stopped at a health shop. At her wits end, my mum told the lady working there about my constant abdominal pain, and how the cause couldn’t be found. That wonderful lady took one look at me and said ‘Put her on a gluten free diet immediately’. Overnight, my life changed, and I’ve now been gluten free – and pain free – for almost 20 years.
I’ve always loved to cook and bake, and over the years I’ve adapted many of my favourite family recipes to suit a gluten free diet. I’m passionate about helping others to adapt to a gluten free diet. For many, it’s a daunting prospect, so I hope this website will be a source of information, recipes and support.
Stay safe, happy and gleefully gluten free!