I don’t know what it is about chocolate, but it just lends itself so well to gluten-free cooking. This recipe I pulled from the most recent issue of EDF and I think it’s the best brownie recipe I’ve found in a long while (Frugal, I know you think you’ve made enough, but this one is worth a try!).
I made a triple batch for a friend’s bake sale, so ignore the massive quantities in my photos. If you follow the recipe below you’ll end up with a single pan of ooey-gooey nutty brownies.
Preheat your oven to 350°F and butter a baking dish (remember that the smaller the dish, the thicker your brownies will be). Lay some parchment paper in there as well, to make it easy for you to remove the brownies when they’re done.
In a small bowl, whisk together 1/3 cup cornstarch, 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa, 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, and 1/2 teaspoon fine salt.
In a larger, metal bowl, chop 12 oz chocolate (I used a mix of milk and dark). You can use chocolate chips and melt the whole thing in the microwave if you want, but I’m picky. Add in 6 tablespoons butter and melt until smooth and glossy. Remove from the heat.
Add 3/4 cup granulated sugar and 2 teaspoons vanilla to the chocolate mixture and then 3 eggs, added one at a time.
Add in your cocoa mixture and stir it as vigorously as you can until the mixture takes on a sort of cohesiveness that has it following the spoon around the bowl as you go.
Then you can stir in 1 cup chopped pecans if you like. I prefer pecans to the more bitter walnuts, but you could also add almonds or hazelnuts or even white chocolate chips — whatever floats your boat.
Pour the batter into the pan and smooth the top. Bake for about 35 minutes, or until set and a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out with only a few moist crumbs. Put the pan on a wire rack to cool completely.
When it’s all cool, you can cut it up and eat it.
It was extremely difficult to cut all these brownies, which filled the house with the scent of butter and chocolate, and then wrap them all in little baggies and seal them in a box to be eaten by other people. Ah well, it’s all for a good cause, right? I just may have to make them again very soon.