These brownies are amazing – and because there’s not too much flour in them, you won’t even be able to tell they’re gluten free. If you don’t like them too sweet, you can choose not to add in the extra chopped chocolate – but it does make them incredible!
8oz unsalted butter
6oz (or one large bar) good-quality dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids)
3oz cocoa powder
3oz self-raising gluten free flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
12oz caster sugar
4 large free-range eggs
3oz chopped white chocolate
3oz chopped milk chocolate
Around 2oz chopped nuts or dried fruit – optional
Preheat the oven to 180°C or gas mark 4. Line a 9×9 inch baking tin with greaseproof paper – a good tip for doing this is to scrunch up the paper, run it under the tap, and then smooth in into the tin – this ensures that it fills the corners so you don’t lose mixture in the creases.
In a large bowl over a pan of simmering water, melt the butter and the dark chocolate. In another bowl, mix together the cocoa powder, gluten free flour, baking powder, sugar, and the chopped fruit or nuts if you are using them then add this to the melted chocolate mixture, a bit at a time. Stir this together well until it is a smooth consistency. Beat the eggs in a separate bowl and mix into the main mixture until you have a silky consistency. Leave the brownie mixture to cool for about 5 minutes and add the chopped white and milk chocolate.
Pour the brownie mix into the baking tray and place in the oven for around 25 minutes or until they look dark and shiny on top. It might be tempting to cook the brownies for longer as they will still be wobbly when you take them out of the oven. These are something that do with being under-done as opposed to over-done, as over-cooked brownies take on a hard, spongy consistency whereas if they are under-done, it just means they will be more gooey.
Make sure you leave them to cool completely in the tray before turning out as they will crumble if they are still hot. They are lovely heated up with some vanilla ice cream or with raspberries and cream for a really wonderful fresh flavour.