Whether you like your gluten free brownies cake-like or fudgy, these bites of gluten free brownie heaven will please. With decadent, slightly crispy tops and chewy, deliciously moist centers, they are truly the best gluten free brownies ever!
If you subscribe to my YouTube channel, you may have seen my Fox video news segment showing how to make this decadent treat — it’s one of the oldest videos on my channel (gosh, videos have come a long way!), but luckily I don’t look a day older since 2009 – no way (LOL)!
But I digress …
or you may have seen this recipe in my cookbook, Free for All Cooking, but I’m sharing it again now with a twist, in honor of that day of hearts and chocolate and all things sweet and red: Valentine’s Day. (For even more chocolate and other Valentine’s Day treats, hop to my gluten free Valentine’s Day Recipe Round-Up!)
For the requisite holiday touch of red, I add Dark Morello Cherries to a dessert that was already luscious, and is now outrageously delicious!
And, to get that classic brownie “crust,” I’ll tell you a baker’s secret: cream the sugar and eggs together at high speed for at least 6 minutes. That’s right, it’s just a simple thing but it makes a noticeable difference in the final results. But if you don’t have an electric mixer and you don’t want your arm to fall off from mixing, skip it and just mix the recipe with a fork or whisk; they’ll still taste delicious!
Don’t you feel better for that knowledge? It’s really quite an amazing trick. Well, that, along with lining the pan with parchment or oiled foil for easy release and precise cutting, will actually make any brownie recipe better.
With or without the cherries, I think you’ll agree that these brownies aim to please, and oh! the aroma while these babies are baking!
So for Valentine’s Day or anytime the chocolate craving hits, run on into the kitchen and whip up a batch of what will become your family’s favorite brownie, gluten free or otherwise!
- 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate (nondairy = two 100 percent cacao baking squares)
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips (dairy or nondairy, e.g. Enjoy Life®)
- 8 Tbs. butter or nondairy alternative (Earth Balance® Buttery Sticks)
- 1 cup granulated cane sugar
- 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs or egg substitute of choice (see Free for All Cooking or my article on egg substitutions)
- 1/4 cup black coffee, prepared
- 2/3 cup gfJules™ All-Purpose Gluten-Free Flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 3/4 cup Dark Morello or Dark Sweet Cherries, pitted & drained (optional)
Preheat oven to 325ºF (static).
Arrange a sheet of parchment paper or aluminum foil in an 8 x 8-inch baking pan, pressing to cover the bottom and up the sides.
If using aluminum foil, use the “release” kind, or lightly spray with cooking oil. This step will make it easier to remove the brownies from the pan by pulling up on the paper or foil and leaving behind a clean pan.
Prepare a double boiler or a medium-size pan filled with 1 inch of water, with a slightly smaller pan sitting on top of the pan with water. Boil the water in the bottom pan, then cut the flame back to low-medium and add the chocolates and butter to the top pan over the simmering water. Stir and remove from heat when melted.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the sugar and vanilla, then stir in the eggs, one at a time. If using an electric mixer, beat for 6 minutes on high; the mixture will be lighter in color and texture after 6 minutes.
Finally, add in the coffee and continue to whisk until mixture is completely smooth. Add to the melted chocolate mixture.
In a large bowl, whisk to combine the gfJules™ Flour, salt, and baking powder. Stir into the melted chocolate-sugar pot until combined. Gently fold in the cherries, if using.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 35–45 minutes, or until a toothpick or cake tester inserted in center comes out with only a few wet crumbs (not totally clean, or they’ll be overcooked!).
As a rule, brownies are much better on the un-done side, as opposed to the overdone side.
Cool brownies in the pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Lift the brownies from the pan by pulling up on the paper or foil. Completely cool brownies on a wire rack.
Cut into squares with a plastic knife or pizza cutter for cleanest cuts.
We hope you love this recipe as much as we do!
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