For one reason and another it’s been a dreadfully long time since Barn and I were able to enjoy a leisurely Sunday brunch together; however, the calendar indicated that our free time would coincide this weekend – glee!
Barn was full of anticipatory excitement as Sunday approached – the ‘big food shop’ had been delivered, cupboards, fridge and freezer were bulging with exotic delights…expectations were high for some kind of culinary wizardry.
Now Barn’s not normally one to need persuasion to eat chocolate but for some reason he was being difficult:
“You can’t just eat cake. You have to have something savoury first.”
“OK, I’ll have a piece of Marmite on toast.”
“Fine! I’ll have a piece of Marmite on toast, cut it in half and therefore will eat TWO pieces of toast”
He wasn’t buying it
“All right, all right…I’ll have a bacon sandwich. But only if you make it while I make brownies – of which I’m going to eat non-rationed and unquestioned quantities.”
And so the deal was done
This is the bacon butty that was duly consumed: rather tasty and actually a good call on Barn’s part, as me, fuelled solely by sugar and butter = likely bad ending 😉Ingredients
200g unsalted butter
130g plain dark chocolate, broken into chunks
100g chilli flavoured dark chocolate, broken into chunks
alternatively, use 230g plain chocolate and a pinch or two of chilli flakes ground into powder with a mortar and pestle – add this in with chocolate
160g caster sugar (preferably golden, but white is fine)
1 teaspoon vanilla paste or extract
25g cocoa powder
3 medium eggs, beaten
100g ground almonds
50g plain gluten free flour mix (I use Dove’s Farm)
Preheat the oven to gas mark 3/170°C/325ºF.
Lightly butter your baking tin and line with greaseproof paper (you can probably get away without lining but I tend to play safe). My tin was a little to large and so the brownies were a touch too thin – a 8″ (20cm) square tin would be about right.
Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, until just firm to the touch in the centre.
(I don’t know why that pretty swirly design happened – please don’t be cross if you don’t get this lovely effect 😉 )
Allow to cool a bit before turning out of the tray and cutting into squares.
When completely cooled, store in an airtight container – this makes it easy to carry them around with you so you can snack at will through the day 😀