Welcome to my blog, through which I hope to be able to share my experiences of gluten free cooking, baking, experimenting and eating.
When my daughter was diagnosed (age 6) with Coeliac Disease, our world of eating changed overnight. From breads, pastry and pasta to cakes, biscuits and puddings.......... suddenly most of what we knew was 'off the menu'. I think I must have tested every available gluten free product on the market, seeking out replacements to try and keep things as normal as possible. I was disappointed to find that what was available was often dry, crumbly and flavourless.
Not one to shy away from a challenge, I decided to turn my kitchen into a laboratory, turn all I knew about cooking on its head and start creating!

Monday, 15 August 2016

Perfectly Gooey Chocolate-Cherry-Pecan Brownie - gluten free


I'm desperately trying to make the most of the season's remaining cherries. It seems no sooner have they arrived than they are gone again! The season is short and the race is always on to gorge as many as possible before it ends, to preserve by candying and freezing and to bake cherries into everything.... sweet or savoury.


A few weeks back (just before the cherry season started) I was busy trying to make a new brownie. Originally, I had wanted to develop a pear and walnut version, but after accidentally creating the most amazing Heavenly Chocolate, Walnut & Pear Torte, decided to switch fruits, grab some cherries from the orchard and concoct an alternative flavour combo.

Cherries work perfectly with pecans and (of course) with chocolate, so a fusion of this ingredient trio looked like the way to go.


Good move! This butter-infused brownie is earthy and crunchy with sweet, nutty pecans and shot through with bright, chunks of honey-sweet summer cherries, which also add little bursts of fruity juiciness with each bite.

Made with plenty of good-quality dark chocolate, it is the real deal. It has been baked to a gooey moistness, so that it is neither too wet nor too firm. Equally, the sweetness has been balanced using a combination of both unrefined caster and soft light brown sugars, giving caramel undertones within the rich chocolate crumb.


As is the want with a good brownie, each block has a dry crisp top which blankets a chewy, sticky foundation. It melts in the mouth and leaves you reaching for another square. The variation of textures and flavours from the pecans and cherries within, add both interest and expectation, taking it to a higher level.


I will certainly be making more of this,,,,,, The fruit and nut combination is divine, but the recipe would definitely lend itself to a whole host of variations....

And if you have any left over (unlikely) or you can manage to sacrifice a couple of slices for the greater good of chilling down in the summer heat, then try making my Cherry-Chocolate Brownie (no churn) Ice Cream. Lush!

I am sharing (as always) to spread lots of brownie love with the following linkies :

Treat Petite with Cakeyboi (and The Baking Explorer). This month 'anything goes'!

We Should Cocoa with Choclette over at Tin and Thyme. Also with an 'Anything Goes' theme this month.




Simple & in Season with Feeding Boys.


Sunday Fitness & Food with Ilka's Blog and Marathons & Motivation.



Free From Fridays with the Free From Farmhouse.


Tea Time Treats, with Lavender & Lovage (and Travel's for Taste and Jo's Kitchen). This is my second entry for August which celebrates Afternoon Tea Week.




Cook Blog Share with Sneaky Veg


Recipe of the Week with A Mummy Too


Chocolate-Cherry-Pecan Brownie

Ingredients

300g good quality dark chocolate
150g unsalted butter
100g plain GF flour blend (I used mix A from this post)
50g ground almonds
½ teaspoon fine sea salt
1 teaspoon GF baking powder
3 large eggs (I used duck eggs)
60 ml almond/cows milk
70g golden caster sugar
70g soft light brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
130g pitted fresh cherries (pitted weight) - rough-chopped
65g pecans - rough-chopped

Method

  1. Base-line an 8 inch/20cm square non-stick baking tin with baking paper.
  2. Pre-heat the oven to 180 C/350 F/Gas 4.
  3. Melt together the chocolate and butter until smooth either in a heat-proof glass bowl over a saucepan of simmering water, or in a microwave set to medium heat at 30 second bursts, stirring well between each. Set aside.
  4. Mix together the flour, almonds, salt and baking powder, ensuring any lumps are broken down. Set aside.
  5. In a large bowl, beat the eggs with the milk, sugars and vanilla until well-blended. 
  6. Add the dry ingredients and then the chocolate mix and fold through quickly, until your batter is even in colour and texture.
  7. Finally add and fold through the chopped cherries and pecans.
  8. Pour the batter into the prepared baking tin and smooth the top.
  9. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes until a sharp knife/skewer inserted comes out with just a few small crumbs attached.
  10. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely in the tin, before turning out and cutting.
Gluten Free Alchemist © 2013-16 unless otherwise indicated

23 comments:

  1. Oh these look absolutely divine! I love the idea of using cherries in a brownie. Thanks for linking up with #CookBlogShare

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    1. Thanks and You're welcome Mandy. Cherries work really well in brownies..... I think glace cherries would be fab if there are no fresh ones to be had too!

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  2. Oh My! The looks so incredible. I really want to eat one right now!!! Hope you are enjoying your summer x

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    1. Thanks Vicki. So do I, but they're all gone!!
      Feels like the summer is nearly over. Where did it go??

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  3. WENN der BROWNIE soooooooo LECKER ausschaut
    da könnte ich gleich ein ganzes BLECH essen

    wünsche noch einen schönen ABEND
    BIS bald die BIRGIT aus TIROL

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    1. Danke! Sie sind ziemlich gut! Es ist schwierig, an nur einem zu stoppen!

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  4. Wow I can see that there will need to be variations as I don't imagine you will want to wait for another cherry season to have these again - I am thinking raspberry or plum

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    1. Ha ha! Thanks Johanna. I think you could be right....... the apples, plums and pears are just around the corner here and Kentish cobnuts are now on sale too!

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  5. Yum, your brownies look absolutely delicious. Cherries and chocolate go so well together and so perfect in a brownie.

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    1. Thank you so much Sarah. Cherries and Chocolate are one of my favourite combos, but this is the first time I have combined them in a brownie. Sooooo good!

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  6. Beautiful pictures - those cherries look so appealing and I always love a good brownie. #freefromfridays

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  7. These sound amazing! I love everything about them. Thanks for linking up with #TreatPetite

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  8. These pictures are stunning as is the recipe. Thanks for adding them to Treat Petite Kate x

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    1. Thank you Stuart. Really appreciate your kind comments x

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  9. I love your photos! What a fab combination cherries and chocolate!

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    1. Thank you Alida. I think the photos were more luck than judgement, but I was pretty pleased with them x

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  10. Sooooooo good! One of my all time fave flavour combos and your photos are just so gorgeous too. Cherry season is far too brief, luckily Lidl had a whole load in over the summer so I gorged myself on them! Thanks for joining in with August's round of Simple and in Season.

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    1. Thanks Katie. Cherry and chocolate do work so well together. My other fave combo is raspberry & chocolate.
      Glad you got to eat plenty of cherries whilst they were around x

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  11. These look so lush Kate. I'm positively drooling. I'm also kicking myself as I missed the cherry season all together. I don't know where the summer's gone. As you can tell I'm a bit late in doing the WSC round-up, but hoping to get it out today.

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    1. Thanks Choclette. The summer has definitely whizzed by. It's such a shame you missed out on the cherries. I don't think Miss GF would let me get away with that. As soon as she spots a local 'cherry' sign she's badgering me to get down to the orchards!!

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    2. Ah yes, but you have local orchards. We don't seem to have cherries down here :(

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