Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Charlotte's Fudgey Brownies

At the insistent request of my daughter Charlotte, we exercised our baking muscles yesterday, and came up with a brownie recipe I know you all will LOVE!! Here it is:

1/2 cup tapioca flour
1/4 cup organic coconut flour (can substitute sorghum flour)
1/2 tsp xanthan gum
2 tsp ground flax
1/2 tsp salt
1 T cocoa
1/2 cup butter
2 squares unsweetened chocolate
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 tsp vanilla

Optional (but recommended):
1/3 cup chocolate chips
1/3 cup Skor bar bits

Preheat oven to 350. Grease an 8 x 8 square pan.
Whisk together flours, xanthan gum, flax, cocoa, and salt. Set aside.
In a medium saucepan over low heat, melt butter and chocolate squares. Remove from heat, and stir in sugars. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Add vanilla. Stir in flour mixture, then chocolate chips and skor bits.
Pour into pan and bake 30 minutes.
Cool before cutting.
Serve with cold milk.
Bliss out.

A few notes:
-Coconut flour is a new favorite of mine, and I am experimenting with it a lot. (I get mine from Bulk Barn, and it is not expensive). It adds to the chewiness, yet does not taste coconutty! If you want a coconut taste, add shredded coconut.
Xanthan gum, ground flax, and tapioca flour can also be found at bulk stores, or health food stores.
-If you are baking in your toaster oven, as I do, reduce baking time to 20 minutes and the temperature to 300. Rotate the pan halfway through, and beware that the bottom does not burn!!
-Silicone pans are THE BEST!!

**UPDATED to add cocoa to the dry mix. Just gets better and better...

Sunday, March 9, 2008

More Great Products

Nature's Path GF cereals: including "crispy rice" cereal, corn flakes, and my favourite, "Mesa Sunrise", which is a combo of Corn, Flax, and Amaranth flakes.

Rice Crackers, available in most grocery stores, in the regular cracker aisle. Just beware that some of the flavoured (bbq, ranch etc) ones may have wheat/gluten in them, as they are not a labelled "GF" product.
Personally, I like the sesame the best.