Friday, 21 June 2013

Flourless Chocolate Brownie With White Chocolate Chunks {Gluten Free!}

Just as the brownies were making their way out of the oven and onto the cooling rack, my sister walked through the front door, home from another late shift. 

Naturally this oblong tray, oozing with dark chocolate, filled the house with a smell so potent that her first words were: “We better be having some of that, I’m starving.” 

I threw a mini hissy fit.“No!” I said, “They’re not made with flour so I need to let them cool completely before I turn them out.” 

You can imagine her reply, right? I wont quote, but every time she calls me a stingy bitch it takes until I make a generous offering to forget about it. 

In the living room: “That’s what baking is all about right, sharing with your loved ones?” 

The irony is that I wanted to photograph the brownies, to share on here. It doesn’t sound like a big deal, but the underlying message is incredibly important. This week I have finally found solace in that family just has to be the most precious thing on the actual solar system. 

I can’t believe it took me this long to realise that there is not one fudgy, after dinner (cos’ its that indulgent) brownie not worth sharing with your family as soon as it comes out of the oven.

The Recipe:  Flourless Chocolate Brownie with White Chocolate Chunks

Brownies adapted from Nigella Lawson's Flourless Chocolate Brownies with Hot Chocolate Sauce & recommended by one of my fave bloggers Londonbakes

225g 55+% dark chocolate
225g unsalted butter 
150g ground almonds
200g caster sugar
3 medium eggs, from the fridge 
2 tsp vanilla extract 
150g white chocolate bar, roughly chopped

Note:  You can use plain flour instead and still get amazing, gluten filled results. But don’t be afraid to use ground almonds, its healthier (ish), means you can share them with even more people AND adds an extra flavour element which pretty much transforms these into 'sumin' else'! 

Makes 8 large brownies 

The Method:

In a medium/large saucepan, melt the butter and chocolate on medium heat until silky smooth, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon.

Take off the heat, add vanilla & sugar and stir. Leave to cool for 15 minutes. 

Preheat the oven to 170 C. 

Add the eggs one at a time into the saucepan. Next add the ground almonds stir, you should have a thick brownie batter. 

Fold in the white chocolate chunks and pour straight into a 9 inch rectangular tray lined with foil or parchment paper.  

Bake for 30 minutes. 

Leave to cool on a wire rack, turn out of the pan and cut into squares.

I just had an epiphany that reassured me that subbing almonds for ground hazelnuts would turn these into Nutella brownies. Erhmaaagaaad.

Love Em xx


  1. The number of times I've told my boyfriend he's not allowed to have a slice of cake or an artfully arranged biscuit is quite shameful. I definitely can learn from this! I'm glad the recipe worked out well for you; totally in love with your stunning pictures.

    1. Kathryn, this whole post would not have been possible without you! Thank you thank you thank you. Im trying to find the perfect bundt tin so i can make your crazy chocolate bundt with salted caramel, maybe a trip to sweden first tho for the bundt tin.

  2. Oh yes, I hear you (and Kathryn!) on that - I literally just received a text from my bf (who finishes work early on Fridays) asking whether he could dig into the ice cream in the freezer. To which I immediately responded "No! I haven't photographed it yet" ... sad but true. So yes, I guess I need to learn as well - it is probably cruel to not allow someone to eat ice cream in the freezer in 34 degree weather ...

    And lovely pictures - totally digging that beautiful plate!

    1. Thank you! its from anthropologie and was *only* a tenner! cringed as i said that. our poor families aye...

  3. these pictures are lovely, really gooey and scrumptious. I certainly annoy my family with my food photography antics too (: especially before tea when we're all waiting to eat!
    from Emily x

    1. Thank you Emily. Its usually after dinner that this occurs in our household, when the sweet tooth is in real need of attention! Woe is us x

  4. Those are some gorgeous brownies! I love the flourless twist!

  5. My boyfriend always demands things straight from the oven and I always have to spend time setting up my photos and finishing off the cake (though I might give myself a cheeky bite sometimes). I love the idea of gluten free brownies, they will be squidgy and delicious!

    1. i think its just natural for family to demand frrshly baked goods! its just up to us to bake enough!
      they were soooo squidgy, just how brownies should be!

  6. Nutelle brownies, yes!! I saw recipe for Nutella cheesecake brownies as well, ahhh!

  7. Wow tasty! I tried out these super healthy gluten free chocolate brownie, they are 120Kcal and super good, would recommend giving them a go

    1. chestnut puree in a brownie?! sounds fabulous, thanks for the link, i will deffo be giving these a go!

  8. Gosh, I know exactly how you feel regarding delayed brownie gratification! Sometimes, I have to wait a WHOLE night in order to get that perfect shot early the next morning! I remember the days before a blog where I'd just bake and scoff!
    P.S: thanks for stopping by on my blog :-)


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