I have a few friends who can not eat wheat. It just does not agree with them at all. Personally, I can't imagine spending the holidays not being able to enjoy a goody here and there. Or having people over and then finding out all my special treats are off limits to some of my guests. So I needed to create a few treats that all of my guests could enjoy.
Introducing...the ultimate gluten free brownie infused with a hint of orange zest and dotted with walnuts. Delicious, fudgy and divine. And no one will even know they are gluten free.
(Prep Time: 15 minutes/Total Time: 35 minutes. Makes 24 small brownies.)
250 grams good quality dark chocolate (70%), chopped
1/2 cup unsalted butter, cubed
1/3 cup whipping cream
zest of one large orange
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup cocoa powder*, sifted
1 Tablespoon baking powder*
1/2 cup quinoa flour*
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups chopped California walnuts
*all are available gluten free
Prepare a 9 inch square pan lined with parchment paper. Preheat oven at 325 degrees F.
In a double boiler, melt chocolate, butter and cream. Stir until smooth then turn off heat and let cool slightly. Whisk in vanilla and orange zest.
In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, sugar, cocoa, baking powder and quinoa flour. Whisk in chocolate mix and walnuts.
Fill pan with mixture. Bake about 50 - 60 minutes when edges are puffy and cracked around the edges. Cool in pan on a rack then place in the fridge for 1 hour. Cut into squares, wiping knife between cuts, and store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week.