I was looking for a fun recipe which utilized ground almonds as a primary ingredient in brownies. I made a batch of these for Valentines and they were so lovely, rich, and EASY to make. It’s nice to taste something with a dose of protein in it as well. Here’s the original recipe along with my adaptions below. [Note: this is a great gluten-free recipe too!]

I added some extra chocolate, and they were fab, I think the sugar could have been reduced a bit too, pretty easy and yummy!

Ingredients

  • 50g/2oz dark chocolate (Optional: I added some additional chocolate to the batter mix just before putting in the oven!)
  • 100g/3½oz butter
  • 125g caster sugar
  • 2 eggs, preferably free-range, lightly whisked
  • 1-2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 75g/3oz ground almonds
  • 1-2 tsp gluten-free baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • (Optional) 110g/4oz chopped walnuts
  • 20cm/8in square tin, lined with silicone paper

Preparation method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4.
  2. Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl suspended over a pan of simmering water or in a low oven.
  3. Cream the butter and sugar until pale, soft and light, then beat in the lightly whisked eggs, the vanilla extract and melted chocolate. Lastly stir in the ground almonds, gluten-free baking powder, salt and chopped nuts. Spread the mixture in the tin and bake in the oven for about 30-35 minutes.
  4. Leave to cool, then cut into 5cm/2in squares for serving.

Serve alongside home-made whipped cream and raspberries for a quality dessert to impress!

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