Therefore the topic of today's post. I needed to make some thing last night for a potluck at work today, and when I volunteered to bring a GF item, everyone asked for my Buttermilk Brownies. For some odd reason when I take them in to share at work, they don't last very long. Gee, wonder why???
This recipe I can't take the full credit for, as a dear friend from Germany, Claudia Rapp shared the original recipe with me. However, I did convert it to Gluten-free and decided on almonds on mine as they're my favorite nut. I've also made it dairy free as I don't tolerate dairy as well as I once used to.
Ok, I guess I should move on to the recipe, it's early morning yet, and now my mouth is craving chocolate!
1 cup unsalted butter or margarine, or 3/4 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup dark organic cocoa powder (I use the Barry's)
1 cup water
2 cups (280g) sifted GF flour mix (use your favorite, I use my cake flour mix)
2 cups sugar or 2/3 cup dark raw agave nectar
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp sea salt
2 slightly beaten eggs, or flax or chia gel to equal 2 large eggs
1/2 cup buttermilk, or Coconut Milk
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract (pure)
1/2 cup sliced almonds or chopped nuts (optional)
In a medium sized sauce pot, combine water, cocoa and butter or oil. Bring to a slow boil over medium heat while stirring constantly, when it starts to boil, remove from the heat.
In a large mixing bowl mix the flour, salt, baking soda and sugar together (if using agave hold it aside).
In a small bowl, whisk the eggs with the buttermilk and vanilla, (add the agave if using it) whisk till blended and add the egg mixture to the flour mix. Blend well and slowly add in the cocoa mixture, mix till combined, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed, but don't over mix.
Grease a 15x10 inch pan, pour in the mixture and smooth out. Yes it will be a bit more liquid than you expect.
If you are adding nuts, sprinkle them over the top. You can also add dried cherries if you like, about 1/2 cup.
Bake at 375 degrees F (if using agave bake at 350 degrees) for 20 minutes or until done when a toothpick inserted comes out clean.