This week California Prunes were kind enough to send me some samples of their delicious, juice prunes. They came individually wrapped which I thought was a bit quirky and great if you just wanted one at a time but a bit of a faff if you wanted more than one.
The prunes themselves really are tasty, they are large, succulent and just not the same as the ones I normally get from the supermarket. Extra special prunes indeed!
I was sent a Chocolate Brownie recipe with the prunes, which really tickled my fancy as I have been fancying making chocolate brownies for a while. They aren’t something we make often as they are a bit of a treat, but being pregnant I am definitely feeling the need for a bit more chocolate in my life right now! So I set about adapting the recipe to make it gluten and wheat free and also reduced the chocolate and sugar in it. Making your own brownies means you can regulate the amount of sugar, butter and chocolate that goes in, so they are healthier than a bought version 😉
Healthier Chocolate Brownies: gluten and wheat free.
A healthier take on brownies with less sugar, less butter and added prunes. Gluten and Wheat free. Because some days we all need a treat.
Today my lovely friend Steph (@imcountingufoz) and I got our bake on. It is our lovely friend Dee’s (@TheDeeRussell) birthday very soon and she threw an epic birthday party the other weekend, so today was her turn. Unfortunately at the last moment we found out that Dee was not feeling very well at all and so couldn’t make it, and I must say it really wasn’t the same without her 🙁 We missed you Dee.
Steph had done an epic job baking cheese straws, gingerbread stars and cupcakes with crystallised rose petals on – literally amazing. This lady is a genius and a I agree with her biog on her blog, she is a pretty excellent cook.
Here was my contribution – chocolate brownies, lemon squares and chocolate dipped strawberries. All gluten free, all very naughty but a lovely treat.
I was really pleased with the chocolate dipped strawberries which are likely to become a regular feature when I’m asked to make something sweet….. they took about 10 minutes to prepare and then just had to set in the fridge.
The lemon squares were a new recipe inspired by this one by “Gluten free on a shoe string” thanks Nicola! I wasn’t convinced I’d got the custard mixture right when making these but they came out of the oven nicely set (phew). These are one of those recipes that actually don’t taste their best straight from the oven….instead chilling them really improves the custard.
Chocolate Dipped Strawberries:
Melt 50g dark chocolate either over a pan of simmering water or in the microwave – check it after 30 seconds and heat again.
Make sure the chocolate just melt and doesn’t burn.
Hold strawberries by their stalk and dip in the chocolate.
Place on greaseproof paper on a plate or baking tray and pop in the fridge.
100g rice flour
50g tapioca starch
1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
125g unsalted butter, melted and cooled
For the Custard
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon baking powder
Juice of 3 lemons
zest of 1 lemon
1 1/2 teaspoons corn flour
Preheat your oven to Gas Mark 4/350F. Grease and line an 8- or 9-inch baking tray or ovenproof dish.
Mix the flour and xanthan gum. Measure out 65g of the flour mix and set it aside. To the remaining flour add the sugar and mix. Add the melted, cooled butter and mix with a fork until crumbly but moist. Press the mixture into the bottom of the prepared baking dish.
Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, in the centre of the oven until uniformly pale golden.
Meanwhile make the custard, whisk the eggs, sugar, baking powder and lemon juice together, then add the remaining flour and conrflour. Whisk for a few minutes.
Allow the crust to cool for a few minutes after baking. Then, pour the custard into the baked crust. Return to the oven and bake for 30 minutes until the custard is set.
Cool in the pan for about 20 minutes, then dust with icing sugar.
Cool in the fridge – I cooled for about 1 hour.
Carefully remove from the dish and cut into 9-12 squares.
Have a go, tell me how you get on….but keep these as treats, this speaks the dietitian!!!
Freelance Dietitian specialising in helping those with Eating Disorders and a Media Spokesperson for the profession.