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Chewy, Crackled Brownies with Raspberry Pureé

by Karen on April 4th, 2012


gluten free chewy, crackled top brownies

We are rallying again with other gluten free food bloggers from around the world.
Our topic this month:    Brownies.

Intensely chocolate, chewy and crackle-topped brownies.  What is your favorite style?

I am sure you will see a little bit of everything in the Ratio Rally.  For this monthly feature, we bake according to ratios fat : liquid : flour so you can easily adapt a recipe to meet your needs. Once you know the recommended ratio of an item it allows you to experiment and scale the recipe for a greater or smaller yield. The ratio for brownies is divided further so you can see the relationship of flour, sugar, and chocolate.  The eggs are the liquid in this recipe.  My ratios are:

2.5 chocolate : 2.5 sugar : 1.5 flour : 1.5 egg  : 1.0 butter

This recipe is adapted from one in Cook’s Illustrated magazine.  Christopher Kimball contributed a number of recipes to my book (he is also top dog at America’s Test Kitchen) These brownies are intensely chocolate using baking chocolate and cocoa found in any grocery store but I like to enhance them by using Felchlin Cocoa and quality Guittard or Callebaut the chocolate leftover from my chocolate truffle making parties.

The Gluten Free Brownies

When we rally, I weigh the ingredients so you can see the recipe in both Imperial and Metric measurements, sometimes I make changes to an original recipe as I experiment with other flours to add some nutrition into the baked good.  For brownies though I consider them 100% treat and the Multi-Blend mix has the right combination of starch using tapioca, potato and corn (they are all interchangeable for those who are sensitive to one or the other). The mix also includes sweet rice flour to smooth out the mouthfeel and brown rice flour for the nutrition.  Everyone has developed their own standard GF flour mix these days (so they can call it their own) but don’t let that confuse you.  Find the one that works best for your needs.  This one is adaptable and can be used with  healthier flours for other baked goods so it means I need just one mix and some bags of sorghum, millet, and teff on hand  for bread, pizza, or muffins.

The raspberry pureé is a nice touch if you want to add an elegant touch for a dinner dessert.  It is adapted from a recipe in one of the original Ark Restaurant cookbooks.  The Ark was a fantastic restaurant on the Long Beach pennisula in Washington state years ago. It was a frequent James Beard award winning restaurant in its day. We would make the trek to Long Beach for our anniversary from time to time.  We loved the Ark Restaurant but sometimes we missed the mark choosing where to stay.

I will never forget the time we rented a place in the area and after receiving our room keys we discovered the fireplace did not work, dog hair was literally everywhere (and we are tolerant pet owners ourselves), and there was some other problem with the room.  Our visit was in September. We brought the owner in to show him our troubles and he said “oh, we haven’t yet done our deep cleaning since the summer” !!!!  After we declined to stay there we had a good laugh about how crazy we were to expect basic vacuuming and cleaning prior to our arrival.  I wonder if he survived the economy?  Ha!

Might I tempt you with a brownie?



Chewy Brownies with Raspberry Pureé

On day two they are more chewy—day one, a bit more cakelike. 

ingredients :
½ cup, 1 stick (112g) unsalted butter
5 ounces(144g) semisweet chocolate
2 ounces(57g)unsweetened chocolate
3 tablespoons (26g) cocoa powder
3 large eggs (138g)
¼ cups (253g) sugar
2 teaspoons (8g)vanilla extract
½ teaspoon(4g)  salt
1 cup (152g) Multi Blend gluten-free flour mix
½ teaspoon (2g) guar gum or xanthan gum
¾ cup semisweet chocolate chips (optional)

Raspberry Pureé

2 cups (288g)raspberries
½ cup (112g) sugar
½ cup (122g) water
1 teaspoon(4g) lemon juice

makes 16 brownies (2-inches square )

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Butter an 8-inch square glass baking dish. Line the bottom with parchment and then butter the parchment.

Melt butter and chocolate in the top of a double boiler, stirring occasionally until smooth. Remove from heat, whisk in cocoa powder, and let cool slightly.

In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, sugar, vanilla, and salt until thoroughly blended. Whisk in warm chocolate mixture then stir in flour mixed with guar gum until just combined. Pour ½ of the batter into the prepared baking dish and sprinkle chocolate chips evenly over the top. Pour the last ½ of the batter over the top of the chips, covering completely and scraping the bowl well.

Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean with a few crumbs clinging to it. Set the dish on a wire rack until cool enough to handle. When completely cool, place brownie sheet on a cutting board. Using a thin, sharp knife, cut into 16 squares, wiping the knife between cuts to ensure smooth, clean edges. Brownies can be frozen in individual serving sizes; wrap each tightly in plastic wrap, then seal in a large freezer bag.

Raspberry Sauce :

Bring raspberries, sugar, and water to a boil in a nonreactive saucepan, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Stir in lemon juice. Puree in a blender. Strain through a sieve, pushing on the solids and discarding the seeds. Adjust quantity of sugar or lemon juice if necessary.


Follow along with our rally and find some chocolatey goodness that matches your style……

 Mary Fran is our host this month at Franny Cakes

Adina from Gluten Free Travelette made Chocolate Brownie Pie with Orange Zest
Angela from Angela’s Kitchen made  Gluten & Dairy Free Cream Egg Brownies
Brooke from B & the boy! made Triple Chocolate Brownies
Caitlin from {Gluten Free} Nom Nom Nom made Peppermint Brownie Bars
Caleigh from Gluten Free[k] made  White chocolate and marshmallow brownies
Caneel from Mama Me Gluten Free made Triple chocolate brownies
Charissa Luke from Zest Bakery made  Slutty gluten-free brownies
Claire from My Gluten Free Home  PB&J Brownie Whoopee Pies
Claire from This Gluten-Free Life made St. Patty’s Day Marshmallow Swirl Brownies
Erin from The Sensitive Epicure made Mexican Cocoa Brownies with an Almond & Pepitas Crust
Gretchen from kumquat made  salted caramel brownies
Irvin from Eat the Love made  Blueberry Citrus Marble Brownies
Jean from Gluten-Free Doctor Recipes made Blue Ribbon Brownies
Jenn Cuisine made Grain free brownies with no-bake ricotta cheesecake cream
Jonathan from The Canary Files made Vegan Marbled Banana Walnut Brownies
Karen from Cooking Gluten Free! made  GF Chewy Crackled Top Brownies with Raspberry Puree
Mary Fran from FrannyCakes made  Gluten-Free Hazelnut (Nutella) Brownies
Morri from Meals with Morri made Oaxacan Brownies & Mesquite Cacao Blondies
~Mrs. R from Honey From Flinty Rocks made Black Bean S’More Brownies
Pete and Kelli from No Gluten, No Problem made  Caramel Mexican Chocolate Mesquite Brownies
Rachel from The Crispy Cook made  Co-Co Nut-Nut Blondies
Shauna from Gluten-Free Girl made  Gluten-Free Brownies
Tara from A Baking Life made Mint Chocolate Flourless Brownies
TR | No One Likes Crumbley Cookies Gluten Free Berry Fudge Brownies 

From → Sweets

  1. These are textbook perfect! Look at that top! Oh my. And I like the raspberries added. I really want one… now!

  2. Must have a crackle top – and yours is beautiful. Yum! Love the raspberry puree, as well!

  3. Your brownies look so terrific! Great job on the rally!!
    Blessings, ~Mrs. R

  4. Just gorgeous – and the raspberry purée sounds just wonderful with all the chocolatey goodness :)

  5. These look soooo good! And I really like the idea of raspberry and chocolate together :)

  6. Aryn permalink

    I’ve been making these for years and they are simply fabulous, every time. Love your book!

  7. Karen permalink

    Thank you Aryn, I am glad you are enjoying them!

  8. I forgot to tell you, you have to ship a box of baked goods to the host of the rally :)

    These look fantastic, and I love the idea of adding the raspberries.

  9. Oh, Karen, look how thick and fudgy your brownies are! I want one! I love that they have baking chocolate, cocoa powder, AND chocolate chips in them!

    Just one question: is the raspberry sauce meant to be stirred into the batter and baked, or is it a sauce to go alongside the finished brownies? (Both ways sound great in my opinion!)

  10. Ooooo, crackley topped brownies. These look and sound so delicious, Karen. Love all the different points of inspiration that culminated in this recipe. 100% treat, indeed. :)

    Thank you for sharing!

  11. Possibly my favorite berry-chocolate combination as of late. Raspberry is such a great brownie addition, and I love how it turned out.

    Wonderful job, hon!

  12. Looks great, I can’t wait to try the recipe this weekend!

  13. These were the best gluten-free brownies I’ve ever made! I love almond butter ones too, but these were just decadent. I made them for non-glutards :) too and everyone loved them. Thanks for taking the time to create recipes for us all! It’s a blessing!

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