23 December, 2011

Baking Day ~ Organic Cherry Brownies & Chocolate Rum Balls

Organic, Wheat Free, Cherry & Brazil Nut Brownies 


 I had a wonderful day, yesterday. Caring for my nephew. All the cousins together.
We kept busy and had the best fun! 

J-man is TWO and so very capable. His parents involve him in everything they do.

I know they ought to be fresh cherries this time of year. But to hand, we had a jar of sour cherries, which I gently stirred into the mix, at the very end.

Fresh from the oven

Organic, Wheat Free, Cherry & Brazil Nut Brownies
(As inspired by 'Gluten free brownies', by Deborah Parish in Living Crafts Fall 2011)
I prefer to use Organic/Biodynamic and Home grown ingredients, where I can

125g   Dark Choc ~ 85% cacao
125g butter
2 eggs
3/4 cup Rapadura sugar
1/2 cup Ground almond meal
1/3 cup Khorasan (Kamut) Fl0ur
1T cornflour
1t Xanthum gum
1/2 t Himalayan rock salt
1/4 t Baking powder
3 t vanilla
 1/2 cup brazil nuts, chopped
1 cup pitted cherries

Combine all dry ingredients.
Gently melt the chocolate and butter together over a low heat.
Separately, beat eggs until fluffy. Beat sugar and vanilla into eggs. Then beat in choc/butter mix.
Fold dry mix into the wet mix, and then once combined, GENTLY fold through chopped brazil nuts and cherries.
Pour into lined biscuit/lamington tin.
Bake at 180 degC ((350 degF). 
Test after 30mins. If skewer comes out clean, then cooked. If not, leave for a further 5 mins and test again. 
Leave to cool on wire rack and cut into squares.
Serve once cooled. 
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Ingredients for the adult version of our 
Christmas Day Rum Balls.

Mr Turtle rolls mix into a ball
We coated the kids' version in coconut, so there could be
no mistake on the day, whose were whose.
Organic gluten Free Rum Balls (ADULT)
1c Ground almond meal
1/4c Carob powder
1/4 cup Cacao powder
2T Butter
2T icing sugar
1/2t vanilla
2T rum
1t water
Chocolate cocoa powder for rolling

Organic gluten Free Rum-Free Balls (KIDS)
1c Ground almond meal
1/4c Carob powder
1/4 cup Cacao powder
2T Butter
1 1/2T icing sugar
1/2t vanilla
2T water
Coconut for rolling

Method ~
Grind almonds (if whole). Then add Everything and mix!
Roll into balls, roll into powder or coconut and then refrigerate. 
I feel the flavours come 'together' and they taste their best, after 24hrs.
Will freeze happily, for a few months if required.

THE adult Rum balls

MORE fruit and nut ball recipes here and here.
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5 comments:

  1. mmm, I'm so making these rum balls!

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  2. I going to try the brownies, is the xanthum gum necessary? as I doubt i'll be able to find any here!!

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  3. I am not usually a big choc or Rum ball fan, Maša - but these are SO yum!
    Hi Emma - I just popped in the xanthum gum to make up for any missing gluten (as I didn't use any wheat flour). I am very sure these would work without the xanthum gum. And I am also quite sure you could play with the flours and get similar results. Enjoy!

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  4. Mmm, I've just been reading over your recipes again. They sound so tasty. I'm adding the ingredients to our next shopping list! Hope you are having a lovely week x

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  5. That all looks so delicious. J-man is very capable isnt he! Good to see kids so involved :)

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