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.


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

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

  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!

  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

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


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