Dense, delicious and chocolatey, these gluten-free brownies are a more-ish crunchy treat with your afternoon cuppa. Gluten-free chocolate pecan brownies
Makes: 15-24
Skill level: Easy peasy

Ingredients

  • 200g bar plain chocolate
  • 250g (8oz) butter
  • 4 medium eggs
  • Few drops of vanilla extract
  • 300g (10oz) caster sugar
  • 125g (4oz) gluten-free plain flour
  • 200g (7oz) roasted, salted pecan nuts, roughly chopped
  • Icing sugar, for dusting
  • 26 x 16.5cm (10¼ x 6½in) oblong tin, lined with baking parchment

Method

  1. Set the oven to gas mark 5 or 190°C.
  2. Melt the chocolate and butter, either in a bowl in a microwave oven or in a bowl set over a pan of simmering water. Lightly beat in the eggs and vanilla extract. Add the sugar, flour and chopped pecans to the bowl and stir to combine all of the ingredients. Spoon the mixture into the lined cake tin and level the surface.
  3. Bake the brownie in the centre of the oven for 40-45 mins, until just set to the touch in the centre. Remove from the oven and leave it to cool in the tin for 5-10 mins, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  4. Dust with icing sugar. Cut brownie into 15-24 squares to serve. To freeze, make up to the stage of cooling, then wrap in a freezer bag and freeze for up to 1 month. Defrost and dust with icing sugar just before serving.

Woman’s Weekly cookery editor Sue McMahon says: If you want to make these brownies for someone with a nut allergy, omit the pecans and use the equivalent weight of raisins. Extra info: We’ve used Doves Farm gluten-free plain and self-raising flours, available from most supermarkets and specialist health food shops.

Feature: Sue McMahon. Photos: www.frankthephotographer.com. Props stylist: Sue Radcliffe