Recipe | GF V-Day Chocolate Brownies

First recipe on the blog and of course it's dessert! A friend of mine actually made these brownies for a small dinner gathering we had a few months back. I asked her for the recipe and was pleased to receive it in hand-written form. Does anyone else do that anymore? I was even more pleased to find out how easy it looked after reading through it! So finally, I decided to try it and boy, they are ever so rich and chocolatey. Mmm!

Gluten-Free Chocolate Brownies

1/2 cup ground almonds
1/2 cup brown rice flour
1 cup bittersweet chocolate chips (although I used semi-sweet)
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup white sugar
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
2 eggs
pinch of salt

1. Preheat oven to 350° C and lightly grease a square baking pan with butter.
2. In a small bowl, mix together ground almonds and brown rice flour. Set aside. 
3. Melt chocolate chips and butter with a pinch of salt in a double boiler over simmering water. Stir while melting.
4. Next, add sugar and vanilla extract in mixture. Then add eggs in one at a time.
5. Mix almond/rice flour mixture into melted chocolate mixture slowly (in quarter parts). 
6. Pour mixture over greased square baking pan and place in the oven for 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted. (I had a rectangular pan so it took approximately 25 mins. Plus I like them a little chewy.)
7. Let cool and cut into squares.

I decided to step it up a notch and added chocolate ganache on top - with heart sprinkles of course. I found the ganache recipe here. Although, I'd highly suggest cutting the recipe in half for these brownies. I had a bowlful of chocolate ganache left over. Guess I'll have to bake a cake or something in the near future!

Enjoy and happy baking! Ps. these would make great Valentine's gifts for your neighbours and friends! I baked another batch of these for my husband when I visited him last weekend and he loved it!