Thursday, September 2, 2010

Adopt A GF Blogger - Jeanine of the Baking Beauties

 When I lived out west, our office always celebrated birthdays every month. There was a large cake for the 5 or 6 people that were having a birthday. After I went gluten-free, I knew that I wouldn't be able to take part. There was another girl in the office who was also gluten-free and it was her birthday that month. No one should go without cake on their birthday! So I thought that I would make some brownies and we could have brownie sundaes.

I used a brownie mix and well, it was interesting. Extremely fudgy and seemingly undercooked, yet super crunchy and definitely overbaked. Very strange.

I saw a post by Jeanine of  last year for  her Turtle Brownies. Let me just say, I went out right away and bought caramels. Life intervened and I didn't end up making them.  Can I show you them? 

Jeanine's Turtle Brownies

Around rolled March and I saw some Mint Brownies which interested me. I made a nanaimo type version  and used Jeanine's recipe for brownies.That's why I decided to adopt Jeanine for the Gluten Free Easily's August Adopt-A-Gluten-Free Blogger Event
My Nanaimo Style Brownies

Last night I returned home from work and it's a coworkers birthday today. At this job, we usually have what the birthday girl wants. She wanted pizza. There are delivery places that do gluten free but if you are looking for a 24-slice pizza, there is only 1 place for that and they don't do GF. So I came home and grabbed a GF Patisserie pizza crust that I um....... well... it's a whole 'nother blog post but essentially I had a backpack full of their baked goods on my 4 hour flight home from a western vacation.

Anyways, I made a pizza and decided to make some brownies while the oven was on. So of course I went back to Jeanine's recipe. I didn't make the Turtle Brownies but again I did use the main brownie recipe with a couple changes mainly butter instead of margarine and my flour mix.


3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped
12 Tbsp (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
3 large eggs
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 cup granulated white sugar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup plus 2 Tbsp Gluten Free Flour Mix (*see note)
1/2 tsp Xanthan gum
1/4 tsp salt( I added about 1 cup of white chocolate chips)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9x13-inch baking pan with parchment paper (makes for easy removal later).

Melt the chopped chocolate and butter in a stainless steel bowl placed over a saucepan of simmering water. Remove from heat and set aside while you make the brownie batter. ( I melted slowly in the microwave stirring intermittently.)

Meanwhile, in the bowl of your electric mixer, beat the eggs and sugars until smooth. Beat in the vanilla extract and then the melted chocolate mixture. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and, on low speed, beat in the flour, xanthan gum & salt and the chocolate chips. ( I don't have a mixer so I stirred it on up until it was blended together. )

Pour into the prepared pan and bake for about 20 minutes, or just until the brownies are barely firm to the touch. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack.
Store, covered, in the refrigerator for 7 to 10 days, or in the freezer for longer storage.

Note: My flour mix is 2 parts brown rice flour, 2/3 part potato starch and 1/3 part tapioca starch.

I made a quick icing using butter, icing sugar, a little milk and some almond extract and piped it onto the cooled brownies.

I took the brownies into work and they were so fudgey, it was incredible.  In my world, I would assume that anything you suggest I eat is wheat-filled. In everyone else's world, well, everything is wheat filled and they don't assume anything different. So although people know I eat gluten-free, they also don't immediately think I'm giving them something that is GF. These are a brownie that everyone can enjoy and not even think they are GF.
See that classic shiny crispy top and the white chocolate?

 Jeanine's blog is one that I visit quite frequently because she's the same sort of baker/cook that I seem to be. Family favourites made gluten free.

If I wrote about all her recipes that I've tried, we'd be here for a while.

 Her Recipes

We made her Chinese Chicken Balls for our Chinese food Christmas dinner. These are a must try!! Gluten Free Chicken Balls

Do yourself a favour and check her out!


  1. Awww...thank you so much for the kind words! I love what you've done with the brownie recipes. It's so great to see all the variations that can be done, using a simple base. LOVE the Nanaimo bars, wow, those look GOOD!
    Once again, thank you! I'm honoured that you chose me. :)

  2. You are more than welcome.

    They were talking about them at work today. I have to make the nanaimo version again soon for them. They said " You know, Kathleen...friends don't keep brownies from friends. " LOL

  3. You are the undisputed brownie queen per Jeanine's inspiration! They all look amazing! :-) So glad you participated, Kathleen.