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Gluten-Free Billybuc Brownies: HOW to Enjoy Chocolate Cake Like a French Person
For Those Who Love a Good Recipe . . .
LET US EAT CAKE!
A while back, I read about a survey done on both American and French people. Subjects were shown a photograph of a chocolate cake and asked for the first word that came to mind. For the French, the word was "celebration". For the Americans?
I felt a little sad after reading this. Throughout our entire existence on this planet, human beings have used food as a way to connect, to find a common ground, and to enjoy milestones and celebrations.
Is our guilt the result of gluttony? A dysfunctional relationship with food? Minds cluttered with mixed messages?
Perhaps all of the above?
Billybuc Loves Brownies
WHAT DOES ALL THIS HAVE TO DO WITH BROWNIES?
It's simple: I think we should relearn how to enjoy a batch of glistening, calling-our-name brownies without hating ourselves afterwards.
Just make sure you share them. Eating the whole pan is where the guilt comes back into play, which we're trying to avoid here.
And Billybuc demands that you share his brownies. At least I think he does.
OK. SO WHY "BILLYBUC" BROWNIES?
Here are a few characteristics that make these brownies Billybuc:
Unlike most other brownies, GF Billybuc Brownies aren't full of crap.
I DIDN'T KNOW BILLYBUC WAS ON A GLUTEN-FREE DIET
Stop asking questions.
Let's get on with it, shall we?
LIKE BILLYBUC AND BROWNIES, READING IS GOOD FOR YOU
This book will change your life. It's complicated.
A less-complicated version of Good Calories, Bad Calories. But still life-changing.
THIS IS WHAT YOU'LL NEED:
THIS IS WHAT YOU DO
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Melt your chocolate chips over low heat.
- Make your almond flour.
- Mix together almond flour, baking soda, salt, and cocoa.
- In another bowl, mix together eggs, coconut oil, raw honey, milk, and melted chocolate.
- Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture. Add the rest of the package of chocolate chips, if you like.
- Pour into a greased, 9x9 pan.
- Bake for 30 minutes.
- Allow to cool, then enjoy.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so here are thousands of words to help get these Billybuc Brownies in your mouth:
MELT YOUR CHOCOLATE CHIPS
Melt one cup of chocolate chips over low heat. Try not to let it get too hot. If it does get hot, let it cool down before mixing it together with the other ingredients.
GET YOUR DESIGNATED ALMOND GRINDER THAT ALSO HAPPENS TO BE A COFFEE GRINDER
GET SOME ALMONDS
Blanched and slivered almonds make the best almond flour. They break down easily.
Pour your almonds into the coffee grinder. You're going to grind enough to make one full cup of almond meal/flour.
PUT THE LID ON AND GRIND 'ER UP
LOOK! ALMOND FLOUR!
OR JUST BUY ALMOND FLOUR
MAKE IT A CUP
Measure out a full cup of almond flour. Don't pack it--spoon it into the measuring cup.
COMBINE DRY INGREDIENTS
Combine the almond flour with baking soda and salt.
Add the baking cocoa.
COMBINE WET INGREDIENTS
Try to bring your eggs and milk closer to room temperature by letting them sit out for a bit. This helps keep the coconut oil from clumping.
Whisk the eggs. Add the coconut oil then the honey using the same measuring cup. Look ahead and you'll see why:
SEE? NO STICK
When you measure out the coconut oil, then use the same cup for the honey, it pours out easily instead of sticking to the cup. Yay!
For added authenticity, find a young child with chocolate on her face and put her to work.
Billy loves babies.
ADD THE DRY TO THE WET INGREDIENTS
Whisk together the dry and wet ingredients until smooth.
Keep that kid busy.
READY FOR BAKE-OFF
Pour the batter into a greased pan.
Throw in a handful or two of chocolate chips for added pleasure.
I forgot that step, so when there were about three minutes left on the timer, I sprinkled a handful of chocolate chips on top. When I took them out of the oven, I used a spatula to spread the melted chocolate like icing. Sweet!
Allow your Billybucs to come down to room temperature, then have fun!
IF YOU DON'T KNOW BILLYBUC, WELL . . .
Billybuc and I live on opposite sides of the country. We've never met in person, but he is a kindred spirit and a true friend.
And he obviously has a good sense of humor. Right, Billy?
Anyway, if you haven't met Billybuc, check out his profile here on HubPages. You'll be glad you did.
Once You're Hooked, Try These Links:
- Gluten Free Chocolate Mint Cookies: You Won't Miss Your Thin Mints!
Gluten-free chocolate mint cookies. Sorry, Girl Scouts.
- Paleo Strawberry Banana Muffins
Gluten-free strawberry banana muffins.
- If CaveMom Baked Cookies
Gluten-free recipes for cookies, muffins, cakes, and other stuff.