Many of you have asked me if I really think all the recipes out by myself or I just take them from the Internet. The answer is yes! I really think all the recipes here out by myself! These are original recipes. It would be quite weird for me if I would steal other peoples work, when at the same time I study law about copyright. Of course, I use the Internet and I´m in the Internet right now. Sometimes I even use other peoples recipes but I don´t put these recipes here in the blog! I use Pinterest but it´s mostly to look food photography. All the recipes which are here I think by myself. Sometimes but not often I get some inspiration out of other people recipes but then I always indicate to the original source. For example, here I made vanilla bean gelato but I modified the original recipe just as I wanted (and I told where did I get the inspiration). But many other recipes just come straight from my mind. However, when I go creative then I just go to kitchen and listen some music. No Internet, no books and then I just try my new ideas. I write the ingredients on a piece of paper and that´s it. The best ideas usually come when the fridge is quite empty.
I used to make (I still do that) a lot of cooking and baking with classical recipes. Many classical desserts were just full of plain flour and sugar. So, quite often I know how to cook something. Not always! I´m still at the beginning of my studies. So, sometimes I just know the classical version and then I try to make a new healthy twist. For example, these brownies. I know how to bake brownies with plain flour (wheat flour) and sugar. So, I try to bake brownies without plain flour and sugar. In that case it was hazelnuts and honey. Trust me hazelnuts don´t act like plain flour! Honey isn´t usual sugar! There are many tricks and tips with this kind of baking. So, when I start with no basic recipe, then sometimes things can go wrong! It just might not come together and that´s it … But when that happens, then I don´t care. I´m mad but in the end I try to take it as a lesson. Like there´s a saying that cooking is like snow skiing: If you don’t fall at least 10 times, then you’re not skiing hard enough (Guy Fieri). That´s what I tell myself when something doesn´t come together. I try to keep going and practicing until they are nice!
Now, back to my brownies. It was Christmas morning and I was awake early. So, I knew that a few family members will come over. However, I didn´t have a lot of time to bake something big. In addition, we didn´t spent the Christmas time at home, so the fridge was quite empty. But I do had hazelnut flour (blended hazelnuts), eggs and organic chocolate! So, my mind went straight to BROWNIES! I haven´t made brownies out of hazelnut flour. Looks like it´s something new.
I have made a lot of raw brownies or plain flour brownies with sugar. I knew what I was looking for. I know how the mixture should look like. So, hopefully a new version will make it! This time I wanted a little bit healthier brownies which would be baked! I had that hazelnut flour which needed to be used. When finally my brownies came out of the oven, then I was a little bit afraid to cut them! But to my relief the result was even better than I expected. I was just so surprised because they were good even the first time. My boyfriend even said that: “Why haven´t you made these before?!” and then the next day he asked many times: “When are you going to make it again?” So, looks like it works!
Also, it´s very important to mix the mixture with a spoon rather than the mixer! You need that a little bit moist and fudge structure in the middle of the brownie and that´s the reason why you can´t use mixer. You don´t need a lot of air inside the dough. These paleo, dairy-free, sugar and gluten free brownies just melt in my mouth. It´s not sticky! The brownies are moist and even if they don´t have butter they still taste like they have it. The nuts inside the mixture will just give enough good fats that the taste is something amazing!
Chocolate Hazelnut Brownies
About 6-8 slices
- 70 g hazelnut flour (or just blend hazelnuts into flour in a food processor)
- ½ tsp baking powder
- Pinch of salt
- 200 g dark chocolate or dark chocolate chips (you can look for organic and sugar free one or make your own)
- 1 dl honey
- 3 eggs
- 1 tbsp coconut oil (without coconut taste)
- 50 g chopped hazelnuts
- Preheat the oven to 175° C/ 347° F.
- Mix together hazelnut meal, baking powder and salt. Add honey and coconut oil. Mix well.*
- Melt chocolate in a water bath and add it to the hazelnut mixture. Add eggs and just mix with a spoon until combined.**
- Add 1/ 3 of the chopped hazelnuts inside the mixture.
- Pour the mixture on a small baking pan (24 cm x 17 cm) which is covered with baking paper (butter the baking paper with coconut oil). Decorate with rest of the hazelnuts.
- Bake it for 20-25 minutes until it stays together and the toothpick comes out almost clean. ***
- Let it cool down completely and it will set properly when it has cooled down on room temperature.
* Don´t use mixer while making these brownies. The brownies don´t need a lot air inside the mixture. The texture should be a little bit like fudge in the middle. Just mix it with a spoon until combined.
** Don´t overwork the mixture, the key is to mix as less as possible.
*** Don´t overcook them! When you check the mixture then it shouldn´t move around, but it should still be moist inside. It´s quite hard to understand it at first time. But you will get it over time and when you know your oven or even on the first time.