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 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 on the Internet right now. Sometimes I even use other peoples recipes but I don´t put these recipes here on 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 than I just go to the kitchen and listen to 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 upset 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 practising 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 spend the Christmas time at home, so the fridge was quite empty. But I 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. 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 a 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!
How to make chocolate hazelnut brownies?
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 in the mixture.
- Pour the mixture into 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 to room temperature.
* Don´t use mixer while making these brownies. The brownies don´t need a lot of 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 the first time. But you will get it over time and when you know your oven or even for the first time.