Gluten-Free White Chocolate and Peanut Butter Blondies

Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Boy oh boy are you in for a treat with these beauties! My friend recently bought me a gluten and dairy free cake making book for my birthday called 'Cake Angels'. I decided to give one of the recipes a go and thought I'd share it since they turned out so well! I still eat dairy so I just used regular produce- however, if you are lactose intolerant just use a substitute.

The key ingredient in gluten free baking is a little product called Xanthan Gum, and let me tell you it was hard to find. You can buy it online (Dove's Farm do one) but I got mine in a local health food store. It was pretty expensive but it will last a while. It's essentially what holds the cakes together- without it they just crumble- no one wants a crumbly blondie! OK here goes...

Makes 9 big guys, or 16 small guys 

100g butter

150g crunchy peanut butter

175g soft brown sugar

1 large egg (free range)

1tsp Vanilla extract

125g Wheat and Gluten free flour (doves farm, again do a good one)

1 tsp Xanthan Gum (this is where the magic happens)

1tsp gluten free baking powder

75g white chocolate- drops or chopped (I used 100g cause I'm greedy)

1- Preheat your oven to 180°C ( the recipe calls for 170°C for 25-30 mins, but at this temperature I had to cook them for an hour! Maybe I just have a bad oven) Use some grease-proof paper to line a baking dish

2- Mix the butter and peanut butter together until it softens- best to use a mixer if you have one, I did it with a wooden spoon and it took forever and I was left with a dead arm.

3- Add the sugar, egg and vanilla extract and keep on mixing until you have 2 dead arms

4- Combine the flour, xanthan gum and baking powder in a separate bowl, and slowly fold into your peanut butter mixture. Add your white chocolate and give it another mix for good measure. Spread the mixture evenly into your prepared dish and you should be left with something that looks a little bit like this...

5- Pop them in the over for as long as it takes for them to go a lovely shade of brown- use 30 minutes as a rough guide. Take them out, let them cool, and there you have them...

Next up is my attempt at the Salted Caramel Brownies. My mouth is watering just thinking about them! If you can't be bothered baking, and have a spare £20 lying around, you could also buy some from the Cake Angel hereself, right here


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