Gluten Free Ooey-Gooey Skillet Brownies

September 3, 2012

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Gluten Free Gooey Brownies - Baked in Individual Cast Iron Pans | @Susan Salzman | www.theurbanbaker.comPrior to Isaac leaving for 3 weeks of sleep away camp, he was very specific on what he wanted his “last meal” to be. His pre-camp meal was baked macaroni and cheese with bacon, lamb chops, and chopped salad. Not a meal that I would normally serve all in one sitting, but Isaac’s wish was my command. That morning, as we were driving up to camp, he congratulated me on the perfect pre-camp meal and in the same sentence listed what his wishes were for his post camp dinner. Three weeks away without mom’s cooking got him thinking. Upon his return his requests were blueberry coffee cake for the morning. For dinner; hot wings, homemade cream soda, lemon potatoes (made on the BBQ), a huge salad, and gooey brownies topped with vanilla ice cream. “You got it”, was my response.

4" Cast Iron Pans - My New Favorite Kitchen Tool | @Susan Salzman | www.theurbanbaker.com

Individual #GlutenFree Skillet Brownies | @Susan Salzman | www.theurbanbaker.comAfter dropping him off at camp, with still a small tear in my eye, I had already formulated the shopping list and visualized how it would be served. I had found these cute, 4″ cast iron skillets at my favorite hardware store. It seemed like the perfect opportunity to make individual mudslides for each of my 4 boys. While he was away, I tested the recipe using gluten free flours and all Eli could say was, “wow”! I knew I had a winner on my hand. Another one to add to the arsenal!

#Glutenfree Ooey Gooey Brownies are best shared with friends! | @Susan Salzman | www.theurbanbaker.comWith left over batter, I prepped an 8″ square cake pan and baked off a batch for one of my favorite friends; Eli’s former 5th grade teacher (4 years later, she and I still adore each other). Levi and I were very excited to meet her new baby twins. Cute Splendid outfits for the babies and a big box of brownies for the parents. Everybody wins!

#Glutenfree Ooey Gooey Brownies are the Perfect Balance | @Susan Salzman | www.theurbanbaker.comIsaac’s homecoming was better than great. The best part about it was that while his two brothers were getting ready to start school the next day, Isaac and I had two weeks to hang before he had to go back to school. This past week he started middle school. Those two weeks spent together, just he and I was just what the two of us needed to wrap up the end of a pretty perfect summer.

Gluten Free Ooey-Gooey Skillet Brownies
if you don’t follow a gluten free diet, substitute the alternative flours for equal parts traditional all-purpose flour. These are best eaten the 2nd day with a huge class of ice cold milk!
yield: 16 2″ squares

ingredients:
8 ounces | 224 grams | 16 tablespoons unsalted butter
4 ounces | 118 grams | 1/2 cup unsweetened chocolate, chopped
1/2 teaspoon espresso powder
14 ounces | 400 grams | 2 cups organic, pure cane sugar
2 eggs, beaten
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
5 ounces | 140 grams | 1 cup gluten free flour blend , sifted
1/2 teaspoon xanthum gum
2 ounces | 56 grams | 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
2 1/2 ounces | 70 grams | 1/2 cup bittersweet chocolate, rough chopped

instructions:
• preheat oven to 325*
• lightly butter an 8″ x 8″ square baking pan. line with parchment paper and butter the paper as well. set aside.
• in a large glass bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water, melt butter and unsweetened chocolate. while this is melting prep additional ingredients.
• in a small bowl, sift the flour and xanthum gum. set aside.
• when melted, off heat, add the sugar, whisking to combine.
• mix in eggs and vanilla until the batter is very smooth. sometimes, when mixing by hand, the batter can look a bit grainy – you don’t want that.
•  add flour mixture, walnuts, and chocolate chunks. mix.
• pour into prepared baking pan and spread evenly.
• bake for 45-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
• let brownies cool completely before cutting.
• best eaten within 3 days.

note: after the brownies cool, I like to stick the whole pan in the fridge for about 45 minutes. makes cutting much easier. when cutting, cut off the over done ends of the brownies and save (if your kids don’t get to them first) for toppings on ice cream or better yet, to mix into homemade ice cream.

More really great Brownie Recipes:
Walnut Fudge Brownies – In Jennie’s Kitchen
Brownie Sandwich Cookies with Salted Caramel Cream Filling – Bakers Royale
Chocolate Chip Brownie Double Deckers – Technicolor Kitchen
Orange Mocha Brownies - Daydreamer Desserts
Double Fudge Chocolate Brownies - Passionate About Baking
Espresso Fudge Brownies – Elana’s Pantry

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

1 El September 3, 2012 at 8:00 am

How can you go wrong with delicious chocolate brownies. They look great!

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2 Allison [Girl's Guide to Social Media] September 3, 2012 at 8:40 am

These look so good, Susan! I would either be requesting these in my “last meal” or “post camp” meal. Or simply “just because.” yum!

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3 Susan September 3, 2012 at 8:41 am

“just because” gets my vote!

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4 Deliciously Organic September 3, 2012 at 10:00 am

These look amazing!! I hadn’t ever thought of baking my brownies in individual skillets. I bet your kids went nuts!

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5 Kim September 3, 2012 at 5:01 pm

It’s a great way to welcome a kid!!! Brownies are sooooooo my favortite treat! These one, I’ll keep in mine, they look perfect!

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6 Esi September 5, 2012 at 8:50 am

Those tiny skillets are so cute! I wish I had room in my kitchen for them. I have a semi-new 10-inch cast iron that I need to break in.

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7 Russell van Kraayenburg September 6, 2012 at 3:34 pm

These brownies look killer! I love how they look in the skillet too. Yum!

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8 marla September 6, 2012 at 10:32 pm

I just love hunting around hardware stores ~ especially when they have little finds like those pans! Nice sweet treat too :)

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9 Toni @ Boulder Locavore September 8, 2012 at 4:53 am

These are simply fantastic Susan! I want to go away for three weeks of sleep away camp if this is the reward! (Sadly I doubt I’d sleep a wink at sleep away camp). Love the little skillets. It’s so fun to find ‘personal’ pans like this. Hope the start of the school year is going well!

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10 Shanna@ pineapple and coconut September 24, 2012 at 4:37 pm

I want to go to camp just to have you make me before and after meals!! Lucky kiddo!
I love the mini skillets – what hardware store did you find them in?

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11 Susan September 24, 2012 at 8:53 pm

Thanks, Sheri. Regardless if I feel that at times my family doesn’t “appreciate”, I still need to do all the “little” things. Hopefully, one day they will all realize how truly wonderful a mom can be!! The skillets were found at my local hardware store; Koontz Hardware in West Hollywood (truly a magical place)!!

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12 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. September 26, 2012 at 10:46 am

on my list!!

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