April 21, 2014


Easter is synonymous with chocolate for me and I was looking for a recipe to make a gluten free chocolate cake for a bit of a do at a friend’s house.  Having bought a pack of Doves Farm gluten free self-raising flour I noticed a recipe for brownies on the back which looked very easy to make and too good to resist.

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Looking at recipes on the Doves Farm website, it’s almost as if they suggest you can use the gluten free flour in place of ordinary flour in anything.  So far I’ve only used the product a handful of times but it’s certainly always been a success. 

gluten free chocolate brownies2Anyway, these brownies were very easy to make and worked out really well.  There was a nice crust and a squidgy middle.  (The dents in the cake are where I pressed to see if it was done!)

The flavour was good and chocolatey and although the texture was slightly different from many other brownies, I think anyone would be hard pressed to identify that this was because of the GF flour. 

gluten free chocolate brownies

Brownies are often better the day after baking but I’m afraid I can’t vouch for this as they all disappeared on the day!


100g butter

150g gluten free dark chocolate

100g Doves Farm self-raising GF flour

200g sugar

3 eggs


Preheat the oven to 180°C / 160° fan / gas mk 4.  Grease and line a 20cm square baking tin.

Beat the eggs together in a large bowl.  Add the flour and sugar and mix well to combine.

Put the chocolate and butter into a small saucepan and heat gently until melted together, stirring well.

Add the chocolate mixture to the flour mixture and mix well.  Pour into the prepared tin.

Bake for 30-35 minutes until the skewer test is passed.  There should be a crusty top and a soft middle so be careful not to over bake.

Cool in the tin.

Cuts into 25 small or 16 regular brownies.


  1. ...and absolutely delicious they were, too!

    I bought a gluten free cookbook expecting there to be lots of recipes which didn't use flour, but was disappointed as most called for gluten free flour. Do you bring yours out from the UK, or can you buy it in France? I've never looked in France.

    1. I did bring my GF flour from the UK but I think Tim said he saw it for sale in TerreYfruits in Descartes.
      A lot of recipes seem to use ground almonds, but also rice flour or polenta.

  2. Yum. I love a brownie and I always seem to dent them when I bake them as well. I have baked a few cakes with this flour and generally it's worked pretty much as expected, although the texture of a couple of cakes didn't seem quite right. That was probably down to my bad baking and not the flour.
    I have bought gluten free flour in France (from the Auchan bio aisle, I think) but I do remember that it wasn't cheap.