Monday, 31 August 2009

Spelt flour makes a pretty good chocolate brownie

Hello...! I know it's been a while.... :) Sharpham Park produce really fantastic things. I know this because my friend has been using spelt flour and other things for a good few years. Now produced by Sharpham Park and fairly easy to get hold of. Until this weekend I'd been a bit scared of using it myself but mid way through making brownies yesterday I realised we didn't have any normal white flour so I opted for the bag of Sharpham Park that's been sitting in the cupboard waiting for its debut in our kitchen. Check them (Shaprham Park) out because I'm scared no more. I'll be using spelt flour a lot from now on. Here's the recipe below... I'm a bottle of vintage cava down and out of the habit of blogging so don't trust me on the how to as I still need to proof read this............. Missed you...

Chocolate Brownie using Spelt Flour
100g butter
150g caster sugar
100g muscavado sugar
175g plain chocolate
2 tablespoons golden syrup
2 large (ish) eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
100g organic refined spelt flour (Sharpham Park)
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
Heat the oven to 175C (no fan!!). Grease and line a brownie pan or medium size springform cake tin. In a pan gently heat the butter, sugars, chocolate and golden syrup until all melted and smooth. Take the pan off the heat. Break the eggs into a bowl and whisk until frothy. In a separate bowl put all the dry ingredients and whisk to combine and aerate. Add the eggs and vanilla extract to the chocolate mixture, don't mix but add straight to the dry ingredients, then mix well until all combined. Pour the mixture into the pan/tin. Bake for 20-30 minutes.

Let it cool for a bit before eating it all!! I would suggest legging it with the whole thing hidden under your top to the furthest point from the house, better/easier still if there's a shed or tree to hide behind. Blame it on the dog when you return and the whole thing is gone. Besides you can always make more.
Taste and texture are the most important things for us in a brownie and this got A+++ !! From the neighbours too who got to try it, when after raving about the new brownies I'd made I stupidly said you must try some. I had to give some up... We must learn from my mistakes... Sod instilling in the kids that sharing is a good thing.


Jules said...

Good to see back :) I've been looking for a spelt supplier for a while and you seem to have solved my search!

Tha brownies look great.

Anh said...

I have baked with spelt flour in the past. Need to do more after seeing this post!

Kelly-Jane said...

I'm glad to hear you like spelt, I bought a bag of white spelt a few weeks ago, now I really must use it.

Hope all is well with you and yours!

Aimée said...

I bet the boys loved these!! How are you??
Thanks for stopping by UtHC!

Marie said...

wow, it's great to know that spelt flour is so versatile. I have seen it, but was afraid to buy it to use in any sweet baking. Your brownies look fabulous!

Palidor said...

Wow, that brownie looks awesome! I've never tried working with spelt before. Glad to know that it can produce wonderful goodies like these!

Trig said...

If it's good enough for Hugh F-W...

Elle said...

Sometimes a break is necessary...mine was to index my recipes...but when you come back with brownies that have both spelt and golden syrup we all benefit...thanks for sharing!

Choclette said...

Glad to see you using spelt flour - I use it for most of my baking and have never been disappointed.

David Hall said...

Hey Amanda! I thought I was slack these days since I started teaching, but you, August!

What's going on anyway? You will have to send me an email with a catch up.

Hope life and the family are sweet.

Dave x

Belgravia wife - sort of said...

Hi there these I have to try. Just a quick one - I was recently nominated for an award by the lovely Troutie - as part of my acceptance bit I need to nominate seven bloggers whose writing I am really enjoying; I would love to nominate you - it seems we are on a similar wavelength with food and cooking for children - mine had kidneys last night, even I draw the line there....!

If you would like to participate the bits and pieces - including the lovely award badge are on my blog. my three will be very happy if I pull these brownies off.....xx

gail said...

I'll bet it's great! Looks divine.


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