Try this: Gluten-free Chestnut brownies



This delicious brownie can be served warm or cold. It keeps well stored in an airtight container for five days and freezes well. Standard self-raising flour can be used for a non-gluten free version if preferred.

Preparation: 20 mins

Cooking: 25-30 mins

Ingredients for 16 pieces

  • 350g chestnuts, cooked and peeled
  • 200g good quality dark chocolate, broken into squares
  • 200g unsalted butter, chopped
  • 1 + 1/4 cups brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup gluten-free self-raising flour
  • 2 tbsp cocoa
  • Pinch salt

Here's what you do

Reduce oven to 180C or 160C fan-forced. Grease and line a 16cm x 26cm x 2-3cm deep slab pan with baking paper, leaving a 2cm overhang on the sides of the pan.

Set aside 50g cooked and peeled chestnuts. Place remaining chestnuts into a food processor. Process until fine crumbs form (to make 2 cups of ground chestnuts). Set aside.

Place chocolate and butter in a large microwave safe bowl and microwave on high for 2 minutes, stirring with a metal spoon every minute until melted. Set aside to cool.

Using a metal spoon, stir in sugar, vanilla and eggs into chocolate mixture until well combined. Sift over flour, cocoa and salt. Stir to combine. Gently fold through chestnuts. Pour into prepared pan. Chop reserved chestnuts and sprinkle over mixture.

Bake for 25-30 minutes until a skewer inserted comes out with moist crumbs sticking. Cool completely in the pan. Cut into squares. Serve with whipped cream and a dusting of cocoa if liked.

  • Tip: You will need to roast 500g of fresh chestnuts to yield 350g of cooked and peeled chestnuts.

To roast chestnuts

  1. Preheat oven to 200C (180C fan-forced)
  2. Cut a shallow cross into the flat side of each chestnut shell. Place prepared chestnuts onto a baking tray and bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until the shells split open.
  3. Once cooked, remove chestnuts from the heat and wrap in a clean tea towel for 5 minutes. While chestnuts are still warm, quickly peel off the outer brown shell and remove the papery thin skin underneath.