Friday, May 25, 2012

Easy Gluten Free Chocolate Slice

I promise this blog is not becoming a foodie one, but I have my fingers in a few foodie pies at the moment and it's just what's happening for me right now.  On Monday we start shooting our glossy Tastes of Pittwater Cookbook.  I am busy gathering together props for the shoot and writing styling suggestions in unison with other members of my community.  It's lots of fun and a big challenge.  I will be test cooking a few of my dishes in an unfamiliar kitchen on Monday, then styling them for shooting by a foodie photographer.  I'll be test cooking them at the Beach House over the weekend as well just to be sure I haven't forgotten how to make them great.

This little gluten free number won't be going into our book, as I got it out of another fantastic Northern Beaches school cookbook.  But I guarantee it won't last long if you make it at your house this weekend.  Luckily it only takes about 8 minutes to put together, as it has been known to be woofed down in one sitting here.... It can be a bit crumbly, but the secret is to allow it to cool in the pan over night if you can wait that long.  I usually hide it.  It is divinely moist and actually quite healthy, if you consider that dark chocolate is an antioxidant and almonds are regarded as a weight loss snack.  The only 'naughty' in this one is the sugar, but other than that, it's packed with nutrients.

Gluten Free Chocolate Slice

200g (1 block) dark chocolate chopped
90g butter, chopped
1/4 cup caster sugar
2 eggs
1.5 cups almond or hazelnut meal.
Olive oil spray for greasing
Baking paper for lining
Icing sugar to dust.

Preheat oven to 180 C/350 F.

Spray a 16 x26cm (small) baking pan and line with baking paper.
Melt chocolate and butter in a bain marie on the stove.
Beat sugar and eggs with an electric beater until pale and fluffy.
Gently fold in almond meal and chocolate.
Pour into pan, bake for 25 minutes or until skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean.
Cool in pan.
Turn out onto a board, cut into squares, dust with icing sugar.

Makes about 16 bite size squares.

A little Taste of Pittwater.  Here's to producing a cook book as beautiful as this place.

Today I'm partying here


  1. How good do they look? I reckon I could eat the whole lot in 5 minutes flat!

  2. what a great recipe! look & sound delish.

  3. These look delicous and easy. Good luck with your cook-off!

  4. Good luck with the cook book. I love the vintage ski tin.

  5. Hi Carolyn, I am so excited i have just found your blog. I was having a read on my ipad whilst having a lie in at my fibro beach shack at Pearl Beach. Three passions I have, sailing, we sail to Pittwater often, spend relaxing days in Broken Bay. Cooking, love creating delicious meals on my boat and styling the saloon table, cooking at the beach house. The beach , love it, spend happy weekends here. Your gluten free choc recipe I love, my daughter is gluten intolerent, zap i have something yummy to make her. Good luck with the cookbook. I hope to hear from you over at my blog. You csn have a read of the beach shack makeover.

    1. Beach shacks at Pearl Beach. You sound like my kind of girl. Glad to have met you. My parents nearly bought a house in Pearl Beach many years ago but sadly not. I spent some formative years there though. Lovely to meet you.

  6. They definitely sound like something that would be appreciated in our home. Thanks for sharing, Carolyn!

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  7. Hi Carolyn,
    Found your blog via FYBF. Love all the shots of your beach house, it's just lovely.
    I've just moved into the Northern Beaches myself and have to say, it's a beautiful place here. That's an awesome idea about the Tastes of Pittwater Cookbook - where can we get a copy once it's finished?
    Ronnie xo

  8. Hi Ronnie

    Welcome to the Northern Beaches. A great choice!!!! I see we have a shared love of food.

    I'll be blogging lots about the cook book and let you know when it's available.. 15 October is our planned launch date.

  9. What an exciting opportunity. I cant wait to hear more about it! xx

  10. I must have missed this post in my busy week last week, certainly something we can eat in GF house- will be trying this soon!

  11. Yum. I'm sharing this recipe with my daughter who enjoys gluten-free recipes. How exciting about the cookbook. Congratulations!

  12. This sounds and looks delightful. We are off sugar right now so am wondering how this would be with Splenda. I just might give it a try.

  13. Awesome Recipe! I have lots of gluten free friends and I can't wait to share this with them! I would love for you to link this up at Well Crafted Wednesdays! You can find the it here:


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