Almond Flour Chocolate Tahini Brownies

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Almond Flour Chocolate Tahini Brownies

Yield 2 dozen brownies

8 ounces Scharffen Berger dark bittersweet 70% chocolate

4 tablespoons butter

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup sugar

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

3 tablespoons potato starch

1 tablespoon cocoa powder

2 teaspoons vanilla extract 

2 large eggs

3 cups almond flour

1 cup chopped Scharffen Berger dark bittersweet  70% chocolate

1/2 cup tahini, room temperature

 

1.     Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease an oven proof 9X9” baking dish.

2.     Melt chocolate and butter over low heat or in microwave.

3.     Sift together sugars, baking soda, salt potato starch and cocoa. Mix until smooth.

4.     Mix sugars together and then add vanilla, eggs and almond flour. Stir.

5.     Add chocolate mixture. Scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl, then mix for 1 minute at medium speed with a mixer or vigorously by

        hand.

6.     Stir in the chocolate chunks or chips.

7.     Spray 9” x 9” oven proof cookie sheet with oil spray. Put dough in cookie sheet, using a spatula to make it even. Place spoonsful of tahini

        evenly on top of dough. Use a knife to swirl the tahini in one direction and then swirl in the opposite direction for a pretty design.

8.     Bake for 15-20 minutes, until a toothpick is slightly moist when removing it.

9.     Remove from the oven. Cool and cut into pieces. Use frosting if desired.

10.   Easily doubles and freezes.

 

#gluten free

Reading Boychik by Laurie Boris took me back to the tastes and smells of my Dad’s deli—the sour pickles, the pastrami sandwiches, the lox and the deli salads. Set for much of the novel is set in Brooklyn in Brooklyn Heights and Williamsburg, both neighborhoods with which I am very familiar.

Like main characters, cousins Eli and Artie Abramowitz, my dad was born in Williamsburg and was only 2 years younger than Eli. His dream was to own a deli, which he did many years later.

In Brooklyn Heights, a wealthy neighborhood then and now, another main character grows up, Evelyn Rosenstein, daughter of Murder Incorporated mobster. What happens when these characters meet is an absorbing story, filled with romance, crime, and dreams, where Hollywood and life intertwine.

My family are chocolate lovers. These fudgy brownies are adapted from my favorite Almond Flour Brownies with tahini added on top. The savory tahini is a mouthwatering contrast with the sweet brownie taste. Using a good chocolate is the key to a deep chocolate flavor. Instead of using chocolate chips, I chopped the chocolate with my grandmother’s 100-year-old hand chopper, still the best I have ever used. This is a gluten free recipe which can easily be made dairy free, as well.

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