Fork Spoon Knife is the personal blog of Asha where she chronicles her journeys in food through stories, recipes and photographs. She can also be found doodling and sharing her experiences as below.

 
                        

4.11.2011

Gluten Free Peanut and Almond Chocolate Brownie Pots .. and the Food Blog Forum Orlando

Gluten Free Brownie Pots

What a fabulous weekend this was! I was in Orlando for two days attending the Food Blog Forum and meeting so many people I had been speaking with for months.

Crazy world that we live in now, isn't it?! We talk for hours on non-personal mediums before actually making that face to face connection, which, has typically been the basis of any relationship. Yet, it works!! I had a blast finally meeting those who have inspired me, supported me and just so many new lovely bloggers.

And, Oh! yes, the short respite from the quizzical NY weather was ofcourse lovely. Ninety degrees ain't barmy, I agree but after tiring six months barely North of the thirties done make one more acceptable of the other extreme.

The Speakers

So, what happened at the forum? A lot of good learning and merry making.Julie and Dawn had lined up just the perfect speakers that as a food blogger we would be interested in hearing from. There were discussions around building the optimal site (for viewers and search engines), food composition and photography, making a buddy of that big media house rounding off with the plain simple truth.. the opportunities for making moolah in it all!!

And special thanks to Jaden for being so open about how she came to be where she is, putting real things in uncluttered perspoective and giving us an idea of just what we can aim for. She was indeed the true Spirit of Generosity that she believes in!

I think it's safe to say that we all left optimistic, enthused and ready to start converting our dreams to reality.. setting goals, making real plans of getting there and working consistently on getting there. So good luck to us all! :)

Helen styling session

As part of the event, Julie and Dawn had also arranged great mixers pre and post. Friday was bit of feeling your way through evening but by Saturday we were all good friends! LOL. I am so happy I got to meet so many passionate and fabulously talented bloggers, not to mention, amazing people I have been wanting to meet for eons!!

I finally met Helen!!! Her photography has been an inspiration for my journey of viewing through the lens. I have spent so many hours, I don't dare to count, ogling through her archives and the ethereal beauty of her photos, in a quest to learn and grow.

Bread & Spread styled by Helen

Sometime during Saturday evening, Helen, Jeff, Susie and I were discussing photography (DUH! right! 2 photographers and 1 wannabe!) and particularly the merits of shooting food against dark and white backgrounds. I personally love photos with dark backgrounds. I think it isn't for every subject but there are some, and I remember, specifically, bringing up the brownie, as on that works on a dark background.

So, yesterday, when I was itching to bake and since brownies are my somewhat comfort dessert, I fall back on, brownies it was. But, of course, I wanted to try something new right?! So, hesitantly, I looked around and mustered up the courage to go gluten free again.

Brownie pots

No, really, I was not banking on serendipity. Just more flavorful flavors that are similar in texture and density to regular flour. And, my secret was ... peanut flour!! I have to confess, I don't like peanuts in food.. just cannot do it. But in here with the chocolate and almonds, the flavor is mellow and smooth.

Peanut with chocolate is awesome! Two strong flavors that yet, balance and bounce of each other. The brownie has the hint of peanut but is also well rounded by the cocoa and dark chocolate. Texture wise, it is moist, with a fudge like bottom and more more cake like topping.

Brownie Pot scooped

I made these in little pots, just for fun. It's cool to have your own brownie pot, ain't it, especially, since I find it very very hard to share brownies! Anyway, you can always make these in the typical brownie mold that you use. Happy Week! :)




Gluten Free Peanut and Almond Chocolate Brownie Pots
(based on my original Brownie recipe)

Brownie Pots scooped
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 25 min
Total Time: 35 min
Yield: 4 individual servings

5 T butter

1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup dark chocolate chips (be generous)
2 T cocoa powder
1 egg
2 T fine peanut flour
2 T buckwheat flour
3 T almond meal
1/2 tsp cinnamon
pinch of salt
1/8 tsp baking powder
dried plums (optional) '

Over a double boiler melt together the butter, sugar, salt, cocoa and chocolate until the butter has melted and it's a thick mixture. Remove from heat and whisk in the egg quickly. Add the almond meal, both the flours, baking powder and mix completely.

Pour the batter into a greased individual ramekins. Place dried plum in the center of each ramekin. Bake at 350 F for about 25 minutes. Remove to cool on rack for as long as you can hold yourself.

32 comments:

  1. Great photos from the food blog forum! Wish I could've joined you!
    These brownies look amazing and I am loving the fact that they're gluten free!

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  2. Wow, cool forum you had... I love your photos with dark background but I do find it particularly challenging!

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  3. Sounds like a fabulous event, wish I could have been there. I'm sure it was an amazing learning opportunity.

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  4. I'm so happy for you! I wish I could have been there...Your photography is amazing too. You should feel very proud about it!

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  5. A delightful dessert! It seems that you had a great time in Orlando.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  6. Asha, your photos turned out great, and your dessert looks delicious as well. As Helene says, I just want to reach in and grab it!

    Enjoyed meeting you finally in person in Orlando!

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  7. Superb pictures! the brownie pots look divine!

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  8. If we would have events like these over at this part of ghe world... Sigh! I myself love photographing against a dark background. My nemesis is light background...my subject always appear dull against a white background...

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  9. It looks like you had a wonderful time at the conference. I love the way you photographed your dessert. It's gorgeous!

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  10. Wow! You did have a wonderful time. This is what I miss the most, I think. :(

    Love photographs with dark/ black backgrounds but its something I need to work on. LOve the one of yours in this post.

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  11. If only I could have attended this event. Such a fantastic group.

    And this GF dessert looks to die for.

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  12. The brownie looks great! I can't share either ;)

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  13. i think I'm goign to attempt a nice and mooody dark background for my next post. You've inspired me with your beautiful photos. The brownie looks delicious and I definately wouldn't be sharing mine either.

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  14. Sounds like you had a great time. You are an amazing photographer!

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  15. So wish I could have been there! I'm glad you had a wonderful time and finally had a chance to connect with so many friends! By the way, I don't consider you a wannabe - you are a photographer!

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  16. Lovely! One day I'll get to meet all of you too! Wonderful dessert, swwoning!

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  17. you seam to have lot of fun in Orlando.. I wish!!
    The pics look beautiful as always and love the dark background. Great idea on making these brownies in individual cups.. i do the same ;)

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  18. Asha, it was sooo nice to meet you in person. Missed saying bye as I had to sneak off to catch my flight. Hope to meet again soon:) I think we are all ready and armed to conquer the blogging world! What a wonderful, inspiring weekend it was!

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  19. Sounds like an amazing weekend. And those pots look so yummy. I can smell them through the monitor.

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  20. What a great experience. I am so excited to see more and more food bloggers get together not only to meet each other but to share and learn.

    Great brownies, too. I love nuts and chocolate together.

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  21. O you met Helen!! How cool is that... I am so waiting to meet some of my heroes and heroines of the blog world.. :) Which I hope will happen during foodblogger connect in London soon!
    I think your photography is fabulous already so you're certainly no wannabe in my eyes! Love the brownies pots too!

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  22. It sounds like a great event. I love the dish.

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  23. OH wow! What a fab blog u have here. Got to know through Yeast Spotting 5 minutes ago.

    Stunning photographs.. and u can be sure i'll be hanging out here quite a bit in the months to come ;)

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  24. I need to go back to read the recipe... I was too busy falling in love with your photos... oh my goodness... they are gorgeous!!!

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  25. It was great meeting you, Asha. I hope we get to meat again at a future vent.

    Take care!

    Hugs,

    Nisrine

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  26. Beautiful photography! These brownies look amazingly delicious!

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  27. These little pots of magic look awesome, can't wait to try out these brownies, thanks for sharing, look forward to hearing more.

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  28. Oh boo hoo I can't believe you got to go to this in Orlando, just an hour from my mom's house! I want to go to the next one. Sounds fabulous! And what beautiful photos of a scrumptious chocolate dessert! I am inspired now to make something brownie like!

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  29. We sat with you at lunch at the event... Just wanted to say that your photography is really, really good. Wish I would have been to your site before so I could have told you in person. It was hard to know when we met people if they were just starting out or already really great!

    I am overwhelmed checking out everyone's blogs from the event... Being new to this side of the food world after being stuck in a cookbook design bubble... But yours has definitely stood out to me. Unique dishes and great photographs.

    Christian Stella

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  30. Gorgeous pics, gorgeous recipe :)

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