I have a super special treat for you! Special times a million! Jackie from La Casa de Sweets is guest posting on my blog today (YES!) with a Gluten Free German Chocolate Brownie Sundae recipe (Whamo!) AND it’s for a great cause (gloooory!)!! Can you even wrap your brain around that trifecta? I’m still working on it.
Jackie blogs for a good cause. She bakes and blogs to raise money for charities, making her my greatest blogging role model ever. She puts a lot of hard work into her recipes and amazing photos, and she does it all for other people. She is the dose of perspective each and every one of us need.
If there is one thing on this planet that is better than a brownie, it’s a brownie with a cause. And that’s what we have here. Brownie + cause major. LOVE me that Jackie! Without further adieu, I’ll let Jackie tell you all about it!
TAKE IT AWAY, JACKIE!
Hi, everyone! I can’t tell you how excited I am to be sharing this recipe on The Roasted Root. I’ve been a big fan of Julia’s site for quite a while, and now that my family and I are jumping headfirst into the world of gluten-free baking, I’m finding the recipes on The Roasted Root even more inspiring!
Before we get to the brownie sundaes, I’d like to share a little bit about the reason why I’m sharing this recipe on The Roasted Root. It all started a few months ago, when OXO presented a group of food bloggers with a chance to raise $100 for Cookies for Kids Cancer by posting a brownie recipe on their site. Being the active charity fundraising blogger that I am, I jumped at the chance. In fact, I got so excited to raise money for such a great cause, that I actually came up with two brownie recipes! I asked Julia if she’d like to participate, and she said yes…she’s pretty awesome, dontcha know? So, together, Julia and I are raising $200 for pediatric cancer research just by posting brownie recipes on our blogs!
You can help raise money for Cookies for Kids Cancer, too! For every specially marked OXO product you purchase this year, OXO will donate a portion to pediatric cancer research. It’s a win-win situation: you get a great OXO product, and Cookies for Kids Cancer gets a donation. So, look for the green Cookies for Kids Cancer logo on OXO’s baking tools, and get shopping!
Now, let’s talk about these brownie sundaes. Boy, oh boy, are these brownies good. They’re rich, fudgy and totally gluten-free. The best part? They’re made with everyday ingredients that you’re sure to have in your pantry. No need to run out for brown rice flour or tapioca starch for these puppies. Nope, chocolate chips, butter, sugar, eggs, cocoa powder, and a little cornstarch are all you need!
That’s the brownie part. But, as the recipe title says, these are sundaes. So, on top of that rich, fudgy easy-to-make gluten-free brownie, you add a scoop of your favorite ice cream. (The ice cream can be homemade or store-bought…we’re not here to judge.) Then, comes the German Chocolate topping. Mix a little evaporated milk, chopped pecans and coconut together, and the result is a creamy, buttery topping. Oh, yes.
German Chocolate Brownie Sundaes…rich, chocolatey, and decadent. Exactly what gluten-free sweets ought to be!
Gluten Free German Chocolate Brownie Sundaes
For the Brownies
For the German Chocolate Sundae Topping:
- ½ stick unsalted butter cubed
- 1 egg yolk
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ½ cup evaporated milk
- ½ cup chopped pecans
- ½ cup shredded coconut
- 1 quart ice cream flavor of choice
To Bake the Brownies
Preheat the oven to 350° and grease an 8x8 pan.
In a large, microwave-safe bowl, combine the butter and chocolate chips, and microwave at 30-second intervals, stirring after every 30 seconds, until the chocolate chips have melted. Let cool slightly, then stir in the sugar.
Stir in the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each egg. Stir in the vanilla extract.
In a small bowl, whisk together the cornstarch, cocoa powder and salt. Add the cornstarch mixture to the brownie batter, and stir for 1-2 minutes, until well-combined.
Pour the brownie batter into the greased pan, and bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes, until a tester comes out with a few crumbs attached.
Let the brownies cool completely before serving.
To Make the German Chocolate Topping:
Combine the butter, egg yolk, sugar and evaporated milk in a small saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, until the sauce thickens (about 6 minutes).
Remove the saucepan from the heat, and immediately stir in the chopped pecans and shredded coconut. Serve immediately, or transfer to a glass jar and refrigerate until ready to assemble the sundaes. (If serving later, warm the topping in the microwave for 1-2 minutes.)
To assemble the sundaes, top each brownie with a scoop of ice cream, then top with a few spoonfuls of the warm German chocolate topping, and enjoy!
Special thanks to Julia for raising $100 for Cookies for Kids Cancer simply by posting this recipe on her blog! To see my other brownie recipe for the OXO fundraiser, Tiramisu Brownie Bites, visit www.lacasadesweets.com!