The Ratio Rally Makes Brownies!

by Jenn on April 4, 2012

in Desserts,GF Ratio Rally,Gluten Free

GF Ricotta Cheesecake Brownie

These Wednesdays when we do ratio rally reveals easily makes the first week of the month my favorite week ever.  Every single rally offers up a new delicious array of inspiration from all the participants – and I look forward to these events not just for the chance to learn and play with new recipes, but also to enjoy all of the fabulousness that everyone else creates.  And this month I am sure is no exception, as we got an extra tasty challenge – brownies!!

This challenge was hosted by the wonderful Mary Fran of Frannycakes.  Honestly, I did not do much recipe development this time as a little over a year ago I had the serendipitous pleasure of stumbling across an ingredient combination that my husband and I absolutely loved – a very dense, chewy, almost like a fudgey cookie – a dark chocolate brownie based off of nut meal and cocoa.  Since it has become our go-to recipe for all things brownie, all I had to do was convert the ingredients to units of weight and have fun :)

Sometimes it’s nice just having a challenge that I can relax about and enjoy.  Frankly, I’ve been a bit overwhelmed lately by all that goes into figuring out how to have a baby abroad and manage well, what will become an everlasting change to our lives.  The daily yoga routine, or “goosfrabah time” as my husband calls it, has been a lifesaver on both my mental and physical stress, though I still can’t help but wonder how we will manage when we are thousands of miles away from both our families as we start to figure out how this whole parenting thing is going to work. And it is coming up rather quickly!  My mind has been a little distracted I guess, and not in a place to think about developing recipes.  I was very happy to have the chance to make these brownies again, and decided to dress them up a bit by garnishing them with some no-bake ricotta cheesecake cream.  I think the cheesecake cream was a nice balance to the rich dense brownie – in fact, I need to find more excuses to make it :)

So what was my ratio? It doesn’t seem there is a standard ratio for brownies as it all depends on if you like them fudgey or cakey.  If I round a bit, my measurements end up looking like:

1 eggs : 2.5 sugar: 1.5 chocolate : 1 butter : 1 nut meal

I have no idea how that compares to other brownie recipes, but it seems to work for me :)

GF Ricotta Cheesecake Brownie



Grain Free Dark Chocolate Brownies with No Bake Ricotta Cheesecake Cream

Adapted from Karina of the Gluten Free Goddess who adapted from her reader Clare.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hr + chilling time

For the brownies:

  • 100 g (about 2) eggs
  • 250 g (1 cup) sugar (I used turbinado)
  • 150 g 77% dark chocolate, broken into pieces
  • 113 g (1 stick) butter, cubed
  • scraped seeds from 1/2 vanilla bean
  • 100g (about 3/4 cup) nut meal (hazelnut or almond works well)
  • 30 g (about 1/4 cup) cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder

For the no-bake ricotta cheesecake cream (this makes way more than you would need to garnish the brownies with):

  • 60 mL (1/4 cup) heavy cream
  • 200 g (6 oz) cream cheese
  • 250 g (1/2 lb.) ricotta cheese
  • 50g (about 1 cup) powdered or icing sugar


For the brownies:
1. Preheat oven to 180C (350F). Beat the eggs until foamy, and then gradually add in the sugar and keep beating until you have a consistent texture.
2. Combine chocolate and butter and vanilla in a small saucepan and on med-low gradually heat, stirring often, until all is melted and smooth.  Remove from heat.  Add chocolate to the eggs, a little at a time at a time until all is incorporated.
3. In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients together.
4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet, stirring until the batter is smooth and free of lumps.  Pour into a greased/parchment lined pan.  This time I used an 8″ springform pan because that’s what I had.
5. Bake about 30-35 minutes depending on the pan you used and the depth of the batter in the pan.  If it passes the “clean knife test”, it’s ready.
6. Let cool about 1 hr before cutting if you want pretty cut brownies, but I won’t judge if you just dig in with a spoon and eat it hot fresh out of the oven.

For the no-bake ricotta cream:
1. Beat the heavy cream in a bowl (hand mixer, stand mixer, or just a plain old fashioned whisk) until stiff peaks form.
2. In a separate bowl, beat the cream cheese until softened and a bit more workable.  Whisk in the ricotta and then add in the sugar, mixing until it is all smooth and consistent.
3. Gently the cheese into the whipped cream. To garnish the brownies, fill a piping bag and pipe onto cut & cooled brownies (I didn’t bother even using a tip).


Go check out all of the rest of the great looking brownies this month!

Adina from Gluten Free Travelette made Chocolate Brownie Pie with Orange Zest
Angela from Angela’s Kitchen made Gluten & Dairy Free Cream Egg Brownies
Brooke from B & the boy! made Triple Chocolate Brownies
Caitlin from {Gluten Free} Nom Nom Nom made Peppermint Brownie Bars
Caleigh from Gluten Free[k] made White chocolate and marshmallow brownies
Caneel from Mama Me Gluten Free made Triple chocolate brownies
Charissa Luke from Zest Bakery made Slutty gluten-free brownies
Claire from My Gluten Free Home PB&J Brownie Whoopee Pies
Claire from This Gluten-Free Life made St. Patty’s Day Marshmallow Swirl Brownies
Erin from The Sensitive Epicure made Mexican Cocoa Brownies with an Almond & Pepitas Crust
gretchen from kumquat made salted caramel brownies
Heather from Discovering the Extraordinary made Nutmeg Blondies
Irvin from Eat the Love made Blueberry Citrus Marble Brownies
Jean from Gluten-Free Doctor Recipes made Blue Ribbon Brownies
Jenn Cuisine made Grain free brownies with no-bake ricotta cheesecake cream
Jonathan from The Canary Files made Vegan Marbled Banana Walnut Brownies
Karen from Cooking Gluten Free! made GF Chewy Crackled Top Brownies with Raspberry Puree
Mary Fran from FrannyCakes made Gluten-Free Hazelnut (Nutella) Brownies
Morri from Meals with Morri made Oaxacan Brownies & Mesquite Cacao Blondies
~Mrs. R from Honey From Flinty Rocks made Black Bean S’More Brownies
Pete and Kelli from No Gluten, No Problem made Caramel Mexican Chocolate Mesquite Brownies
Rachel from The Crispy Cook made Co-Co Nut-Nut Blondies
Shauna from Gluten-Free Girl made Gluten-Free Brownies
Tara from A Baking Life Mint made Chocolate Flourless Brownies
TR | No One Likes Crumbley Cookies Gluten Free Berry Fudge Brownies

This post is also linked to Gluten Free Wednesdays