My "cheat": Gluten-free bacon brownies; w/tallow and ghee
Just wanted to kind of share and maybe ask what you think of treat that I allow myself once in a while.
I get a premium gluten-free brownie mix; either from Whole Foods or the Red Mills mix.
The ingredients vary a bit, but are generally:
cane juice, cocoa, potato starch, brown rice flour, tapioca flour, baking soda, xantham gum.
The stats vary a bit as well, but within a few grams:
Serving size: 1 brownie
Total carbs: 27g
Total sugar: 17g
Then I add two pastured eggs, some water and mix it all up.
Then I take two uncured pieces of bacon and mince it up really fine. Then I melt down some pastured tallow and pastured ghee, about 1/2 cup (1:3 ratio here). Mix it all up real well, make sure it is more liquid than you would normally expect and into the oven: 375 for about 35 minutes (this will cook longer than usual). Check on it, might actually take 45 minutes!
The end result is a chewy, NON crumbly, non-soft cake-like brownie with the occasional bacon surprise.
The carb/sugar content is obviously on the high side, but messing around with making my own brownies has never yielded much success, although I am sure a combination of organic dark chocolate/stevia these things can become far healthier.
Sounds Delish! I made GF buckeye brownies for my hubby the other day; I used Betty Crocker GF brownie mix which had nearly identical ingredients to the one you posted. Never baked with lard, have to try it!
I believe lard and tallow differ, but same idea. The grass-fed tallow I have does give a strong taste, so you have to dilute it.
alot of southern european xmas sweets were traditionally made with lard as they killed the pigs in the autumn and the cows dont usually milk over the winter. polverones is a good example and you can find recipes if you google. i've made these before with wild hog lard and they were nice. i didnt use sweetner as i didnt have any stevia. Spiced Lard Cookies (grain free) i would imagine you could do some kind of chocolate version too.