Turmeric and Blackberry Syrup Brownies

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I’ve asked myself several times whether to share this obscure and surprising recipe. Vacillating between yes sometimes no, obviously yes won. My hesitation stems from worry that a recipe’s visual merit reigns imperative for food blogging, recipe websites and social sharing. Recipes you can almost taste through your phone or laptop that spark interest and create beautiful food preside as normal.

While visual food culture isn’t actually new, I nevertheless wonder how a beautiful picture assures taste. Obviously it cannot and does not. How can a mouthwatering photo guarantee the recipe will work well and the result will resemble that photo? My own failures have led to my skepticism. I now know of endless filters and edits that can make anything look better. I have experienced the temptation and witnessed the ease to accomplish with no photography experience required.

I also deliberate on perfection. My own imperfect recipes still taste good. Ultimately we bake for the pleasure of others, those we care about. I keep returning to the belief that if people you love eat and enjoy what you make, then that could define perfect. No matter the visual masterpiece.

I made these brownies because I wanted to bake using a delicious blackberry turmeric syrup I had recently concocted. I decided to add more turmeric thinking it blends well with fat. Traditionally in Ayruvedic medicine, turmeric and ghee combine into a restorative remedy. With multitudinous health and wellness benefits why not add turmeric in higher amounts. This recipe uses syrup whisked into melted butter so I infused the butter with turmeric while it was melting. But I added a lot, perhaps too much. The butter turned deep yellow almost orange which differed from adding turmeric to the blackberry syrup, it had not changed that color. I suppose purple covers yellow better and adding yellow to yellow just makes it more yellow. I imagine there is science to this and I wonder how chefs tackle strong color-changing ingredients like turmeric when they create.

Returning to my posting hesitation…these brownies while flawed, taste delicious. Depending on the light, they look either brownish green or greenish yellow, neither all that appealing and certainly not brownie-like. Otherwise, they are soft and cakelike with bites of chocolate, a bit rustic in flavor from buckwheat flour and different but pleasing. Additionally, the turmeric and blackberries transform them into healthy nourishment. But the ultimate outcome came from when my daughter said she loved them.
I wonder…would you try them? Please send me a message and tell me.

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Turmeric and Blackberry Syrup Brownies
How visual are you when it comes to food? Is taste more important than eye appeal? Would you eat a brownie that has a bit of a green tint? Do looks matter if this sweet treat has more nutritional impact than an average brownie? I would love to hear your thoughts! Please leave a comment below...
Servings Prep Time
24brownies 45minutes
Cook Time
20minutes
Servings Prep Time
24brownies 45minutes
Cook Time
20minutes
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Turmeric and Blackberry Syrup Brownies
How visual are you when it comes to food? Is taste more important than eye appeal? Would you eat a brownie that has a bit of a green tint? Do looks matter if this sweet treat has more nutritional impact than an average brownie? I would love to hear your thoughts! Please leave a comment below...
Servings Prep Time
24brownies 45minutes
Cook Time
20minutes
Servings Prep Time
24brownies 45minutes
Cook Time
20minutes
Ingredients
  • For blackberry syrup
  • 16 ounce blackberries, washed 3 6oz containers
  • 1 cup (8oz) water
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 cup organic sugar
  • For brownies
  • 10 tablespoons organic unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon turmeric
  • 1 cup (125g) buckwheat flour
  • 1 cup (140g) white rice flour
  • 3/4 cup (60g) hazelnut flour
  • 1 cup (200g), packed organic brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 2/3 cup turmeric blackberry syrup see recipe above, may also use store bought blackberry syrup
  • 2 organic eggs, room temperature
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup bittersweet chocolate chips
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Instructions
For blackberry syrup
  1. Wash and drain blackberries.
  2. In medium saucepan combine water and turmeric. Bring to light simmer over medium heat. Reduce heat, cover, and continue to simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Add blackberries and sugar to turmeric water. Simmer, uncovered for 25-30 minutes until berries have broken down into pieces. Stir frequently and smash berries a bit when you do. Liquid should begin to thicken.
  4. Cool for about 10 minutes then strain liquid pushing hard on fruit to extract as much liquid as possible. Syrup will keep refrigerated for up to 2 weeks.
For brownies
  1. Prepare turmeric infused butter. Combine butter and turmeric in medium saucepan and heat over medium low heat to melt butter. Stir to incorporate turmeric into melted butter. Cover with lid slightly ajar. Reduce heat to low simmer and continue to heat for 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Cover tightly with lid. Steep for 20 minutes until cooled slightly, but still warm. Pour through strainer into a medium bowl. Continue to cool while preparing rest of ingredients.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9x13 inch baking pan with parchment paper. Cut paper to a larger size than pan to allow for excess to fold over sides of pan. Spray lightly with cooking spray or grease with a bit of softened butter.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together buckwheat flour, rice flour, hazelnut flour, brown sugar, baking soda, salt, and black pepper. Set aside.
  4. When turmeric infused butter has cooled, but remains liquid. Whisk in syrup, then eggs one at a time, and vanilla extract.
  5. Pour butter syrup mixture into flour mixture. Add chocolate chips. Using a wooden spoon, gently fold together until completely combined. Do not over mix. Batter will be thick and sticky.
  6. Turn batter into prepared pan and spread evenly, smoothing top.
  7. Back for 18-20 minutes. Center should be just set and still soft. Cool on wire rack for 1 hour. Lift out of pan using parchment paper and allow to cool completely.
Recipe Notes

*Using organic ingredients whenever possible will make your baked goods all the more nourishing. For these brownies use organic butter, sugar, eggs and blackberries if available.

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