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Great British Bake Off's James Morton's Gluten free cherry brownies

Epilepsy Action Tea Break - Friday 21 October

James Morton - Great British Bake Off finalist

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Makes16 medium brownies


  • 250g salted butter, chopped up
  • 250g dark chocolate, broken up
  • 300g caster sugar
  • 3 eggs + 1 extra yolk
  • 60g gluten-free self-raising flour
  • 60g cocoa powder
  • 150g dried morello (sour) cherries (or other fruit of your choice)


  • Preheat your oven to 160C (150 fan). Line a tin of your choice with baking paper – I use 23cm by 23cm. This will make 16 medium brownies
  • I find the best way to do this is to prepare 3 bowls. In a microwaveable bowl, put your butter and chocolate and pop into the microwave for a couple of minutes to melt.
  • Whilst that’s melting, weigh your flour, cocoa and cherries into a smaller bowl and toss around to mix. Set aside, and separately in your largest bowl, whisk together your eggs, yolk and sugar.
  • Once your butter and chocolate are just melted, add them into your egg and sugar mixture. Whisk them together really quickly for about a minute – you don’t want your eggs to scramble with the heat and you want to create a little air within the warm mixture.
  • Once whisked, add your flour, cocoa and cherry mix. Using a large spoon, gently fold this all together until the flour is just incorporate.
  • Transfer to your lined tin and bake for 40 mins to 1 hour, depending on how squidgy or formed you like your brownies

Chef’s tip 

There are a couple of tricks to the perfect brownies – the first is to keep things simple. Simple processes done well are always better than fancy processes done badly, in my book. Use your microwave for melting and avoid any electric whisks or other gadgets at all in this recipe. Above all else, try to fold in the flour, cocoa powder and cherries very carefully – make sure you only ‘just’ mix them in.

Why has this recipe been donated to Epilepsy Action?

A cup of coffee and a piece of cake can make a real difference for people with epilepsy.

Epilepsy Action’s network of coffee and chat groups can provide a life line to people who might be feeling isolated because of the condition. Coffee and chat groups give people affected by epilepsy an opportunity to come together and share their experiences.

Text ACT NOW to 70700 to donate £5, the cost of a cup of coffee and piece of cake, to Epilepsy Action. Together we can make sure no-one has to face epilepsy alone. Terms and conditions.

Want to hold your own Tea Break?

Each year in October, Epilepsy Action holds a fundraising event called Tea Break, asking people to pop the kettle on, make a brew, bake a cake and have a cuppa with us! The money raised goes towards helping everyone affected by epilepsy in the UK! 

Holding a Tea Break really is a piece of cake! Whether it’s a cup of tea and a cake in your kitchen or a tea party at your workplace, you can hold your Tea Break anywhere and invite anybody along to share the fun. In the past, we have had Tea Breaks registered all over the UK; from Cornwall to Scotland, in schools, homes and workplaces.  

If reading this recipe has inspired you to hold a Tea Break for Epilepsy Action, why not register for your free fundraising pack now and bake a difference?

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