How is it Monday yet again?

The problem with having a Monday just after the weekend is that I am always the most exhausted I can possibly be on a Monday morning.

Not because, sadly, I’ve had a wild and crazy weekend. Although I did have a glass of wine on Saturday night while watching The Voice UK and trying to decide if I had a bigger crush on or Danny from The Script.  Oh and trying to explain to my boyfriend why was such a clever name (“it’s like William but with dots in it but at the same time it’s like he’s saying that he is Will”).

The wine was really only to celebrate the fact that we’d finally got off our lazy bums and been to the garden centre to buy a pot for a plant that had been living in a bin bag for 18 months (after my boyfriend broke its old pot by tripping over it when drunk). We only live 10 minutes walk from the garden centre so I’m not sure we really should have been celebrating our tardiness quite so much. 
Back to Mondays though.  The main problem is that by Sunday night, I feel relatively well rested. Even if I get up early at the weekend, the effect of not having to go to work cannot be underestimated. Sunday night, therefore, sees me tossing and turning and having weird Homeland-inspired dreams.
I think the only thing that’s going to get me through this relatively busy Monday is chocolate and plenty of it. Handy, therefore, that I took the time at the weekend to see what it would be like if you used buckwheat flour to make brownies. The answer, for future reference, is delicious. The nutty flavour of the flour works well and gives a depth of flavour that you don’t typically get from brownies made with normal flour (or, indeed, no flour at all). They also got the seal of approval from the coeliac on my boyfriend’s side of the family which is really all that I ask from a brownie.
Buckwheat flour chocolate brownies
Yield: A 23cm square tin of brownies (approx 20 brownies)


  • 150g (2/3 cup) unsalted butter
  • 125g (3/4 cup + 1 tablespoon) dark chocolate (85% for preference), broken into small pieces
  • 150g (2/3 cup) caster/granulated sugar
  • 120g (2/3 cup) brown sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 40g (just over 1/2 cup) cocoa powder
  • 80g (2/3 cup) buckwheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder (gluten free if necessary)
  • 1/4 teaspoon instant coffee powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Cooking Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F. Crease a 23cm square baking tin.
  2. Melt together the butter and chocolate in the microwave or in a bowl over a pan of simmering water.
  3. When melted, take off the heat and scrape into a large bowl. Add the sugars and stir with a wooden spoon to combine.
  4. One at a time, add your eggs and continue to mix with your spoon. With the last egg, throw in the vanilla.
  5. Finally, fold in your dry ingredients until just combined. Pour into a baking tin and bake for 20-25 minutes until the brownies are coming away from the side and feel set if you touch them gently on top. Allow to cool in the tin before cutting into squares.
30 Responses to "buckwheat flour brownies"
  1. Jenny @ BAKE says:

    Mondays suck! I was all serene this morning and by 9.05 I was ready to kill someone and beginning to count down the minutes till the weekend! I had a go at one of your brownie recipes the other weekend and it was fantastic!

  2. These sound so yummy! I love that they are made with buckwheat! Awesome..

  3. Erin says:

    Oh Mondays…we went out of town this weekend so even though it was nice to get away, I feel extra tired today.
    These brownies look lovely…I’m going to need to get some buckwheat flour soon, as it is something I’ve never used.

  4. Brownies definitely = best cure for the Mondays ever. Woo!

  5. Elizabeth says:

    Brownies are my favorite dessert!

  6. oh how i love brownies so so much…these are so great to get through a Monday with!! they clearly suck (Mondays do, not your gorgeous looking brownies!)

  7. Sylvia says:

    Love brownies, and love this particulary interesting recipe. Thanks for share

  8. I have never thought about “” broken down like you explained it. It makes a lot of sense. And so do these brownies. They look so rich and dreamy!

  9. Amy says:

    Why have I never thought of buckwheat flour brownies?! These looks awesome, kathryn. Hope these help you get through monday!

  10. Leanne says:

    You know I love anything chocolate and baked, so I’m up for these any day of the week! And I find it charming and assuring that you have also explained how clever is for his name … so creative!

  11. Your brownies look mouthwatering, Kathryn, and nice choice with the buckwheat flour. Thanks for sharing!

  12. I hate when I have such a restless Sunday night… and I feel like that happens a lot. Today is moving too quickly for me and I can’t seem to keep up. Sure would be better if I had some of these brownies on hand:-)

  13. Totally digging all these wonderful buckwheat recipes on blogs lately, and I’m pretty sure this one takes the cake (or should I say “takes the brownie”?) ;) Wonderful! Hope your Monday goes by quickly lovey xo

  14. london bakes says:

    @Jenny – Thank you so much, I’m so glad that you (and your penal!) liked them!!

    @Katrina – It adds a really nice and slightly different taste to them!

    @Erin – I’m really liking it as a flour, want to try making waffles/pancakes with it next!

    @Tara – Amen!

    @Elizabeth – Mine too, it’s really hard to beat a good brownie!

    @Julie – Yes, so far nobody seems to be a fan of Mondays!

    @Sylvie – My pleasure!

    @Cassie – I’m glad that I’m not the only one who has only just grasped this!

    @Amy – They definitely helped, hope you had a good monday!

    @Leanne – I’m here to serve ;)

    @Georgia – My pleasure, so glad you liked them!

    @Lauren – Ack, know that feeling far too well! Hope the rest of you day gets a bit easier.

    @Elaina – Yes, it definitely seems to be the in flour at the moment! Thankfully my monday is pretty much over, hope yours isn’t too bad! xo

  15. Texanerin says:

    Sunday nights are terrible and they’re part of the reason why we have Pizza Mondays here instead of Pizza Fridays. :D

    And another buckwheat flour recipe. Yay! They look awesome.

  16. These brownies must taste wonderful with the buckwheat flour. Love the unique twist ;)

  17. I wish I’d had one of these yesterday to make my Monday better – they look gorgeous! Love the idea of using buckwheat flour.

  18. london bakes says:

    @Texanerin – Oh I like the idea of pizza monday!

    @Marla – Thanks lovely and thank you so much for the pin!

    @thelittleloaf – I hope you had some of that chocolate tart left over to improve your Monday instead!

  19. must be delicious, this recipe to me about to try it, congratulations on the blog I love it.

  20. these look wonderful + i love that they use buckwheat flour. what a clever idea!

  21. Oh how I love brownies. I really wish I had these in my kitchen right now. What a great use of buckwheat flour! That means I don’t have to feel guilty about eating them, right? :)

  22. You just made my Monday, well actually it’s Tuesday today, a little bit better! I’ll have to find a bag of buckwheat flour so I can make this! :)

  23. Alison says:

    I love using buckwheat! These brownies sound awesome. These are wild enough for me. :)

  24. london bakes says:

    El rincon de los postres – Thank you so much!

    @Amy – Thanks lovely!

    @Erin – Yes, that’s exactly the logic that I used.

    @Chung-Ah – Brownies make every day better.

    @Alison – Thank you, so glad you liked them!

  25. Ooh. I like the idea of using buckwheat in brownies. I just made some cookies with the stuff. Gonna have to try this next.

  26. Buckwheat flour again! I had no idea it was such an awesome flour. I have used it before, but I obviously didn’t experiment with it enough. Put these on my must-try list! They look great :D

  27. These brownies look fabulous. For some reason though, it seems impossible to find buckwheat flour anywhere here in Texas. It’s driving me nuts! I’m one step away from ordering some online. Who does that? Buy flour online. It’s a crazy world we live in. Anyway, thanks for this recipe Kathryn. Once I find some buckwheat flour I’ll be giving it a try!

  28. london bakes says:

    @Russell – I really like it in cookies and it works super well in brownies too. I haven’t tried a proper cake yet and I’m not sure quite how well that would work but it might be my next experiment!

    @Heidi – I know, I have a slight obsession at the moment!!

    @Kris – I’m sure you could probably order it via Amazon or something but goodness knows if it would make it to you fully intact…

  29. Brownies are pretty much the only thing that can improve a Monday. They look delicious!

  30. hy, What you wrote was very nice, and really helped me, thanks for sharing

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