I don’t know why, but I’d always thought chocolate brownies were really difficult to make, or at least tricky to get right, so I’d never attempted them, until now. And once again Nigella hasn’t let me down. Say what you like about her silly tele programmes, but damn her recipes are good. These are adapted from the recipe in How to be a Domestic Goddess and they are absolutely delicious. The recipe Nigella gives is for 48 brownies, designed to be stacked up and poked with candles for a great alternative to birthday cake. But as they’re quite expensive to make, the recipe below uses half the ingredients and it makes plenty.
Dark chocolate, white chocolate and raspberry brownies
190g unsalted butter
190g really good dark chocolate
3 large eggs
half tbsp vanilla extract
250g caster sugar
115g plain flour
half tsp salt
75g white chocolate, cut into bite-sized chunks
75g raspberries, washed and patted dry
greased tin measuring 29 x 19 x 3.5cm (I use the disposable tinfoil roasting tins you can buy so it saves lining a normal tin, but then wash them out and reuse them).
1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C/gas mark 4.
2. Melt the butter and chocolate together and set aside to cool.
3. In a bowl or jug, beat the eggs with the sugar and vanilla.
4. Measure the flour into another bowl and add the salt.
5. Beat the eggs and sugar into the cooled chocolate, then add the flour. Beat to combine smoothly.
6. Stir in the white choclate chunks gently.
7. Scrape out half of the mixture into the tin, then plop the raspberries over, distributing evenly. Cover with the rest of the brownie mixture and smooth out.
8. Bake for about 25 mins. Nigella says “when it’s ready the top should be dried to a paler brown speckle, but the middle still dark and dense and gooey. Keep alert, keep checking: teh difference between gungy brownies and dry brownies is only a few minutes; remember that they will continue to cook as they cool.”
9. Leave to cool completely then cut into squares.
These went down a treat zapped in the microwave for about 10-20 seconds and served with vanilla ice cream for my housemate Joe’s birthday and cut into mini squares at our Christmas party.