Charles’ Chocolate Brownies
These chocolate brownies are a favourite treat in our house. Made with chocolate, not cocoa powder to add extra richness. These are perfect hot or cold served with our “Made on the Farm” Raspberry and Honey Coulis.
If you want to make them gluten free just substitute the flour for ground almonds.
200g unsalted butter
200g dark chocolate (75% or more)
3 large eggs
250g fine white sugar
100g plain flour or ground almonds to make them gluten free
100g crushed walnuts
100g sour cherries or dried blueberries or dried cranberries, whichever you prefer.
1 tsp vanilla extract or paste, I recommend paste as the pastes shouldn’t have alcohol in them. Extracts tend to be suspended in alcohol which can curdle the eggs.
1. Break up the chocolate into small chunks and chop the butter into small pieces. Add these to a small pyrex bowl and place over a pan of simmering water to melt, stir regularly (this is a bain marie, there is plenty of advice on the web about this if you are unsure). Melting the ingredients this way prevents it from burning or getting too hot.
2. Meanwhile use a stick blender or mortar and pestle to break up the crushed walnuts into small pieces.
3. In a large pyrex bowl combine the sugar and eggs and whisk together.
4. When the chocolate / butter mix has all melted remove from the heat and leave to cool for a couple of minutes. This must be done so that the mixture will not cook the eggs when you combine everything.
5. Add the chocolate /butter mix to the sugar and eggs. Mix together well then add the walnuts and fruit of your choice. Sift the flour into the mix folding it in till combined.
6. Add the vanilla paste and mix in.
7. Tip the mixture into a lined baking tray (I used a 32cm by 23cm tin to give you a rough guide) and place in a pre-heated oven at gas mark 4 or 180C for 30 to 40 mins just above the middle shelf. The brownies are done when a skewer comes out almost completely clean from the middle.
8. Leave to cool for ten minutes before lifting out onto a cooling rack. Leave to cool completely before cutting with a sharp knife. I recomend serving with some of our “Made on the Farm” Raspberry and Honey Coulis.