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Chocolate Fudge Sea-Salt Brownies Recipe

5 Sep

I tend to sway more towards savoury in the Sweet vs Savoury debate, however who doesn’t like chocolate fudge brownies?! Actually I have an Italian friend Petrica who doesn’t like chocolate – but I think even she wouldn’t be able to resist these!  After having the most amazing salted caramel I’ve ever had a couple of months ago at Michael Caines’ restaurant Abode in Chester, I’ve had sweet/savoury desserts on the brain so needed to make a batch of these to get it out of my system. I certainly wasn’t disappointed, it might sound strange to some who have never tried this before but the salt really brings out the flavour and is delicious.

Ingredients:

250g unsalted butter, cubed

350g dark chocolate, chunks

200g caster sugar

200-250g unrefined cane sugar (I used dark brown muscovado sugar – if you can’t get any of this then just use 400-450g of caster sugar)

1 generous dash Malibu (or other coconut liquor)

9 small eggs (or 6 large ones)

250g plain flour

a teaspoon of Vanilla Essence

10-12g Sea Salt

150g chopped fudge

large handful of chopped pecan nuts

1) Preheat the oven to 180°C and line a square baking tray (I used 30cm x 30cm) with baking paper and grease with a little butter.

 

2) Bring a large pan of water to the boil then simmer gently.

3) Put chocolate and butter cubes in a large mixing bowl with both sugars (or only caster sugar if just using that), then sit bowl in pan resting on water. Stir occasionally.

  

4) Add generous dash/pouring of malibu/coconut liquor and continue to stir occasionally until completely melted.

 

4) Meanwhile, whisk eggs in large bowl until light and fluffy

  

5) Mix whisked egg with melted chocolate mixture

  

6) Sieve flour in to mixture

7) Add vanilla essence, sea salt and fudge

 

8 ) Pour mixture in to baking tin and add pecans on top

  

9) Sprinkle with sea salt and place in oven and bake for 35 minutes

 

10) Check the mixture is cooked right the way through, if so remove from oven, cool in tin, then cut in to squares. These brownies last quite a while so don’t get too carried away on the first day!