Last year at easter the other half and I got given so much chocolate we were not really sure we’d be able to get through it. So I had a rather ingenious idea that definitely suited our palates and our bellies. Much to the horror of the chocolate molders, I melted down our little easter delights and made this sensational chocolate brownie and it was divine. Be warned, its rich, and if you use dark chocolate then it is almost sinful…..I still think of serving it warm as a dessert with a really good quality vanilla ice cream, or fresh double cream and raspberries. But given that it is so good when it first comes out of the oven, it never seems to be kept to be served as part of a meal. So maybe this year, go for a different kind of chocolate treat that is sure to have your taste buds singing with pleasure.
Easter Chocolate Brownies
- 350g dark chocolate (or milk if you really are using your easter eggs)
- 3/4 cup plain flour
- 1 cup icing sugar
- 125g almond meal
- 180g melted unsalted butter
- 6 egg whites
- icing sugar for serving
Whisk your egg whites until they are light and fluffy and form stiff peaks. Melt your chocolate, taking care not to burn, then stir though all your ingredients except the egg whites. The best tip I have for melting the chocolate is to do it over a bath of water. Place a saucepan on the heat so it is simmering with about 4cm of water. Then place a metal bowl on the saucepan and add in your chocolate. Don’t overstir the chocolate, but this will melt it without burning it.
Tip from me too, cut your butter into small pieces, I didn’t and it took a while for the butter to melt (oops!). Once your ingredients are combined, then fold the egg whites into the mixture in 3 parts, taking care not to over stir. You want to keep as much of the air in the mixture as you can. Tip the batter into a greased and lined brownie pan. Bake for approx 35-40 minutes. Allow to cool and then cut into squares. Should yield approx 12 pieces.
** add some spice…I think this recipe would be pretty sensational if you spiced it up and added in some chilli! Maybe next year…..