{Sunday Sweet} Flourless Chocolate Santa Brownies

22 January 2012

In between sleeping and reading Scandinavian crime novels, as was the plan for the weekend, I’ve managed to squeeze in some Sunday Sweet baking. Nigella’s flourless chocolate brownies always go down a treat. I hadn’t planned in advance, but we had most of the baking essentials sitting in the pantry, except for one vital ingredient. You’ve guessed it – chocolate! Luckily, also sitting in the pantry, looking somewhat pathetic, were two chocolate Santas who had survived the Christmas period unscathed. Unluckily for them though, they have now been reconstituted into chocolate brownie batter. Yum yum. 

Ingredients

  • 240g dark chocolate (whether neglected chocolate Santas or otherwise)
  • 225g butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 200g ground almonds

(actually, the original recipe called for 225g chocolate, 150g almonds, plus 100g chopped walnuts, but I didn’t have any walnuts to hand so increased the chocolate and almonds a little instead)

Directions

  • Preheat your oven to 170 °C/ fas mark 3.
  • Melt the chocolate and butter gently over a low heat in a heavy-based saucepan (or any saucepan if, like me, you don’t have a heavy based on) – bye bye Santa!
  • Take the pan off the heat, stir in the vanilla and sugar with a wooden spoon, and let it cool a little (so the egg doesn’t congeal in the next step).
  • Beat the eggs and ground almonds in with a whisk.
  • Pour the batter into a baking tin ca. 24cm square or as close to that as you have. I always line mine with grease proof baking paper, as it makes removing the brownies (and cleaning your tin) sooo much easier at the end.
  • Bake for 25-30 mins until the top has set, but the mixture is still slightly gooey inside.
  • Leave to cool, then lift out of the tin (you see now why it’s a good idea to line the tin), and cut in to squares.
  • Tastes great with a little icing sugar sprinkled on top or, if you’re feeling decadent and have it to hand, vanilla ice-cream and/or chocolate sauce.

Recipe adapted from Nigella Express by Nigella Lawson, Flourless Chocolate Brownies, page 51.) This week’s Sunday Sweet is hosted by Katrin from Lingonsmak and all the Sunday Sweet posts get collected on Pinterest.

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