Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Indulgent Hazelnut Chocolate Brownies

I promised you lovely readers that I would do a lot more baking, and that meant sharing a lot more recipes on this blog. My Mum went into hospital on Monday for an operation so, naturally, I wanted to make her something for when she came home. First I made a strawberries and cream cake - of which you can see on my Instagram - and today I made another sweet treat to satisfy both hunger and boredom. 

Now, this is by far the best chocolate brownie recipe I've ever come across. It's perfect. Ooey-gooey, soft yet crumbly, deliciously rich... I could go on and on. The recipe is adapted from the High Tea cookbook, which is totally amazing and I recommend you buy it if you love all things iddy-biddy about the occasion that is afternoon tea. I'm talking tray bakes, mini meringues and petit fours galore! But enough about that, let's talk brownies!

To make 12 decent-sized brownies, you will need:
125g good quality dark chocolate, chopped
90g butter, softened
230g caster sugar
2 eggs
85g plain flour, sifted
30g unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
Half a teaspoon of baking powder
A splash of Starbucks hazelnut syrup (the not so secret ingredient)
Icing sugar for dusting

Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F/Gas Mark 4). Grease a square baking tin and line the base with baking paper, extending the paper over two opposite sides for easy removal later.

Place the chocolate in a heatproof bowl. Half-fill a saucepan with water, bring to the boil and remove from the heat. Place the bowl over the saucepan, ensuring the base of the bowl doesn't touch the water. Stir occasionally until the chocolate has melted and is all shiny. Cool slightly (and try not to eat!)

Cream the butter, sugar and hazelnut syrup together in a medium bowl with electric beaters until pale and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in the chocolate - make sure it's cool enough otherwise you'll get chocolate scrambled eggs, mmm...

Fold in the combined flour, cocoa powder and baking powder with a baking spatula. Pour into the prepared tin and smooth over the surface. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until firm to the touch and sides come away from the tin easily. Cool in the tin. Remove, cut into squares and dust with icing sugar.

I like to serve them warm with some vanilla ice-cream - yummy!
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19 comments

  1. This sounds and looks AMAZING! Brownies are my absolute favourite and I love the little twist with the hazelnut! Think I need to try this baking thing hehe xxx
    Sarah Speaks

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    1. Thanks hun! Brownies are such a guilty pleasure! My Dad loves them - think it's the hazelnut syrup that did it - so I'm making some more for Father's Day on Sunday! Xx

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  2. Oh my goodness these look amazing mouth watering amazing xxx

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    1. Thanks hun, they're honestly so delicious! Xx

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  3. Oh my god these look delicious. Definitely need to make some brownies. Cant believe I've never made any before
    Beth x
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    1. Oh my god, you're missing out! Get on the brownie bandwagon - it's quite delicious! :P xx

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  4. These look incredible! The photos have made me so hungry. I absolutely love brownies so I will definitely be trying out this recipe! Also I hope your mum is ok. I'm sure these brownies made her feel a lot better :) x

    Mapped Out | Fashion, Beauty, Lifestyle

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    1. Thanks Georgia! My Mum's doing fine - my Dad ate most of them, haha! Had to make another batch for Father's Day to keep him happy! Xx

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  5. Oh my gosh! These looks sooooo yummy, I really crave for chocolate brownies now! They look really straight forward to make too, which is always a bonus. :)

    Olivia xxx Beauty from the Fjord

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    1. Thank you Olivia! They're so so easy to make, honestly! Xx

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  6. Oh my goodness, these look incredible!!!

    Vanessa The Other VW xxx

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  7. oh god my mouth is drooling right now holy crap I shall need to make these soon haha thanks for the recipe xxx

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  8. Those look so yummy. I think I need to make them.
    xoMadiha.

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    1. Enjoy, you won't regret making them! Xx

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  9. Oh my, these look so good! Definitely going to be making these!
    Rachel Coco

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