Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Chocolate Brondant Bars

This was originally going to be a brownie recipe, but after a great deal of (definitely necessary) testing I didn't think the name really did it justice. These bars are like brownies turned up to 11, with a slightly biscuity, chewy crumb yielding to a molten, fudgy almost fondant like centre. They are one of those creations that make you melt away into chocolate fuelled ecstasy the second you take a bite, so consider yourselves warned!

Prep time: 15 Mins
Baking time: 20 Mins
125g Unsalted Butter (Softened)
100g Dark Chocolate (I used one with around 70% cocoa solids)
50g Cocoa Powder
30g Plain Flour
1/2tsp Baking Powder
100g Caster Sugar
50g Golden Syrup
1tsp Vanilla Extract
2 Medium Eggs
Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4, then line a 30cm loaf tin with baking paper and grease it. Break the chocolate up into a bowl with the unsalted butter. Melt them together, either in a bain-marie or (carefully) in the microwave, then set aside to cool for a few minutes.

In a fresh bowl, mix together you cocoa, plain flour, baking powder and sugar. Tip in the melted chocolate, along with the golden syrup and vanilla. Give it a good mix around for a minute or so, then crack in your eggs and vigorously beat, until you are left with a smooth glossy batter. Spoon into your prepared tin and bake in the centre of the oven for 20 minutes, until the top has just started to crack and the surface is slightly springy to the touch. This isn't one where you need a skewer to come out clean so don't be tempted to leave it any longer! When you're happy, remove from the oven and leave to cool in the tin.

Once cool remove from the tin and carefully peel away the baking paper. Using a sharp knife, slice into your brondant bars. I'll leave the thickness up to you! You can serve these on their own, but they are also amazing with cream or warmed through with vanilla ice cream. Decadent, delicious and just a bit devilish!

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