Thursday, 14 March 2013

Chocolate Fudge Slices

My old friend chocolate is somewhat of a libertine, wantonly frolicking with a multitude of other ingredients. Occasionally though it is worth letting the exquisite flavour stand alone, as I have done with this recipe. Rich, dense and fudgy these barely baked bars melt seductively on the tongue and the deep rounded chocolate flavour whispers bittersweet nothings to your tastebuds. Simple yet sexy, they are a perfect little slice of lunchbox luxury. 

Prep time: 15 Mins
Baking time: 20 Mins
100g Dark Chocolate (At least 70% cocoa)
100g Unsalted Butter (Cut into small cubes)
50g Plain Flour
50g Cocoa Powder
1tsp Baking Powder
175g Light Muscovado Sugar
2 Large Eggs (Beaten)

We begin with the chocolate. Break the chocolate into a bowl with the butter and melt together either over a bain-marie or in the microwave if you are confident in your timings. Set to one side when melted to cool slightly.

Preheat the oven to 190C/375F/Gas 5, lightly grease a 30cm loaf tin and line with baking paper. Sift the flour, cocoa powder and baking powder together into a large bowl, then stir in the sugar. Fold through the melted chocolate/butter and do the same with the beaten eggs until evenly combined. Spoon into your prepared tin, even to the edges and bake in the centre of the oven for around 20 minutes, until a metal skewer comes out slightly sticky and fudgy when inserted into the middle. Remove and leave to cool in the tin.

When cool, very carefully remove from the tin and slice evenly. I will leave the matter of girth in your capable hands! 

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