browniesWho doesn’t love a good brownie? To me, they’re one of the most delicious chocolate indulgences and are well worth the million calories. Not that I would ever count calories! My favorite recipe calls for good-quality dark chocolate (hey, it’s full of antioxidants, no??), a few handfuls of tangy, dried red fruits and some whole hazelnuts for an added ‘bite’. These babies are intensely dark, fudgy and dangerously delicious.

Intensely Rich Hazelnut and Fruit Brownies

Makes about 28 brownies.

  • 250g butter
  • 300g pure, dark chocolate
  • 5 eggs
  • 300g unrefined cane sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsps vanilla extract
  • fat pinch of salt
  • 200g flour
  • 150g whole hazelnuts
  • 180g mixed dried fruits (I used a mix of cherries, cranberries and blueberries.)

Preheat oven to 180°C. Melt butter and chocolate au bain marie. Beat eggs, sugar and vanilla until thick and creamy. Add the chocolate while beating. I did this with the help of my KitchenAid. Fold in the flour, salt, nuts and fruit. Pour batter evenly into a 32.5 x 22.5-cm (13 x 9-inch) baking tray and bake for 20-25 minutes. Allow to cool 20 minutes before cutting into bars.

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