I’m not really much of a chocolate eater but put a block of Fruit & Nut Dairy Milk in front of me and I’ll devour the whole thing in the blink of an eye. Normally I prefer really strong dark chocolate to milk, but something about the combination of crunchy nuts and soft chewy raisins is irresistible.
This chocolate brownie recipe is totally inspired by my love of Fruit & Nut Chocolate and can be made with any combination of fruit and nuts you have on hand. A great way to clear out random bits and pieces at the back of your pantry.
I’ve used dried cranberries and almonds, but sultanas and raisins will taste great too. Try using walnuts, hazelnuts, cashews, pistachios, or a combination of whatever nuts you have on hand.
These brownies are nice and chewy, and so easy to whip up with minimal mess. The batter is mixed up in the saucepan you melt the butter in, so there is hardly any cleaning up. Make sure you start with a medium size saucepan to make sure all your ingredients will fit.
This is the second batch I’ve made, I usually cut up and freeze the pieces straight away so I’m not tempted to eat the whole batch in one go. When you fancy something sweet with a cuppa in the afternoon, just pop a slice in the microwave for a few seconds and enjoy.
I notices a few bits were missing the other day, turns out the Mr has been eating them straight out of the freezer!
- 125 g butter
- 1 1/2 cups caster sugar (superfine sugar)
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup plain flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 2/3 cup chopped nuts - your preference
- 1/3 cup raisins, sultanas or dried cranberries
Preheat oven to 170c (340F)
Line a 18 x 28cm (7"x11") slice tin with baking paper
Melt the butter in a medium saucepan.
Stir in sugar, cocoa, vanilla and salt.
Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly then beat in eggs.
Fold through sifted flour and baking powder.
Mix in fruit and nuts
Spoon the mixture into a greased and lined 18 x 28cm (7"x11") slab tin.
Bake for 25-30 minutes - The mixture will still seem soft but will set harder when cooled.
Leave in tray to fully cool, then slice.
Use a medium saucepan - to melt the butter then add the ingredients. You will not need a mixing bowl as everything is mixed in the saucepan.
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