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    Dark Chocolate and Sangiovese Pear Brownies

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    1 hrs 15 mins

    15 mins

    1 hrs

    bluemoon downunder's Note:

    This yummy and super-rich chocolate brownie recipe has been adapted from a recipe by Maggie Beer, a revered Australian chef and author of many cookbooks. If Sangiovese Verjuice is not available use any Verjuice; and you could use glacé cumquat, ginger - or whatever glacé fruit you like instead of the pear - and you could use a mixture of fruit and nuts. I'd recommend macadamia nuts. Some conversions: 300g = approximately 91/2 ounces; 250g = 8 ounces; 60g = 2 ounces; 40g = 11/3 ounces. For the BEST results, do use top quality chocolate, such as Lindt 70% cocoa. Recently, I tried some German chocolate that was 85% cocoa... that was probably too rich and too bitter for most tastes, so rich in fact that you'd find that much as they enjoyed it people wouldn't be coming back for a second and third brownie - so your brownies would last longer!

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    Ingredients:

    Servings:

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    • 300 g dark chocolate
    • 250 g unsalted butter
    • 4 eggs
    • 2 egg yolks
    • 1/2 cup sugar
    • 60 g plain flour, sifted
    • 40 g Dutch-processed cocoa powder, sifted
    • 1 1/2 cups dried pears, re-hydrated in
    • Sangiovese Verjuice, and chopped into chunks (of whatever size you want in your brownies)

    Directions:

    1. 1
      Preheat the oven to 180ºC/350º-375ºF/gas mark 4-5.
    2. 2
      Rehydrate the dried fruit in Sangiovese Verjuice.
    3. 3
      Melt the chocolate and the butter together over a low heat in a bowl that fits snugly on top of a small pot, being careful that the chocolate does not come into contact with any steam; once the chocolate and butter have melted make sure that the chocolate and butter are completely blended and leave them to cool.
    4. 4
      Beat the eggs and egg yolks together with the sugar in an electric mixer until thick and pale and you can make an ‘indentation’ in it with your spatula; stir in the cooled chocolate mixture and then fold in the sifted flour and Dutch cocoa; fold in the dried/glacé fruit.
    5. 5
      Grease a 21cm x 21 cm or 81/2" x 81/2" baking dish and pour the mixture into the baking dish.
    6. 6
      Bake at 180°C/350º-375ºF/gas mark 4-5 for 30 minutes; then reduce the temperature to 160°C/325ºF/gas mark 3.and cook for another 30 minutes; once fully cooked, the “brownie” will be springy in the centre and a skewer inserted into the centre will be only slightly sticky; leave the "brownie" to cool overnight before cutting it into individual brownies. What size you choose to make them is up to you!

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    Nutritional Facts for Dark Chocolate and Sangiovese Pear Brownies

    Serving Size: 1 (154 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 803.9
     
    Calories from Fat 629
    78%
    Total Fat 69.8 g
    107%
    Saturated Fat 42.2 g
    211%
    Cholesterol 293.5 mg
    97%
    Sodium 69.6 mg
    2%
    Total Carbohydrate 53.9 g
    17%
    Dietary Fiber 13.4 g
    53%
    Sugars 21.6 g
    86%
    Protein 15.5 g
    31%

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