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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!
- Preheat the oven to 180ºC/350º-375ºF/gas mark 4-5.
- Rehydrate the dried fruit in Sangiovese Verjuice.
- 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.
- 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.
- Grease a 21cm x 21 cm or 81/2" x 81/2" baking dish and pour the mixture into the baking dish.
- 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!