Hello lovelies. Do you need a chocolate hit? Do you want to sink your teeth into something chocolatey, fudgey and studded with nuts? Good. I’m here to help! Welcome to my Chocolate Macadamia Nut Brownies.
So, the other night I was craving, I mean really craving chocolate. Not in the bar form, in a Brownie! Am I alone in my craving? Thought not!! Anyway it was too late to bake, so I settled down to sleep, thinking about Brownies.
It was still there, the craving, in the morning. Not so much the craving for chocolate, more the need to bake Brownies.
Now I have a couple of Brownie recipes Nuts About Brownies & Triple Chocolate Brownies already on this site, but I was in the mood for experimenting. Given that I’d had a couple of baking disasters during the week I knew this could be risky business!! Still I ploughed on, wading through my collection of cookbooks in search of inspiration. As usual I took a bits and pieces of information from here and there and came up with an idea-ish of a recipe!!
I love looking through cookbooks, however, I can honestly say there are very few recipes I follow completely from the start. The books are more a visual and written inspiration for how I like to cook/bake. I still have much to learn, what I know already serves to help me put a recipe together. It’s fun too, coming up with flavours, textures etc. on my own. It’s also how I learn and that is a big part of the enjoyment I get from cooking and baking.
So to the Chocolate Macadamia Nut Brownies – melted chocolate was top of the list in creating this recipe. Lots of it. Having a new bag of Macadamia Nuts in the cupboard meant they were guaranteed a starring role. Chocolate Chunks obviously, because – more chocolate!! The rest, well I know that brown sugar lends a depth to chocolate recipes, yet I still wanted that shiny, crackled top, synonymous with a good, fudgey brownie.
These Chocolate Macadamia Nut Brownies are everything I wanted and more. Fudgey, dense, intense chocolate flavour, with whole, buttery, Macadamia nuts for added crunch. So pleased am I with them I am sharing the recipe with you.
Recipe : Makes 20 Chocolate Macadamia Nut Brownies
200g/7oz Milk Chocolate
150g/5oz Dark Chocolate
225g/8oz Unsalted Butter
4 Large Eggs
1tsp Vanilla Extract – I use Nielsen-Massey
125g/4.5oz Dark Brown Sugar
100g/4oz Caster Sugar
75g/3oz Plain White Flour
1/2tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
225g/8oz Macadamia Nuts
175g/6oz Chocolate Chips – plain or milk
Method : Preheat the oven to 175C/160C fan
Break up the chocolate (or chop) into individual squares, dice the butter and place both into a heat proof bowl. Place the bowl over a simering pan of water (a double boiler) ensuring the bottom of the bowl doesn’t touch the water.
Yep, I know. My bowl was too small, even for my smallest pan. Duh!!! So I improvised by using a steamer on top of the pan and placing my bowl in the steamer. This way you definetely won’t have the bowl touching the water. If you do try it make sure the water is just simmering, otherwise your hands could be burnt by the steam.
Stir the chocolate/butter until two thirds melted.
Then remove the bowl from the pan and continue stirring until the chocolate and butter are completely melted. Using this method may be a little more labour intensive, it does stop the mixture heating up too much, thus less time for it to cool down. Me impatient? No I like to call it efficient!!!
Line a 22.5cm x 30cm (9″ x 12″) tin with aluminium foil. This makes it so easy to remove the brownies once baked and less time cleaning up. Win win.
Place the eggs, vanilla extract and salt into a bowl. Mix until combined.
Sift the flour and sodium bicarb. into the bowl.
Fold all the ingredients together, resisting the urge to taste a spoonful – or not!!!
Place the pan in the middle of the oven and bake for 30 – 40 minutes. The Chocolate Macadamia Nut Brownies are cooked when the top is set and shiny, there should still be a hint of wobble when you gently shake the pan. Always better to slightly undercook Brownies than overcook. Once cooked remove the Brownie pan from the oven.
Once completely cooled it’s so easy to remove the Brownies from the pan, in the foil. Peel away the foil and slice into 20 squares.
These Chocolate Macadamia Nut Brownies are soo good. I’m not kidding, I was blown away by how dense, fudgey, chocolatey and more-ish these brownies are.
I shared them with friends, neighbours and of course our crew. All the feed back was good, so now I’ve shared them with you!
How do you like your brownies?
Frosted, plain, with nuts, without?
I’d love to hear from you.