Chocolate Macadamia Nut Brownies


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.

Chocolate Macadamia Nut Brownies - they taste soooo good www.feastingisfun.com
Chocolate Macadamia Nut Brownies – they taste soooo good www.feastingisfun.com

 

 

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.

Chocolate Macadamia Nut Brownies look at the top, all shiny and yum! www.feastingisfun.com
Chocolate Macadamia Nut Brownies look at the top, all shiny and yum! www.feastingisfun.com

 

 

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

1/4tsp Salt

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.

Improvised double boiler using a steamer!
Improvised double boiler using a steamer!

 

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!!!

Set the melted chocolate and butter aside to cool.
Set the melted chocolate and butter aside to cool.

 

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.

Add the two sugars into the mixed egg and vanilla.
Add the two sugars into the mixed egg and vanilla.
Stir the sugar and egg mixture until combined.
Stir the sugar and egg mixture until combined.
Pour the cooled chocolate mixture slowly into the bowl stirring slowly.
Pour the cooled chocolate mixture slowly into the bowl stirring slowly.
Ooey gooey chocolate brownie mixture.
Ooey gooey chocolate brownie mixture.

 

Sift the flour and sodium bicarb. into the bowl.

Add the macadamia nuts on top of the sieved flour.
Add the macadamia nuts on top of the sieved flour.
Then add the chocolate chunks.
Then add the chocolate chunks.

 

Fold all the ingredients together, resisting the urge to taste a spoonful – or not!!!

Chocolate Macadamia Nut Brownie batter.
Chocolate Macadamia Nut Brownie batter.
Chocolate Macadamia Nut Brownies pour the mixture into a lined pan. Rap the pan onto the worktop a couple of times to allow any air bubbles to rise to the top.
Chocolate Macadamia Nut Brownies pour the mixture into a lined pan. Rap the pan onto the worktop a couple of times to allow any air bubbles to rise to the top.

 

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.

Chocolate Macadamia Nut Brownies leave to cool in the tin.
Chocolate Macadamia Nut Brownies leave to cool in the tin.

 

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!

 

Chocolate Macadamia Nut Brownies delicious.
Chocolate Macadamia Nut Brownies delicious.

 

How do you like your brownies?

Frosted, plain, with nuts, without?

I’d love to hear from you.

Sammie x

 

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Hi, I'm Sammie, a young 40 something girl who loves life, Jesus, her family, cooking, gardening and photography. I have a passion for sharing and encouraging others to share. My way to show love is through food whilst having fun. Hence Feasting Is Fun!!

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