{recipe for…} brandy, prune & chocolate brownies

Too often chocolate is targeted at children. This dark, chewy, brandy-soaked prune chocolate brownie recipe, however, is not. Soak the prunes in the brandy at least a day ahead, more if you have the time. You can replace the prunes with toasted nuts like hazelnuts or almonds, but the brandy and prunes give it that extra chewy and moist quality that make it satisfying to have just one. We adults need to consider these things.

prune & chocolate brownies


Brandy, prune and chocolate brownies

1 cup pitted prunes, halved
200 ml brandy
1/3 cup plain flour
40 g cocoa
2 teaspoons baking powder
300 g good-quality dark chocolate (at least 55% cocoa)
75 g unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups caster sugar
4 eggs
150 g sour cream
 

Soak the prunes in the brandy overnight in the fridge, or leave for a couple of days.

Preheat oven to 180C. Grease a 23.5cm square tin, with 4cm sides and line the base with baking paper. Sift the flour, cocoa and baking powder in a medium bowl.

Meanwhile, melt the chocolate, butter and sugar in a stainless steel bowl over a saucepan of simmering water, being careful not to let the base of the bowl touch the water. Stir until the chocolate is melted, about 10 minutes. The mixture should be soft and almost fudgy in appearance. Set aside and allow to cool.

Beat the chocolate mixture with a wooden spoon, adding one egg at a time and beating well between each addition. Add the flour mixture, combine, then add the sour cream and prunes, drained, and mix together lightly.

Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin and bake for 50 minutes. Test the brownies are ready by pressing the top lightly with your finger. It should be soft without being runny – it will firm up as it cools. Use a hot knife to cut into squares when cool and have with a nice cup of tea, like a proper adult. Makes 20.

chocolate brownies


3 Responses to {recipe for…} brandy, prune & chocolate brownies
  1. Hello yes you’re absolutely right – I recently tweaked the recipe and deleted this instruction. I’ve fixed it now, good spot. Have you tried the recipe? Once the prunes are added, it’s all quite delicious. You can use apple juice, warmed, in place of the brandy if you fancy.

  2. There’s something missing from this recipe. How and when do you add the prunes to the brownies?

  3. brunies!

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