Recipe courtesy of Psychologies Magazine (January 2019) and taken from ‘The Cacao Cookbook’.
Brownies are one of the easiest bakes – perfect for when you need a chocolaty treat. You can also add chia seeds to the indulgent mix.
120g butter, plus extra for greasing
250g coconut sugar
80g cacao powder
45g self-raising flour
1/4 tsp sea salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 large eggs
40g chia seeds
1 tblsp dried rose petals, to serve (optional)
1 tblsp lime zest, to serve (optional)
Step One : Preheat the oven to 160oC / 325oF / Gas mark 3 and line a 20cm square brownie tin with baking paper, or butter a non-stick pan (as pictured).
Step Two : Melt the butter in a saucepan until it darkens in colour and smells nutty. Mix together the sugar, cacao powder, flour and salt in a large bowl, then slowly pour in the melted butter, whisking to blend.
Step Three : Add the vanilla extract, then whisk in the eggs. Stir in the chia seeds until just combined, and then pour the mixture into the prepared tin or pan.
Step Four : Bake for 20 minutes or until a skewer comes out with just a few moist crumbs attached and cracks form across the top.
Step Five : Leave to cool before removing from the tin or pan, scattering over dried rose petals and lime zest, if using, and cutting into squares or slices.