Lindt Dark Chocolate Brownies

These brownies make great gifts for Christmas. I gave them to family friends for Christmas last year and they were very well recieved. I forgot to take photo’s so next time I make them and wrap them up I will update the blog.

Some of the ladies that have tasted the brownies have begged me for the recipe, so here it is ladies.

Enjoy  . . .

dark chocolate brownies

Makes: 15 Brownies

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 tblsp cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 3/4 tsp espresso powder (I used Nescafe Instant Espresso)
  • 100g slab of Lindt Dark Chocolate finely chopped (I use the Lindt Chilli Chocolate bar)
  • 3/4 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 3/4 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180° C (350° F).
  2. Butter an 8 x 8 inch pan and line it with wax/parchment paper. Let the paper hang over the sides of the pan.
  3. Sift dry ingredients in a bowl and put to the side.
  4. In a large saucepan with the heat on low, combine the butter and espresso powder until the butter is melted.
  5. Add the finely chopped Lindt chocolate and stir until mixture is smooth.
  6. Remove from the heat and add the sugar, let the mixture cool slightly.
  7. Whisk the eggas and vanilla into the chocolate mixture (still in the pan). Mix until the sugar has melted and the mixture is smooth.
  8. Add the dry ingredients to the chocolate mixture and stir until well combined.
  9. Finally stir in the chocolate chips.
  10. Pour the batter into the prepared tin, smooth the top with a greased spatula
  11. Bake for 15 – 20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. There might be a few crumbs on the toothpick but rather that than overbake it. DON’T OVERBAKE!
  12. Let the brownies dry completely before cutting them into pieces.

To give these delicious brownies as gifts buy a box/tin of  your choice. I chose a metal container, similar to the ones below.

Take some coloured tissue paper and line the box/tin, place a piece of parchment/wax paper on the bottom. Place your brownies in the tin, if you have a deep tin box then place a piece of parchment paper inbetween each layer. Tie a colourful ribbon around the tin with a note and voila there is your gift.

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