(Recipe adapted from this post)
I LOVE the blend of sweet and savoury. Bacon and maple syrup, prosciutto and peaches, salted caramel, and so much more. So when I stumbled across this recipe after being asked to bring dessert to a friend’s house, I was sold!
Note: I found that the amount of salt was too much for me. And I used the full amount of sugar too! A friend said that it might have to do with the fact that I used flakes rather than ground sea salt. In any case, I’d probably halve the salt content in future.
Another note: Because I was serving this to others, I was hellbent on cutting the brownie into perfect rectangles. But when I started cutting, I realised that the almonds I had scattered so artfully on the top were now proving to be very annoying because they didn’t crack easily and resulted in me having to pull them out, and re-placing them on the top after I had cut my slices! So just keep that in mind if you’re weird like me.
300g rapadura sugar (I couldn’t find any, so I used plain brown sugar)
70g unsalted butter
1 tsp vanilla bean paste (didn’t have any so used vanilla essence instead)
2 tsp sea salt (refer note above)
4 large eggs
1 egg yolk
60g cocoa powder
150g self raising flour
100g each macadamia nuts and pecans or pistachios (I had 150ish grams macadamias and 50ish grams almonds)
Extra nuts for topping
- Place the sugar, butter and vanilla into your Thermomix bowl and chop for 5secs/speed 6.
- Cook for 15 mins/Varoma temp/speed 2. Meanwhile, preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius and line a square baking tin with paper.
- Add salt and incorporate for 30 secs/speed 4.
- Add eggs, yolk and cocoa powder to the TMX bowl and mix for 15 secs/speed 5.
- Scrape down the sides of the bowl, add flour and nuts, and mix for 3 secs/speed 5.
- Pour the mixture into your baking tin, stud with nuts, sprinkle a little bit of sea salt over and pop in the oven for 10 minutes.
- Take it out, bang it firmly on your bench, then pop the tray back into the oven for another 10 minutes.
- Cut into slices, and try not to eat too quickly.