Recipe of the week: Tom Kitchin’s Chocoloate & Walnut Brownies
By leading celebrity chef Tom Kitchin.
This dessert is universally popular and always brings a smile to everyone’s face. It’s one where you have a spoonful and can’t resist another one. The secret here is to make sure you don’t overcook the mixture, as the brownies must remain soft and gooey in the centre.
200g unsalted butter, in pieces
300g good-quality dark chocolate (at least 55% cocoa solids), chopped into small pieces
90g plain flour
¼ teaspoon sea salt
1½ teaspoons baking powder
3 free-range medium eggs
250g soft dark brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
200g walnuts, chopped
110ml double cream
60g caster sugar
220g good-quality dark chocolate, chopped into small pieces
Heat the oven to 170°C/Gas 3. Line a 30 x 20cm baking tin with baking parchment. Put the butter and 200g of the chocolate into a heatproof bowl. Place over a pan of gently simmering water until melted. Stir until smooth. Remove the bowl from the pan and set aside to cool slightly.
Sift the flour, salt and baking powder together into a bowl.
In another large bowl, whisk the eggs, brown sugar and vanilla extract together until slightly thickened. Fold in the melted chocolate mixture, then gently fold in the sifted flour until just combined. Finally, carefully fold in the chopped walnuts and remaining chocolate.
Spoon the mixture into the prepared baking tin, gently spreading it into the corners. Bake for 20–25 minutes, until nicely crusted on the top and still soft in the middle. Leave the brownie in the tin for 10 minutes, then carefully transfer to a wire rack and allow to cool.
To make the chocolate sauce, pour the cream and water into a heavy-based pan and bring to a simmer. Remove from the heat and stir in the sugar and chocolate. Continue to stir until the chocolate is melted and the sauce is smooth. Cut the brownie into squares and serve with the chocolate sauce and whipped cream if you like.
Tom Kitchin will be demonstrating his amazing culinary skills live at the BBC Good Food Show London at London Olympia from November 11th – 13th.