Peanut Butter Chocolate Brownies

IMG_1301-1These peanut butter brownies are a dottycakegirl original recipe, tried and tested- and I love them! Even though they’re not on my diet…Well, they’re not on anybody’s diet to be honest. So maybe keep it down to four slices a day (I saw you!). Some words of advice: keep your windows shut. Because once these bad boys come out the oven you’ll have all your weirdo neighbours popping round. Stay strong, don’t waste them on just anybody, save them for people you can blackmail later…

These beauties are everything a good brownie should be: gooey, rich, moist and indulgent. The real secret to these brownies is using light brown sugar instead of caster sugar, and not over-cooking them. This really is a simple bake, but you could make it a bit fancier by serving it warm as a dessert with chocolate ganache drizzled over it. Yum. Yum.

The stars of the show

  • 200g Dark chocolate
  • 200g Unsalted butter
  • 200g Light brown sugar
  • 3 Large eggs
  • 70g Plain flour
  • 40g Cocoa
  • ½ tsp Baking powder
  • 12 tsp Peanut butter

Working the magic

  • Put the chocolate and butter in a heat-proof glass bowl. Place it over a pan with simmering water (don’t allow the water to touch the bottom of the bowl). Stir frequently until completely melted. Take off the heat and put to one side until cooled.
  • Pre-heat your oven to 180ºc (mine’s a fan oven), grease and line an 8″square tin.
  • Add the eggs and sugar to the cooled chocolate mixture and mix with an electric whisk.
  • Combine the flour, cocoa and baking powder in a bowl and stir, then sieve into the wet mixture. Use a metal spoon to fold it in.
  • Transfer the mixture to your prepared tin.
  • Take a teaspoon of peanut butter and drop it into the cake batter at equal intervals, three in a row, four rows. then take a skewer and using a figure of eight movement swirl the peanut butter into the cake batter.
  • Put it in the oven for 30 minutes.

The finished brownie should be gooey, but definitely not raw, a skewer should come out sticky but clean. If you check and the cake is not ready then put back in the oven for a further five minutes. The brownies should be heavy and dense, moist and shiny with a crisp outer shell.

So, do you fancy baking these? If you do please send me a picture!

Happy baking! xxx


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