I have not been able to quash my chocolate cravings, recently. I eat a little piece of chocolate everyday, or indulge in a hot chocolate at night.
I was aching to bake something very wicked. Trawling Amazon, for a cookbook I have been looking for, for a very long time, I came across David Lebovitz's The Sweet Life. Wow this cookbook looks drool worthy, the kind of book I would treasure. And it is French! My favourite food.
I then discovered he has a website, and was trawling through it when I discovered Dulce de Leche Brownies OH MY!!!!!!!!!!!
I knew I had to make these. No question. Off I went shopping for the best chocolate I could buy, and the dulce de leche. Of coarse where I live there is nothing that constitutes a decent kitchen supply store, or anything even remotely like it. So I ducked into Woolies and bought a Top and Fill, praying that this would substitute the caramelly goodness that is dulce de leche.
I decided not to add as much butter, just a smidgen less, and 1/2 the sugar. I like my dark chocolate desserts to be more chocolatey than all sugary. The best thing about this recipe is you melt it all in a saucepan mix it together and pour it into the baking tray, super super easy :)
100 grams butter
170 grams 70% cocoa chocolate
1/4 cup cocoa powder, the best you can buy
3 large eggs
1/2 cup vanilla caster sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup plain flour
250 ml top 'n fill
Melt the butter, and chocolate together, in a medium saucepan. Take it off the heat just before all the chocolate has melted, add the cocoa whisk until combined.
Add the eggs one at a time, and whisk really well. Add the vanilla, sugar and flour, combine.
Spoon half the mixture into a lined brownie baking tray. Spoon, dollops of the caramel top n' fill, over the top of the brownie. Then cover with the rest of the brownie mix.
Freshly baked brownie!!
Bake for 20 minutes in a 170C fan forced oven. I actually wish I hadn't baked them for so long, maybe even only for 12 minutes. They are fudgey, but not gooey, how I love them. But still fantastic warm with a dollop of vanilla bean ice cream ;)