Little cherry & chestnut chocolate brownies

Chocolate and Cherry Brownies

Makes 50 bite-sized brownies

  • 175 g unsalted butter

  • 200 g good-quality dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids), broken up

  • 75 g dried cherries

  • 75 g roasted chestnuts, chopped

  • 75 g cocoa powder, sifted

  • 100 g plain flour, sifted

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 300 g golden caster sugar

  • 4 large free-range eggs

  • icing sugar, for dusting

  • 500 ml crème fraîche, to serve

  • zest of to serve 1 orange

Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/gas 4. Line a 20cm x 30cm baking tin with greaseproof paper. In a bowl over a pan of simmering water, melt the butter and the chocolate, mixing gently until smooth. Stir in the cherries and chestnuts then remove from the heat. In a separate bowl, mix the cocoa powder, flour, baking powder and sugar. Add this to your melted chocolate mixture then stir until it's all combined really well. Beat your eggs then mix these in, too.



Pour this brownie mix into the baking tin, and place in the oven for around 15 to 20 minutes. You don't want to overcook it, so you don't want a skewer to come out clean. The brownie should be slightly springy on the outside but gooey in the middle. Allow them to cool in the tray for 30 minutes then carefully turn them out on to a chopping board and cut into 3cm squares. Pile them on plates and dust with icing sugar. Serve with bowls of crème fraîche, with orange zest grated over.

Nutritional Information

Little cherry & chestnut chocolate brownies

Kick-ass chocolate party nibbles

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The chewy cherries and lovely chestnuts in these brownies work brilliantly – they're so moreish
35m (plus cooling time)
Super easy
Method

Brownies are absolutely gorgeous. I've used cherries and chestnuts in mine – although it may not seem like the most obvious pairing, the chocolate makes them friends and I think they complement each other well. Arrange on boards or plates around the room for people to pick at; there won't be any left over!

Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/gas 4. Line a 20cm x 30cm baking tin with greaseproof paper. In a bowl over a pan of simmering water, melt the butter and the chocolate, mixing gently until smooth. Stir in the cherries and chestnuts then remove from the heat. In a separate bowl, mix the cocoa powder, flour, baking powder and sugar. Add this to your melted chocolate mixture then stir until it's all combined really well. Beat your eggs then mix these in, too.

Pour this brownie mix into the baking tin, and place in the oven for around 15 to 20 minutes. You don't want to overcook it, so you don't want a skewer to come out clean. The brownie should be slightly springy on the outside but gooey in the middle. Allow them to cool in the tray for 30 minutes then carefully turn them out on to a chopping board and cut into 3cm squares. Pile them on plates and dust with icing sugar. Serve with bowls of crème fraîche, with orange zest grated over.

Nutritional Information Amount per serving:

Calories

Calories are just a unit of energy. If you eat more than you use you can gain weight, or lose it if you don't eat enough. How much you need depends on your weight, gender and how active you are, but it's around 2,000 a day.

Carbs

Carbs are a great source of energy and, excluding foods such as potatoes, are made from grains - like bread, pasta and cereal. We all need carbs, but try to make them all wholegrain by sticking to brown bread, rice and pasta - they are much more nutritious.

Sugar

We all deserve a treat sometimes, but try to limit your sugar intake. Most of your sugar should come from raw fruit and milk, because they give us lots of nutrients too. Always check food labels so you know how much sugar you're eating.

Fat

We all need to eat a small amount of fat because it protects our organs and helps us grow. But we need to be careful about how much fat we eat and what kinds of fat, because in higher levels it's associated with weight gain, diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

Saturates

Saturated or "bad fats" are in beef, pork, chicken skin, butter, cream and cheese. Too much can be bad for our heart and cholesterol levels, but unsaturated or "good fats" in fish, nuts, avocados and some oils can help keep our hearts healthy if eaten in moderation.

Protein

Protein helps our muscles to grow and repair, as well as providing you with essential amino acids. When it comes to protein, try to eat leaner sources such as chicken and fish or non-meat sources such as eggs, dairy, beans, nuts, seeds, tofu and pulses.
  • Calories 82
    4%
  • Carbs 9.3g
    4%
  • Sugar 7.3g 8%
  • Fat 5.1g 7%
  • Saturates 3.0g 15%
  • Protein 1.5g 3%
Of an adult's reference intake

BUYING SUSTAINABLY SOURCED FISH

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When buying either wild or farmed fish, ask whether it is sustainably sourced. If you're unable to obtain this information, don't be afraid to shop elsewhere – only by shopping sustainably can we be sure that the fantastic selection of fish we enjoy today will be around for future generations.

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Marine Stewardship Council
http://www.msc.org/

Fish Online
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