I have to admit that I am actually not much of a chocolate fan, however I do find these rather yummy 🙂
The original recipe was given to me by a friend and had more butter and sugar in it, which I cut back (slightly) and added prunes which help to add to the lovely, gooey texture.
By cooking the cocoa with the butter and sugar, you develop the chocolate flavour so that the brownies taste like they have real chocolate in them. I use Dutch cocoa which is darker in colour and has a richer flavour than those available in regular supermarkets.
I do encourage you to try making them, they are quick and easy. However I will warn you that it is hard to stop at just one!
Chocolate and Prune Brownies
- 120g butter
- 1 ¼ cups caster sugar
- 2/3 cup Dutch cocoa powder
- 2 large eggs
- 1/3 cup (100g) pre-soaked prunes*, pitted and roughly torn apart or chopped
- ½ cup plain flour
Preheat oven to 160°C.
Line a 20cm square baking tin with baking paper.
Combine the butter, sugar and cocoa in a small saucepan and stir over a low heat until butter melts. Cook for a further 2 minutes stirring constantly.
Set aside to cool down. When cooled, add eggs one at a time, using a wooden spoon to mix in. Add prunes, then flour and mix until well combined. Spread evenly into the prepared tin.
Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until just set.
Allow to cool completely before cutting into 24 pieces.
*To pre-soak prunes, simply pour boiling water over to cover and leave to go cold. Store in the fridge. I prefer to eat my prunes this way 🙂