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Raspberry jam and peanut butter brownies

Makes 15
Course: Dessert
Keyword: brownies, peanut butter, raspberry jam
Author: Kylee Newton

Ingredients

  • 250 g (1 cup plus 2 tbsp) unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing
  • 250 g (9oz) dark chocolate (at least 70 per cent cocoa solids)
  • 100 g (1 cup) cocoa powder
  • 6 large free-range eggs
  • 350 g (1 ¾ cups) golden caster (superfine) sugar
  • 100 g (¾ cup) plain (all-purpose) flour
  • 80 g (generous ¾ cup) ground almonds
  • 100 g (1/2 cup) crunchy peanut butter
  • 100-150 g (⅓–scant ½ cup) Raspberry and Elderflower Jam

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 200 C (180 C fan/400 F/gas mark 6). Line and grease a deep 20 x 30cm (8 x 12in) baking pan with baking paper.
  • Roughly chop the butter and dark chocolate and melt in a bowl set over a pan of simmering water (ensure the bottom of the bowl does not touch the water), stirring occasionally until completely melted. Remove from the heat and whisk through the cocoa powder, then set aside to cool.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs and sugar until pale and creamy. Gently fold through the melted chocolate mix until smooth, then sift in the flour and gently fold through with the ground almonds until well combined.
  • Pour the batter into the baking pan, spreading it to the edges. Spoon in dots of peanut butter and jam, then roughly swirl them into the batter with a spatula. Bake in the middle of the oven for 20–30 minutes, or until the top has a slight crust and a gentle wobble in the middle (cooking time may vary according to your oven, so check at 20 minutes and then every 5 minutes).
  • Remove from the oven and leave to cool completely so it firms up before removing from the pan. Slice into 15 portions.

Notes

– Substitute the jam for any other you have that you like to match with dark chocolate, like apricot, blackberry or gooseberry.
– If you don’t fancy the saltiness of peanut butter, just omit it and double up on the jam. Have fun with this and add fresh fruits/berries as well.
– Try using white chocolate to make a raspberry and peanut butter blondie – simply substitute the dark chocolate and cocoa powder with 300g (10 oz) white chocolate and add 20g (0.7 oz) extra ground almonds.