If you are looking for Boozy Brownies look no further, alcohol soaked prunes are added to these brownies and need to be soaked for 3 days before cooking These would be great at Christmas time! Forget the Christmas pudding – drunken, chocolaty brownies are here! Beware, these are VERY rich so 1 batch of brownies goes a long way
Recipe from Bourke Street Bakery cookbook ‘The Ultimate Baking Bible’
- 300g (10 1/2 oz) pitted prunes, halved
- 200ml (7fl oz) brandy, cognac or hot black tea
- 55g (2oz) plain/all-purpose flour
- 40g (1 1/2 oz) unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/4tsp salt
- 2tsp baking powder
- 300g (10 1/2 oz) good quality dark chocolate (55% cocoa)
- 80g (2 3/4 oz) unsalted butter
- 300g (10 1/2 oz) caster/superfine sugar
- 4 eggs
- 100g (3 1/2 oz) sour cream
- 145g (5 1/2 oz) dark chocolate chips
- Place prunes in a bowl and pour over the brandy, cognac or tea. Cover and set aside to soak for 3 days.
- Preheat oven to 170c (325f). Grease a 20 x 30 x 4 cm (8 x 12 1/2 x 1 1/2 inch) rectangular cake tin and line the base and side with baking paper.
- Sift flour, cocoa, salt baking powder into a bowl.
- Put the chocolate, butter and sugar into a stainless steel bowl and sit over a saucepan of simmering water – making sure the base of the bowl does not touch the water. Stir for 10 minutes or until the chocolate has melted. Allow to cool, then transfer to the bowl of an electric mixer fitter with a paddle attachment (or use a hand mixer).
- Mix on medium speed and add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
- Add the flour mixture, mix to combine, then add the sour cream, chocolate chips and prunes with the remaining soaking liquid and mix until just combined.
- Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin and bake in the oven for 1 hour, or until just set. Place your hand on top of the brownie in the centre and wobble to feel if it is set.
- Allow to cool completely before turning out of the tin. Use a hot knife to cut into squares.
These brownies can be wrapped in plastic wrap and stored for up to 4 days at room temperature.