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Ep 9 - Brownie with Salted Caramel Sauce


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Chocolate brownie with walnut crumb and salted caramel sauce

Serves 8

 

Crème Fraiche Cream

100ml thickened cream

50g crème fraiche

½ teaspoon vanilla extract

 

Chocolate Brownie

180g 60% dark chocolate

180g unsalted butter

120g caster sugar

3 eggs

½ tsp vanilla extract

120g almond meal

80g walnuts, finely chopped

 

Salted Caramel Sauce

160g brown sugar

100g unsalted butter

100ml cream

salt flakes, to taste

 

Walnut Crumb

50g plain flour

50g caster sugar

50g butter

50g almond meal

60g walnuts

 

  1. Preheat oven to 160C. Line an 18cm x 28cm baking tray with baking paper.
  1. For the Crème Fraiche Cream, whip cream until thickened slightly.  Add crème fraiche and vanilla and whisk until just combined. Transfer to a piping bag and set aside in fridge.
  1. For the Chocolate Brownie, melt chocolate, butter and caster sugar in a small saucepan over low heat and stir until combined.  Remove from heat and set aside until slightly cooled, about 5 minutes.
  1. Once cooled slightly, add eggs, vanilla, almond meal and walnuts and mix until fully combined. Pour mixture into prepared tray and bake until just firm, about 20-25 minutes.  Remove from oven and set aside to cool. Once cooled, cut into 8 portions and set aside.
  1. Increase oven to 180C.
  1. For the Salted Caramel Sauce, combine all ingredients in a small saucepan over low heat.  Whisk until sugar has dissolved completely.  Continue to simmer, stirring occasionally until thickened, about 5 minutes.  Remove from heat, add salt to taste and set aside, keeping warm.
  1. For the Walnut Crumb, line a baking tray with baking paper. Combine all ingredients together in a food processor to a coarse crumb. Spread crumb onto lined baking tray and place into the oven to bake until golden, about 10 minutes.
  1. Remove from oven and set aside to cool completely. Once cooled, place into a food processor and blitz to a fine crumb.
  1. To serve, arrange Walnut Crumb in a diagonal line across each serving plate.  Place a Chocolate Brownie in the middle.  Pour warm Salted Caramel Sauce over the brownie and pipe on some Crème Fraiche Cream.

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