Assam Prune Chocolate Brownies

On the ninth day of Christmas my true love sent to me… Assam Prune Brownies!

 

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I think brownies are one baking classic that you can’t go wrong with. They always go down a treat and a plate full will never last long with hungry guests! These Assam Prune Chocolate Brownies would be perfect with an afternoon cup of tea (TeaShed, of course) or for dessert with a scoop or two of creamy vanilla ice cream.

 

Pick Me Up at 3 *Tea is a hearty caffeine rich Assam tea, perfect for afternoon energy slumps. We all have that lull between lunch and dinner especially after filling up of yummy festive food. So this is where we need something to keep us going and brighten up our afternoon!

 

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This rich rounded flavour of Assam tea if a nice addition to a delicious chocolate brownies and the prunes make the texture even fudgier, which in brownie terms is the Holy Grail. Soaking the prunes in strong brewed Assam tea overnight makes them plump and allows them to bring extra moistness to these Assam Prune Chocolate Brownies. They also balance the richness of the black tea and dark chocolate with their natural sweetness.

 

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Ingredients:

50g prunes (about 10)
185g butter
185g dark chocolate
200ml Pick Me Up At 3 Assam tea (2 teabags)
3 eggs
210g sugar
85g plain flour
65g cocoa powder
75g milk chocolate

 

 Method:
1. Chop the prunes and place them in a bowl along with the brewed tea and steep for at least 3 hours but preferably overnight
2. Melt the butter and dark chocolate in a bowl over a pan of simmering water and stir until smooth and glossy. In a separate mixing bowl beat with eggs and sugar together with an electric mixer until creamy. Then fold the chocolate and butter mixture through.
3. Sift the flour and cocoa into the liquid mixture, stir together and then fold in the chopped milk chocolate and drained prunes. Pour into a lined baking tray and bake for 35-40 minutes at 180 degrees C or until set but still squidgy in the middle.
4. Cool on a wire rack then cut into pieces, about 18, and dust with icing sugar or cocoa powder.
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These will keep for up to 4 days in an airtight container – if you don’t eat them all first, of course!
Ta dah!