The best brownies ooze chocolate goodness with every bite, but this recipe also gives hints of caramel with delicious crunch.

Be still my beating heart! I’m excited just at the thought of a brownie that has hints of caramel.

The wicked people from Lindt came up with this recipe which draws extra strength from their  Dark Sea Salt Caramel chocolate.  It’s a delicious combination of smooth dark chocolate with a caramel surge and the seductive crunch of sea salt.

Dessert alternatives-

Try this Strawberry Roulade instead.

Don't overbake these soft brownies.

Brownie cooking tips

Here’s some cooking tips from Thomas Schnetzler, Lindt Maître Chocolatier, who devised the recipe.

“I love the combination of chocolate and deep rich caramel. Not the gooey, super sweet kind, but the really, dark, almost slightly bitter caramel. This recipe celebrates this wonderful combination, and to enhance the caramel flavour I have used raw caster sugar for its molasses taste, as well as a little malt. Be careful not to over-bake this Brownie as you want a rich, fudgy texture not a dry cake. Dust with a little cocoa powder and serve with some rich Caramel sauce for a very adult Brownie,” Thomas Schnetzler.

 Brownie for dessert?

 

Dark Caramel Chocolate Brownie

Makes 9-12 portions. Preparation time 30 minutes.

185g    Butter, unsalted

170g    Lindt Excellence Dark Sea Salt Caramel Chocolate

3          Eggs

160g    Raw caster sugar

1 tsp    Vanilla bean paste

1          pinch salt

170g    Plain flour, sifted

25g      Malted milk powder – find it in the ‘milk additive’ aisle of supermarket

120g    Lindt Excellence Dark Sea Salt Caramel Chocolate, chopped into small chunks

Cocoa powder for decorating

Caramel Sauce for serving (optional)

 

Method

  • Preheat oven to 175⁰C. Line an 18 x 18 cm square baking tin.
  • Gently melt butter and chocolate together until just molten, remove from heat and set aside to cool.
  • Whisk together eggs, raw caster sugar, vanilla and salt until pale and sugar has dissolved.
  • Sift together flour and malt powder.
  • Mix cooled, molten chocolate into egg mix. Gently stir in flour mix, and lastly the chopped chocolate (use serrated knife to chop chocolate).
  • Pour into lined tin. Place in oven for 15-20 minutes or until top of cake is firm. Take care not to over bake – the centre should still be slightly soft.
  • Set aside to cool then dust with cocoa.  Cut into squares and serve with Caramel Sauce** if desired.

 

Caramel Sauce

200g    castor sugar

40ml    water

150ml cream, at room temperature

For the caramel sauce, place sugar and water in a medium saucepan and cook until thickened and desired caramel colour is reached. Take off heat, add a little cream and whisk vigorously, watching for steam and splatters. Add a little more cream and place some caramel sauce on a plate to cool and test its thickness.

 

The caramel sauce is really an optional extra.  I like to serve mine with whipped cream to contrast to the sweetness of the brownie.

 

Disclaimer:  Recipe supplied by Lindt.

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