• Serves: 16 squares
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 25 minutes
  • Difficulty: easy

Question: How can you make a tray of gooey-centred, crispy-edged, fudgily dense, deeply chocolatey brownies even better?

Answer: Stud them with sweet, vanilla-scented chunks of white chocolate, lace them with dark, rich black coffee, and scatter them with crunchy, aromatic coffee beans.

This recipe is for all of you who can’’t resist the sweet-bitter sugar-crunch contrast of a chocolate covered coffee bean. Who crave that luscious combination of bracing caffeine and comforting chocolate. Who revel in the pleasure of the crisp crust of a chocolate brownie giving way to the dense, fudge-like centre, but who like their brownies a little darker, a little different, a little more intense than your average.

These are everything you want from a chocolate brownie, but given added depth with a generous dose of strong black coffee. There’’s melted butter and chocolate, laced with a heady shot of the dark stuff, a good dash of cocoa for extra richness, and white chocolate chips to balance the bitterness of the coffee.

I decorate these with scattered cocoa beans because they look pretty and because the bitter crunch works well with the intensely gooey centre of the brownies, but you could leave them off if you’’re not a fan. Equally, you can leave out the coffee if you just want to make a darn good chocolate brownie.

 

here's what you'll need...

  • 180g butter
  • 180g dark cooking chocolate
  • 2 tbsp strong coffee (espresso or cafetiere)
  • 90g flour
  • 40g cocoa powder
  • 3 eggs
  • 240g granulated sugar or golden caster sugar
  • 50g white chocolate chips
  • 2 tbsp coffee beans, to decorate (optional)

coffee brownies ingredients

 

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set oven temp: 180C/Gas mark 4

here's how it's done...

  • 1

    Pre-heat the oven to 180C (160C fan). Grease and line a 20cm square cake tin.

    First, melt the butter and chocolate together in a large bowl over a pan of simmering water.

    coffee brownies step 1

  • 2

    When melted, stir in the coffee. Weigh out the flour and cocoa.

    coffee brownies step 2

  • 3

    Using an electric mixer or whisk, beat the sugar and eggs together for around 3-5 minutes until doubled in volume and pale and creamy.

    coffee brownies step 3

  • 4

    Fold in the chocolate, butter and coffee mixture, then sift in the flour and cocoa and fold in too until the mixture is just combined. Stir in the white chocolate chips.

    coffee brownies step 4

  • 5

    Pour into the prepared tin and scatter with coffee beans, if using.

    coffee brownies step 5

  • 6

    Bake for 25 minutes, or until the mixture is just set (it’’s ok if it has a slight wobble, as it will set a bit more as it cools).

    coffee brownies step 6

  • 7

    Cool in the tin before slicing into 16 squares.

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    Not complicated, but an absolute crowd-pleaser. Everyone I’’ve made these for has given borderline indecent moans of delight upon consuming them. Try it for yourself.

 

By Elly McCausland on 07.04.14

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