Salted Caramel, Walnut and Chocolate Brownies

People always tell me brownies are easy to make, and I would probably agree with them, on the proviso that you are not taking care of a newborn and a toddler at the same time!

I saw these brownies being made on the new Channel Ten show Everyday Gourmet with Justine Schofield from the first series of MasterChef. They looked absolutely delectable! Once I saw they contained Fantales I was hooked! I’m not sure if I really tasted the salt mind you. Perhaps I should have added more.

These treats are not afternoon tea fare. They are perfect dessert food, as best served warm with ice-cream. I would even go so far as to suggest drowning them in chocolate or caramel sauce. I can’t wait to make these for my next dinner party!

Recipe by Justine Schofield from Everyday Gourmet

300g butter, softened
2 cups brown sugar
4 eggs
1 cup plain flour, sifted
1 cup cocoa powder, sifted
½ cup (100g) walnuts, roughly chopped
24 Fantales, unwrapped and roughly chopped (or any other favourite caramel lolly)
1 ½ tsp salt flakes

Preheat the oven to 170c.

Lightly grease and line a 30cm x 20cm baking tin with baking paper.

With an electric mixer beat the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Now add the eggs one at a time and mix in well for another minute. On low speed, mix through the cocoa powder and flour. Add the chopped Fantales and walnuts and stir through evenly. Pour the mixture into the baking tin and sprinkle with the salt.

Cook in the oven for 30 minutes or until an inserted skewer comes out clean. Allow to cool slightly before turning out and cutting into squares.

Best eaten warm, with ice-cream or cream.


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