I love baking, but the problem is eating all of the delicious, naughty and decadent things I bake.
If I did that I would end up the size of a house, and with an impending wedding, that is the last thing I want.
So, I send the results of my baking forays into my fiance's work, where they are greeted excitedly and devoured quickly.
A while back I baked a Strawberry and White Chocolate cheesecake, which was so well received, that according to my fiance, his colleagues were talking about it for days.
One of them in particular, Gary, raved about the cheesecake for weeks and kept asking my fiance when I would be making another one.
I was more than happy to comply, because as we all know it's a wonderful thing when someone truly enjoys your cooking, so I told my fiance I would make another one and asked him to make sure that Gary would be at work when I made the cheesecake.
When my fiance was checking Gary would be there on the day I planned to make the cheesecake, one of his female colleagues overheard and asked why Gary was getting special treatment and could she make a request for me to make brownies.
I was only too happy to comply, and when it comes to pure decadent indulgent chocolate treats I don't think you can go past Nigella Lawson.
So it was Nigella's Flourless Chocolate Brownie recipe from Nigella Express: 130 Recipes for Good Food, Fast that I turned to in order to fulfill Emma's request.
These Flourless Chocolate Brownies are gooey and indulgent, which is unsurprising as the recipe calls for equal quantities of chocolate and butter!!
I modified Nigella's recipe only slightly, replacing the nuts in the original recipe with chocolate chips, which, when served warm results in oozing little pockets of melted chocolate. Yum!
Midmorning, on the morning I sent the brownies into work with my fiance, I received a call from him to let me know the brownies were a roaring success.
So much so, that while he was trying to let me know how much everyone enjoyed them his workmates were shouting out their approval in the background.
Some of the comments included "Can you make these everyday" through to "They were like sex in your mouth".....umm ok.
Despite my absolute love for anything chocolate I don't really like brownies, mainly because of all of the butter, as anything too oily or buttery doesn't seem to agree with me.
Strange I know, when brownies are often considered the ultimate form of chocolate indulgence. I'd much rather indulge in a chocolate cookie (pssst these are my favourite) or a Ferrero Rondnoir (my all time FAVORITE chocolate).
Are you a brownie fan? If so, what is your favourite brownie recipe?
Flourless Chocolate Brownies
- 225 g dark chocolate 70% cocoa solids, 8 oz
- 225 g butter 8 oz
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 200 g caster sugar 7 oz
- 3 eggs beaten
- 150 g Almond Meal 5 ¼ oz, ground almonds
- 200 g chocolate chips 7 oz
- Preheat the oven to 170 degrees celsius (340 fahrenheit) and line a 24cm square baking tin with baking paper.
- Melt the chocolate and butter gently over a low heat in a saucepan and set aside to cool a little.
- Add the beaten eggs to the melted chocolate mixture, along with the ground almonds, sugar and chocolate chips and mix to combine.
- Pour the mixture into the prepared baking tin and bake for 25 to 30 minutes.
- Allow to cool before cutting.
gail simmons (@jurylady5) says
RT @ledelicieux: Previously on Delicious Everyday: Flourless Chocolate Brownies http://t.co/0lWORk3D #recipe
These are so delicious 🙂 Thanks for the recipe! Just letting you know that you forgot to include the caster sugar in your method.. Thinking it goes in with the eggs?
Nevertheless- so delicious!
Thanks Meg 😀 I've corrected that now!
that is sooo much butter and sooo much chocolate 🙁 but i can imagine how good it tastes yum!
a spoonful of yumm says
i love gooey brownies.....these look very very tempting ! gorgeous pics 🙂 thanks for the recipe
Have never baked brownies, forget the flour less ones! learnt something today 🙂
Will have to find a suitable egg substitute for it..
Tofu, applesauce and bananas are supposed to work well as an egg substitute. If you decide to try it using an egg substitute I'd be interested to hear how it goes. 😀
Lisa H. says
LOL... when I read the 2nd comment from your fiance's colleague...
I would not say no either... to your delicious brownies
Thanks Lisa, I laughed that comment too. 😀
Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets says
How decadent and delicious this looks =D
Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen says
You show great self-control! I have trouble with that when it comes to anything chocolate but especially brownies.
Hotly Spiced says
Your brownies look fantastic so moist. Gluten free too!
Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella says
I hear you! I need to get all of the sweets out of the house before I eat them all! Today I baked four breads and it's hard to resist freshly baked bread-even hard to resist these brownies I suspect! 🙂
Anna @The Littlest Anchovy says
This is exactly the way I love my brownies. Love, love, love!
Oh I adore brownies. They are so bad for you though so I dont make them too often but I do agree that they are amazing. Not sure about sex in your moth though 😉 lol. They look so ooey gooey delish!! Love the ground almonds too
Thanks Nic 😀
I love taking any opportunity to bake, because a family of four is not enough to eat up all the things I want to try! These brownies looks extremely fudgy and decadent!! You fiance must be getting more and more popular in his workplace!
I always feel so happy when someone compliments my cooking and feel double happy when someone places a request 🙂
These brownies looks delicious and Nigella rocks all the time!
It's rare to go wrong with one of Nigella's recipes. She definitely has good taste 😀
Luv'n Spoonfuls says
These look gorgeous! The fave at our house is a flourless (almost) chocolate torte that sounds very similar, only I use ground walnuts instead, and I refrigerate mine for at least 8 hours which helps set it up a little bit. Lovely post!
Wow I never thought that it is possible to make a Flourless Chocolate Brownies. I wonder how it will gonna taste like maybe I should give it a try.
Wow you know your doing something right when you get requests! I was laughing at those workmate comments. They do look scrumptious but I would probably just end up eating the mixture before they cooked!!
Baker Street says
Oh! I've tried this recipe before sans the nuts! Its so sinful but you can't deny how delicious it is. Its gooey, chocolately and well just perfect!
I'm a huge brownie fan and am always looking for the perfect one...I've tried flourless and chocolate chip, more butter, less sugar, cocoa, melted chocolate, chocolate spread, even beetroot! Nigella's are delicious but seriously indulgent and poss. a tiny bit gooey for my taste. I'd happily join you in chomping on a chocolate cookie though too...pretty much anything chocolate makes me happy 🙂
Couscous & Consciousness says
Ooooh, I am a huge brownie fan, and the idea of a flourless version has just rocketed this recipe to the top of my list. Can't wait to try.
You're welcome Sue. Let me know what you think of the brownies if you decide to make them. 😀
Kulsum at JourneyKitchen says
I love Nigella but u know what I love most about her? Her chocolate recipes! LOVE it
Emma Galloway says
Ah good on ya Nigella! This recipe looks and sounds amazing. I love chocolate brownie.
Thanks Emma 😀
Oh my these look delicious! Sometimes a brownie is exactly what you need 🙂
I agree Amy, something chocolate never goes astray.
Aren't they just delectable! I've made them before but with macadamias! Sooo delicious and yes, this is my favourite recipe!
They are indeed Martyna 😀 Typical Nigella