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There is nothing better than a super gooey chocolate brownie. I’m pretty sure I can confidently say that on behalf of the entire world. In my humble opinion, brownies will trump a cake any day of the week. Why, you ask? No modification needed. Most cakes need an icing, or a syrup, or a splash of booze, brownies on the other hand are good just how they are. Rich, calorie laden with that melt-in-your-mouth factor. I’m salivating.

These brownies combine lashings of melted dark chocolate and roughly chopped pistachios. Think about it – it’s a good thought.

Dark Chocolate and Pistachio Brownies

Makes around 12 chunky pieces of gooey goodness

170g unsalted butter
230g good quality dark chocolate, roughly chopped
400g caster sugar
4 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 ½ teaspoons of instant coffee granules (I used Nescafe)
160g all-purpose flour
1 heaped teaspoon baking powder
Pinch of salt
75g unsalted shelled pistachio nuts, roughly chopped

Preheat oven to 180°c and place the rack in the upper third. Butter a deep 9 x 13″ baking pan.

In a heatproof bowl melt the dark chocolate and butter in a double boiler (sit the bowl on top of a pan of simmering water, making sure that the water is not touching the bottom of the bowl). Whilst the chocolate is melting, in a separate bowl mix together the flour, salt and baking powder and set aside.

In another large bowl, whisk together the eggs, sugar, coffee granules and vanilla extract for around 2 minutes or until the mixture is thick and smooth. Once the chocolate has melted, leave to cool for around 5 minutes before adding first only a couple of tablespoons to the egg mixture (to temper) and mixing well. Then add the rest of the chocolate in one go and mix until incorporated. Add the flour, salt and baking powder to the mixture and whisk well for another 2 minutes. Fold in the chopped pistachios reserving one handful.

Pour the brownie mixture into your baking pan, sprinkle with your reserved pistachio’s and cook in the oven for around 35 minutes.

These brownies are a-mazing warm from the oven, and oh-so gooey you’ll question whether or not you cooked them for long enough. Trust me on this, you want them gooey. However, leave these bad boys to relax for a while and you’ll find they get even better…if that’s even possible.

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