Chocolate brownies with homemade praline

These decadent chocolate brownies by Charmaine Lilje from Chardonnay Chefs are superlatively gooey, and with a delightful crunch on top.

Cooking time: 25-30 minutes


180g dark chocolate
190g butter
3 beaten eggs
200g castor sugar
Seeds from half a vanilla pod
150g sifted cake flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
100g mixed homemade praline and chocolate shavings, or toasted nuts and chocolate shavings


Preheat your oven to 180ºC. Grease your 20cm x 20cm baking tin (or line the tin with foil and grease the foil to allow easy lifting once cooked).

Over a double boiler, melt the chocolate and butter together. In a separate bowl, mix the eggs, sugar and vanilla. In another bowl, sift the flour and baking powder together.

Once butter has melted and it resembles a ganache, take it off the heat, pour in the egg and sugar mix and stir well. Add the flour and stir until combined.

Pour the mixture into your baking tin and top with praline and chocolate shavings. Place in a preheated oven for 25-30 minutes. Allow to cool in the tin and cut into squares.

Recipe by Charmaine Lilje from caterers, Chardonnay Chefs. 

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