Death by chocolate brownies

Neill Anthony's death by chocolate brownies will seduce even the most convinced dieter. Here's how to whip them up yourself.

Serves: 8


300g roughly chopped dark chocolate
150 g unsalted butter
2 t vanilla paste
150g light brown sugar
½ t baking powder
2 whisked eggs
75g plain flour
2 T cocoa powder
1 t salt
50g chopped dark chocolate
250g frozen mixed berries
80ml double thick plain yoghurt
dash of brandy


1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
2. Grease and line a medium sized, shallow baking tin.
3. Melt the chopped chocolate, butter and vanilla together in heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water.
4. Remove from the heat once melted.
5. Add eggs and sugar into electric mixer, whisk till combined.
6. Sift the flour, baking powder, cocoa and salt onto baking paper.
7. Add to eggs till combined, pour chocolate in and mix until the mixture is smooth and glossy.
8. Bake in the oven for 25 minutes, or till top starts to crack.
9. Turn off the oven, allow brownies to cool for a further 5min.
10. Remove from oven, allow to cool completely in the tin

To serve:
11. Warm the brownies in oven at 180°C for 5 min.
12. Remove from oven.
13. Remove from tray and cut into squares.
14. Place on serving board/plate.

For the chocolate drizzle:
15. Melt the chopped chocolate, in heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water.
16. Remove once melted.
17. Drizzle over brownies.

For the berry ice:
18. Place all ingredients in Vitamix and blend till smooth.
19. Spoon over warm brownies and serve immediately.

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