Caramel bunny: salted caramel brownies

Babysitting has changed somewhat since I was a teenager. In my day, you were lucky if you were left a couple of stale digestives on a tray to get you through an exhausting evening of trying to finish off your A-level coursework while four insomniac children aged under seven wreaked havoc all over the house.

However, I was recently inducted into the new and vastly improved world of babysitting as an adult, for your friends. After a blissful cuddle, the little one was popped into bed and I was left with a bottle of wine and a selection of goodies from Paul A Young. Bliss. After a while, I started to wonder who was doing who the favour. Especially once I’d tasted my very first salted caramel brownie.

You heard me. It was gooey, rich and utterly delicious in every way. I had to have more. Luckily the husband is easily convinced that we need more brownies in our lives. He loves making brownies but is only sanctioned to make one batch a year, on account of the fact that neither of us can be trusted with a tin of brownies. This is our experimental attempt at salted caramel brownie. It’s not quite the same, but it’s close. And it’s good. And I suggest you don’t dwell to much on the ingredients list. As I said, once a year. Keep repeating that.

Makes: too many (at least 25 rich-as-hell squares)

For the brownies:

600g caster sugar

500g butter

340g dark choc (we used 85% cocoa solids, which stops it becoming too sickly)

200g milk chocolate

140g white chocolate

6 large eggs plus 2 yolks

120g plain flour

120g cocoa powder

A good pinch of salt

A dribble of vanilla extract

For the salted caramel: 

Recipe here – this makes a big old batch which can then be kept in the freezer. I used less than a third of this for this recipe.

Pre heat the oven to 180C.

Melt the butter and the dark chocolate, plus 60g of the milk chocolate in a bain marie. Once melted, leave to cool. Beat the eggs and sugar together until frothy and gradually stir in the melted chocolate. Sprinkle in the salt and vanilla extract, then sift in the flour and cocoa and stir. Finally chop the remaining milk and white chocolate into chunks and stir into the mix.

Pour half the mixture into a deep, square 30x 30 tin (be sure to grease/line it with greaseproof paper if not adequately non-stick). Spoon over dollops (or quenelles if you’re feeling refined) of chilled salted caramel at regular intervals, although avoid the outer perimeter.

Carefully cover with the other half of the brownie mix and smooth over the top.

Bake in the oven for 40-50 minutes, then leave to cool for a good couple of hours. Don’t worry, the mix will look suspiciously wobbly, especially in the middle when you pull it out the oven, but will firm up as it cools. Once cooled, carefully remove from the tin and cut into squares.

Warning, you only need a tiny mouthful at a time. LoveRichCashPoor accepts absolutely no responsibility for expanding waistlines.

Full credit goes to Monsieur Murray, master brownie baker extraordinaire for the brownie recipe—we bow to his greater genius, so we just added caramel to make it all the more sinful. 

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