Recipe type: Cakes & Bakes
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Serves: 15-20
I have a sweet tooth but I've never understood the need for so much sugar to make a brownie taste good. This recipe literally uses 60% less sugar than most brownie recipes and you would never know. Great as a snack or served warm with good quality vanilla ice cream or a dollop of cream and a sprinkling of fresh raspberries.
  • 185g unsalted butter
  • 185g best dark chocolate
  • 85g plain unrefined flour
  • 40g cocoa powder
  • 3 large free range egg
  • 150g xylitol/stevia
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 300 g (10 oz) pecan nuts, chopped optional
  1. Grease and line the base of a baking tin with baking parchment
  2. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F gas mark 4
  3. Break the chocolate into a bowl
  4. Add the chunks of butter
  5. Melt the butter and chocolate over a saucepan of barely simmering water
  6. Stir occasionally
  7. Remove the bowl from the heat
  8. Allow the chocolate to cool slightly
  9. In a separate bowl sieve the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt
  10. In a third bowl, beat the eggs and then add the xylitol and vanilla extract
  11. Stir the ingredients together until they are just combined
  12. Fold the melted chocolate into the beaten egg mixture using a spatula
  13. Then gently fold in the flour mixture and nuts, if using
  14. You shouldn't be able to see any flour once it's all mixed together
  15. Spoon the mixture into the tin
  16. Smooth the top with a palette knife
  17. Bake for 25 minutes
  18. Allow it to cool in the tin before cutting into squares
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