Perfect with coffee: Chocolate, hazelnut and cardamom brownies

Couldn’t resist making this picture as large as possible – hope it’s brought a little warmth to your day!

I baked these bad boys up for the day at Union Roasted when we were asked to bring something we liked to eat while drinking coffee. An excuse to bake? Brilliant!

I found this recipe courtesy of Tamasin Day-Lewis and then added cardamom for a bit of extra depth, and salted roasted hazelnuts for a savoury edge. These are brownies best served in small squares as they’re quite intense.

They’re pretty simple to put together and would make a lovely gift if you were going around to someone’s house for dinner. Find a pretty tin and layer up with greaseproof paper. Or alternatively scoff them all yourself…

Chocolate, hazelnut and cardamom brownies
makes approx 32

285g caster sugar
4 eggs
225g butter
85g cocoa
85g plain flour
12 cardamom pods – outer shell removed and seeds crushed
110g toasted hazelnuts
110g chocolate chunks (dark or milk depending on preference)

1. Grease and line two 20cm x 20cm cake tins and preheat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Mix the caster sugar and the eggs until creamy.

2. Melt the butter and then gradually add to the mix stirring until well combined. Then sieve the cocoa and plain flour and stir in to the batter along with the ground cardamom.

3. Bash up the hazelnuts and chocolate until they’re in small chunks and then fold into the mixture. Pour into the tins and then bake for approximately 20 minutes. It should have a slight wobble in the middle – be careful they don’t cook until they dry out or they’ll not be soft enough.

4. Allow to cool in the tin, and then cut into squares. Dust with icing sugar and serve with coffee.

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About Katie Bryson

Katie Bryson is a freelance food writer and blogger. She left a career in online news at the BBC to immerse herself in the culinary world, taking in courses at Leiths School of Food and Wine and an internship at Waitrose along the way. Her family food blog www.feedingboys.co.uk is bursting with recipes and tips for feeding hungry families that’ll help inspire all those frazzled parents out there wondering what on earth to cook for tea!
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8 Responses to Perfect with coffee: Chocolate, hazelnut and cardamom brownies

  1. El Moorish says:

    These look and sound absolutely delicious – chocolate, hazelnuts and cardamom are all favourites of mine. I’d be opting for super dark chocolate and extra wobble in the middle 🙂 How much cardamom do you add?

  2. These sound divine! I’ve never tried cardamon in brownies before but I think these will be making an appearance soon.

  3. Oh yum! What a great combo of ingredients! i LOVE cardamom

  4. YUM!!!! If only I could take a bite out of my screen!

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