13 Nov 2012

Apricot and Almond Brownies


The nights are getting darker, the days are getting shorter and the air isn't half getting colder.  Autumn is the season for comfort food, say no to salads, sushi and diets in favour of mince and dumplings, macaroni cheese and brownies.  Talking of brownies, these are a winner.  They tick all of the deep, dark comforting boxes with the addition of being sweetly studded with beautiful apricots, shining like jewels.  You can almost be forgiven for eating the entire tray and passing it off as one of your five a day... almost.



Apricot and Almond Brownies

Ingredients:
250g good quality dark chocolate
250g unsalted butter
350g light brown sugar
150g plain flour
4 large free range eggs
Tin of apricots in natural juice, each apricot quartered
Handful of slivered almonds

Method:
Preheat the oven to 160C fan and line a 9x13" tin with baking parchment.

Melt the butter and sugar together in a bowl set over a pan of simmering water, ensuring the bottom of the bowl does not coming into contact with the water.  In the meantime whisk and eggs and sugar together in a jug and add to the melted butter and chocolate, mixing to combine.  

Add the flour to the brownie batter and fold it in until just combined taking care not to over mix.  Pour the batter into the prepared tin and place the apricot quarters in rows onto the mixture.  Sprinkle over a handful of almonds and bake for 35 - 40 minutes until just set.

Cool completely before slicing. 

8 comments:

Victoria said...

They look really tasty. I need to make more brownies and not make them out of a packet *gasp!*

daisychain said...

Oh gosh, these look AMAZING! I cannot wait to be able to stand up long enough to bake again! x

Becs @ Lay the table said...

The apricots in it look so gorgeous and also would make me feel a little less guilty :)

Suelle said...

A fruit topping for brownies is a great idea - definitely less guilt-inducing, and they look beautiful too!

Vickii said...

These look scrumptious! I love brownies and I am ALWAYS on the look out for new combinations!

Great pictures too!!!

Karin said...

Made these over the weekend and they were a hit! Everybody loved them. Love how the apricot topping made people use it as a "5-a-day" excuse to eat more brownies ;)

Quick note: reading through the recipe, the chocolate is not used but "sugar" is listed as being melted with butter instead. Luckily I caught that before throwing it all together ;)

Charlotte Rowan said...

Ooooohhh these look lovely! Could you try with other fruit such as cranberries? x

Wendy Ayche said...

Omg you’re making me hungry, it looks so
yummy!
Much love,
Wengie
http://www.wengie.com