Monday, 23 July 2012

blackcurrant beach brownies - we should cocoa



... I couldn't sleep last night... for many reasons but mostly because i'd bought the wrong kind of butter for the brownies I was making for mums birthday... it sounds a bit daft now but I just couldn't lie there any more thinking about the salted butter and how, if I could just teleport to the supermarket to get the unsalted butter everything would be perfect and our day would run really smoothly... I know...

... it's become a tradition that we all go to the beach on mum's birthday and with the British weather the way it's been I was fearing that we just weren't going to make it this year... but as if by magic the sun came out over the weekend with promise of a few days of glorious sunshine and so yes, we actually made it... I cannot begin to describe how wonderful it was to be sitting on a British beach in, what eventually became too hot sun... we had champagne... we had tinned salmon sandwiches... we had tooth-achingly tart/sweet blackcurrant brownies...

on the beach - today!

blackcurrant brownies
this is adapted from a Dan Lepard recipe for pecan brownies which i've replaced with blackcurrants which as you can imagine hold a lot of liquid so the cooking times for you may vary... keep checking...


200g dark chocolate
125g unsalted butter
2 eggs
125g light soft brown sugar
100g caster sugar
175g plain flour
1 tablespoon cocoa
200g blackcurrants

- put the chocolate and the butter in a pan and gently melt

- beat the eggs with the sugars until pale then add the chocolate and butter and beat again

- sieve the flour and cocoa powder into the mixture and stir in until fully combined

- add the black currants and stir a couple of times

- pour into a lined brownie tray and bake on 170C for about 35 minutes but check as the currants hold a lot of liquid and it's hard to tell...

i'm entering this into choclette from Chocolate Log Blog's We Should Cocoa bloggers challenge which has the theme of blackcurrants... at first I thought this would be a bit of an annoying challenge but let me tell you ladies and gentlemen, the sweet, sour, chocolatey wonderfulness of these beauties was outstanding.. well done choclette!


34 comments:

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  2. Happy Birthday to your mom!
    I love our Rockies, but sometimes I wish we also had a beach close. Especially one where your brownies are served!
    Sorry you bought the wrong butter. I never buy salted butter, since I add the salt separately to control our intake.

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  3. Yum! Happy birthday to your Mum. I'm thinking she's going to have a delicious celebration.

    Best,
    Bonnie

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  4. Sounds divine!
    My better half just will not mix fruit and chocolate, which means that if I make these, I won't even have to share. Happy days :-)

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  5. H.A.P.P.Y. to your Mother!

    You - on a beach? Please, please tell me that you didn't wear a skimpy white bikini, sing "Underneath the mango tree" and do your notorious Ursula Andress/Honey Ryder impersonation again!

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  6. They look wonderful,good combination, did you get more butter? (I make mine with salted butter!) Only the best for our mums right! Hope she had a special day. Love the blog!
    Ivan :-)

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  7. You know, I use salted butter all the time when baking, I can't say it makes any difference. Just don't add the salt that many recipes suggest.

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  8. An annoying challenge? I'm all affronted now! You might have seen me storming away from the beach. But clutching a piece of that divine looking blackcurrant brownie all the same.

    Glad you got to celebrate your mum's birthday in style and thanks for playing along with WSC - however reluctantly.

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  9. So glad you finally snagged some sun, even if it was a little too much. These brownies sounds very sophisticated with the mingling of black current and dark chocolate---just think of all those anti-oxidants!

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  10. These look good enough to (almost) convince me that dark chocolate and blackcurrants work together. I haven't seen any fresh blackcurrants in this area though!

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  11. OMG! Need to make these right now!

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  12. I love these and was surprised by just how well blackcurrants work with chocolate. I hope your mum enjoyed them on her birthday. Bet they are wonderful, especially with a nice cold glass of champagne! x

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  13. What delicious brownies, your lucky Mum, it sounds like you had a fabulous meal, I hope there wasn't too much sand in your sandwiches.
    I've occasionally bought the 'wriong' butter and used it with no problem. And here in Brittany I deliberately buy butter with sea salt crystals as a special treat, perfect with bread and jam.

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  14. Fist of all Happy birthday to your mum...Than...lucky boy on the beach!
    Never heard this recipe, but I do love brownies I should give it a go.
    Have a nice day

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  15. Sunny, warm beach plus delicious chocolatey brownies plus a birthday celebration for mom... doesn't get much better than that!

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  16. They look wonderful Dom and a little bit of salt goes well with chocolate :)

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  17. I love the idea of adding blackcurrants - wonderful - so glad the sun came out for mum's birthday!
    Mary x

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  18. These look cocoa wonderful! Have a great time at the beach. Happy birthday Mum!

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  19. Ohhhh, what' I would do for a slice of this now. Looks sooooo scrummy I be worried about eating the whole lot. Glad the sun came out for you and your mum. X

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  20. SNAP! I discovered how LUSH blackcurrants go with chocolate and your brownies looks JUST amazing! As for salted butter re unsalted butter, I PREFER salted butter in some bakes, it's the salted caramel kind of thing.....LOOKS like a LOVELY day out Dom! Karen xxx

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  21. This looks divine! Good luck with the competition :) x

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  22. Fabulous brownies...I love the addition of the blackcurrants! I was on the beach yesterday too...it was glorious! :-)

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  23. Just heard about your win with Capricorn cheeses. Many congratulations! I hope the prize is ample recognition of your considerable efforts towards popularising their worthy products...

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  24. Happy birthday to your mum and the brownies sound delicious. Excellent idea to sneak in some fruit!

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  25. Fantastic brownies Dom! Glad you and your mom had a wonderful time at the beach... you know, at beach enjoying the sun, champagne and brownies... heaven, I say :)

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  26. Happy birthday to your mum! I think it's a lovely tradition to go to the beach. These brownies look amazing!!

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  27. Tinned salmon sandwiches, champagne and excellent brownies on a beach. That's just heaven. I've got to hand it to you - you've got style.
    Oh, and Happy Birthday to your mum, of course.

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  28. I agree with Phil - what could be better! Just my style!

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  29. hello Dom :D
    Thank you for posting the blackcurrant beach brownies recipe.
    I’ve been looking for this recipe since forever! LOL. :D
    I’d like to invite you to submit the pictures of your blackcurrant beach brownies to Food Photography so other chefs can make the same creation. :)
    You know it’s fun to make others hungry. :D
    Can’t wait for your recipe. :D

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  30. Wow Dom - these brownies are gorgeous and so gooey. I love how they're studded all throughout with chunks of cherry - somehow that makes them so much more appealing than just regular brownies... I've had plenty of nights recently where I can't fall asleep due to ingredients - although typically it's because I'm trying to arrange them in my head into a recipe...

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  31. Sun, beach, brownies and family. It doesn't get any better that that. The brownies look delicious with the blackcurrants adding a little extra special something.

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  32. They look great and I'm very envious of you making it to a beach during the only bit of summer we've had recently.

    Great recipe for great times!

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  33. The brownies look fab. Surprising how amazing chocolate and blackcurrants go together. Eating Brownies on the beach under the sun sounds wonderful.

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  34. Thanks for all the birthday wishes - yes it was a perfect day - the brownies were delicious & I didn't even know about Dom's dilemma with the butter! xx

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