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Preparation Time : 03
Cook Time : 45
Total Time : 48
175g good-quality dark chocolate
175g unsalted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup (80ml) whisky
1 cup (200g) firmly packed dark brown sugar
420g caster sugar
3 eggs, beaten
1 1/2 cups (225g) plain flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
110g good-quality choc chips
Vanilla ice-cream, to serve
Preheat the oven to 170°C. Grease and line the base of a 24cm springform cake pan.
Place the dark chocolate in a bowl with the butter, vanilla and whisky. Place over a pan of gently simmering water, making sure the bowl doesn't touch the water, and stir occasionally until the butter and chocolate have melted. Add the brown sugar and beat well, then add 200g of the caster sugar, and beat until combined.
Remove the bowl from the heat, cool slightly, then whisk in the eggs and sift in the flour, baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Beat until just combined, then carefully stir in the choc chips.
Pour chocolate mixture into the prepared pan, smoothing the top.
Bake for 35-40 minutes or until the cake starts to shrink away from the sides of the pan. Cool slightly before removing the outer ring from the pan.
While the cake is baking, make the sauces. For the caramel sauce, place the sugar, golden syrup and butter in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Add cream and vanilla and cook for a further 1-2 minutes, stirring to combine. Set aside to cool.
To make the chocolate sauce, place chocolate in a medium-sized bowl.
Heat cream in a saucepan to scalding point, pour over the chocolate and stir until smooth.
To make sugar shards, line a baking tray with foil. Place the remaining caster sugar in a saucepan over very low heat and swirl the saucepan around occasionally, allowing the sugar to melt evenly. Once the sugar has dissolved and turned golden (this can take up to 15 minutes), pour the mixture onto the tray and set aside to cool completely before breaking into shards.
Serve the brownie cake while still slightly warm with a generous scoop of vanilla ice-cream and a sugar shard on the side. Pour over some of each of the caramel and chocolate sauces.
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