How many times have you ordered a brownie from a cafe or restaurant, just to be presented with a dry or cakey disappointment? I know I have, more times than I can count! When that happens, I always wish that I could have just made it myself. Well trust me, these fudgy, chocolatey brownies that are bursting with juicy blueberries will definitely not disappoint! They give you the perfect chocolate brownie that will satisfy any chocolate craving.
How good do they look?? I also have some really some really exciting news to share with you guys! I didn’t want to say anything until I bought my ticket which I just did soooo… I’m going to my first food blogging conference, Everything Food Conference! Woooooo! I know it probably doesn’t sound terribly exciting to some of you, but I get to meet Sally Quinn from Sally’s Baking Addiction which is awesome because I love her recipes and her blog so much, as you guys know I often mention that my recipes are based off one of hers. Plus I get to meet Lindsay and Bjork from Food Blogger Pro (the blogging membership site that I’m a part of) which is also really awesome.
Plus the best part? It’s in the USA so I’m going to go on a trip there for a few weeks after the conference, I’m soooo excited! And saving hard because the flights aren’t cheap from New Zealand to the US unfortunately… I love New Zealand but sometimes I wish we weren’t at the bottom of the world! So at the moment I’m planning on going to Salt Lake City for the conference, and then probably Phoenix (we have family in Sedona), New York and possibly Seattle as well. Do any of you have any recommendations for activities and things to do in those cities? I’ll only have a few weeks and I want to do as much as possible, and as much shopping as possible! 😉
Surprisingly though, these brownies today weren’t inspired by a Sally’s Baking Addiction recipe, but from Alice Arndell‘s new book, Bake Me Home. Alice was on a reality baking show in New Zealand and although she didn’t win she’s actually really talented and has a couple of cooking books (I have both!) which are really good. It’s actually quite funny how I got the second, it was a present from my boyfriend’s mum and it was even signed by Alice herself because my boyfriend’s mum is a deputy school principal and Alice’s children are in her class at school! So that was pretty special. 🙂
I feel like when I talk about New Zealand sometimes, those of you who have never been here will think we’re some small hick-town sort of country where everyone knows everyone and we all ride sheep! Haha. I can assure you that’s definitely not the case, but we are a country of only 4 million people and there are a lot of farmers, so sometimes it can feel that way… Although personally, I have never had a pet sheep. But my boyfriend did, apparently it was called Lamb Chop… Quite appropriate? Anyway what was I talking about again?
Right, the brownies. The amazing fudgy brownies? Indeed. Look at that perfect crackle on the top of these! This recipe is so easy and quick and you’ll have your own amazing brownies before you know it. So I know it’s not your usual combination, but I actually love chocolate and blueberry. Like the Purple Party Cake? Mmmm so good together. But I know a lot of people don’t like the combination or think it might be weird etc. so if you really don’t want to add the blueberries then you don’t have to, or you can substitute with frozen raspberries instead. But you’re definitely missing out if you don’t try blueberries and chocolate at least once in your life, I mean everything can be made better with chocolate right? Let me know what you think of blueberries and chocolate in the comments below whilst enjoying your lovely, fudgy chocolate brownies. Happy baking!
- 300g (2½ sticks) butter
- ¾ cup cocoa
- 2 tspn vanilla essence
- 2 cups brown sugar
- 3 eggs
- 1½ cups flour
- ½ tspn salt
- 200g (7oz) dark chocolate (at least 50% cocoa), roughly chopped
- 2 cups frozen blueberries (or raspberries)
- Preheat oven to 160°C (320°F) and grease and line a 26cm (10in) square tin.
- In a microwave safe and heatproof bowl, melt the butter and cocoa together in short bursts in the microwave.
- Add the vanilla and sugar and whisk well. Whisk in the eggs one at a time until all combined.
- Fold in the flour and the salt until just combined and then stir in the chocolate. Fold in the blueberries.
- Pour into the prepared tin, spreading as evenly as possible to the edges of the tin (the batter will be thick).
- Bake for 35-45 minutes, or until the edges start to crack and the centre is still soft.
- Cool completely in the tin on a wire rack before slicing.
- The brownies will keep in an airtight container for up to 1 week.