Friday, 16 June 2017

Dark Chocolate Nutty Brownies

Brownies?  I mentioned them to a friend recently; her response: "you mean those Girl Guide types?"  No girlfriend, I mean chocolatey, nutty, gooey lumps that you hoover up with a cup of tea.  I made a batch the other day, and as is my wont, I added a few little twists.  I prefer dark chocolate so I used that, and I added some PB chips and white choc chips to give it an even bigger chocolatey boost. 

The basic recipe is from a cookbook printed in 1978, called The Australian & New Zealand Family Cookbook, a treasure trove of what we would now see as somewhat old-fashioned dishes.   Can't wait to try out the Seamen's Stew!  And I bet you thought using cauliflower as a steak or rice was a new-fangled idea.  Nope, this book has a recipe for nut and cauliflower flan, set on a shortcrust pastry base.  Sounds really delicious.


125g. butter

185g. dark chocolate with roast almonds - I used an Old Gold block

6 tsp water

125g. caster sugar 

1 tsp vanilla extract

125g. self-raising flour

pinch of salt

2 large eggs

60g. chopped nuts - I used 30g. each of walnuts and pecans

50g. peanut butter chips

40g. white chocolate chips


Set your oven to 180C/325F

Put the butter, dark chocolate and water in a medium saucepan

Melt it gently, giving it a stir now and then

Take it off the stove, add the sugar and vanilla, give it a good stir and set it aside to cool

Sift the flour and salt into a medium bowl

Then stir the chocolate mixture into the flour

Add the eggs one at a time and mix in well

Fold in the nuts and peanut butter chips

Spoon the batter into a greased 20cm. (8 inch) square baking tin - some recipes suggest lining with baking paper instead of greasing so take your pick

Throw over the white choc chips on top of the delicious batter

Bake for 30-35 minutes or until "a knife plunged into the centre comes out clean" - I had to quote that bit 'cos it sounds so good

I actually like my brownies a leetle bit squidgy so you can take them out of the oven a few minutes before you have a clean knife if you fancy them like that too

Cool, cut into squares and sift some icing sugar over the top if you like even more decadence - of course you do!

casting on the cute little white choc buttons 

yep I could eat a few of these 

This recipe is so easy peasy, even your toddler could do it - blindfolded:=)  And you can ring up the changes as you please - different nuts, different chocolates, add some spices like cinnamon, whatever takes your fancy.

Author: Girl Guides of Canada 1945

Young Canadian girl in her Brownies uniform  (source: Wikimedia Commons).

or the other type of Brownie

Source: Wikimedia Commons- author VateVG - Public Domain


  1. I love these vintage cookbooks! There's always such great recipes contained within. These little brownie bites look divine.

    1. Thanks Lorraine. They are a real treasure trove these old cookbooks and so indicative of their period in social history.

  2. Yep, I'll definitely skip on the Girl Guides and take these thanks!

    1. Hi Jem
      I do love me a wee pixie tho. Those cute little brownies in those cute hats 🎩

  3. Your friend's association of girl guides with baking brownies is interesting. In the US, we mainly have Girl Scouts and the junior ones (under around 9 years old) are actually called "Brownies." They used to wear brown uniforms and brown beanies. But I don't think that they were associated with the bakery item -- they sell cookies.

    In any case I think I would love your baked goods!

    best... mae at

  4. Hi Mae
    Thanks for dropping by:). Yes the girls are called Brownies here too. I just thought it was funny that we have at least 3 types of brownies.


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