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Rhubarb and raspberry brownie

A classic rich chocolate brownie, dotted with the fruity flavours of rhubarb and raspberries. It's perfect dessert to take to a picnic.

By Lisa Featherby
  • 15 mins preparation
  • 45 mins cooking plus cooling
  • Serves 10 - 14
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Pairing rich, fudgy brownie with the sweet hit of rhubarb and raspberries, this is picnic fare at its finest. For another twist on this favourite, swap the rhubarb for a spoonful of tahini swirled through just before baking, and add a sprinkling of nuts.

Ingredients

  • 450 gm caster sugar
  • 4 eggs, at room temperature
  • 170 gm plain flour
  • 110 gm Dutch-process cocoa, sifted
  • 250 gm butter, melted, plus extra for greasing
  • Scraped seeds of 1 vanilla bean
  • 360 gm dark chocolate (53%-66% cocoa solids), melted
  • 250 gm rhubarb stalks (about ½ bunch), trimmed and sliced diagonally
  • Freeze-dried raspberries (see note), to serve

Method

  • 1
    Preheat oven to 160°C. Whisk sugar and eggs in an electric mixer until thick and pale and mixture holds a ribbon (4-5 minutes).
  • 2
    Sift flour, cocoa and 1 tsp salt (or to taste) into a bowl, then add butter and vanilla seeds and whisk to combine. Add egg mixture, whisk to combine, then fold in melted chocolate.
  • 3
    Grease a 20cm x 30cm lamington tin and line with baking paper, leaving some overhanging. Spread batter in tin, top with rhubarb, and bake until a skewer withdraws clean (40-45 minutes). Cool, then top with freeze-dried raspberries. Cut into 5cm squares to serve. Brownie will keep in an airtight container for 2 days.

Notes

Freeze-dried raspberries are available online from fresh-as.com
Drink suggestion: Thermos of strong coffee. Drink suggestion by Max Allen.

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  • Author: Lisa Featherby