Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Rocky Road Chocolate Brownie

Rocky Road Chocolate Brownie has to be one of my family's favourite sweet treats. I have tried various brownie recipes but most were either too wet, too gooey, too sweet, too nutty, too fudgy or the opposite - too dry. I wanted to come up with a brownie that was cake-like in texture, moist without tasting undercooked with just enough chunks of chocolate and a scattering of nuts, dried fruit and chewy marshmallows. This version is super easy and super quick to make because you use a bar of Cadbury Rocky Road chocolate which takes just moments to chop up before being stirred into the mixture.

Here are the ingredients

One 2oo gram bar of Cadbury Rocky Road chocolate - you could use two for a 'rockier road version'! Of course you could use separate ingredients - chocolate chips, baking marshmallows, cherries, nuts etc but that's a lot of jars/packets to open - the chocolate bar version is a real time saver!

3/4 to 1 cup (approx) of softened unsalted butter
3 large eggs
1 cup of all-purpose flour (I like to use unbleached organic flour)
1 cup raw sugar (or caster sugar if you prefer)
1/2 cup good quality baking cocoa
pinch of salt


1. Pre-heat oven to 180 c ( 350 F)

2. Line a square baking pan with baking paper (mine is 20cm by 20 cm - just under 8"x 8" with a depth of 5cm or 2" for my imperial friends!)

3.In a large bowl, beat your butter until smooth and stir in the eggs. I sometimes use the processor if my butter hasn't softened sufficiently and the mix appears lumpy.

4. Stir in the dry ingredients ensuring that all the flour is folded in well.

5. Roughly chop up the chocolate bar - I cut each square into quarters and mix in.

6.Spread the mixture out evenly in the prepared pan - a rubber spatula is helpful!

7.Bake for approximately 30 minutes - the edges should start to pull away from the sides of the pan indicating that it is ready.

8.Cool in the pan and cut into slices - I opt for 16 for a morning or afternoon tea treat but you could cut 12 to create more generous servings suitable for a dessert - serve still warm with ice cream.

My family prefer this brownie warm and fresh out of the oven. The chunks of chocolate are still gooey and melt in your mouth! It is meant to be an occasional treat as I prefer to use freshly milled wholewheat flour for most of my baking but it is not really suitable for this kind of recipe. Let it be said - I'm not against the occasional use of refined products for certain cakes and desserts. I'm sure my children are going to have fond memories of making Rocky Road Chocolate Brownie!

What is your favourite chocolate recipe? I'm very tempted to share the link to what I believe is the world's best chocolate cake. The cake I have been making for years that no other chocolate cake recipe has come even close to matching - interested?

With Love and Joy,


Suzanne said...

I have been wanting something chocolate all day and these sound so good! Of course, now that it is almos 10pm here I will have to wait til tomorrow--I don't think I can...LOL!

Niki Jones said...

Would love love love the Chocolate cake recipe.
My kiddies are away & arrive home today.
I am now leaving the house to go buy the Brownie ingredients I am without for a special treat for when they get home.
One day Ann, I would love to come & have a cuppa & some brownie at your 8 acres of Eden.
It always seems such a nuturing place without exception.

Niki x

Jen's Busy Days said...

Yum, think I will have to add Rocky Road to my shopping list. So much for changing my eating habits. :)

Best wishes
Jen in NSW

Finding Joy said...

I have been looking for a brownie recipe that didn't come out too gooey. My 18 year old son wants to give this one a good - he loves warm brownies and ice cream + cream for dessert!!! As I am dieting I will have just a little. Will let you know what we think?

A Bite of Country Cupcakes said...

Yummmmm....My Fav Chocolate recipe is a Chocloate lemonade cake1 Yum so moist and not too sickly

Pam said...

Oh my goodness does that ever look good. I will be trying this one. I love Cadbury Chocolate very much, so it looks like it will be a double treat. Thanks for sharing it.
Many Blessings,

Camille said...

Mmmmm...those sound super yummy! I am not opposed to the occasional treat either...the 80% rule, right? :) Please do share your favourite chocolate cake recipe...pretty please??

Happy Mother's Day Ann!
Many blessings,

Renata said...

Another delicious recipe - thanks! I love brownies, but haven't made them since I was a teenager & went through a brownie phase!
I was going to ask you what kind of grain grinder do you have? We are thinking about getting one for ourselves & I'm trying to find what would best suit our needs.
Have a great morning


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