I made these yesterday following a week-long detox and two weeks without chocolate or any processed food. It’s fair to say then, that making these was rather torturous!
The good news they were for a little tea party I was attending and so I could pack them with naughtiness knowing that it wouldn’t be me scoffing them ALL, but I did allow myself one and they tasted amazing!
The melted chocolate in the brownies gives them a rich, luscious flavour without being sickly, which meant that the marshmallows weren’t overpoweringly sweet but added a nice soft texture that complemented the firmer brownie. I made these the day before and left them in the fridge overnight so they had cleaner edges when I cut them, but this isn’t necessary! The chocolate drizzle is also entirely optional!
The measurements below made 16 perfectly-sized brownies, but if you like a large chunk of brownie, cut them into 12!
Dark Chocolate Brownies with a Marshmallow Topping
200g (1 + 1/4 cups) chopped dark (plain) chocolate
200g (7/8 cup) butter
50ml (3 tablespoons) strong brewed coffee
250g (1 + 1/4 cups) brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla sugar
80g (2/3 cup) plain (all-purpose) flour
25g (1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon) cocoa
150g (1 cup) marshmallows
20g (2 tablespoons) chopped dark chocolate (for drizzling)
~ Pre-heat the oven to 170°C (325°F) and prepare a square/rectangle baking tin (mine was 10" x 7") by lining it with grease-proof paper or by greasing.
~ Slowly heat the chocolate and butter in a pan until just melted. Add the strong coffee and leave to cool for around 5-10 minutes.
~ In a large bowl, whisk the sugar with the eggs, then add in the cooled chocolate/butter mixture.
~ Sift the vanilla sugar, flour and cocoa and stir into the wet ingredients until well combined.
~ Pour into the tin and bake for around 27 minutes. Take the brownies out of the oven and sprinkle with the marshmallows and return to the oven to bake for a further 3 minutes. Remove and allow to cool.
~ Drizzle with melted chocolate and then allow the chocolate to set. I left mine in the fridge overnight - if you do this, just take out of the fridge an hour before serving and cut into squares while it is still quite cold. Drizzle a little extra chocolate over for decoration (completely optional and certainly not necessary). Enjoy!