Ask a chef: Carey's Bay Hotel's dark chocolate fudge brownie

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Carey's Bay Hotel's dark chocolate fudge brownie

Photo by Gerard O'Brien.
Photo by Gerard O'Brien.

300g dark chocolate
1½ cup brown sugar
¾ cup oil
5 small eggs
1½ tsp vanilla essence
¾ cup self-raising flour
⅓ cup cocoa
225g white chocolate buttons or walnuts


Preheat oven to 180degC.

Melt chocolate in the microwave in 30-second bursts.

While the chocolate is melting, whisk oil, eggs, vanilla and sugar until pale and thick.

Whisk the melted chocolate into the egg and oil mixture until combined.

Fold in the flour and cocoa. Stir in the white chocolate buttons or nuts.

Grease and line a 30cm x 24cm baking dish that is at least 4cm deep.

Bake for about 25-30 minutes.

Cool and keep in the fridge.

This will seem wobbly and may seem undercooked but this is normal as it's a very fudgey brownie.

It can be served cold from the fridge or warmed slightly in the microwave. It also freezes well if you can resist eating it all.


Requested by Leah C. Jones (aged 10 years), of Dunedin.

Recipe supplied by Jo Kidston and Chanel Nicolau-Baker, of Carey's Bay Hotel.

• If you have enjoyed a dish in an Otago cafe or restaurant and would like the recipe, write to Ask a Chef, Features, Otago Daily Times, PO Box 181, Dunedin, fax 474-7422, or email, including your name, address and a daytime telephone number, and we will request it.

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