Cafe Ambience chocolate brownie

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Serves 12-16, depending on size you want

Chocolate brownie

⅓ cup cocoa

⅓ cup hot water

150g butter

150g dark chocolate buttons

1 ¼ cups brown sugar

1 cup ground almonds

4 eggs — separated


Preheat oven to 165degC.

Dissolve cocoa in hot water, add butter and chocolate.

Melt in microwave on short bursts at a low temperature.

Add brown sugar, ground almonds, egg yolks and mix well.

Beat egg whites until firm and add to chocolate mixture and stir until all combined.

Line and grease a square baking tin about 20cm in size.

Pour mixture into tin and cook for 25-30 minutes.

Recipe requested by Mary Matheson, Dunedin

Recipe provided by Cafe Ambience, Gore.

If you have enjoyed a dish at an Otago cafe or restaurant and would like the recipe, write to Ask a Chef, Features, Otago Daily Times, PO Box 517, Dunedin, fax 474-7422, or email, including your name, address and a daytime telephone number, and we will request it.

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