56 grams unsalted butter
42 grams Mitsides All Purpose Flour
28 grams good quality cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
85 grams unsweetened chocolate (broken into small pieces – you really need to ensure you have unsweetened chocolate otherwise the brownies will be too sweet!)
56 grams semi-sweet chocolate (broken into small pieces)
3 eggs (room temperature)
227 grams caster sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
56 grams sour cream
large sea salt flakes for sprinkling on top
227 grams unsalted macadamia nuts, roughly chopped
1. Preheat the oven to 170C. Butter and flour an 8 by 8 inch square pan.
2. Sift and mix together the dry ingredients (flour, salt, baking powder and cocoa) in a small bowl.
3. On a double boiler, gently melt the unsweetened chocolate, semi sweet chocolate and unsalted butter and set aside. (Remember that when melting chocolate and butter it can separate if it is too hot, so I like to start the melting process on a double boiler and then remove it and stir)
4. In a large bowl, with a hand held mixer, mix together on high speed the caster sugar, eggs and vanilla extract for about 1.5 minutes.
5. Then add the dry ingredients and mix for about 30 seconds. Add in the sour cream and mix together.
6. Then add the melted chocolate and mix gently for about 20 seconds.
7. Then add about 1/3 of the macadamia nuts and stir them in.
8. Pour the mixture into the pan ensuring that the mixture goes into the corner. (Do this by using a spatula and ensuring that the batter gets pushed into the corners such that there might even appear to be a dip in the middle of the pan.
9. Then sprinkle the remaining macadamia nuts on top of the mixture.
10. Bake for 40 minutes. Let cool in the pan for about 15 minutes and slice into 16 pieces. Sprinkle large flakes of sea salt on top of the brownies to taste. (Just a couple of crumpled flakes per brownie tastes good in my opinion!) (Also 40 minutes is good for a slightly moist cake texture, but if you love fudge-like brownies, you could take them out 5 minutes earlier.)