Catalan Torró (Nougat) Brownies: F. C. Barcelona Audi Cup Champs

Catalan Torró (Nougat) Brownies: F.C.Barcelona Audi Cup Champs

Our Barça boys are back, and in fine form too. I’m blocking out the defeat by Man United the other day; we played with a young squad and therefore it barely counts.

Barça played hosts Bayern Munich during the finals of the Audi Cup last week and won with not one but two classy goals from Thiago.

I dedicate these fudgey chocolate Brownies made with macadamia nuts, Spanish cacao, white and dark choc bits and rich, golden soft Catalan nougat that I brought back from our travels to our fabulous and fearsome lads- here’s to a successful season! And to Puyi recovering fully, soon.

(I understand purists will frown at my addition of nuts and other goodies- for me brownies lack the necessary flavour dimension without the comforting crunch of nuts and the melting decadence of choc bits.)

This easy brownie recipe is based on a secret one given to me by my dear friend Adelaida. I’ve amended hers, and so her secret still remains safe.

Barcelona's players celebrate after their Audi Cup football match FC Barcelona vs SC International de Porto Alegre in Munich, southern Germany, on July 26, 2011. Barcelona won 4-2 on a penalty shoot-out, after a 2-2 draw. AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOF STACHE (Photo credit should read CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images)

Courtesy: CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images

crumbly on the outside, lush & dense on the inside

Ingredients

3 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

200 grams sugar (I used brown)

225 grams of butter, melted

110 grams cocoa powder

2 teaspoons instant coffee, brewed in a splash of hot water. Allow to cool

130 grams flour

1 t baking powder

1/2 t salt

handful raw macadamias, chopped

80 nougat, chopped into little bits

50 g dark chocolate, chopped

50 g white chocolate, chopped (Subs last four ingredients as you desire)

Method

Preheat the oven to 180ºC.

Grease a 20 x 20 cm square baking pan.

Whisk the eggs with the vanilla extract.

In a large bowl, sieve the dry  ingredients and mix the remaining ingredients together, except the last four.

Add the eggs and mix well. I had a few undissolved bits but this did not pose a problem.

Add the nuts, chocolate and nougat and mix to distribute.

Pour the batter into the pan.

Bake for 25 min or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Eat warm or leave to cool.

These brownies continue to taste fantastic for days after. You want a nice crumbly outside and a lush, dense inside.

Brownies for the Barça Boys


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5 Comments

  1. Rob August 2, 2011 at 9:33 am - Reply

    Best Brownies EVER! Honestly I can confirm that the nougat is a most inspired and genius idea – when can I get my next fix? 🙂

    • Ishay August 10, 2011 at 11:46 am - Reply

      thanks Rob! You can honestly whip these up in a flash 🙂

  2. nina August 2, 2011 at 8:32 pm - Reply

    I don’t know for what to say yum….the brownies or the bods…..anyway, I think I can deal with the brownies!!

  3. Betty Bake August 31, 2011 at 6:09 pm - Reply

    oh my …. YUM!!!!!! *drool*

    I will have to try these

    hope you are well Ishay 🙂
    hugs
    BB

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