Choccy heaven

Create the perfect treat for the one you love this Valentine’s Day

What can be better for Valentine’s Day than a splurge of chocolate? This recipe for a chocolate brownie is sweet, indulgent and perfect when served with some fine vanilla ice cream. Knock this one up on the 14th and win a few extra ‘brownie’ points in the love stakes!



  • 350g unsalted butter
  • 250g dark chocolate
  • 250g golden caster sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 135g plain flour
  • 30g cocoa powder
  • 40g white chocolate, chopped
  • 40g milk chocolate, chopped
  • 50g roasted hazelnuts


Place butter and dark chocolate in pan over a bane-marie on a low heat and allow to melt completely until butter and chocolate are well combined. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly. Sift flour and cocoa powder together. In a large mixer, place sugar and eggs, whisk until thick and pale (double in size). While still whisking, pour in melted chocolate mixture until just combined, remove from mixer.

Fold in flour and cocoa powder with a large whisk, do not over fold mixture. Add chopped chocolate and roasted hazelnuts, fold in gently. Cook at 175C for 20 minutes (even crust will form on top). Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.