About this recipe:One day I tried to make brownies for the hotel I used to work at. I asked a colleague to buy me pecans at the supermarket, but she couldn't find pecans, so I asked she just get me any kind of nut...then she bought me a packet of pistachios. In China we call pistachios "happy nuts". Normally chefs use pecans or other nuts for the brownies, but you must try the pistachio nuts, they taste great!
500g unsalted butter, melted, plus extra for the tin
200g shelled, roasted pistachios
500g dark chocolate chips
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
170g plain flour
2 teaspoons cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
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Method Prep:20min › Cook:40min › Ready in:1hr
Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease and line a 45x25cm tin.
Put a pot of hot water on to boil, then place a large metal bowl on the top to make a double boiler. Add the butter and chocolate to the metal bowl. Once melted, remove from the heat.
In another bowl, whisk together the sugar, eggs and vanilla. Add the melted chocolate mixture to the egg mixture, along with the cocoa powder, flour and baking powder. Mix well, then add the pistachios. Tip all of the ingredients into the prepared tin, and bang on the countertop to remove any air bubbles.
Bake the brownies for 35 minutes, or until they test done when a knife inserted in the centre comes out clean. Cool before cutting into squares and enjoying with ice cream or cream, or on their own!
If you didn't buy your pistachios roasted, you can roast them in the preheated oven for 6 to 7 minutes on a dry baking tray - just watch carefully as they're quick to burn!