Whopper Brownies

In America they call Maltesers “Whoppers” and you can buy them in cool milk carton things like this . Americans, in England we call Whoppers “Maltesers” because they’re made of malt and they’re little tiny chocolates that tease you and say “Oh eat me, eat me, I’m so satisfying” but they’re not because they’re so small so you have to have another. Really I think the English name makes much more sense but these are Whopper Brownies because they’re so big and gooey and delicious that there’s really nothing about them that teases, they go all the way, baby.

Just look at that gooey centre and those chewy malt balls…

You will only regret licking the screen. I learnt this the hard way.

To make your own stack of Whoppers, you’ll need:

150g (5oz) 70% dark chocolate

100g (3.5oz) milk chocolate

250g (9oz) unsalted butter (room temp)

3 large eggs + 1 egg yolk

300g (10.5oz) golden caster sugar

60g (2oz) plain flour ½ tsp baking powder Pinch of salt

30g (1oz) cocoa powder

30g (1oz) malt powder (or Horlicks)

150g (5oz) *more or less* Maltesers/Whoppers

Preheat your oven to 180°C/350°F, and line a baking tray with parchment. Break up your chocolate and pop it into a bowl resting on a saucpan of boiling water (don’t let the bowl touch the water). Keep stirring until you have a molten, glossy bowl of chocolate. Remove it from the heat and place to one side. Cream together your butter and sugar (especially easy if you’re using a mixer). Add the eggs one by one and then keep beating for a good few mins. Work those muscles! (or that mixer if you’re lazy like me). Now fold in your melted chocolate, and then sift your flour, baking powder, salt, malt & cocoa into the bowl. Mix gently until it’s all combined. Add your maltballs and pour into your baking tray. Bake for 25mins. When the timer pings, take them out of the oven and leave to cool by a window.

After about 45mins, you should be able to lift them out, chop ’em up and serve them to your nearest and dearest. I served mine with ice cold milk… in shot glasses, because I’m a grown up.

If for some inconceivable reason you have some left over, pop them into a Tupperware box and leave them in the fridge. Technically they’ll keep for a few days but if they last that long in your household I’m going to have to recommend some sort of psychiatrist.

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