I realised some time ago that chocolate brownies taste far better made with ground almonds than with flour, as they provide you with that wonderful fudgy texture, so these ones are gluten-free.
The ricotta lends moussiness to the finished brownies, and as one of my favourite flavour combinations is chocolate and raspberry (I’ve used Ocado’s own range raspberries), these disappear extremely quickly in my house. They’re as good to serve as a dessert as they are for an afternoon snack.
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Chocolate, raspberry and ricotta brownies
Prep 15 min
Cook 20-25 min
85ml olive oil
125g dark brown sugar
50g 70% dark chocolate, chopped
2 medium free-range eggs
40g cocoa powder
60g ground almonds
Pinch sea salt
Creme fraiche, to serve
Preheat the oven to 160C fan/180C/gas mark 4. Mix the olive oil, sugar and chocolate in a saucepan, then stir on a low heat until the chocolate has melted and the mixture is glossy.
Stir in 70ml of the milk, then let the mixture cool for 5-10 minutes before whisking in the eggs.
Stir the liquid mixture into the cocoa powder, ground almonds and sea salt. Then slowly and very gently stir in a quarter of the raspberries.
Beat the ricotta with the remaining 20ml of milk until smooth, and set aside.
Pour the chocolate batter into a small baking tin, and then drop in teaspoons of the beaten ricotta. Use the handle of the teaspoon to draw the ricotta gently through the chocolate mixture, and then scatter generously with the remaining raspberries.
Transfer the tin to the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes, until the top of the brownie looks just set and has stopped wobbling. Let the brownie cool in the tin for 5 minutes before transferring it gently to a wire rack. Serve with creme fraiche.
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