Chocolate (of your choice. A chocolate bar is fine)
☆Cocoa powder (unsweetened)
Walnuts, almonds, pecans, etc.
150 g in total
Almonds (for decoration)
Line a baking sheet with kitchen parchment paper, spread out the nuts and roast in a 150 to 160°C oven for 10 minutes. Leave to cool.
Combine the ☆ ingredients and sift together. Line the cake tin with kitchen parchment paper. Have all the other ingredients at room temperature.
Put the nuts from Step 1 into a thick plastic bag, and crush them with a rolling pin. The brownies will be crunchy and tastier if you don't crush the nuts too finely.
Put the broken up chocolate, butter and instant coffee in a small pan, and melt them by holding it above another pan of hot water. The coffee granules can still remain undissolved!
Break the egg into another bowl and beat. Add the sugar and mix well. Add the chocolate-coffee mixture from Step 4 and mix well.
Add the sifted flour an fold it in quickly using a rubber spatula. Add the nuts from Step 3 just before the flour is completely incorporated, and mix into the batter evenly.
Pour the batter into the lined tin, level out the surface and then drop the tin from a height a few times onto a counter to eliminate any air pockets. Bake in a preheated 170°C oven for 10 minutes.
Take the tin out and arrange almonds on the top in to form little hearts. Put back in the oven and bake at 170°C for another 10 minutes. (I just topped half of the brownies with almonds here.)
Take it out of the paper and remove from the tin. Let cool on a rack.
When it has cooled down, cut up as you like. I also recommend wrapping each piece individually to give as gifts.
This is how the cut sides look. It's packed with nuts! The moist, rich, slightly bitter chocolate and the crunchiness of the nuts are amazing!
Story Behind this Recipe
I'm not fond of overly sweet treats, so I tried adding coffee to accent these brownies. Coffee and chocolate go perfectly together. The slight bitterness and fragrance of the coffee makes these brownies perfect for the grown-up palate.
Use whatever type of nuts and chocolate that you like. You can just use walnuts and it will still be delicious. I recommend using bitter or dark chocolate! If you're not using almonds to decorate the top, you jut need to bake this for 20 minutes at 170°C! I also recommend decorating the top with icing or melted chocolate.