Caribbean Brownies, put a little sunshine in your food!

The sun is shining in Newcastle and we can finally dust off the barbecue and join the alfresco eating craze that seems to be sweeping the rest of the country.  But, along with mountains of sticky ribs, honey roasted chicken drumsticks and haloumi skewers we need something sweet to satiate our ever demanding dessert tummy.  Thanks to Levi Roots’ excellent sunshiney book Caribbean Cooking Made Easy, I have found the perfect garden sweet treat, Caribbean Brownies.  Take a pretty normal brownie recipe, add ginger, pecans and the special ingredient rum, yes rum and you’ve got yourself a special Caribbean brownie treat! Delicious.

So, what are you waiting for.  Drag your barbecue to the patio, give your garden furniture a wipe down and have yourself some fun in the sun.

Caribbean Brownies
Caribbean Cooking Made Easy

250g plain chocolate, minimum 70 per cent cocoa solids, broken into pieces

250g butter

5 free-range eggs 

350g dark muscovado sugar

1-2 tbsp rum (optional)

150g plain flour sifted

125g pecan nuts, roughly chopped

4 pieces of stem ginger (from a jar), chopped 

Icing sifted, for dusting (optional)

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. Line a 30cm x 20cm/12in x 8in, deep-sided cake tin with greaseproof paper.

Bring a little water to the boil in a pan, then reduce the heat until the water is simmering. Suspend a heatproof bowl over the water (do not allow the base of the bowl to touch the water). Add the chocolate pieces and butter to the bowl and stir until melted and glossy. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool slightly.

In a separate bowl, beat together the eggs and sugar using an electric whisk until pale, fluffy and thick.

Add the melted chocolate mixture and rum, if using, then whisk again until smooth and well combined.

Carefully fold in the flour, using a metal spoon. Add the pecan nuts and stem ginger and fold into the mixture, then pour the brownie batter into the prepared cake tin.

Transfer the brownies to the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the top is firm to the touch but a skewer inserted into the centre of the brownies comes out slightly sticky. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool slightly in the tin.

When the brownies have cooled slightly, cut them into 18-20 squares or triangles and carefully remove from the tin. Pile onto a plate and dust with icing sugar, if using.


  1. sunita
    May 20, 2010 / 9:56 am

    Yummy brownies; you've got such a lovely space here ­čÖé

  2. Beth (Jam and Clotted Cream)
    May 20, 2010 / 10:25 am

    wow- my two fave things – alcoholand chocolate!!

  3. Jacqueline
    May 20, 2010 / 11:20 am

    Oh yes, I do love the added ingredients Katie and that cake stand is gorgeous. I wish I had enough room to collect lots of pretty plates, serving bowls and cake stands, wouldn't that be great? A huge farmhouse kitchen with two big dressers to put lovely things on. *sigh*

  4. daisychain
    May 20, 2010 / 4:43 pm

    these are so on my to bake list!

  5. Eliana
    May 20, 2010 / 4:49 pm

    Hmmm – I'm not a huge fan of brownies but love when they have different unexpected flavors in them. These look wonderful.

  6. Joanne
    May 21, 2010 / 1:12 am

    Since I won't be headed to the Caribbean anytime soon, I'm going to have to make these. I see no other option.

  7. Chele
    May 21, 2010 / 4:11 pm

    Yum! Hubby is gonna love these babies!

  8. Brisbane Baker
    May 22, 2010 / 10:53 am

    I've been looking for some new brownies to make, but 99% of the ones I've seen tonight have interested me. Defnitely going to try these!

  9. Alisa
    May 22, 2010 / 6:59 pm

    Wohoo!I'm saving this recipe. My friends would sure love this!If you wont mind I'd love to guide Foodista readers to this post.Just add the foodista widget to the end of this post and it's all set, Thanks!

  10. Rosa's Yummy Yums
    May 23, 2010 / 10:18 am

    A great idea! Your caribbean Brownies must taste heavenly!Cheers,Rosa

  11. Chef Dennis
    May 28, 2010 / 1:17 am

    I love the Muscovado sugar and the rum in the brownie…and I do love brownies!!thanks for sharing!

  12. Marie
    June 16, 2010 / 6:54 pm

    Stunning recipe – gorgeous blog.

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