18 October 2017Last updated

Food | Recipes

Tahini and halva brownies

Here’s how to achieve the perfect balance of cakey and gooey – that sweet spot that all brownies should hit

Yotam Ottolenghi/ Helen Goh
6 Oct 2017 | 09:22 am
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Makes 16

  • 1 cup plus 1 1/2 tbsp/250g unsalted butter, cut into 2cm cubes, plus extra for greasing
  • 260g dark chocolate (70 per cent cocoa solids), broken into 4cm pieces
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 1/3 cups/280 g granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup plus 3 tbsp/120g all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup/30g Dutch-processed cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 200g halva, broken into 2cm pieces
  • 1/3 cup/70g tahini paste

We made these in a 23cm-square baking pan, but a 30.5 x 20cm pan also works well.

These will keep well for up to 5 days in an airtight container. They also freeze well, covered in plastic wrap, for up to a month. When you take them out of the freezer, they are uncommonly good eaten at the half-frozen, half-thawed stage.

1. Preheat the oven to 200°C. Grease your chosen pan and line with parchment paper, then set aside.

2. Place the butter and chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water, making sure that the base of the bowl is not touching the water. Leave for about 2 minutes to melt, then remove the bowl from the heat. Stir until you have a thick shiny sauce and set aside to come to room temperature.

3. Place the eggs and sugar in a large bowl and whisk until pale and creamy and a trail is left behind when you move the whisk; this will take about 3 minutes with an electric mixer, longer by hand. Add the chocolate and fold through gently with a spatula – don’t overwork the mixture here.

4. Sift the flour, cocoa powder and salt into a bowl, then gently fold into the chocolate mixture. Finally, add the pieces of halva, gently fold through the mix, then pour or scrape the mixture into the lined baking pan, using a small spatula to even it out. Dollop small spoonfuls of the tahini paste into the mix in about 12 different places, then use a skewer to swirl them through to create a marbled effect, taking the marbling right to the edges of the pan.

5. Bake for about 23 minutes, until the middle has a slight wobble and it is gooey inside – they may be ready anywhere between 22 and 25 minutes. If using the 30.5 x 20-cm pan, they will need a couple minutes less cooking time. They may seem a little undercooked at first, but they firm up once they start to cool down. If you want to serve them warmish (and gooey), set aside for just 30 minutes before cutting into 16 pieces. Otherwise, set aside for longer to cool to room temperature.

Recipes reprinted from SWEET: Desserts from London’s Ottolenghi. Copyright © 2017 by Yotam Ottolenghi and Helen Goh. Photos © 2017 by Peden + Munk. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC.

Yotam Ottolenghi/ Helen Goh

Yotam Ottolenghi/ Helen Goh