Dark chocolate brownies with olive oil and sea salt Panko crunch


First published in 2016
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Dark chocolate, fruity olive and flaky sea salt are a delicious combination of flavours which, when combined, make for a rich and sophisticated brownie. Japanese Panko breadcrumbs aren’t something you’d traditionally find in dessert, but here they add a satisfying feather light crunch in contrast to the fudgy texture of each bite. Serve in small squares with coffee or accompanied by a scoop of ice cream for a delightful finish to any meal.





  • 150g of unsalted butter
  • 275g of dark chocolate, minimum 70% cocoa solids
  • 200g of caster sugar
  • 175g of light muscovado sugar
  • 4 eggs, medium
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 200g of plain flour, white
  • 3 tbsp of cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 50g of Panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 tsp flaky sea salt
  • 1 tbsp of olive oil
Preheat the oven 180°C/gas mark 4. Grease a 23cm square baking pan with butter and line with baking parchment
In a heatproof bowl suspended over a pan of simmering water, melt the chocolate and butter, then set aside to cool slightly. In a medium bowl, whisk together the sugars and eggs until pale and thick, for around 3–4 minutes
Whisk in the cooled chocolate mixture then fold in the flour, cocoa and baking powder
In a small bowl, combine the Panko breadcrumbs and sea salt
Scrape half of the brownie batter into the prepared pan then sprinkle over one third of the breadcrumb mixture. Scrape over the remaining batter until covered and level with a spatula
Mix the remaining breadcrumbs with the olive oil until well coated, then sprinkle over the top of your brownie batter
Bake for 20–25 minutes, or until the top is set and slightly crackly and a skewer inserted in the middle comes out with some gooey batter still stuck to it
Allow to cool completely in the tin before cutting into squares and serving. These brownies will keep in an airtight container for 3–4 days
First published in 2016
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