Preparation time: 40 minutes plus cooling and chilling

Cooking time: 35 minutes

Serves: 25

Ingredients

For the brownie layer:

  • 150g bar Dr. Oetker 54% Dark Fine Cook’s Chocolate
  • 100g (3 ½ oz) Unsalted butter, softened
  • 100g (3 ½ oz) Caster sugar
  • 2 Medium eggs, beaten
  • 75g (3oz) Plain flour
  • 50g (2oz) Salted pretzels, lightly crushed

For the cream layer:

  • 2 x 150g bars Dr. Oetker White Fine Cook’s Chocolate
  • 150ml (1/4 pt) Double cream
  • 2.5ml (1/2 tsp) Dr. Oetker Caramel Flavour
  • 3g (1/2 tsp) Salt

To decorate:

  • 25 Salted pretzel sticks or Paluszki – see TIP
  • Dr Oetker Chocolatey Sprinkles

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180?C (160?C fan oven, 350?F, gas 4). Grease and line a 20cm (8inch) square cake tin.
  2. First make the brownie layer. Break the Dark Chocolate into pieces and place in a saucepan with the butter and sugar. Heat very gently, stirring occasionally until melted. Remove from the heat and cool for 10 minutes.
  3. Mix the eggs into the melted mixture to make a thick glossy batter. Sift the flour on top, add the crushed pretzels and carefully mix all the ingredients together.
  4. Spoon into the prepared tin, smooth to the edges and bake for about 20 minutes until lightly crusted on top but still wobbly underneath. Leave to cool completely in the tin, then turn out the brownie layer, double line the tin with cling film so that it over hangs the edges and carefully press the brownie back into the tin. Leave aside.
  5. For the cream layer, break the chocolate into pieces and place in a heatproof bowl. Pour over the cream. Sit the bowl over a saucepan of barely simmering water and leave to melt. Remove from the water and cool for 10 minutes. Stir in the Caramel Flavour and salt and pour over the cold brownie. Cool completely then chill for 2 hours until set.
  6. To serve, carefully remove the brownie from the tin using the cling film to help you and place on a board. Cut into 25 squares. Use a skewer to make a hole in the centre of each and push in a pretzel stick. Scatter the tops with Sprinkles. Your brownie sticks are now ready to serve and enjoy!

Tips

Pretzels are a much loved savoury snack and come in all shapes and sizes. If you can’t find the sticks in the savoury snack aisle in the supermarket, check out the Polish food section where they are called Paluszki.

For a gluten free version use gluten free pretzels or replace with with Dr. Oetker Chocolate Chips or Chunks and use gluten free flour – stick with pop sticks instead.

Other flavours to try as alternatives to Caramel in this delicious bake are Dr. Oetker Valencia Orange Extract or Madagascan Natural Vanilla Extract – omit the salt in the topping if using these flavours.

Receipe’s by Dr Oetker 

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