HomeBrownie recipesFrancis Atkins’ Chocolate and Almond Brownies Easy to make and ideal for a small yet sumptuous sweet treat, culinary guru Francis Atkins’ chocolate and almond brownies are a flavour fantasia. The chocolate and salt makes an exciting combination, which is offset by the sweet taste of the almonds. Ingredients For the brownies: 1 tbsp of oil 100g of blanched almonds 225g of caster sugar 3 eggs 160g of unsalted butter 55g of plain flour, sieved 55g of cocoa powder 200g of dark chocolate 100g of milk chocolate cocoa powder for dusting Salt To garnish: 16 blanched almonds 4 sheets of gold leaf Method: 1 Heat the oil in a pan and fry the almonds until browned, then season with salt and leave to cool. 2 Heat the oven to 170°C/Gas mark 3. Cream the sugar and eggs together. Melt the butter and stir this in with the flour and cocoa. 3 Melt the chocolate in a microwave or over a pan of simmering water. Add the melted chocolate and salted almonds to the cream mixture and stir in. 4 Tip the mixture into a 22cm square baking tin tray lined with silicone paper, level the top and bake for 30 – 40 minutes. Leave to cool. 5 Cut into small squares and dust with cocoa powder. Arrange on a serving plate and top with a whole almond per square and a little fleck of gold leaf. Recipe courtesy of Francis Atkins for GreatBritishChefs.com.