Alison Hammond's chocolate brownies

In a TV exclusive, our showbiz queen Alison Hammond is donning her pinny and brushing off her rolling pin as she enters the This Morning kitchen for the very first time to bake her delicious chocolate brownies.

Chocolate brownies

Serves: makes about 16 squares

Ingredients

200g dark chocolate, broken up into small pieces

250g unsalted butter

80g cocoa powder

65g plain flour

1 tsp baking powder

360g caster sugar

4 large eggs

100g toasted hazelnuts, roughly chopped

100g chocolate chips

Method

  • Set the oven to 170C, 150C fan, Gas 3. Line a 23cm square baking tin with non-stick baking paper. Place the chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl and place over a pan of simmering water to slowly melt.

  • Once the chocolate is melted, allow to cool slightly then fold in the cocoa powder, flour, baking powder and caster sugar

  • In a separate bowl whisk the eggs together and slowly add this to the chocolate mix - the mixture should reach a consistency where it is falling off the walls of the bowl

  • Next add the nuts and chocolate chips (or whatever ingredients you choose to add) and mix

  • Pour the mixture into the baking tin and cook the brownies for 45-50 minutes, slightly longer if you like them firmer

  • Once cooked, remove from the oven and allow them to cool before cutting them into pieces. Serve and enjoy.

Rocky road

Serves: makes about 9 squares

Ingredients

200g dark chocolate, broken up into small pieces

125g unsalted butter

2 tbsp golden syrup

200g biscuits

200g chocolate bars, chopped up, or marshmallows / nuts

Method

  • Line a 20cm square baking tin with non-stick baking paper

  • Place the chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl and place over a pan of simmering water to slowly melt

  • Once the chocolate is melted, allow to cool to room temperature, then mix in the golden syrup and fold in the biscuits and chopped sweets or other ingredients

  • Tip the mixture into the lined baking tin and flatten out. Place in the fridge for a couple of hours until set.

  • Cut into squares and enjoy!