Brownies are big in our houses. An unwavering favourite and our ‘go to’ food for entertaining.

Now, whilst we love a classic, the potential Christmas combination of chocolate and chestnut kept on whispering to us. Research led us to recipes including gluten-free Chestnut flour which, whilst a healthy possibility, but also a big fat faff as we would have to buy it especially. So all in the name of Morello Life we experimented with those handy little vacuum packed bags of chestnut puree and popped the glorious nutty mixture in the middle of our brown lava.

The results speak for themselves,  a sweet, chestnut-ty brownie whose gorgeously squidgy deliciousness gets better and better.

Gloriously rich and Christmassy, these will give you a proper chestnut smooch. Halaleujah!!

What You  Need

  • 375 g soft unsalted butter
  • 375 g good quality dark chocolate
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 500 g caster sugar
  • 225 g plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 2 packets of Chestnut puree ( 1 will suffice but 2 for a super gooey and nutty centre)


  1. Prepare a baking/brownie tin and line with baking paper or foil.
  2. Preheat oven to 180C.
  3. Melt the butter and chocolate together gently in a large heavy-based pan until melted and then let it cool.
  4. Beat the eggs, sugar and vanilla extract together until perfectly combined.
  5. Measure out your flour and salt.
  6. When the chocolate mixture has cooled, pour it into eggs, sugar and vanilla extract mix. Beat again.
  7. Sift in the flour and gently combine.
  8. Mix the chestnut puree with a tablespoon of icing sugar. (1 tbsp per packet of Chestnut puree)
  9. Pour HALF of the brownie mixture into your prepared tin, then add a layer of the brown sugary nutty mixture. Cover this with the remaining brownie mixture.
  10. Bake for about 20-25 minutes. When cooked the top will have a shiny crust, but the middle should still be nice and gooey. Bake for longer or less depending on desired gooeyness.
  11. Remember that brownies will carry on cooking once removed from the oven. If in doubt – take them out! Underdone are ALWAYS better than overdone.
  12. Happy Christmas!


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