Ingredients

FOR THE BASE

125g (4¼oz) butter, melted

250g (9oz) soft light brown sugar

1 medium egg

100g (3½oz) plain (all-purpose) flour

½ teaspoon ground cardamom

a pinch of salt

FOR THE CARAMEL

100g (3½oz) sugar

100g (3½oz) golden syrup

150ml (5fl oz) double (heavy) cream

a pinch of salt

50g (1¾oz) chilled butter

FOR THE BROWNIE

200g (7oz) dark chocolate, broken into small pieces

150g (5¼oz) butter

190g (6¾oz) caster sugar

3 medium eggs

125g (4¼oz) plain flour

1 tablespoon cocoa powder

1 teaspoon salt

METHOD

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 180°C fan/350°F/gas 6 and line your 22 x 33 x 5cm (8½ x 13 x 2in) baking tray (sheet pan).

Step 2

Make the base by beating together the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy, then add the egg and mix together. Sift in the flour, ground cardamom and salt, and fold in until smooth. Spread into your lined tray using a spatula, making sure to get right into the corners. Bake for around 25 minutes, or until it is dark gold in colour. It might rise up around the edge in places, but that’s OK. Set aside to cool, and reduce the oven temperature to 160°C fan/320°F/gas 4.

Step 3

Next, make the caramel. Heat the sugar and golden syrup in a heavybased saucepan over a medium heat until it has melted together and is bubbling. Whisk in the cream and a pinch of salt, along with 30g (1oz) of the butter, then increase the heat to high. Keep things bubbling until the caramel turns a deep golden colour. Test the caramel by putting a spoonful on a cold plate. Leave it for a minute, then check to see how firm it is. You want it to be firm, but still pliable.

Step 4

When the caramel is ready, whisk in the remaining 20g (¾oz) butter and remove from the heat. Pour the caramel over the cooked pastry base and spread it with a spatula, but not quite to the sides. Pop the tray in the fridge or freezer so the caramel can set while you mix the brownie.

Step 5

Make the brownie by melting the chocolate and butter in a bain-marie (see page 8). Once melted, add to a large mixing bowl or the bowl of your stand mixer and start mixing, adding the sugar a bit at a time. Keep mixing until the sugar dissolves. Add the eggs and beat on a high speed (or by hand) until the mixture emulsifies and becomes glossy and smooth. Reduce your speed and add the flour, cocoa powder and salt. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula, then give it another light mix to make sure everything is fully combined.

Step 6

Pour the brownie mixture over the set caramel and spread it out to ensure it’s level. Bake for 20–25 minutes and leave to cool in the tray before transferring to a chopping board and slicing. Enjoy in small slices with a cup of tea. Best eaten at room temperature. This will keep for a week in an airtight container in the fridge.