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Chocolate and Pistachio Brownies

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Would you believe that I have never made Brownies before? Well actually there are a lot of things I have not yet made and I am learning every day lots of new things. I now know the difference between cookies and biscotti but now that I’ve made the brownies, my son tells me that although they are perfect they remind him of mud cake, which he tried in Australia. Is he right? I have never made mud cake before so I wouldn’t know the difference.

Anyway the taste was F A N T A S T I C !!!

I whipped up a cream and made a lovely framboise sauce to go with it.

I have now realized that when I like something a lot, I keep making it over and over again until I find something new to experiment with. This time I have been making a lot of recipes with pistachios and after google searching for brownies and pistachio I found Michelle’s recipe which sounded great.

The only thing that I changed to this recipe was that I made a bigger amount. Although Michelle says it makes 15, according to the amount of ingredients I used, I should have made at least 37 but as you may see I only made 20 and believe me one piece was not enough.

As usual, I did not stick to the method but followed a different approach in making the brownies. Finally, I forgot to add the pistachios in the mixture, so I just sprinkled them on top.

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Baking time: 30 minutes

Makes: 20


250 grams dark chocolate
250 grams butter
560 grams granulated sugar
5 eggs
125 grams plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
200 grams of unsalted pistachios


Line a 38×32cm tin with baking parchment, allowing the paper to come 2cm/1 inch above the tin. Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/gas mark 4.

Roast the nuts in the preheated oven for 8 minutes.

Meanwhile melt the butter and chocolate in a bain Marie. When it has almost melted, remove from the heat and stir until it completely melts as we do not want the chocolate to be hot.

Beat eggs with sugar until white and frothy and gradually add the melted chocolate, a spoonful at a time, while mixer is still on. Turn off the mixer and gently fold in the other ingredients with a spatula, until thoroughly mixed.

Spread the mixture evenly into the prepared tin and sprinkle 2/3 of the nuts on the mixture and bake in the middle of the preheated oven for 30 minutes or until it is slightly springy in the middle.

Take the brownies out of the oven and allow them to cool for 10 minutes before cutting them into the shape and size you prefer.

Serve with whipping cream and raspberry sauce as well as with some of the nuts we reserved.

Framboise (raspberry) Sauce

When I was in France I really enjoyed raspberries on cakes and desserts, so I tried to recreate a sauce to serve with desserts.    I bought a berry syrup from France which I used together with a raspberry fruit preserve and raspberry jam.

I made this sauce a couple of weeks ago and used half of it on a cheese cake and preserved the remaining in the refrigerator.


1 Bonne Maman Raspberry jam

1 raspberry fruit preserve with syrup

5 tablespoons of berry syrup


Add all ingredients in a small saucepan bring to a boil and then simmer until the sauce thickens.

When done there still will be chunks of raspberries in the sauce.

I am sending this recipe to Holler, of Tinned Tomatoes, who is hosting this month’s No Croutons Required. This month’s theme is a Taste of Christmas with either a picture of food, Christmas decorations, a wintery scene or maybe even your christmas tree.

My cat and I wish all of you Merry Christmas!!!

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33 Responses

  1. Those Brownies look fantastic! Your cat’s sweet! What a pretty face…



  2. Niki

    Cute cat!

    Pistachios are always a big hit in my family. You can always find brownies (which are my mom’s fav) around my house, either in plain, hot fudge, caramel pecan, and yes for my dad, pistachio filled. While the rest of the world makes them w/ other nuts like peanuts, almonds, walnuts and pecans, my dad and I love pistachios. It must be a Greek thing! So now that you’ve tried brownies, gonna make them more often? They are so easy to make, right? And sooo yummy! I’ve always added some Hershey’s chocolate syrup to the batter the last minute to make them more gooey. It’s great.

  3. Delicious Ivy! They’re a little similar to “mud cake”…the brownies I’ve eaten have been denser in texture…not really sure in the end! They look beautiful!

  4. Pistachios and raspberry sauce! Wow, those sound like deliciously decadent brownies! They’re making me hungry…

  5. I’m looking at your blog in Safari – and it looks fine. I love the idea of pistachios in the brownies. Looks delicious.

  6. Wonderful Ivy! I see you are now full swing into the Christmas baking season! 🙂 Did you use pistachios from Aegina or Megara for your brownies?

  7. Ivy

    Rosa, thanks. Do you think she is sweet? She gave me a scratch on the hand as she doesn’t like paparazzi!!

    Niki, thanks. Lots of people love pistachios. I love them as well.

    Peter G, thanks. I shall try and find a recipe for mud cake to see the difference.

    Hopie, they are. You should try them.

    Joan, first time I’ve heard of Safari but I am glad that at least some people can read the post.

    Sam, I didn’t know Megara had pistachios.

  8. I love pistachios too besides hazelnut and almond! I sure need some of them now 😀 I saw so many sweets and chocolates in your blog until I don’t know which one to make first! 🙂

    Time to stock up my pantry for all those delicous, homemade sweets!

  9. I have a weakness for any brown food with green specks, that combination does it for me.

  10. Your brownies look perfectly delicious, especially with that raspberry sauce, YUM! Your kitty is beautiful!

  11. No one would say these are yur first time making brownies. They look perfect.
    We use a lot of pistachios in Indian food, besides cashews and almonds.

    In my childhood, many of the things I make today were just things I read about, brownies included.
    I’ve never eaten mud cake either.:D

  12. Its me again.
    I forgot to say, your post looks ok now. I use IE so maybe that’s where the problem was. 🙂

  13. vij

    Yummy! lovely pics!… really tempting choco delights ivy!

  14. Ivy those brownies are out of this world wonderful!!

  15. Delicious. I LOVE brownies and pistachios so I’ll have to add pistachios to my next batch. I love the size of the brownies. I always scoff at getting 16 out of an 8″ square 🙂 The sauce puts them over the top!

  16. Now that you’ve made brownies, you will want to keep making them! These look great – love the psitachios and raspberry sauce.

  17. Ivy

    Pixen, try these. I am sure you will love them.

    Anudivya, thanks,

    Reeni, the sauce and cream is a great addition. Ice cream as well would be great with it.

    Aparna, although we love pistachios which we call Aeginitika, after the island they are cultivated in, they are quite expensive, so most Greek desserts have either almonds or walnuts which are much cheaper. Thanks for coming back to comment.

    Vij, thanks.

    Bunny, thanks.

    Elly, 2 inch brownies are way too small for us!!!

    Cake, I am surely make these again. My next attempt will be blondies!!!

  18. Wow brownies look die for. Yummylicious. Nice presentation too.

  19. Oh my word! I’m definitely marking this and making it sometime SOON! I just have to find pistachios…

  20. My doggie says hola to your cat!!!! What a beautiful one :D. I adore cats 😀 😀

    Your pictures look so good Ivy! Your brownies sure look F A N T A S T I C!!!! I made some some days ago for the first time, but yours look much better :D, I might clone the recipe, plus the pistachos add a fantastic texture and flavour 😀

  21. Picture perfect & devilishly delicious Ivy. If this is your first time at brownies, you already are a ‘daring baker’ JOIN now…these are wonderful indeed, & so is the picture. Very very nice! Chocolate & pistachios are one of my fave combinations. I made somethng chocolatey today & green…only my green was zuchinni!! It was disguised & delicious. Love

  22. Ivy, you’ve done really well for your first try at brownies…and We love our pistachios too 🙂

  23. Not only are these brownies fantastic sis but they are very festive as well with with the red and green from the raspberries and pistachios. Love the photographs as well!!!!!What is kitties name? He is so cute!!

  24. giz

    Your pictures are getting better and better. Love the brownies and oh my, the cat is lovely.

  25. My family loves brownies Ivy and these lok incredible. I especially love when they form that little crust on top and yours seem to have exactly that. I also make a brownie recipe occasionally that only uses cocoa powder and they come out quite moist and flavorful as well and are made using one bowl–without having to heat the chocolate separately over a double boiler.
    I will definitely have to try this recipe as well.

  26. Dee

    Wow, they look fantastic! I haven’t baked brownies since I was in school so perhaps it’s time to revisit old favourites 🙂

    I’m sorry I haven’t been around much, and I really appreciate your support. If I don’t stop by soon, have a very Merry Christmas.

  27. PG

    Brownies look surely fantastic! I haven’t tried a recipe with chocolate yet, but cocoa. For that matter I only made them once. You are tempting me to make them again.
    BTW, you have a very pretty cat! 🙂

  28. Ivy, when I read they tasted ‘FANTASTIC’ I figured it was true. This is because when your site loaded on my screen I have to roll up my tongue and place it back in my mouth from drooling so much!!! 😀

    These are flavours I love, great recipe.

  29. looks awesome, ivy!!

  30. Hi Ivy, first time here. Lovely blog from a lovely person, who thinks about the world!
    I joined blogger aid today, as u wud have alreday known.
    Heres’ my entry for the cause.

    Thanks for stopping by at my place dear.:)

  31. So beautiful! The brownies look awesome.

  32. Yes, it’s hard to believe that this is your first time w/ brownies! This is my first time seeing pistachios in brownies before. Delicious idea!

  33. Oh my goodness, your cat is soooo adorable!!

    and just look at those gorgeous brownies… mmmmm…