An absolute classic, from the absolute classic that is Nigella Lawson. Nuff said.


190g soft unsalted butter

190g 70% dark chocolate

3 large eggs

2tsp vanilla extract

250g caster sugar

110g plain flour

1/2 tsp free flowing salt

150g chopped walnuts


  1. Grease & line (base + sides) of an 8″ x 12″ tin, heat oven to 180C.
  2. Melt the butter & chocolate in a large saucepan. Leave to cool until just slightly warm.
  3. In a bowl or jug beat together the sugar, eggs & vanilla.
  4. Mix the egg mix into the chocolate until completely smooth.
  5. Mix in the flour & salt. Beat well to mix thoroughly.
  6. Stir in the the nuts, then pour the whole lot into the prepared tin.
  7. Bake for 25 mins, but check after 20 – you don’t want to overdo them, they should be still a little soft in the middle.
  8. Don’t even think about removing from the tin or cutting into squares until completely cooled, or it’ll all go horribly wrong.

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