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Thursday 11 October 2012

Chewy Coconut Brownies and Paul Hollywood

Hey kids, guess what? Word on the street is that Mr. Paul Hollywood (#1 Secret Crush of millions, though not me... Well, okay, just a little. But don't tell.) is giving away 50 recipes from his new book, How to Bake, in a special series over seven days in The Telegraph. Starting October 13. That's the day after tomorrow, fact fans. So consider yourselves informed!

I know everyone knows him as Mary Berry's partner in crime, but Hollywood's actually a really great baker and the book seems pretty top notch (I am one of those sit-and-read-without-buying types). Filled with great tips and finally, some common sense about cooking with chocolate (for God's sake people - it doesn't have to be 70% all the time!). I'll definitely be collecting the extracts.

Since I don't like posting without a recipe for you, here's what I'll do today. You can have a photograph of Paul, but with a recipe of mine. It seems like a fair proposition.

Have any of you read Paul's new book? What do you think of it?

Chewy Coconut Brownies

You will need:

1/2 cup (113g) unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing
3 oz (75g) dark chocolate, broken into squares (I used Bourneville, and so would Hollywood!)
1 cup (200g) caster sugar
2/3 cup (95 g) plain flour
1/4 cup (30g) cocoa
2 eggs
1 cup (150g) dessicated coconut

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 170°C and grease and line a 20cm square baking tin.
  2. Melt the butter and chocolate together in a medium sized saucepan over a low heat. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.
  3. Add all the other ingredients and stir until smooth.
  4. Pour the batter into the lined pan and bake until set. I gave mine 28 minutes.
  5. Cool in the pan, and then cut into 16 squares.


  1. Mr. P, I want one of those right now! My husband *claims* to not like coconut, but I bet even he would love these!

  2. I like your picture of Paul and recipe of yours! I don't have any of his books actually but can see myself getting one soon!


That's what he said.

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