Halva fig brownies

If you’ve never added figs to a brownie mix before, these halva fig brownies will leave you wondering why you ever left it so long. Your batch will disappear before you can say ‘delicious’.

Halva fig brownies
Chris Alack

MAKES 1 TRAY FOR SLICING

200g ready-to-eat soft dried figs
75g halva
200g dark eating chocolate (about 70 per cent)
150g unsalted butter diced
150g golden caster sugar
4 medium eggs
80g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
3 tbsp lemon juice

1. Preheat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Discarding the stalks, cut half the figs into 1cm dice, reserving them separately, and thinly slice the remainder lengthways. Finely slice the halva into 1.5cm nibs. Gently melt the chocolate with the butter in a large bowl set over a pan containing a little simmering water. Remove from the heat and stir in the sugar. 

2. Add the eggs to the chocolate mixture one by one, beating after each addition and continuing to beat until the mixture is very glossy and combined. Sift over the flour and baking powder and fold in without overmixing. Stir in the lemon juice. Fold in the reserved diced figs and half the halva. Transfer the mixture to a nonstick brownie tin about 23cm square x 4cm deep (if not nonstick, butter and line it, allowing a paper overhang for lifting out). Smooth the surface and arrange the reserved sliced figs on top with the seeds showing. Scatter over the remaining halva. 

3. Bake for 25-30 minutes (checking after 25 minutes) or until the edges are risen and slightly cracked, leaving just a few gooey crumbs clinging when tested with a skewer, and the brownie is a little stickier in the centre. Leave to cool for at least half a day before removing from the tin and slicing. 

Recipe by Annie Bell. Food styling by Clare Lewis. Styling by Sue Radcliffe.