These are the most seductive brownies I’ve ever had, and without sounding like a total brownie whore, I’ve had a hell of a lot of brownies. Besides the chocolate, they’re full of the world’s unsexiest ingredient, prunes. All the marketing for prunes seems to be related entirely to its uses as a laxative, but try not to think about that now. Taste these brownies and you’ll realise that those glossy misshapen globules magically create pockets of gooey texture and lend a deliciously rich yet subtle fruity sweetness to this deeply chocolately brownie. Sorry I didn’t mean to go all Nigella on you in that last sentence there.
Recently I somehow managed to convince my charming friend Nic to order deep fried calamari coated in salted egg yolk, mostly out of curiosity on my part and also because I love any damn thing made with egg yolks. I must thank him for not outright rejecting that rather unusual choice, but anyway the risk paid off – they were strangely morish, which shouldn’t have been a surprise given my love for calamari, egg yolks, and deep frying, but they seriously looked like giant luminously orange cheese Twisties. I would totally eat a plateful again now, proving that sometimes the freakiest looking things are sometimes the most delicious. I must admit that my willingness to eat interesting things is probably mostly due to being Asian. Or possibly I’m always just hungry enough to eat anything.