Take inspiration from the King with these fat Elvis brownies, stuffed to the max with gooey peanut butter, salty pretzels and sweet banana.
All hail the King!
I’ve got something seriously special for you today – think you know brownies? Well think again!
Back in October I FINALLY had my first successful batch of brownies – I’d made ones that tasted fantastic before but when it came to getting them out of the tin something always went wrong. However, after a EUREKA moment last year I officially cracked it (keep reading for the secret to success…)
Since mastering getting brownies from cake pan to plate I’ve been going crazy with trying out new flavour combinations and an “All American” brownie competition run by Emerald Street and Humming Bird Bakery gave me the push I needed to come up with something truly spectacular.
Unfortunately I didn’t win the competition, didn’t even come runner up! So, I took the recipe they turned down and I’ve tweaked it to make an even better brownie inspired by Elvis himself. Can you get more American than that?
Fat Elvis Puds
You may have come across Fat Elvis Pie (the Hoosier Mama recipe is my favourite), Fat Elvis Cakes (this one includes bacon!), and perhaps even Fat Elvis Cheesecake (check out this amazing version from The Kitchn).
The one thing they all have in common is that they celebrate some of the King’s favourite foods – chocolate, banana and peanut butter. (No, I wasn’t going to make a cheese burger brownie, be serious!) Fat Elvis recipes (as they are affectionately known) also often include pretzels and sometimes bacon too! Now, I don’t know about you but I don’t hear anything bad in that list of ingredients!
Salty peanut butter with sweet banana, balanced out with bitter chocolate and topped off with crunchy pretzels all wrapped up in one seriously ooey-gooey brownie. Now I’m really drooling!
Fat Elvis Brownies – The Recipe
- 200g unsalted butter
- 200g dark chocolate
- 400g peanut butter
- 200g dark brown sugar
- 4 medium eggs
- 130g plain flour
- 50g cocoa powder
- Pinch of salt
- 100g peanuts (chopped)
- Large handful of salted pretzels
- Large handful of banana chips
- Start by pre-heating your oven to gas mark 4.
- Line a rectangular cake tin with grease proof paper.
- Melt the butter in a pan along with the chocolate and sugar. Once melted completely, allow to cool slightly.
- Once the butter and chocolate mixture is cool, whisk in the eggs, one at a time.
- Next, fold through the flour and cocoa with a pinch of salt and the chopped peanuts.
- Pour half of the brownie batter into the tin. Spoon the peanut butter over the batter until it is all covered. Pour over the remaining half of the batter being careful to make sure you don't disturb the peanut butter underneath.
- Bake in the centre of the oven for 25 minutes or until a crust has formed on top of the brownies but they are bouncy to the touch.
- When fresh out of the oven, spike the top of the brownies with the pretzels and banana chips.
- Allow to cool slightly before slicing and serving.
So I promised you the secret to getting brownies out of the pan. And unfortunately I don’t think you’re going to like what I have to say. The key is patience.
By all means, slice the brownies in the pan as soon as they come out of the oven. It’s easier the warmer they are so you can do this right away. But, then you need to leave them a bit before removing them from the pan. Just long enough for them to firm up otherwise you’re going to have an unholy (but delicious) mess on your hands.
15 minutes is usually long enough but the longer the better. I know a warm brownie is a better brownie but you can always give them a quick blitz in the microwave to warm them up again once they are out of the pan!
Super Bowl Snacks
With the Super Bowl just round the corner, whether you are watching in the UK or US, these make a fantastic treat to keep your energy up. We’ll be watching late in to the night over hear having a Super Bowl Party of our own. Hopefully I’ll get a chance to share more Super Bowl Snack recipes before the big game! But in the meantime, you’ll just have to bake these Fat Elvis Brownies. Enjoy!