Of course as a chocolate reviewer, it’s my duty to try each and every variation of Paul’s original recipe. And so it was, this little number came into my possession.
This Easter themed brownie is a collaboration with Billingtons, makers of unrefined sugars. It’s flavoured with vine fruits, cinnamon and nutmeg, and the surface is littered with pieces of marzipan.
It’s so rich, soft and sticky that biting into it is something like launching yourself from a five meter diving board into an Olympic sized swimming pool of ganache. This is nothing like other brownies you may have tried. It’s not remotely cakey.
I don’t know if it’s even softer and gooier than Paul’s other brownies, but I think it certainly seems like it is. Make sure you have a good supply of napkins to hand before you attempt this beast, because it’s impossible to keep clean while eating it.
The flavour is as amazing as the texture, and reminiscent of a Christmas cake with all the vine fruits, spices and marzipan, inside. Yet somehow these flavours are subtle and light and make it easier to get through the intense, sweet chocolate. It’s difficult to describe the sensations of devouring this, it’s something you really need to experience for yourself.
There’s no question in my mind that this is the best brownie in the world. If you don’t manage to get hold of one between now and Easter, then you’re missing out.
Paul doesn’t have an online shop, because it’s so hard to send out fresh chocolates. But this is a little more robust than the average chocolate, so if you’re in the UK and can’t make it to one of the shops, drop them an email, there’s a good chance they can arrange delivery. Do it now.