I picked this little beauty up from the Popina stand at the Real Food Festival at Earls Court on Friday.
The brownie mesaures about 5cm square, and as you can see from the photo, has big chunks of white chocolate running through it. At first I was a little concerned that this was going to make it overly sweet, but luckily, the rest of the brownie is made with such rich, dark chocolate that it’s never too sweet.
The main flavour though is the coffee. In fact, the whole brownie tastes like a fresh cup of coffee. Not overpowering, but enough to wake you up. This is the perfect breakfast brownie.
The texture is dense and smooth, but perhaps very slightly dry. It doesn’t quite reach the highs of Paul Young’s offering, but I’m not sure I’d want it to. Paul’s brownies demand to either be shared or eaten in several sittings. This is just about manageable in one go, but still leaves you satisfied you’ve eaten something substantial.
I’ll certainly be looking out for more from Popina. They don’t have an online store, but they do sell through Waitrose and at farmers markets throughout London. Well worth trying if you can find them.