Squares of brown chocolate brownies topped with cream buttercream sat on a metal cooling tray

Tahini brownies

  • serves 12
  • Easy

Give these dark chocolate brownies a grown-up Middle Eastern twist with an indulgent salted tahini buttercream topping


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  • unsalted butter 250g, plus extra for the tin
  • dark chocolate 200g, roughly chopped
  • plain flour 50g
  • baking powder 1 tsp
  • cocoa powder 90g
  • golden caster sugar 350g
  • vanilla bean paste or extract 1 tsp
  • eggs 4


  • icing sugar 250g
  • unsalted butter 125g, softened
  • tahini 4 tbsp
  • sea salt flakes a pinch
  • whole milk 1 tbsp, if needed


  • Step 1

    Heat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Butter and line a 22cm square brownie tin with baking paper.

  • Step 2

    Stir the butter and chocolate in a small pan over a gentle heat until melted and combined.

  • Step 3

    Put all of the dry ingredients and a pinch of salt into a large bowl and whisk to remove any lumps. Pour in the melted butter and chocolate, and vanilla, and beat until combined. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, until the mixture is smooth and silky. Pour into the tin and bake for 25-30 minutes or until a crust has formed around the edges but the centre still has a little give.

  • Step 4

    Leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes before carefully transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

  • Step 5

    Meanwhile, to make the buttercream, beat the icing sugar into the butter until completely combined. Add the tahini and salt, and beat again. If the mixture is too thick, add the milk to loosen to a spreadable consistency.

  • Step 6

    Spread the buttercream on top of the cooled brownie and cut into squares.

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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 630
  • Fat 39.1g
  • Saturates 22.2g
  • Carbs 60.3g
  • Sugars 54.1g
  • Fibre 3.7g
  • Protein 7.1g
  • Salt 0.2g