Pumpkin seed brownie

John Quigley
30 - 45 mins

What yummier way to use up the seeds from your Halloween pumpkin? This recipe by John Quigley of Red Onion in Glasgow shows you how.

140g dark chocolate, minimum 55% cocoa, chopped into small pieces
120g unsalted butter
100g plain flour
5 eggs
½ vanilla pod, seeds only
255g soft brown sugar
15g pumpkin seeds, rinsed and left to dry
Toast the pumpkin seeds on a baking tray for 3-4 minutes at 200˚C/gas mark 6, set aside to cool.
Place the butter and half of the dark chocolate in a bowl and melt together using a bain-marie or microwave.
Mix the egg and vanilla together, then add the sugar. Add to the melted butter and chocolate.
Sift in the flour and fold through gently until just combined.
Add the remaining chocolate pieces and mix well.
Pour into a lined, 20cm square baking tray and top with the toasted pumpkin seeds.
Reduce the oven down to 175˚C/gas mark 3 and bake the brownies for 25 minutes. If the middle is still wobbly, place back in the oven until just set.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely before turning out and cutting into squares.