Food Affairs of Barbados is proud to have recently catered an event at Sandalo, the lavishly appointed beach front luxury villa owned by John and Stephanie Hawkins, who also reside in Berkshire, England. Guests of honor were British Prime Minister Tony Blair and his wife Cherie and family, who have made Barbados their family holiday destination for the last four years. The relaxed pool side setting with a moonlit view of the sea, accompanied by the soft sounds of live entertainment provided the perfect backdrop for this casually elegant affair.
Among the delicacies served at Sandalo were our popular triple chocolate brownies, made with Bajan Mount Gay Rum. The Mount Gay factory is one of the best known attractions on the island, and these brownies certainly attracted a fair number of fans as well. This easy to make dessert is perfect for any occasion.
1 package fudge brownie mix (we like Ghirardelli)
1/3 c. Baileys Irish Cream
1/3 c. Mount Gay Extra Old Rum
1/2 c. semi-sweet chocolate pieces
1 c. chopped walnuts (optional)
Follow the directions according to the brownie mix instructions, replacing the water with 1/3 cup Baileys and 1/3 cup Dark Rum. Fold in the additional chocolate pieces and walnuts if using. Spread in a greased 13 x 9 x 2 inch baking pan lined with lightly greased parchment or wax paper, leaving 6 to 8 inches of paper on both sides. Bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes or until a tooth pick inserted into the middle comes out almost dry but not completely dry. Cool on a wire rack. Makes 36 brownies.
Chefs Note: After the brownies are completely cool, cover and place in the freezer for a minimum of 2 hours. Use the parchment paper on both sides as a handle to lift the brownies from the pan. Cut the brownies into squares and then diagonally into triangles for a unique presentation.