This is a marriage of two greats. On the one hand, you’ve got that gooey, chocolatey richness of a brownie; on the other, that unmistakable, caramelly indulgence that makes every South African I know weak at the knees. But considering how decadent this recipe is, I like to make it in small batches to serve as mignardises (a bite-sized dessert). And you can glam them up with a gorgeous accessory or two!


TIME: 1 hour | SERVES: makes 25 small blocks


for the malva brownie

180 g (320 ml) cake flour

5 ml bicarbonate of soda

15 g (40 ml) cacao

200 g (250 ml) light brown sugar

pinch of salt

15 ml smooth apricot jam

15 ml brown vinegar

250 ml canola oil

2 eggs

100 g dark chocolate, roughly chopped


for the sauce

125 ml evaporated milk                                                                                                

100 g (125 ml) sugar

10 ml butter

2 ml vanilla essence


for the malva brownie

Spray the Philips AirFryer XXL Smart Sensing baking tin with edible food spray.

Place all the flour, bicarbonate of soda, cacao, sugar and salt in the mixing bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the flat beater.

Place the jam, vinegar, oil and egg in another bowl and whisk with a fork till blended.

Add the egg mixture to the dry ingredients and mix on a slow heat till smooth. Mix in the chocolate chips and spoon the mixture into the baking tin and place in the Philips AirFryer. Select the 170 °C temperature setting and set the timer for 40 minutes. When the 40 minutes are up, insert a cake tester into the centre of the cake. If it is very moist, let it bake for another 5 minutes.

for the sauce

Place the evaporated milk, sugar, butter and vanilla in a saucepan. Heat to just before boiling.

As soon as you take your malva brownie cake out of the air fryer pour the sauce over the cake. Let it rest until all the sauce has seeped into the cake.

Let it cool completely before turning it out of the baking tin, then cut into even blocks.

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