Winter Warmer Recipes with Dani Venn
Delicious, simple and budget-friendly recipes the whole family will love!
Published 03 June

You may know her as The Wholehearted Cook or a familiar face from the kitchens of MasterChef Australia, but for the winter weeks ahead Dani has teamed up with Canberra Centre to become our resident foodie queen! 

Sharing her whole food recipes that not only warm the soul but keep healthy, fresh and whole food ingredients at its core - a curated series of easy-to-follow and budget-friendly recipes are coming straight to your kitchen.

Every Saturday, two new step-by-step videos will be released, so mark your calendar and get your best apron ready for some MasterChef-quality cooking in your own kitchen this winter!


Salted Peanut Butter Double Chocolate Brownies

Recipe by Dani Venn 
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes, plus cooling time. 
Serves: 12 


130g natural peanut butter 
200g good quality dark chocolate 
200g unsalted butter, cubed 
200g brown sugar 
1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
3 eggs 
150g plain flour 
100g dark chocolate buttons  
1 teaspoon salt flakes 


For this recipe you will need a 20 x 20 cake pan. Line the cake pan with baking paper and pour in the peanut butter, spreading it evenly across the base of the pan. Place baking pan in the freezer and freeze butter for at least 4 – 8 hours, or until completely frozen. 

Preheat fan-forced oven to 150 degrees. 

Create a double boiler by placing a saucepan filled with a few cups of water over low – medium heat and place a stainless steel or glass bowl on top of the saucepan. 

Add chocolate and butter into the bowl of the double boiler. Gently stir occasionally until the butter and chocolate melt and are glossy and smooth. Remove from the heat and stir in the brown sugar and vanilla essence. 

Whisk in eggs one at a time into the brownie mixture so that the mix comes together and is smooth. Sieve the plain flour into the mixture, gently fold in the mixture and stir in the dark chocolate buttons. Do not overwork the mixture. 

Place half the amount of brownie mix into the same sized cake pan as the frozen peanut butter, smooth out the batter so its evenly spread. Top with a layer of frozen peanut butter and sprinkle with sea salt flakes. Pour in the remaining brownie mixture and evenly spread. 

Place in the oven and bake for about 30 minutes so that the sides are cooked through and almost cake like but the centre is still a little soft and fudgy. Remove from oven and allow brownie to cool in the cake pan for 15 minutes then remove from cake pan and allow to cool completely on a wire cake rake. 

Slice to serve.