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    Let us introduce you to the pizookie (pizza-cookie)

    Not only is it utterly addictive, it also makes for a showstopping finale to any dinner party. Place the pan in the centre of the table, pile on scoops of vanilla ice cream and arm your guests with spoons – then watch it disappear.

    • Preparation time: 15 minutes
    • Cooking time: 30 minutes
    • Total time: 45 minutes

    Serves: 10 - 12


    125g salted butter, at room temperature

    150g light soft brown sugar

    100g golden caster sugar

    2 eggs

    1 tsp vanilla extract

    200g plain flour

    1 tsp baking powder

    1⁄4 tsp bicarbonate of soda

    1⁄2 tsp salt

    250g plain chocolate, broken into chunks


    1. Preheat the oven to 180 ̊C, gas mark 4. Put the butter and sugars in a bowl and, using electric beaters, beat for 3-4 minutes, until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, followed by the vanilla extract.

    2. In a separate bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt. Tip into the butter mixture, beat until just combined, then stir through the chocolate chunks. Tip into a 20cm ovenproof frying pan (or shallow cake tin) and bake for 25-30 minutes, until golden (25 minutes yields a molten centre, 30 minutes will be slightly more set).

    3. Cool for 5 minutes, then top with vanilla ice cream before serving, if liked.

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