Sunday, August 14, 2011

How do you eat your Brownies?

Baking is about the only domestic activity that I tolerate.  I'd rather watch a spider crawl up a wall than hoover up the cobwebs.  But baking is different.  The kids can join in, it's therapeutic and who notices what a house looks like when it smells of chocolate and sweet treats are cooling on the counter?

And they're great as gifts.  Which is how I found myself driving out to the country to see a good friend with my two littlies in tow and a plateful of chocolate brownies.  It was great to get out of the house and out of the city for a few hours, and chat to someone in real life and to meet her children properly.  But it looks like my Brownies may have made a better impression on the children than I did: apparently they want more, and so here is the recipe:

Chocolate Brownies

The most important ingredient is the chocolate: Scotbloc or Cadbury's will not work as the sugar content is too high and the Brownies will burn.  Ideally use a good quality cooking chocolate - Lidl sells one with a 52% cocoa content - or a good dark chocolate, but not more than 72% cocoa content or the Brownies will taste bitter.

Ingredients

4oz (or 110gms) butter or a cooking margarine like Stork
4oz chocolate
2 eggs, whisked
8oz castor sugar
2oz chopped walnuts
4oz plain/cream flour
1/2 tsp baking powder

Method

...Grease a shallow oblong tin: I use a 7 x 11 inch non-stick lasagne tin.

...Put the oven on at 180 degrees C.or 350 degrees F.

...Using a medium sized saucepan melt the butter/margarine and chocolate over a very low heat, stirring regularly.  Or you can use the pan over hot water method to melt the chocolate, but I don't find it necessary.

...Take the pan or bowl off the heat and stir in the eggs, sugar and walnuts.

...Finally fold in the sieved floor and baking powder with a metal spoon and do not overmix.

...Pour into the tin and spread if necessary.

...Bake for 30 minutes.  They are ready if a knife is inserted and it comes out clean.

...Leave in the tin for 10 minutes.

...Cut up and cool on a wire rack.

...They keep fine in a biscuit tin for a number of days, but I've never discovered exactly how long...

And how to eat them?  They're delicious hot or cold, with ice-cream, cream, dusted with icing sugar, or just plain with a cup of tea.  How do you eat yours?
 

NB Not sure if I can eat these on the C-Plan diet, but perhaps they can count as cake?

8 comments:

  1. Cheers my dear :-) This will be a favourite in our house, oh and by the way L said that you were a lovely lady so I think it wasn't just the brownies that made a impression. xxx

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  2. I think maybe "chocolate brownies" will work. They look so good!

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  3. Eh...with wine of course, to answer your question like!

    Thanks for the recipe...I'll be baking them. (Don't forget to post about your 3-2-1's too;-)

    xx Jazzy

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  4. OOhh I do like mine warm with ice cream!!! Lovely :)
    Looks a great recipe so may try it with the boys.......they probably won't look as good though LOL x

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  5. Oooh, those look yummy! I am a certified, non-recovering chocaholic. I definitely need to try your recipe.

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  6. @Andra - Aww thank you xxx

    @Lizbeth - Excellent

    @Jazzy - Another excuse to cook and write up recipes, yaay xx

    @mum in meltdown - hope they turn out well x

    @Apples and Autobots - these are perfect for chocoholics x

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  7. I adore brownies...I make the Nigella recipe. I love them warm and fresh out the oven. Stomach is rumbling now!

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  8. @SAHMlovingit - *looks hurt* Are you saying my recipe is not good enough? *looks hurt* :)

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