Thursday, 21 September 2017

Chocolate Brownies

We love chocolate brownies in our house. I usually adapt them so Rob can eat them too, but this time I used proper dairy butter, sorry Rob! I was holding Freyja whilst trying to mix the batter which wasn't the best idea as I couldn't get rid of the little pockets of spelt flour which resisted my efforts to combine everything. Luckily there were no complaints at our playgroup end of year party and there were none leftover! I am not sure whether I prefer the raw batter to the actual brownie to be honest, it is pretty moreish!

I used the Nigella Everyday Chocolate Brownie recipe and made some adjustments to what I had available in the cupboards. It apparently makes 48 brownies, but I halved the ingredients and cut at least 18. I just rounded up the numbers actually...

You will need:
190g unsalted butter or dairy free spread or Lactofree spread
190g dark chocolate
3 large eggs
dash of vanilla extract
250g caster sugar
115g plain flour or gluten free flour or spelt flour
pinch of salt

You will also need a greased and lined baking tin (33x23x5.5cm)
Set your oven to 180degC.

butter and chocolate
Melt the chocolate and butter in a saucepan

egg sugar and vanilla
In a mixing bowl, mix together the vanilla extract, eggs and sugar

melted chocolate into egg mixture
Pour the melted chocolate into the egg and sugar mix

addition of flour
Add the flour and the salt and mix well

mix well
It should be rich and glossy

pouring brownie batter
Pour the batter into the baking tray

brownie batter ripple
Amazing ripples of loveliness!

before brownie shot
Bake at 180degC for about 25 mins until the brownie develops a kind of crust. Often it bubbles up but deflates when it is out of the oven.

baked brownie
Resist urge to eat it straight away!

brownie squares
Slice into squares. I trim the irregular edges and test them.

baked brownie finished
It wasn't my best brownie, due to the little lumps of flour but it was still delicious!
These brownies didn't contain any nuts because they were destined for the playgroup crowd, but chopped hazelnuts would be lovely. I'd love to combine cookie dough with brownies, but that will have to wait til next time or when I am suitably inspired by The Great British Bake Off.

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