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Friday, 6 February 2009

Homemade Chocolate Brownies & Snow!

My love affair of homemade chocolate brownies began only a few years back. This came about after purchasing Nigel Slater’s, The Kitchen Diaries cookbook when it first came out in print. I was drawn like a moth towards light when I discovered Nigel’s 24-carat brownie recipe, which by the way is phenomenal! I enjoyed that gooey centre with an intense chocolate flavour, which a brownie always seems to deliver. Although these brownies are not Nigel’s they are definitely good with a hint of added coffee to enhance the chocolate flavour. Served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream it makes a perfect dessert to revel in!

Chocolate Brownies
Makes 24 pieces

100g (4 oz) unsalted butter + extra for greasing
200g (8 oz) dark chocolate 70% coco solids, broken up
250g (9 oz) caster (superfine) sugar
4 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1tsp strong brewed coffee, cooled
60g (2 ½ oz) plain (all-purpose) flour
60g (2 ½ oz) cocoa powder


Preheat the oven 180°C/fan160°C/350°F/gas mark 4. Grease and base line a 20.5cm x 25.5cm (10 in x 10 in) brownie or baking tin.

Put the chocolate in a heatproof bowl and melt over a bowl of gently simmering water. Remove from the heat to slightly cool a little until required. Beat the butter and sugar together until fluffy. Gradually add the eggs one at a time, and then add the vanilla extract and cooled coffee beating in. Add the melted chocolate and mix well. Sift the flour and cocoa powder into the mixture and carefully fold in until all incorporated. Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin and smooth the top over with a spatula. Bake for 20 minutes until firm but fudgy – the chocolate will continue to cook a little more removed from the oven. They are meant to be gooey in the middle – it’s what makes them so gorgeous! Put the tin on a wire to cool a little more before cutting into pieces. Delicious eaten with Vanilla ice cream!

I leave you with a few pics of the snow we have here.

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