mercredi 16 septembre 2009

chocolate brownies: going once, going twice, gone....and so is all of the ice cream!

while I am writing this I cannot even guarantee that there will be an accompanying photograph of these chocolate brownies, honestly they never seem to even get a chance to cool before they are all gone - because this is possibly the most deliciously chocolately brownie recipe ever!!!

okay, the brownie purists out there among you may not agree with me, it is true that this version is high on chocolate and low on sugar so the top doesn't have that crunchy effect that adding more sugar would achieve, but for the chocolate fans among you this is the business!!

Ingredients:

300g of good quality dark chocolate
200g brown sugar
250g butter plus a little bit more to grease the tin
3 medium free range eggs plus an extra yolk
70g good quality cocoa powder
60g plain flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
small roasting tin/brownie tin lined with greaseproof paper
pre heat oven to 180°C

1. break the chocolate into smaller pieces and melt 225g it in a bowl over a saucepan of hot water, reserve the rest of the chocolate
2. while the chocolate is melting cream together the butter & sugar
3 lightly beat eggs plus extra yolk in small bowl
4. add eggs slowly to the butter and sugar mixture(while mixing)
5. sieve together the cocoa powder, baking powder and flour
6. the fold into the mixture
7. pour mixture into prepared tin and put in oven
8. brownies are ready after approx 30 mins - test with a scewer in the centre, brownies are ready when comes out clean
9. leave to cool in tin (if you can keep greedy hands off long enough!)
10. serve with a good vanilla ice cream


If you are lucky enough to have some leftover they last well for a few days in an air tight box and are great heated up for a midweek treat!

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