Today I had my first attempt at making brownies, aided by the wife who also had never made them – sounds like a recipe for disaster right? Well it actually turned out pretty good. The smell that has filled our house is mouth watering, I daren’t open a window as the whole street may flock around my house, drooling, like a hungry scene from The Walking Dead.
Anyway seen as though we struck lucky with our first attempt I thought I’d share my success and give the recipe I used.
3 Large Eggs
275g Caster Sugar
85g Plain Flower
185g Bourneville dark chocolate (any dark chocolate will do, I just had this in already)
185g Unsalted Butter
40g Cocoa Powder
50g White Chocolate and 50g Milk Chocolate (again this doesn’t have to be the expensive stuff, I bought a 100g bar of Cadbury’s Winter Wonderland Chocolate which was already mixed as it was on offer )
Chop the unsalted butter into cubes (easier to melt) and break the dark chocolate into individual pieces.
Add both to a bowl and begin to melt over a pan of boiling water.
Once melted, take the bowl off and leave the mix to cool down to at least room temperature.
Pre-heat your oven to gas mark 4.
Cut out some grease proof paper and put it to the bottom of a shallow tin.
Mix the flower and cocoa powder and sieve them into a bowl to make sure no lumps are left.
Chop the chocolate into smallish pieces.
Mix the eggs and sugar in a bowl with an electric whisk. You will know this is done when the mixture becomes really pale.
Pour the cooled down chocolate mixture over the egg and sugar mixture and slowly begin to start folding it in. Use a figure of 8 formation with the spatula, do this in different directions or alternatively turn the bowl as you fold it together. Do not rush this as the air needs to stay in the mixture.
Once the mixture is complete and all one colour (brown) start to sieve in the cocoa and flour mix. Again, slowly fold this in as you do it.
Pour your finished mixture into the tin that you prepared earlier. Place it in the already pre-heated oven on the middle shelf for 25 minutes.
Once 25 minutes has passed gently pull out the tin and gently shake – if the middle of the brownie starts to wobble then place back in for a further 5 minutes.
Don’t worry if the top looks like its cracking around the sides like this, this is normal (apparently)
Now leave it to cool, resist the temptation to cut into it until it is completely cold.
This is what our finished ones looked like cut up