Monday, 17 February 2014

Easy Chocolate Brownies

I've always been put off making brownies as I thought they were a bit fiddly but this easy recipe only took me 10 minutes.  OK, so there is a long baking time (the kids were patrolling the kitchen so they could hear when the timer went off!) but they are worth the wait.

50g dark chocolate
25g butter
3 eggs
1 tbsp clear honey
225g soft light brown sugar
75g self-raising flour
100g walnut pieces
25g white chocolate

Turn the oven on to 160 / 225 / Gas Mark 3.  Grease a square tin - it needs to be quite deep.  I use the type that has a removable bottom you can slide out, as it makes it so much easier.

Put the dark chocolate and butter into a small heatproof bowl and place it over a saucepan of shallow simmering water to melt, stirring occasionally.  (Don't let the bowl actually touch the water or it will burn the chocolate mixture and taste awful.)  Remove the bowl from the pan and set aside to cool briefly.

In a bowl (or I used a deep measuring jug) beat the eggs, honey and brown sugar together, then gradually add in the melted chocolate mixture.  Stir in the flour a little at a time then add the walnut & white chocolate pieces and stir well.  Pour the mixture into your greased tin.

Bake for around 30 minutes then cover with foil and bake for a further 45 minutes.  Remove from the oven and leave to cool in the tin for a while.

Cut into squares and devour with a cup of tea.  

I was having people to lunch the day after making these and served them warm with vanilla ice-cream too!  

Doodles wasn't keen on the walnut pieces but you could easily leave these out or, as they tend to sink to the bottom, just cut the bottom part off to serve to a child who doesn't like nuts.

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