I met up with the lovely Kerry from the fabulous My Lovebumps blog last week.
Weirdly enough, she lives in my town. I say weirdly, as we met online (now that does sound weird…)
Along with a couple of other lovely bloggers, she runs The Pinaddicts Challenge. And you all must know by now, I am a Pinterest addict, and I quite like a challenge. So I have been taking part of this for the last few months (still yet to win though, sniff!)
Anyway, as usual, I digress, we met up to discuss The Pinaddicts Challenge, and the state of the town following on from my little rant.
I had promised her cake. And there was no cake. So I thought I would make brownies, and being super-frugal and in the spirit of ‘Waste not, want not’, I used up these chocolate lollies we had leftover from Christmas!
They are from this great book “Brownies” by Linda Collister
Just in case you want to give them a try…
This is what you need:
- 150g good-quality plain chocolate (or 100g of cheapo milk chocolate lollies, and 50g dark chocolate!)
- 200g unsalted butter, softened (I used salted, shoot me)
- 400g caster sugar-no that is not a typo….
- 1.5 tsp vanilla essence
- 3 large free-range eggs
- 130g plain flour
- 3 tbsp cocoa powder
This is what you do:
- Pre-heat the oven to 180C (350F)/gas mark 4
- Break the chocolate into a bowl and then melt in the microwave-I do it for a minute, then stir, then in 30s blasts, stirring in between
- Beat the butter in a mixer until creamy and soft
- Add the sugar and vanilla essence and beat again until soft and fluffy this time
- Add the eggs one at a time whilst still beating, then add the melted chocolate NB. turn the mixer off before adding the chocolate, or at least down to it’s lowest speed-take it from me, melted chocolate is hard to clean off walls…
- Sift in the flour and cocoa (I never normally sift, but I do usually with this one, to try and give it a bit of air-not entirely sure it makes any difference) and mix well
- At this stage you can add some extras if you like: chopped pecans/walnuts; chopped chocolate etc
- Spoon the mix into a lined brownie tin-mine is about 20x25cm and spread it out evenly
- Bake in the oven for 40-50 minutes ish (sorry, being quite vague! I checked mine after 30mins and it still needed longer. To test it-a skewer inserted halfway between the centre line and the side should come out just clean, but should still be a bit sticky in the middle)
- Leave to cool
for as long as you can bearuntil just warm, then remove from the tin and devour….