stick the oven on to heat, moderate (about gas mark 4 i suppose, depends on your oven) and get some ingredients together, as above (a partial selection). i recommend:
150g chopped butter
300g dark eating chocolate
300g firmly packed brown sugar (i use a bit less)
3 eggs beaten lightly (be nice to them)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract (the good stuff)
3/4 cup of plain flour
1/2 cup sour cream
1 tablespoon of cocoa powder
choc chips and nuts, of your choosing
melt the butter and chocolate together in a saucepan over another saucepan of gently simmering water (no pics of this bit, sorry, fire was involved) and then put in a mixing bowl to cool a bit. add the sugar, then the eggs and vanilla and mix till glossy, glossy like the newly washed hair of a teenage girl.
in goes the flour and cocoa. mix it a bit till it doesn’t look like this anymore.
add the nuts and choc chips of your choosing. today we went with chopped hazelnuts and some dark choc chips. i go with visual amounts. if you want to get speccy about 120g choc chips and 100g nuts is about right.
add the sour cream. this is, in fact, creme fraiche which i have decided is almost the same thing.
tip into the baking tray but make sure you leave just a little* bit in the bowl to taste-test.
at this stage i took some up on a spoon to my boyfriend who was bathing in a boiling hot bath. i didn’t take any pictures of that, mostly cause he was drinking dr pepper and i was ashamed.
lick the bowl. lick it good. if your eyes don’t look like this then you’re not doing it right.
pour into your greased and lined baking tray – should be about 20cm x 30cm or so. smoosh it around a bit with the spatula so it goes in the corners, but don’t go mental on the touching up.
if your bowl looks like this by the time the licking is complete, you’re doing it right.
take a picture of yourself trying to take a picture of the clock. take a picture of the dog watching you take a picture of yourself trying to take a picture of the clock.
note the time. you’ll need the brownies in the oven for 40 mins at this stage. 40 MINUTES in a moderate oven
do some washing up while the stuff’s in the oven. it’s good cheffing.
after 40 minutes, take the brownies out, swearing lightly at your shit oven.
wrap the brownies in alfoil. that’s if you’re australian. if you’re not australian, wrap your brownies in foil.
put them back in the oven for another 20 minutes. take note of the time. as you’ll see, i’m running slightly ahead of schedule. that’s cause of my shit oven.
after another 20 mins baking with alfoil on top, take the brownies out of the oven. take off the foil and let them cool. to be honest they’ll look pretty much like the did last time they came out, before the foil but there you go, that’s the mad science of baking.
let the brownies cool in the tin then slice into whatever size you like. we like half a tin each in this house. sprinkle with cocoa powder if you’re feeling fancy, then eat. eat as fast as you can. if you eat them fast the calories don’t stick.
this is the book i got the recipe out of. it’s australian women’s weekly thingy – the aussie women’s weekly do tops recipes.
the end product, best served with clotted cream ice-cream and ancient episodes of time-team.