Afternoon. It’s pelting with rain here in England. Totally unacceptable. Also, the leaves are falling from trees and it’s getting cold at night and although it’s still September I’ve heard rumours of supermarkets with Christmas goods on display already, and a hotel in a mid-England city with a tree up already. DISALLOW.
Obviously having come home from an amazing food-laden holiday the boyfriend and I made all sorts of promises to eat healthy. We kind of are during the week but I had a good enough excuse (friend’s birthday) to do some baking, and so did. This recipe is originally from an Aussie Women’s Weekly one (therefore is guaranteed Good), but they made it with walnuts (which are ok). I made it with pecans (which are infinitely superior). The Rolos are pretty nice, too. Eat the last one yourself, obviously.
They’re brilliantly delicious and fast to cook – don’t let anyone tell you brownies are an artisan art form – anyone can make them if you use good ingredients and don’t burn the living hell out of them. Remember that.
Stick your oven on moderate. I put ShitOven on a low Gas Mark 3. Still too hot, as you’ll discover shortly.
1/2 cup (50g) pecans, toasted, chopped finely
150g dark chocolate, chopped coarsely
3/4 cup (150g) firmly packed brown sugar
1 egg, beaten lightly
1/3 cup (50g) plain flour
1/4 cup (60g) sour cream
3 x 50g packets Rolos
Melt the butter and chocolate, broken into pieces, over a very low heat until combined and silky. Don’t let it boil, you’ll ruin it.
Once combined, let it cool a while. I think the recipe says to do all this in a medium saucepan and you can subsequently mix everything in the saucepan, but I didn’t read that far ahead and so melted it up in a tiny saucepan and therefore had to transfer the mess into a new mixing bowl and THEN had more washing up to do. Sucks to be me.
Whilst the choc-butter mix is cooling, chop your nuts, or your partner’s nuts, depending on how he has been behaving. I guess this also depends on whether you have a he for a partner. I don’t mean to be exclusive.
In a muffin or yorkshire pudding tin place some patty cases. I suppose you could just cook them straight in the tin, come to think of it.
Obviously I didn’t.
Place a sprinkling of chopped nuts in the bottom of each muffin case. See above for precise sprinkling.
Mix your brown sugar into the choc-butter mix, and add your lightly beaten egg.
Then the flour, then the cream.
It also now occurs to me that you could stir in the sugar whilst the choc-butter stuff is still nice and warm, to dissolve it. Do that.
Spoon the mix into the muffin cases, equally. They rise only a little bit so don’t be measly.
Plonk a Rolo in the centre of each one.
Gently move the mix over the Rolo.
Again it occurs to me now that there’s nothing actually wrong with leaving the Rolo out in plain view. Personal choice. You choose.
Chuck them in the oven for up to 15 mins or until cooked.
Whilst they cook, please feel free to admire my favourite thing from Italy, a chocolate grater thingy. I also found one for cheese by the boyfriend wouldn’t let me buy it. He’s like that. He’s always looking for reasons to say no and I’m always looking for reasons to say yes. It’s why we live in such perfect harmony.
Check the brownies. If you have ShitOven they’ll be ruined. If not, take them out and let them cool.
ShitOven ruined brownies, with added taste of carbony charcoal. I HATE SHITOVEN.
Anyway never minding that, they actually taste pretty yum and properly brownie-like rather than cupcake-like. See below for internal display of melted Rolo.
Enjoy. I must away back to work, I’ve an unwanted uni course to pay for.