We’ve had better weeks, to be honest. NewHuman has an infection and is subject to regular attempts by me to push foul, fluorescent-yellow ‘banana’ (banana my ass. It’s no more banana than Trump’s preferred shade of hair dye) flavoured antibiotics into him. He was sent home from nursery today looking very sorry for himself so has been packed off to bed. Again. Spends a lot of time there at the moment. He wants to perk up soon, we are due to leave for Oz in just over a week and I will NOT countenance any delay to our departure.
Worse, oh worse, has been the dog, who had an odd lump biopsied and which came back as BAD TERRIBLY BAD LUMP from the lab, so was (relatively) rushed into surgery yesterday and had it removed. She’s achieving impressive levels of sooky la-la and is enjoying her soft-food diet and painkilling drugs. I can’t stop cuddling her.
Anyway, bring on the holiday and sunshine.
Also, bring on the non-diet period of time during which I’ll eat whatever the hell I want. Speaking of, I had a weekend off Hell Diet and lunch guests coming both Saturday and Sunday. As usual I left it rather late to decide what to cook when, last minute, a friend (hiya Riri!) posted a recipe on Twitter advocating World’s Best Brownies. I was determined to test the theory.
They’re bloody amazing. Seriously. Obviously cause they’re Bill Granger and, thus, Australian. My parochialism gets noticeably worse the closer to a trip home I get.
Either way, make these. Literal piece of piss to bake and crazy delicious. I should say I had a go at cooking these on the convection setting of the microwave (the oven being otherwise occupied by a disconcertingly large porchetta). They came out great despite that, so imagine the glory if you did them properly. Go on.
Right. Preheat your oven to 160C.
350g caster sugar (I used 300g)
80g cocoa powder (I used 50g cocoa and 40g drinking cocoa cause I ran out of proper cocoa)
60g plain flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
200g butter, melted (unsalted, preferably. I used salted)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 eggs, lightly beaten
200g dark chocolate, roughly chopped
Melt the butter
Chop the chocolate
Lightly beat the eggs and vanilla
Mix the eggs and vanilla into the dry ingredients, then mix through the butter.Then stir through the chocolate.
Cry a little bit for the dog, the NewHuman and that new, unexplained bump on your face that must basically be an age-wart.Pour into your greased and lined tin and chuck it in the oven for 40-45 mins. This seems a long time to me, but then again the oven temp is fairly low and even with the mental microwaving I involved myself in it never dried out. Meh, what do I know.
Take the done thing out of the oven and let cool in the tin before slicing.Dog now looks like a Kray twin. Suppose it’s not a bad look for a dog who needs to live a successful life on the hard streets of London.
Anyway below is a brownie, covered in double cream (half fat, of course, I’m not entirely stupid, only mostly stupid). Rapturous. Riri was right.