Hi there. How are you today? Me, well it’s one of those days where I’m sitting or laying down (millions of things I want to do, but my body isn’t having any if it!), so I can chat to you – via Blogging.
I do hope you enjoy my musings, memories & recipes?
I’ve spoken a lot about the pleasure I get from sharing the food that I have made. Also I have found that, not only are you lovely people who read my blog, enjoying the recipes, but they are inspiring you to ‘have a go’. That’s FANTASTIC & thank you.
What I love about anything that I cook myself is, I know absolutely EVERYTHING that is going into the recipe, which ultimately means, I know, as a family I KNOW what we are putting into our bodies. I am sometimes horrified by the list of ingredients, if I’m tempted to buy a nice crusty loaf from my local supermarket, I read the ingredients & any desire I may have felt to pop the item into my trolley vanishes.
Please DO NOT be under the impression that I’m a complete Puritan when it comes to food, or anything else for that matter, I absolutely AM NOT!!!!
I’m happy to occasionally order a pizza, Indian, Chinese – gasp, horror – very occasional McDonalds!!!!! I’m a relatively normal mum, wife, slightly scatty woman. My family may disagree with the ‘relatively normal’ part!!!
I love humour & recently reduced our gorgeous, soon to be 12 years old, son to tears – from laughter (no need to call Childline just yet!!) whilst recounting a story from my past. His gorgeous freakly face, bright red, with tears spilling over his cheeks, laughing uncontrollably. A precious moment that will be always remembered. And it was whilst we were all sitting round the table, eating dinner – FEASTING & HAVING FUN!!
What I do find when I eat out, or order in, is that my brain goes into overdrive. Whilst munching I’m already thinking of ways to improve, change, add to, whatever food I am enjoying at that moment.
I suppose at the heart of everything I cook/bake is a desire to do better. If I can buy a cake in a shop, that is nice, good or even really great: I want to firstly be able to recreate the cake & then improve it until it is WONDERFUL. I am the same with all foods & recipes, including my own!
I have a wonderful family, one exceptionally special friend (who is ‘officially’ my quality control ‘taste tester’) and a group of friends who I know will give me HONEST feedback – which, for me is SO IMPORTANT. I am my worse critic! Always fiddling with recipes to see if I can improve just a little bit more! Very occasionally I will try a recipe & it’s so fantastic I never, ever deviate. An example if this is my annual Christmas Cake Recipe. I’ve made it every year for at least 15 years & it works. So the only things that are ever changed are the icing and decorations!!!!
Anyhow time to stop waffling and share the Sparkly, Triple Chocolate Brownies:
YOU WILL NEED:
2 x 6″x 8″ foil containers (with lids)
10oz Dark Brown Sugar
5oz Unsalted Butter
2oz Cocoa Powder
5oz Plain White Flour
1/4 tsp. Salt (I use Kosher – no additives)
1tsp Baking Soda
1tsp Vanilla Extract (I use Madagascan vanilla extract by Nelson Massey)
4 Large Eggs at room temp (preferably FREE RANGE – happy chickens lay better eggs!!)
6oz Milk Chocolate – chopped into chunks
4oz White Chocolate – melted for drizzling over the top
Silver Dragee Ball, Edible Glitter or whatever Edible Sparkly Sprinkles you wish to use.
PREHEAT THE OVEN TO 180C (165C fan oven).
Firstly melt the butter, either in a large microwaveable bowl or large saucepan. Whichever you use this will become the mixing bowl for the entire Brownie batter.
Add the brown sugar to the melted butter. Mix thoroughly until both are combined.
Now add the salt & cocoa powder. Mix thoroughly – if you add the cocoa now, before adding the flour, it incorporates into the butter/sugar mixture very easily.
Next add the flour & bicarbonate of soda. Mix thoroughly (I use a wooden spoon), it takes a couple of minutes to completely incorporate all the ingredients.
Lightly beat the eggs together in a jug & add the vanilla.
When the flour mixture is cool enough to touch add the egg/vanilla mixture & beat into the flour mixture. Be patient it does take a little time for the wet & dry to combine. You will be left with a fairly runny Brownie batter.
Pour half of the batter into one foil container, then pour the other half into the other container. If you are using one container pour all the batter in.
Tap the containers a couple of times against the work top. This brings any air bubbles to the surface: REMEMBER BROWNIES SHOULD BE DENSE & FUDGEY NOT LIGHT & AIRY LIKE CAKES.
Sprinkle the chopped milk chocolate evenly over the top of the brownie batter. Then using your fingers or a fork gently push the chocolate into the batter. Lick your fingers, then wash your hands!!!!!
Bake in the preheated oven for 12-18 mins for the smaller containers: 20-25 mins if using a larger container.
As all ovens vary, the Brownies are cooked when they are set around the edge & on top, but still have a little wobble in the middle.
Remove from the oven & allow the Brownies to fully cool in their container.
Once cooled get creative!!! Melt the white chocolate (I microwave for approx 30 secs, then stir thoroughly until I have smooth melted chocolate. Or you can place the white chocolate in a heat proof bowl over a simmering saucepan of water – ensuring the bowl doesn’t touch the water- stir constantly as white chocolate is the easiest to overheat!).
Drizzle the melted chocolate over the cooled brownies. Then adorn with silver balls, edible glitter or whatever you have chosen.
Allow the chocolate to set then cut up the brownies in the dish. The size is up to you!!!!
Share these very special Brownies with friends & family.
Watch the smiles on their faces get all chocolatey!!!!!!
And remember SHARING & FEASTING IS FUN!!!
Sammie xShare This