Cheer up Chocolate Brownies

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Much to Calum's dismay, when he's away for work, i like to cook.  This last weekend when he left i cooked a big ol' pan of Chicken soup, using a whole chicken... baring in mind, only i live here when he's away, there is no way i could finish it all in a suitable time frame.  So i asked my parents over to help.  I then tell myself (and Calum) that i'll make it again when he gets home, and then i don't. Bad wife. However, i think i'll have to make an exception with these babies.  He'll love them. 

I adapted the recipe slightly/ignored some of it and added in my own stuff from a recipe by Jamie Oliver.  Again i'll reiterate that i am no baker, but i'm trying. So to begin, and i think the most important point to focus on here is to make sure to get some really good quality chocolate, like, real chocolate, not the cadbury fake stuff, i'm talking 99.99999% proper job chocolate!  And then you are free to get cracking....

  • 250 g unsalted butter
  • 200 g good-quality dark chocolate 
  • 65 g plain flour 
  • 100 g white chocolate chunks
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 360 g caster sugar
  • 4 large free-range eggs

  • Firstly, break up the chocolate and melt it in a pan with the butter, stirring lots to make sure the chocolate doesn't burn.  
    In a separate bowl mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, eggs and white chocolate until it makes a combined paste.  Then pour in the melted chocolate mixture and whisk it all together until its a big brown gooey bowl of goodness.  

    Make sure you use a good baking tin, usually square is best, and line it with grease proof paper.  Pour in the mixture and bake for anything between 30-40 minutes, (depending on the depth of your tray) at 180 degrees C. 

    Leave the brownies to cool for around 10-15 minutes before taking them out of the tin and cutting them into suitably large squares! Serve up warm with a generous dollop of Cremé Fraîche. 

    Viola, Cheer-you-up-when-your-husband-is-away Brownies! Yay! 

    Sarah x   




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