One of lifes little pleasures, for me at least – it a chocolate brownie on a cold day. But Im rather specific about my brownie – its gotta be just right. Just firm enough, just squidgy enough – its tough to reach brownie perfection. And it is something that has alluded me for sometime now…..
My most recent recipe came from a #snailmail connection in Portugal. Although they where enjoyed by all at the time – and I would still recommend them – they were a little cakier than Id like. I want my brownies to have a hard crust, yet a fudgy texture inside. And to be rich enough that a small quantity satisfies my cravings. Im sorry but I really cant think of a better way to describe them lol, you know when you just know… yeah, that!
- 250g Salted Butter
- 110g Milk Chocolate ( I used Dairy Milk )
- 90g Dark Chocolate ( I used 90g Grenada Chocolate Company 71% )
- 80g Cocoa Powder ( I used Bourneville )
- 70g Plain Flour
- 1tsp Baking Powder
- 380g Caster Sugar
- 6 Fresh Eggs, beaten ( 6 medium eggs from my girls )
- 6 Cubes of Fudge ( I used Abernethy Butter )
- 4 Heaped tbsp Peanut Butter
- Preheat oven to 180c & grease a 24cm baking tin, I used a silicon one, it makes it so much easier to remove.
- Place the chocolate & butter into a large saucepan, on a low heat. Keep a keen eye on your mixture, whilst stirring continuously. It is easy to burn the mixture this way, use the microwave or a bowl over a saucepan of hot water if you are worried.
- In another bowl, combine the dry ingredients. Before adding the chocolate to the mixture. Followed by the eggs, a little at a time. Mix until smooth.
- Pour 1/2 of the mixture into your prepared tray, sprinkle over 1/2 the fudge cubes - before following with the remaining mixture.
- Melt your peanut butter in the microwave, and spoon over the top of your brownie in big dollops! Drag your spoon, or a knife over the mix to make a pretty swirly picture! Spinkle over the remaining fudge cubes.
- Pop in the oven, for approximately 20 minutes. Or until the brownies are spongey on the outside and gooey in the middle, with a crisp coating.
- Leave them in the tray until almost entirely cool. Once removed, cut into squares. Smaller than you might think, they are rich little chaps!
Best enjoyed with a coffee, and a fireplace. But lets face it – a chocolate brownie is a comforting treat at anytime, in any place! And since today is supposedly #NationalHugDay – its a cuddle, for ya belly!
Please let me know if you try them, you can catch me on twitter @daydreamfoodie or, of course you can comment here!