For Christmas, I got one of my favourite presents from my friend Annette - a cookbook!
This one was the hummingbird bakery cookbook full of yummy recipes for cupcakes, cookies etc.
So after months, I finally got down to making something from it. I chose the simplest of all recipes, the traditional brownie. How many of you actually make it from scrap? I know it is not the healthiest of sweets to have but with the availability of really cheap mixes, hardly anyone I know ever make it from scratch! But it is so easy!
All you need:-
200g dark chocolate, roughly chopped
175g unsalted butter
325g caster sugar
130g plain flour
icing sugar to decorate (optional!)
a 33 x 23 x 5cm baking tray lines with greaseproof paper.
Here you go:-
1. Preheat the oven to 170 degrees Celcius.
2. Melt the chocolate and butter until smooth in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering
water (do not let the base touch water!).
3. Remove from heat and add the sugar. Stir well.
4. Add the flour and still until well incorporated.
5. Finally stir in the eggs and mix until thick and smooth.
6. Spoon the mixture into the baking tray and bake for 30-35 minutes, until flaky on top but still soft in
the centre (Careful not to overcook otherwise the edges will become hard and crunchy.)
7. Leave to cool completely before dusting the icing sugar, to decorate.
Or, you could like me, use a cookie cutter and cut out different shapes while the brownie is still