Izzy keeps moaning at me for making brownies with nuts in them – I like them with nuts in them, she likes them with nuts in them but they aren’t allowed to take them into her school with nuts in them due to kids with allergies. Eat them at home I say – no, they’re currency, you don’t understand, Mum, she says! Ah, ok – so you’re going to use my brownies to trade? What for? Well, money of course. Ah, right. For charity? You having a laugh, Mum? Glad we got that sorted.
So these are just lots of chocolate brownies. And the photo is pretty rubbish because that was all I got a chance to photograph. Child likes these as do various teenage friends!
100g dark chocolate buttons (or bar chopped up)
2 eggs, beaten
100g light brown sugar
100g plain flour plus an extra tablespoonful (reserve until stage 3)
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons coffee powder
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
50g unsweetened powdered chocolate
50g white chocolate chips
50g milk chocolate chips
1. Preheat the oven to 180C and spray a 7inch square baking tin with oil.
2. Melt the dark chocolate and the butter together in the microwave in 30 seconds bursts until smooth (this will probably take about a minute and a half – the mixture will be smooth and warm but not hot).
3. Add the rest of the ingredients, other than the chocolate chips, and whisk together, again until smooth.
4. Mix together the chocolate chips with the tablespoon of flour (this stops the chips from disappearing into the mixture or sinking to the bottom).
5. Tip the whole mixture into the baking tin and spread out evenly into the corners and then tap gently on the work surface to release any air.
6. Bake for 15 minutes then remove from the oven briefly to tap on the work surface again then bake for a further 15 minutes.
7. Remove from the oven, slice into squares and cool on a rack.
And apparently they should be eaten with mint choc chip ice-cream and maltesers!