Sunday, 18 May 2014

Chocolate and walnut brownies

OK you've waited long enough, this is it - the lady killer. Nobody can resist these brownies - I've even had people who are allergic to chocolate risk anaphylactic shock to eat one of them. If you're looking to seal any sort of deal with the Mrs - a night out with the boys, some Xbox playing time or being able to do that thing that you always want to do in the bedroom but that she never lets you do - this is the way to do it.

Super easy to make, these brownies are the perfect mix of slightly crunchy top and moist, gooey centre. And, just when you thought it couldn't get any better, you discover a chocolate chunk or a bit of walnut just to make it the whole experience even more satisfying.

How it's done

This is another one of those recipes that comes out looking and tasting like it requires some level of skill but is, in fact, ridiculously easy. You will need to get your hands on a rectangular or square baking tin. If you can't find one, and can't be arsed to wash up, you can buy the foil disposable roasting trays from the supermarket and just bin it when you're done.

  • 150g unsalted butter
  • 300g light muscovado sugar
  • 75g cocoa powder
  • 150g plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 150g milk or white chocolate (either the bags of chips or bars cut into chunks)
  • A handful of walnuts
Turn on the oven to 190C. Get the butter cut up into chunks and put in a large pan over a low heat. When it has all melted, throw in the sugar and mix well. Sift the flour, cocoa powder, bicarb and salt into the pan and stir thoroughly, taking it off the heat. This will be a pretty dry mixture but don't stress about it!

In another bowl whisk the eggs and vanilla extract, and then add to the pan. Mix it all up into an awesome, chocolatey mess. Lob in the chocolate chunks and walnuts and stir quickly before sticking into the middle of the oven for 22-26 minutes. It should come out with a hard looking top but with a slight wobble underneath. If you stick a knife in and it comes out with a bit of the mixture on it then you're golden.

I have a feeling I'm going to be owed a lot of beer tokens when you guys see the results this will get you with the ladies. Maybe I should set up a PO box or something?

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