Winter always means decadent eats for me. The way I see it, there's got to be some kind of positive pay-off for the miserably cold weather. Chocolate in all its forms is what gets me feeling spesh, and I swear, it wards off the yearly return of the SADs. (Seasonal Affective Disorder.)
I am no fan of the colder months at any time though I do admit, the coinciding return of the ratings season to television, means that there have been some worthwhile TV shows to enjoy while we pass the time until spring. (Hello Doctor Who, Bear Grylls and the Eurovision Song Contest for starters.)
The show My Kitchen Rules is a personal fave on television, and it was a recent episode of this series that inspired me to get back into baking everyone's favourite - brownies. (Those close-up chocolate shots on TV are the worst!)
My cravings for this simple slice are back in full-swing, so much so, that I have been baking this particular recipe each and every day for my kids after school!
|This simple, original brownies recipe is ideal for little kitchen helpers to bake.|
There are already a couple of great recipes here on Six Little Hearts for brownies which you might try if you're willing. Give this gooey brownies recipe a try, or these celebrity date and dark chocolate brownies. I don't think you can ever have too many brownie recipes.
I love this particular original brownie recipe of mine, because it is quick and easy and the results always come up perfect. It will take you only five minutes to whip a batch of these together, however, you'll still have to be patient and wait 45 minutes for them to bake to perfection. (Sorry!)
Quick Chocolate Brownies
Preparation time: 5 minutes. Baking time: 45 minutes.
Makes: 16 brownies.
1, 200gm block of good quality milk cooking chocolate
125 grams unsalted butter
1, 1/3 cups of brown sugar
1 teaspoon of vanilla essence
3-4 heaped tablespoons of good quality baking cocoa
2/3 of a cup of plain flour
1 teaspoon of baking powder
Optional: 1/3 cup of chocolate chips or slivered almonds.
To serve: Icing sugar for dusting.
Preheat oven to 180 degrees C.
Grease and line a slice tin or square cake tin and set aside. You can also use a silicone flan mold.
Break the chocolate block into pieces and add to a small saucepan along with the butter. Heat gently until both are melted and combined over a very low heat, stirring regularly.
In a mixing bowl, combine all the dry ingredients together, (with the exception of the icing sugar), then add the eggs, vanilla essence and melted chocolate/butter mix.
Blend all ingredients together with a wooden spoon until a thick, smooth batter is formed.
Pour the batter into your prepared tin or mold and place this in the oven for 45 minutes.
Before removing the brownies from the oven, test them with a skewer in the centre. Ideally, brownies should have a baked crust and a moist and fudgy interior. Be sure not to overcook!
When done, cool the brownies in the pan on a wire rack before slicing into your preferred serving size.
Dust the brownies with icing sugar just prior to serving.
|A crunchy outer crust with a moist centre - the perfect brownie.|
Do you bake a favourite winter time treat each year?
Got any great brownie recipes to share?
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