These are the most delicious chocolate brownie recipe and they popped into my head whilst reading Mireille Giuliano’s ‘French Women Don’t Get Fat!‘. In it she blames a trip to America and her discovery of Brownies on a weight gain unprecedented in her life and, apparently, all of France!
Though I doubt Mirielle’s bold claim in terms of France’s having no rotund women (I go to France a lot – believe me there are chubby women there. Maybe not disability scooter fat, but….). However, I can sympathise with her laying the blame at the door of these goodies for weight gain!
So love me or hate me for it I’ve decided to post my recipe for these here.
Ingredients and Method
175g each of milk and dark cooking chocolate image
225g lightly salted butter
1tsp of instant coffee dissolved in a little hot water
3 large eggs
225g caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
75g self-raising flour
175g copped walnuts
100g each of milk and white chocolate chunks
Preheat the oven to 190C/170C Fan/Gas Mark 5. Grease and line a deep sided roasting tin measuring 12 in x 9 in or 30cm/23cm.
Break the chocolate into chunks and cube the butter and put them in a bowl over a pan of simmering water to melt. Once completely melted put aside to cool.
Put the coffee, eggs, sugar and vanilla into a bowl and blend well. Add in the cooled chocolate mixture and stir in. Then fold in the flour, nuts and chocolate chunks.
Put the mixture into the tin and level out. Place in the oven and cook for 40-45minutes. The brownies are ready when it has a crusty top and you can remove a clean skewer from it’s inside. If you find the your top is growing crusty but the cake mixture still isn’t done cover in tin foil stop the crust burning and cook a little longer.
Once cooked remove from the oven and cool in the pan prior to transferring into a wire cake rack to cool completely. Then cut into the desired square size.
We serve ours slightly warn with some delicious berry ice cream after a dinner party and nearly everyone asked for the recipe – it’s that good!