Sunday, 2 September 2012

Brownies as a present !

Off out to friends for a late lunch today and thought it would be a nice idea to take home made brownies instead of a box of chocolates ; think they look really pretty and I know exactly what has gone into them ... really fresh and matural ingredients ..


300g Dark Muscavado sugar
3 eggs
200g butter
200g dark chocolate ( at least 54% cocoa solids)
2 tsps vanilla extract
125g plain flour


Preheat oven to 170 o c / 160 o c fan

Grease and line a square 23 cm baking tin with baking parchment
Put eggs and sugar and vanilla extract into a mixer and beat for a good 5 mins until really light and pale and creamy.
Meanwhile, put butter and chocolate into a bowl and melt in microwave for 2 mins ... then mix well and cool slightly.
Add to sugar and eggs mix, folding in lightly until mixed thoroughly.
Do the same with the flour.
Pour into baking tin.
Bake in oven for 25 minutes utnti the top is cooked and cracking slightly but the inside is still gooey.
Remove and cool completely in tin ... needs a good few hours.
Remove and cut into squares ... usually 16 but if making as a presentof choc size .. cut into 36.
Dust with icing sugar and serve.