Saturday, September 25, 2010
Apologies guys ... I really have been neglecting my brownie project recently, actually I have been neglecting writing about my brownie project, mainly because I have baked from a run of very uninspiring recipes, nothing worse than "Blahh" Brownies!!!!! .... but good news, some really good ones to share with you over the next while.
Darina Allen is known as the grandmother of Irish cooking, and her most recent book "Forgotten Skills of Cooking" certainly gives credence to this title. Fancy a bit of foraging - this is the book to turn to. Feel the need to cook some offal - Darina's your woman. Food preservation is you thing - she will hold your hand through the process (although she'll probably chastise you at some stage!!!!!)
Darina says that this recipe makes 9 generous brownies - I'm not a great one for small helpings, but I would say that this makes about 16 generous portions!! I would recommend this recipe when you are baking for a crowd, it is easy to follow and makes loads! My only negative comment would be that the brownies were far too sweet (and for me to say that is something - I may not be able to tolerate pain, but I can certainly tolerate sweet!!!!!)
275g/10oz Dark Chocolate
350g/12oz Granulated Sugar (I'd use less next time)
175g/6oz Self-raising flour
110g/4oz Chopped hazelnuts (I didn't bother with the nuts)
Line a deep tin 30x20x5cm (12x8x2in) with parchment paper
Preheat oven to 180C/350F
Melt the chocolate and butter in a bowl over simmering water (or by your favourite method)
Whisk the eggs and sugar together until light and mousse like. (the lighter the better)
Add the chocolate mixture to the egg mixture, stir through.
Fold the flour in gently.
Add the nuts (if using)
Pour into the prepared tin and bake for approx. 35 - 40 minutes (the centre should be slightly wobbly)
Allow to cool in the tin.
When cooled cut into squares.