Tuesday, 23 October 2012

WHEN ONLY CHOCOLATE WILL DO...Awesome chocolate brownies

Awesome Chocolate Brownies

“Are you ok?” asked my amazed teenager tentatively when, in a moment of tiredness, I agreed to make chocolate brownies.

Normally I come up with a million and one far more healthier options than brownies. Particularly ones that literally ooze chocolate!

But hey...my resistance was low and for once I felt the need of a chocolate brownie hit!

Chocolate and nut brownies

Trawling through the well thumbed recipes from Nigella to Delia I finally opted for one from a school charity cake book which is not high profile but always brilliant.

 It’s called Awesome Chocolate Brownie Recipe and over the years I have slightly modified it to include nuts and dried fruit on occasions.

So although this isn’t the healthiest or immune boosting of recipes I have ever posted, it is, as its name says, one of the most awesome and chocolatiest!

Let’s face it, we all need a treat sometime and if you’re going to go for it..

 As an aside, in my trawls for immune boosting foods to help with the Glandular Fever I read that dark chocolate can be quite good in small quantities..however the amount of sugar in this recipe probably disqualifies it from being a boost!!

Still it tastes delicious and is more for the carers and visitors than any patients!!!

Perfect with a cup of tea or dressed up with ice cream as a pudding.


Preparation time 10 minutes
Cooking time 25 minutes
Makes about 25 squares

4 Tbsp of cocoa powder
125g margarine or butter (or ¾ of a cup)
50ml of sunflower oil (or ¼ of a cup)
225g of plain flour (or 2 cups)
260g of Caster sugar ( or 1 ½ cups )
2 eggs
150g of dark chocolate
50 g of walnuts

1.     Preheat the oven to 180 degrees c
2.     Melt the cocoa, margarine and oil in a saucepan.
3.     Remove from the heat then stir in the flour and sugar, then beat the eggs and stir in as well.
4.     Smash up your chocolate and nuts and stir into the mixture
5.     Grease your baking tin or line with baking parchment and then tip in the mixture and put in the oven for about 20 -25 minutes.
6.      When they come out they should still look a bit gooey but have a shine to them. Let them cool in the tin for 30 minutes and then cut into squares and ..enjoy


Truly awesome and a cure for lots of things at this time of year I’m sure!

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