Last weekend we had our awesome friends from Auckland come to stay and while the boys were out we decided to bake some brownies. The recipe is from my Allyson Gofton 'Bake' cookbook, I got it for a present but you can buy it from The Warehouse at the moment and its awesome! I love all the beautiful pictures and baking tips and tricks.
I've tried a few of the recipes but you usually need to buy special ingredients, her recipes are pretty fancy and not the kind of things you just have lying around in your pantry.
Luckily I had some chocolate buttons so I decided to give her "family brownie" a whirl. Now I get kinda nervous when I bake something for the first time for fear it will be a total fail....but duuuude! It was a bit of a sensation! We polished the whole batch off in less than 24 hours between the 4 of us. I recreated them yesterday with less chocolate and they were just as fab!
3/4 cup flour
150 g butter
1 tsp vanilla
200 g melted chocolate- any dark chocolate will do!
4 Tblsp cocoa
1 cup castor sugar
1/2 cup milk
Preheat oven to 160 degrees.
Melt chocolate slowly, set aside to cool.
Beat butter and sugar until pale and fluffy.
Beat in the eggs and vanilla, then the cooled chocolate.
Fold in the dry ingredients and then milk in batches.
Stir in some extra chocolate and some cream cheese (optional) I really like adding cream cheese to brownies as you get a baked cheesecake flavour in your brownie going on! but the recipe doesn't require it, so if you don't have it just don't add it.
Bake in a paper lined brownie tin for 30-40 mins or until a skewer is inserted and comes out clean.
Cool in the tin and then slice and devour :)