Call me neurotic (and you wouldn’t be the first), but I just can’t bear to have a visitor in my house without any home baked sweetness to offer them. Now, in the name of the New Year I decided that I was going to let things like this slide. Don’t sweat the small things and all that. So, when I heard that my wonderful Mum was coming to London town for a brief visit, I decided that I was going to draw the line at the homemade pizzas for the night in with the kitten, the restaurants and afternoon teas that were booked, and the undoubtable lattes and treats of a day shopping. That would be enough, I told myself. Until the Friday morning, at least. At that point, roughly two hours before I was due to meet my Mum, I panicked, flapped and caved in. I made brownies.
Now my go-to brownie recipe is one that I have mentioned in brief many times before (found here), however that one calls for raspberries. In a mad rush, in the centre of snow-halted London, these were quite simply out of my desperate grasp. So I improvised, making these with what I had in the house. My Mum would call it ‘living off my hump’. The result was pretty damn nice, even if I say so myself.
Notes on the recipe:
Peanut butter and chocolate are a match made in heaven, but they are not the moistest of combos; these brownies are at their best soft, juicy and slightly undercooked. Don’t overcook these brownies: they are done as soon as their top is crisp and cracked, but a knife inserted does not come out clean.
For lack of alternatives (my house is where tins go to die) I used the glass lid of a pyrex dish to cook these. A square or rectangular tin would work just the same, if not better.
140g chocolate (milk or dark; I used a mix)
115g butter (I like to use salted)
225g caster sugar
170g plain flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
170g peanut butter (I like crunchy, but it’s up to you)
3 large eggs (whisked, ideally)
Oven on to 170C / gas 3; line your tin with baking paper
Put your chocolate, butter and sugar into a pan, and melt together over a low heat.
Meanwhile (whilst keeping an eye on your chocolate mix) sift the flour and baking powder together in a large mixing bowl, and create a well at the centre.
Add the peanut butter to the now melted chocolate mix, and stir together.
Pour the chocolate mixture and the eggs into the flour and mix well (making sure to get rid of any floury lumps).
Pour the mix into the prepared tin; place in the prepares oven and bake for around 20 minutes.
Let the brownies cool in the tin, then cut into generous squares.
What are your fave brownie recipes? And what is your best store cupboard invention?
That’s all for now,