Sunday, 4 May 2014

Quadruple Chocolate Brownies

I don't know if these actually classify as 'quadruple' chocolate brownies, but for the purposes of the post title they are. They have: cocoa powder, white chocolate, milk chocolate and Smarties. That's four types of chocolate, right? Of course, they could be made without any of the extra bits, making them just normal brownies, but that's not quite as exciting.

I really love these brownies. When I was at the gym (I know!!?!?!), the only thing that got me through the workout was the thought of going home and doing no revision, but instead making brownies! I wanted something dense, chocolatey and just super indulgent - I was planning on Nutella brownies, but the pot of Nutella mysteriously disappeared...

These went down extremely well with my friends, and passed the very tough MAT (Mother Approval test). They went down so well at school, in fact, that one of my friends tried to start a Twitter campaign to get me to give her a second brownie... She was successful. The brownie recipe itself is different to other ones I've tried (see here, here and here - I like brownies), as it involves melting things over a bowl of hot water etc. It's much simpler than it sounds, I promise. I'm not about to get all Heston Blumenthal on yo' ass.

Recipe (adapted from Smitten Kitchen, makes about 25 small, or 15ish large):
  • 140g butter
  • 250g caster sugar
  • 65g cocoa powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 65g self-raising flour (I find this makes them extra dense in the centre)
  • Assortment of chocolate or nuts etc. (optional) - I used 100g white chocolate (chopped), 2 tubes of Smarties, and a handful of milk chocolate chips to scatter on top
  1. Preheat the oven to 160oC. Grease and line an 8"x8" square tin.
  2. Put the butter, sugar, cocoa powder and salt in a bowl over a pan of simmering water, stirring sometimes until all melted and combined.
  3. Take the mix off the heat, and allow to cool a little.
  4. Beat in the vanilla, and the eggs one at a time. The mix should start to combine and go thick and shiny at this point.
  5. Mix in the flour, and when all is just combined beat vigorously for 40 strokes (this is a tip from Smitten Kitchen that seemed to work, so I couldn't leave it out!).
  6. Stir in the chocolate/Smarties etc.
  7. Pour the mix into the prepared tin, and spread out evenly.
  8. Scatter chocolate chips over the brownie mix.
  9. Place in the oven, and bake for around 40 minutes. Remove when a skewer inserted into the middle comes out almost clean.