Sunday, 29 March 2009

Gina's Fudge Brownies


When I want to make something that's quick and chocolatey, I usually fall back on chocolate brownies. The best brownies I've ever had were made by an American friend. I've adapted the recipe she gave me slightly, but I have to say although mine are usually dense and delicious, they have never been quite as fudgy as Gina's - I blame my oven!

This is what I do
  • Melt 2oz butter, 100g bar 85% chocolate and 6oz muscovado sugar in a large saucepan.
  • Take off the heat to cool slightly.
  • Beat in 2 duck eggs and ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • Stir in 2½ oz wholemeal flour and ¼ tsp salt
  • Chop 2oz walnuts and add these to the mixture
  • Bake in a greased 8-inch square tin for about 20 mins at 175°C.
  • Cool then cut into 16 pieces
As a cinnamon fan, I often substitute 1 tsp ground cinnamon for the vanilla extract.

4 comments:

  1. This is going to sound rather feeble but coming home from work and having to make some Brownies in a hurry I turned to this recipe and, admittedly in a bit of a flap because time was running out, I could not work out how much flour to use - 21 or 22 ounces - surely not. Now that the brownies (I confess I used a Nigella recipe)are safely in the oven I can see it is clearly 2 and one halve ounces so maybe I just had a bit of a brain storm but is there a clearer way to write 1/2?

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  2. I do understand. Hope your brownies turned out well in the end. I haven't been very happy with the way 1/2 appears on Blogger, but I haven't yet managed to come up with anything better. Writing out half in full is too faffy, .5 has been suggested, but that just looks odd when it stands alone and I'd rather be consistent. I'm just hoping there is a way to make half look like a proper fraction - does anyone have any ideas?

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  3. ½ - It's a bit small but I used the symbol function in word then copied and pasted. I'm sure there's a way you can then use a shortcut but I don't know how to use shortcuts! Lovely brownies by the way.

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    1. Thanks Maya - I have finally found the symbol on my computer - it's only taken me four years!

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