Monday, 13 February 2012


Sorry to disappoint those who may think I should be sharing a great love heart-shaped biscuit recipe in the spirit of Valentine's Day. Currently, with no offer of a hot date for tomorrow evening this doesn't really appeal to me! Therefore, I chose chocolate & lots of it ...

Brownies are the ultimate sharing bake. As my friend would say, its all about the 'goo'. The trick with brownies is timing ... get the cooking time right and you will have the perfect 'gooey' brownie, too little it will simply be hot mixture, too much, it will basically be a cake; which isn't always a bad thing!

Brownies can have many variations ... fruit, chocolate chunks, nuts etc. the choice is all yours. There is also nothing wrong with just keeping it simple. Today I am going to use raspberries & white chocolate as my added extras (my token to Valentines). 

Makes 12 thick squares
(depending on how many squares you get, depends on how thick you want your brownies)
Pre-heat oven to 180°C
Bake to perfection for 22 minutes

You will need the following:
225g Granulated Sugar
50g Cocoa Powder
75g Self-Raising Flour
100g Butter
1/2 tsp Salt
2 Eggs
2tbsp Milk
(Extras: 50g Raspberries & 100g White Chocolate)

Mix the granulated sugar, cocoa powder, self raising flour and salt together

Melt the butter in the microwave for 1 minute, then add to the dry mixture

Add the eggs one at a time & then add your 2tbsps of milk

Next, this is the time to add any extras you want to your brownies ... today I am adding raspberries (frozen) & white chocolate

Pour the mixture into a baking tin roughly 15cm x 20cm in size and bake for 22 minutes. Do not be tempted to open the oven door, keep it closed & take them out at 22 minutes. Let them cool down ... have faith that they will set. You must leave them too cool down completely before cutting them up.

Hannah's Top Tip: If you decide you want them solely for yourself, put them in the freezer & take them out when you fancy ... eat from frozen or pop them in the microwave for 1 minute 30 seconds and serve with ice cream for puds 
(you can appear the perfect hostess/ host with a moments notice!)

Enjoy ... 

Thanks to Ginny & Hannah today for your fabulous help 

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