Sunday, 11 May 2014

Old School Chocolate Brownie

What a month it has been! I am terribly sorry for my absence of late, unfortunately it has just been one of those months where life simply gets in the way... But to make it up to you all, I would like to offer you a piece offering in the form of the perfect gooey dark chocolate brownies! 

My wonderful mother arrived home today after galavanting the world for the past 3 months! (You can catch up on some of her stories here) Given it is also Mothers Day in Aus today I thought it would be the perfect excuse to test out the oven in our new place and welcome her home with a batch of freshly made chocolate brownies.

There is something wonderful about having a Sunday like I had today. A Sunday consisting of so many things  you love, friends, family, music and baking. 
I woke up to glorious blue skies worthy of a stroll down to my local farmers market where I got a few goodies (including a beautiful bunch of lilies for mum) and headed back home to lock myself in the kitchen for the first time since last weeks move. The remainder of my morning was spent covered in cocoa powder, some solid practice and getting ready for this afternoons performance with the Fremantle Chamber Orchestra. FCO is such a wonderful orchestra to be involved with, it always presents a brilliant program (this season involved Beethoven's 2nd piano concerto, and Appalachian Spring by Copland) and and you get to work with wonderful people and incredible musicians. After another successful concert I drove straight to the airport to pick up my parents and spent the remaining evening nattering away, sharing tales of our last 3 months. I can't wait to hear the rest of her stories and see all of her incredible travel photos! I can honestly sit and look at peoples travel photos all day :-) 

Anyway! That is enough of me reflecting on my incredibly enjoyable weekend and on to why we are all really here - The decedent, gooey, chocolaty goodness of these 
Old School Chocolate Brownies!

Preheat your oven to the usual 180 degrees C and grease your cake tin. 

In a small bowl place 3/4 cup unsalted butter and 3/4 cup good quality cocoa powder and place over a simmering pot of water. Be careful the water doesn't touch the bottom of the bowl. Add 2 tablespoons of coffee (or water if you prefer) and stir well to melt. 

In a separate bowl whisk together 2 large eggs and 370g of caster sugar. Once light and fluffy add 2 tsp vanilla extract. When the chocolate mixture has melted completely, slowly add to your sugar mix and continue to beat. 

To your mixture add 170g plain flour, 1/2 tsp baking powder and a pinch of salt and mix well. This is the stage where you can add other flavours or ingredients. I love adding a cup of roughly chopped nuts (usually walnuts or macadamias) and a cup of chopped dark chocolate, but you can let your imagination go wild! 

Pour batter into your tin and chuck in the oven for 20-25mins. 
Once cooked, remove from tin and cut into little squares.

I think the best way to eat these brownies is straight away when they are still warm and gooey, possibly with a dollop of cream or a scoop of your favourite ice-cream if you want to be really decadent. But honestly these are perfect on their own, and will always go down a treat.

I hope all you wonderful mothers out there had a beautiful day!

Happy Sunday!

Ingredient List:
370g caster sugar
3/4 cup cocoa powder
170g unsalted butter
2 Tablespoons coffee or water
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
170g plain flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
Pinch of Salt

1 cup roughly chopped nuts (walnuts or macadamias)
1 cup chopped dark chocolate

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