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Brownies from Bill's Basics

Sorry it has been so long since I last posted, but having a baby kind of limits your baking and food adventures! Anyway, during Josh's 2 hour sleep yesterday, I decided to make brownies, from Bill Granger's new cookbook, Bill's Basics. Hooray! I had just received it in the mail the day before (thank you, Borders Online 25% off sale), and was very excited about all the new baking recipes, which seem fantastic. I basically chose to start with this recipe from the book as I had all the ingredients, and it didn't require using Ruby, my Kitchenaid mixer, which I was worried would wake up Josh - next on the agenda, butterscotch madeleines. Yum!

This is just a melt-and-mix recipe, and is very, very quick. I do LOVE a good brownie.

INGREDIENTS

350g (1.5 cups) caster sugar
80g (2/3 cup) cocoa  (I used good quality dutch cocoa, which I sifted.)
60g plain plour
1 teaspoon baking powder
4 eggs, lightly beaten
200g unsalted butter, melted
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
200g dark chocolate, chopped (I guess you could also use choc chips, and save yourself even more time, or use half white/half dark chocolate, or add nuts or craisins...)

METHOD

Preheat the oven to 160C. Line a 22cm square baking tin with parchment paper (I have a 20cm tin)
Stir together the sugar, cocoa, flour and baking powder.
Mix in the eggs, butter and vanilla until well combined, then mix in the chopped chocolate.
Pour into the tin and bake for 40-45 minutes.
Leave to cool slightly in the tin, then turn out onto a wire rack. Cut into squares.

The most difficult thing about brownies is knowing when they are cooked, as I still like them gooey in the middle. I baked mine for the full 45 minutes, until a skewer came out mostly clean and the mixture didn't look wobbly when jiggled ;)

Bill says you can make a topping out of half double cream and half melted chocolate to spread over the top, but I just dusted them with vanilla dusting sugar when they were cool.



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