Saturday, 27 February 2016

Perfect Brownies for Mother's Day

In just over a week's time it will be Mother's Day; the perfect day to celebrate everything your Mum, Gran or other special lady in your life does for you.

Some of the things I love on Mother's Day are a cup of tea in bed, a long lie, a card from the kids and maybe a trip to my favourite restaurant for dinner. I also love a bit of baking. One year the kids and Husband made me some strawberry and lemon cupcakes (separate flavours) and they were delicious. I'm also quite partial to some gooey chocolate brownies and this recipe is so easy to follow and will give you the most delicious brownie ever.

Ingredients

Makes 16 good sized brownies

150g unsalted butter
300g of light muscavado sugar
4 eggs
150g plain flour
75g cocoa powder
1 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
A pinch of salt
200g of milk chocolate

To make them even more morish, you could add in some chopped up fudge bars, crunchie bars or even caramel bars.

Let's bake it!

Start by pre-heating your oven to 180°C, gas mark 5. Line a square baking tin with greaseproof paper.

In a pan, over a low heat, melt your butter. Once it has melted, stir in your sugar. You need to stir it continuously so it doesn't burn and so it combines.

Sift your flour, cocoa powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt and pour it in to the pan with the sugar and butter. Stir until combined and then remove from the heat.

Whisk your eggs and vanilla essence in a bowl or jug and then pour it in to the cake mix. Again continuously stir it until the eggs are combined.

Chop or break up your chocolate and add it to the brownie mix. Give it a quick stir and then pour it in to your baking tin. Pop it in the oven for around 20 – 25 minutes. I tend to check mine after 20 minutes and if the top looks firm, I’ll remove them from the oven to cool on a cooling rack.


Once cooled, slice in to 16 pieces and dust with icing sugar. Pop the kettle on and enjoy! 


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