Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Jamie's 30 minute brownies

While watching repeats of Jamie's 30 minute meals, he made these pretty easy looking brownies.  Now, I want to say how hard it has been to find the type of brownie recipe that isn't cake-like but more chewy like the brownies I usually made in the states.  A simple box from Betty Crocker always gave me nice chewy brownies.

In his show he uses a food processor to break up everything.  I used a water bath to melt the chocolate and butter together.  Also he says they bake in 12-15 minutes, but it took at least 30 minutes.  Instead of adding all the nuts and other stuff, I just added some marshmallows.  Overall, it turned out nice. Not as chewy as I would like it to be so I am still searching for that really good brownie recipe here in the UK.

2x100g bars of good quality dark chocolate
250g (2 sticks) unsalted butter at room temperature
200g (3/4 cup) caster sugar
6 level tablespoons of cocoa powder
4 heaped tablespoons of self-raising flour
2 tablespoons of crystallized ginger (optional)
4 eggs
zest of 1 orange (optional)

Smash the chocolate and chop the butter into rough chunks- you can put the chocolate and butter in a water bath to melt completely if you don't have a food processor. When they have both melted and soft, add 200g caster sugar, 6 level tablespoons of cocoa powder, 4 heaped tablespoons of self-raising flour, a pinch of salt and the crystallized ginger. Mix together with a hand held electric whisk. Crack in the eggs and whiz.
Grease a non-stick baking tray (approx. 32x26cm) with butter and place a piece of greaseproof paper. Use a spatula to spoon and spread the brownie mixture evenly into the tray of about 2.5 cm thickness. Grate over the zest of the orange (optional). Bake for about 30 mins at 180 deg C/350 degree F.

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