Isn’t it delightful when you reach Friday?
This week has been one of those weeks where myself and the other half have been passing strangers. With him working from 9-6 and myself clocking up evening hours occasionally 4 out of 5 week days, we only seem to grab a brief catch up and bite to eat before calling it a night.
Got us in some rump, salad and an olive loaf (along with a cheeky bottle of Malbec) and spontaneously decided on baking some gooey brownies for pud. This is a lovely and really easy, quick recipe by Lesley Water for something bad and chocolately. Note: I left out the coffee as we only have ground coffee in casa del De Lacy, but it doesn’t detract from the taste.
115g/4oz unsalted butter, softened, plus extra for greasing
170g/6oz caster sugar
2 free-range eggs
40g/1½ oz plain chocolate (minimum 65% cocoa solids)
55g/2oz pecans (optional)
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp instant coffee granules
2 tbsp warm water
1 tsp baking powder
55g/2oz plain flour
55g/2oz cocoa powder
In short, cream the butter and sugar, add the eggs.
Put the chocolate in (I love putting in whole pieces) then the nuts.
Add the vanilla extract and shift in the flour, cocoa powder and the baking powder.
Fold in the flour/cocoa and mix them all together well.
If it’s a little thick (if you’ve left out the coffee) add a splash of water.
Pop it all in a baking tin then give it about 40 mins in an oven at 160 degrees C.
Brownies should be firm but still feel a little squidgy inside.
Following our feast, we slipped our glad drags on and tried out our local pub. As we’ve only been in our flat a few months, it’s been the first time we’ve had to nip for a few. As a Castle Rock pub and previous British Legion office, it was lovely.
Few glasses of vino later, we came home a little bit pink-cheeked.