Advice – how to make the most scrumptious brownies!

By admin
26 April 2014

You can’t go wrong with chocolate brownies. They are the perfect treat to serve at a party, the simplest gift for a special friend, and the easiest thing to bake.

It’s no secret that Jamie Oliver is a whizz in the kitchen. We’ve all seen the delicious concoctions he whips up with ease, dreaming of the day when we will have the time and ingredients to match. Never fear, because Jamie Oliver has something just for you.

Here’s how:

Ingredients:

250 g unsalted butter

200 g good-quality dark chocolate (70 % cocoa solids), broken up

75 g dried sour cherries (optional)

50 g chopped nuts (optional)

80 g cocoa powder (sifted)

65 g plain flour (sifted)

1 teaspoon baking powder

360 g caster sugar

4 large free-range eggs

zest of 1 orange (optional)

250 ml (1 c) crème fraîche (optional)

Method:

Preheat your oven to 180 °C.

Line a 24 cm square baking tin with greaseproof paper. In a large bowl over some simmering water, melt the butter and the chocolate and mix until smooth. Add the cherries and nuts, if you’re using them, and stir together.

In a separate bowl, mix together the cocoa powder, flour, baking powder and sugar, then add this to the chocolate, cherry and nut mixture. Stir together well. Beat the eggs and mix in until you have a silky consistency.

Pour your brownie mix into the baking tray, and put it in the oven for around 25 minutes. You don’t want to overcook them so, unlike cakes, you don’t want a skewer to come out all clean. The brownies should be slightly springy on the outside but still gooey on the inside.

Allow to cool in the tray, then carefully transfer to a large chopping board and cut into chunky squares. These make a fantastic dessert served with a dollop of crème fraîche mixed with some orange zest.

Enjoy!

This recipe comes from Jamie’s Little Book of Big Treats.

t = teaspoon, T = tablespoon, C = cup

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