Brownies with…………..White Choc Chunks!

Less wandering today and back to baking! image As you know I believe that anything can be improved by adding chocolate. That even includes Chocolate Brownies! Big chunks of white chocolate are added to this recipe and baked into the gooey goodness. Lovely!

For a longtime, I have been on quest to find the perfect Brownie recipe, it’s been a nightmare for my family having to try each of them ;). This recipe is a combination of many. I don’t do the fussy melting the chocolate over the boiling water thing, you still can, but honestly it’s fine in the microwave as long as you just do it in short bursts.

These are simple to make and you end up with a perfect fudgy Brownie!

Ingredients

200g dark chocolate

170g salted butter

3 eggs

200g soft brown sugar

110g plain flour

1 teaspoon of baking powder

1\2 teaspoon of instant coffee dissolved in a teaspoon of warm water

100g white chocolate

Method

1. Break the dark chocolate up into a heatproof bowl with the butter.

2. Microwave the chocolate and butter in short burst of no more that 30   seconds until the chocolate is just melted. I find 3 lots of 30 seconds is fine. When you stir everything together briskly, the rest of the butter will melt in – or you can melt them together in a heatproof bowl over a pan of boiling water.

3.Pre heat the oven to 180 degrees and line a square tin.

4. While the mixture cools to room temperature, weigh out the rest of the ingredients.

5. Add the sugar, eggs, flour, baking powder and coffee to the cool butter/chocolate mix and fold it together until its all incorporated.

6. Use a rolling pin to bash the white chocolate into chunks whilst still in its packet (less to tidy up).

7. Gentle fold the white chocolate chunks into the mixture.

8. Bake for 30 minutes – the top should have a papery, cracked look – 30 minutes should do it anymore and you might not get the fudgy centre.

9. Cool on a wire tray.

Enjoy! Tip – I always try to make it at least a day before I need it because the long you can leave it, the more fudgy the centre should be.

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Banana Bread with er……..dark chocolate chunks!

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So sorry but, in my humble opinion, dark chocolate is a natural addition to anything with banana in it. Am I right?

That said you can leave it out it you want to be a bit healthier.

In this household there is never a problem with bananas being left to go black and soft, we go through kilos each week. Therefore, I have to wait until at 4 bananas present themselves in that ‘almost only good for the bin’ state at the supermarket.  It’s a thin line. Then I get my “I am having them and will not be beaten” face on.

Ingredients

110g butter

200g sugar

4 mashed bananas

2 eggs

1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract

190g flour

1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

100g dark chocolate (completely optional) or walnuts or both

Method

1. Pre heat the oven to 170oc

2. Cream butter and sugar together until really pale and fluffy

3.Add mashed bananas, eggs and vanilla extract to the mixture and mix really well

4. Add flour, bicarbonate of soda, and salt and mix

5.Add chocolate or any other additions to the mix now

6. Put the whole of the mixture in a lined 2lb loaf tin

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7. Place in the oven for 1 hour

8. Enjoy!