I have been trying out more recipes from the Hummingbird Bakery cookbook!
Last weekend me and Scott made the brownies. I have been trying to find the perfect brownies recipe. Jamie Oliver's just didn't cut it for me. These though, these are perfect. Maybe they could have been baked for a few more minutes just to firm them up, but it's all personal preference. Gooey or cakey brownies? I take gooey any day! These definitely fulfil all of my gooey chocolatey desires.
200g dark chocolate, chopped
325g caster sugar
130g plain flour
1. Preheat the oven to 170c, Gas Mark 3. Place the chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water. Stir occassionally until thoroughly melted.
2. Remove from the heat. Pour into a larger bowl with the sugar in, and beat together. Add the sifted flour in and stir together. Finally, beat in the eggs until thick and smooth.
3. Pour into a greased and lined baking tray (mine was about 25cmx12cm, but it recommends a 33cmx23cm tray. Mine took longer to cook but were thicker) Bake for about 30-40 minutes (this depends on the size of the tray you're using like I said, just play it by ear). They should be flaky ontop but still soft in the centre. Leave to cool totally before attempting to turn them out, otherwise they will crack and fall apart! Cute into small pieces when cool and enjoy with some good quality vanilla ice cream ontop.
I didn't exactly follow the rocky road recipe from the Hummingbird Bakery, but it did inspire me to try out my own. Their version needed 1.4kg of chocolate, but I only used 500g which made plenty! I also put mars bars, maltesers, rich tea biscuits, dried sour cherries and marshmallows in it. I simply melted the chocolate in a bowl over a pan of simmering water, then stirred in 2 chopped mars bars, 1 bag of maltesers crunched up, a handful of sour cherries, about 5 biscuits crunched up, and a handful or 2 of marshmallows. Then I poured it into a baking tin lined with cling film, sprinkled with some sugar strands and left to set. They were so delicious, I couldn't get enough of them! The multi coloured sprinkles made them extra pretty too. :)