Sunday, 13 October 2013

Chocolate Week with Ma Bailey's Luscious Chocolate Brownies

It's Chocolate Week so let me introduce you to Sara, one of my friends from our Leeds University days where we studied languages together. We've kept in touch and from time to time, we meet and have great fun reminiscing as if it were yesterday. We still feel 19 years old in our heads!

Sara is a keen baker and from time to time sends me easy recipes to try. She writes :

“I discovered this recipe - now called 'Ma Bailey's Brownies' - when my boys were at school. The tradition continued and I made them each time they set off for university and for each visit during the term. The chocolate chunks stay sort of gooey in the brownies. These brownies has also been to Ireland, Lapland and Iceland. I am trying to see how far round the world I can get it! Today's bake is for visiting my son and his family near Lancaster."

125g/5oz butter
200g dark chocolate
175g/7oz soft brown sugar
2 medium eggs, beaten
A few drops vanilla essence
50g/2oz plain flour
5ml (1 tsp) baking powder

Preheat oven to 180C, Gas mark 4. Line a baking tin 18cm /7" square with greaseproof paper. Melt the butter with 50g/2oz of the chocolate in a heat proof bowl over a pan of hot water. Put sugar, eggs and vanilla essence into a large bowl, then sift in flour and baking powder. Stir in the melted chocolate and mix well. Chop the remaining chocolate into rough chunks and stir into the brownie mixture. Spoon into the tin, spread evenly and bake for about 40 minutes until the cake begins to shrink from the sides and the centre is firm.

Sara’s baking tips :
This is what I do now - Melt choc in microwave then add butter and CAREFULLY finish melting them  together. Today's bake took an extra 10 minutes but has been known to be longer so don't panic! I cut the pieces in half again as it's rich and is usually for sharing! I still work in ozs but for the first time I just followed the metric today. Hope you try these homemade brownies. They’re really easy - the hardest part is waiting 40 minutes for it to come out of the oven!”

Thanks, Sara. We did and they are fantastic! I hope they go round the world as you said! How are you celebrating Chocolate Week?

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