Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Snow-flecked chocolate brownies

Happy December everyone! We had our first real frost here this morning, and boy was it chilly, so these rich, decadent brownies suddenly seem very appropriate for the weather and the festive time of the year!

Maria chose Nigella Lawson's snow-flecked chocolate brownies for this month's sweet and simple bake, you'll be able to see everyone else's brownies over at the sweet and simple bakes blog so pop across and see what you think. You can find the recipe here, so I won't repeat it on my blog (especially as I'm so late in posting this anyway!). I made half of the given quantity and baked it in an 8x8" tin. Although the recipe states 25 minutes, I cooked mine for 35 and they were still quite squidgy (isn't that a great word!) in the centre. I cut them into 12 pieces, which seemed about right.

These really were extremely easy to make - I think lining the tin was the longest and most involved part of the recipe. And because the butter is melted, not softened, I didn't even need to remember to remove it from the fridge! Always a bonus!



I'm afraid I do have a small confession to make though.... I don't really like making brownies all that much. I think it's a combination of not really enjoying eating them, and not knowing when they're cooked, but they just aren't my favourite thing. These brownies also suffered the 'I don't know if they're done - I'll leave them in the oven a little longer' fate, but they don't seem to have suffered too much and were certainly well received at work. I don't think I'd make them again unless specifically requested, but I'm sure they tasted great - how can that amount of chocolate, sugar and butter not taste great!!! And T will be pleased to know that provided I remember to take it with me at Christmas, there is a piece residing in my freezer for him.....

15 comments:

natalia said...

Ciao ! Your brownies look perfect ! I'm afraid your colleagues will force you to make more !!

Chele said...

These brownies really are very yummy! I suffered the same problem with the cooking time put thought it was down to me using a slightly smaller sized tin.

Katiecakes said...

Yum, they look so fudgy and delish!

Katie xox

The Girl said...

I have exactly the same problem as you! I never know if they're done or not, and I end up getting all stressed about it!

These look great though and definitely don't seem to have suffered from your indecision about their readiness!

booksandbakes said...

Heheh, I know what you mean about the cooking time. Yours look brilliant though! I bet everyone else reckons you should make them more...!

Rosie of BooksAndBakes

HFJ said...

Your brownies look lovely and fudgy - you can't tell that they might have been cooked too long.

Vanillastrawberryspringfields said...

Ola,ur brownies do look just as gooey & yummy as they eliciously should!!!

myspicykitchen said...

delicious and bet your colleagues loved them...

Joanne said...

OMG! You must be the first person I have ever come across that didn't just love brownies. Actually, I think that's very lucky on your part.
When I see a brownie, it has a hypnotic affect and until I bite it, I'm totally consumed with its eye appeal.
Great recipe - so right, these were very easy and delicious.

Lucie said...

Your pictures captures the true gorgeousness of these brownies!Yum!

Tessa said...

Your experience seems very similar to mine! I too had problems with smushy brownies and also have lukewarm feelings about brownies in general. They are good, but I usually prefer other desserts. Your pictures look great though! They must have been a success if your coworkers enjoyed them!

lakegirl said...

Your brownies look wonderful! I wish I didn't like brownies! LOL!

Jacqueline said...

Hi C, I am in the mood for brownies and got hubby to pick up some pecans for me. I know what you mean about knowing when they are done. I think you would have to make the same recipe a few times to get the hang of it, something I rarely do.

ps if you have trouble getting hold of that veggie jelly, let me know and I will send you some. My local Tesco stocks it :)

Choclette said...

Your brownies do look particularly good - what a shame they don't really do it for you.

Johanna said...

I love brownies and actually love that they don't have to be cooked exactly through - in fact it is liberating to know that it is better to take them out a little early - especially with my old oven

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