Yesterday was a truly miserable day that involved having to get off a bus ten minutes in to my trip because some eejit in an Audi TT decided to attempt to cut inside a bus while turning a corner, luckily no one was hurt but both vehicles were left wedged in place blocking traffic for hours. The rain alternated between a drenching mist and thundering downpour as I trudged home with my sneakers full of water. What else is there to do on a dark and rainy August evening except eat meatballs, drink a good red wine and bake some brownies?
I knew I would be full from the meatballs but I wanted the meditative work of baking to help me mellow out and as these brownies require a good amount of cooling and then chilling time before eating they were the ideal thing. Fudgy and soft, way more chocolatey than the 55 grams of chocolate in the recipe would suggest, these brownies are the ultimate in delayed gratification deserts as they need to be cooled and then put in the freezer for at least two hours before you can attempt to cut them in to squares. If you wanted to serve them warm from the oven you would have to spoon them from the tray to the plate as they will just disintegrate but topped with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream that might not be a bad thing.
The brownies are adapted from a brownie recipe by Gary Rhodes that does not seem to exist on the internet, my sister had to send me the recipe from a cookbook and as it is one of best brownie recipes I have tried I am glad to be putting it up on the site.
55 grams of 70 % dark chocolate (gluten free)
115 grams of salted butter
225grams of caster sugar
55 grams of gluten free self- raising flour, I used Aldi’s
1 teaspoon of gluten free baking powder
2 eggs, beaten
125 grams of raspberries, quartered
100 grams of pecan nuts, roughly chopped
Preheat the oven to 180/ Gas 4/ 350f
Line and butter a 7” x 11” baking tin or deep roasting tray. You can use baking parchment but I used tinfoil
Place the butter and chocolate in a bowl set over lightly simmering water until both have melted.
Sieve together the flour and baking powder and stir in the caster sugar.
Add the flour mix to the melted chocolate and stir to combine.
Stir in the beaten eggs and chopped nuts,
Fold in the raspberries, some people like to leave the raspberries whole but I prefer to have streaks of disintegrated raspberry running through the brownie rather than the odd whole one here and there.
Scrape the batter in to the prepared tin and place in the pre heated oven for 30 minutes.
Remove from the oven, the brownies will still be very soft at this stage but they will set as they cool.
Allow to cool completely and then place in the freezer for at least 2 hours. Remove from the freezer and lift the brownies from the tin, place face down on a piece of fil or baking parchment and then carefully peel back the foil that lined the tin.
Gently turn the brownies over and then slice in to squares. These are best eaten from the fridge of freezer as they will get melty and fudgy at room temperature.
Enjoy with a cold glass of milk.