With an hour to go before the birthday party started I’d totally forgotten to sort out the cake. Now it’s not as bad as it sounds – it’s not a birthday party for my son or daughter – I’m not that much of a flakey, less haste more speed mother. It’s actually a birthday lunch for a really good friend of mine. She’s in her forties and hopefully won’t cry if there’s no cake – but you never know. Turning 44 isn’t exactly uplifting!
Anyway I didn’t have time to make a cake, let it cool and then ice it – so instead I made my brilliantly simple and totally tasty birthday brownies. Piled high and topped with birthday candles they look fabulous and taste even better.
Inspired by Nigella – they’re a real crowd pleaser – and take less than half an hour to make including cooking time. What’s not to like?
250g salted butter
250g dark chocolate
4 medium-sized eggs
1 tsp vanilla essence
320g caster sugar
150g plain flour
- Preheat the oven to 180C.
- Melt the chocolate and butter in a saucepan.
- While this is melting, beat the eggs and then add the sugar and vanilla.
- Let the chocolate mixture cool slightly and then add the eggs and sugar mixture and stir together.
- Sieve in the flour, and then beat until all fully combined.
- Pour into a lined baking tray and then place in the oven for around 25 minutes.
- Check after 25 minutes – the top of the brownies should be slightly light and dusty looking – the inside should be gooey and delish!
- Cut into 25-30 square pieces, pile high, then add your candles.