Last-minute birthday brownies

 

Brownies Choc 2

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?

 

Brownies 3

Ingredients:

250g salted butter
250g dark chocolate
4 medium-sized eggs
1 tsp vanilla essence
320g caster sugar
150g plain flour

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C.
  2. Melt the chocolate and butter in a saucepan.
  3. While this is melting, beat the eggs and then add the sugar and vanilla.
  4. Let the chocolate mixture cool slightly and then add the eggs and sugar mixture and stir together.
  5. Sieve in the flour, and then beat until all fully combined.
  6. Pour into a lined baking tray and then place in the oven for around 25 minutes.
  7. Check after 25 minutes – the top of the brownies should be slightly light and dusty looking – the inside should be gooey and delish!
  8. Cut into 25-30 square pieces, pile high, then add your candles.

 

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