The basic recipe is from a cookbook printed in 1978, called The Australian & New Zealand Family Cookbook, a treasure trove of what we would now see as somewhat old-fashioned dishes. Can't wait to try out the Seamen's Stew! And I bet you thought using cauliflower as a steak or rice was a new-fangled idea. Nope, this book has a recipe for nut and cauliflower flan, set on a shortcrust pastry base. Sounds really delicious.
185g. dark chocolate with roast almonds - I used an Old Gold block
6 tsp water
125g. caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
125g. self-raising flour
pinch of salt
2 large eggs
60g. chopped nuts - I used 30g. each of walnuts and pecans
50g. peanut butter chips
40g. white chocolate chips
Set your oven to 180C/325F
Put the butter, dark chocolate and water in a medium saucepan
Melt it gently, giving it a stir now and then
Take it off the stove, add the sugar and vanilla, give it a good stir and set it aside to cool
Sift the flour and salt into a medium bowl
Then stir the chocolate mixture into the flour
Add the eggs one at a time and mix in well
Fold in the nuts and peanut butter chips
Spoon the batter into a greased 20cm. (8 inch) square baking tin - some recipes suggest lining with baking paper instead of greasing so take your pick
Throw over the white choc chips on top of the delicious batter
Bake for 30-35 minutes or until "a knife plunged into the centre comes out clean" - I had to quote that bit 'cos it sounds so good
I actually like my brownies a leetle bit squidgy so you can take them out of the oven a few minutes before you have a clean knife if you fancy them like that too
Cool, cut into squares and sift some icing sugar over the top if you like even more decadence - of course you do!
|casting on the cute little white choc buttons|
|yep I could eat a few of these|
This recipe is so easy peasy, even your toddler could do it - blindfolded:=) And you can ring up the changes as you please - different nuts, different chocolates, add some spices like cinnamon, whatever takes your fancy.
|Author: Girl Guides of Canada 1945|
Young Canadian girl in her Brownies uniform (source: Wikimedia Commons).
|or the other type of Brownie|
Source: Wikimedia Commons- author VateVG - Public Domain