My sister has a fridge magnet which reads “I would give up chocolate but I am no quitter”. That pretty much sums up her attitude to all things chocolate. We spent a whirlwind few days together this past week and now that I am home it seems we didn’t get chance to chat at all and I am missing her already. So I am making these “I love a chocolate brownie brownies” as a special gift for a friend in her honour.
If Miss Chocolate herself were here, I know she would love them. In fact, when I eat one later on, I think I will pretend that I am sitting on her purple couch admiring being shocked by the crazy welcoming sense of chaos that breathes you in and loves you whenever you are in her house.
I am not a lover of nuts in my brownies, but because I do love the white chocolate and cranberry combo of some cookies, rusks and biscotti I baked a while back (over doing it much??) I decided to try it in my “Go To” brownie recipe. This is the result and it is sheer fabulousness on a vintage cake plate!! Of course if you are nut inclined you can add up to a cup of your favourite nuts, chopped, and it will make no difference to the recipe. As is, this recipe will make about 24 brownies depending on how you cut them, but you can halve the recipe with good results if you prefer smaller, thinner brownies. I used a roasting dish about 26cm by 36cm.
What you need
370g butter (but really margarine is fine, and also cheaper)
370g dark chocolate, broken
6 large eggs
250ml cocoa powder
300g white chocolate, chopped
100g dried cranberries
Melt the butter and dark chocolate in a saucepan over very low heat. Gently whisk and cool. If you put the butter in the pan first and then add the chocolate after the butter shows a good melt, you shouldn’t burn the chocolate. (If you are prone to distraction whilst doing too much at once I suggest you use a double boiler). In the meantime, beat together the eggs and sugar in an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in the melted chocolate. Sift the flour and the cocoa powder over the mix and fold in by hand. Fold in the white chocolate and cranberries.
If you warm these ‘I love a chocolate brownie brownies’ slightly and serve them with some homemade vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of chocolate sauce, they glam up from tea treat to dinner party dessert.
An interesting thing to note about these ‘I love a chocolate brownies brownies’ is that any calories consumed when licking the bowl don’t count. Its a fact, sort of.