Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Mint Chocolate Brownies

It's official. Our home has started the traditional English pursuit of making cakes for good causes and it all starts with the classic chocolate and mint brownies.

Every year, Osborne House Community Nursery, a non-profit day care provider where Isaac goes three times a week holds fund-raising events to fund new equipment for the establishment. This year, it was the slides, our little boy's favourite outdoor pursuit. He went down five times, I reckon he would have done more if he wasn't stopped but the main purpose of putting them to nursery at such young age is to learn to share. I'm sure he didn't mind taking turns. Like he didn't mind helping me out with the brownies last Sunday so that Daddy can peddle it off work for his sponsorship money.

This recipe is pretty straight-forward and can be enjoyed within 2 hours.

200g Dark Chocolate (70% cocoa solids), broken into pieces
200g butter, softened
3 large eggs
150g soft brown sugar (the original recipe called for 250g but I've always used less than required)
100g plain flour (we used gluten-free although this doesn't really make any difference in terms of calorie intake)
1 level tsp baking powder
4 tbsp chopped mint leaves (straight from our herb garden or about 1/2x28g pack, stems removed)

1. Preheat the oven to 160C/140C Fan/Gas 3. Line a square tin with baking paper.
2. Put the chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl, then set it over a pan of simmering water - make sure the base of the bowl doesn't touch the water. Leave until almost melted, then remove from the heat.

3. Get the little boy to stir until completely melted.

4. In another bowl, beat the eggs and sugar until foamy.

5. Stir in the chocolate mixture until just evenly blended.

6. Sift the flour and baking powder together. Stir into the chocolate mixture with the mint.

7. Pour into the tin and bake for 50-6-mins, then cool on a wire rack.

8. Cut into pieces and get Daddy to take it to work to raise money for the nursery.

We had so much fun I'm sure it won't be long before another baking session at home will take place! We will keep you posted.xoxo

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