Ok I have promised a lot of people that I would get this recipe up onto my blog. Apologies for not having any photographs but to be honest they never, ever last long enough. I am not sure if Craig managed to grab a photo yesterday or not at the new Iknit shop opening.
So here it is................
Brownies with white chocolate (and walnuts)
125g of unsalted butter
100g of plain chocolate
200g of caster sugar
2 organic eggs
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
90g of plain four
pinch of salt
100g walnuts roughly chopped (optional - I tend to leave out and double up on the chocolate
100g white chocolate roughly chopped
Preheat the oven to 160 degrees (Gas mark 3)
Rub a deep 16x20cm (or there abouts) baking dish with butter and line with parchment paper. (This is how the brownies stay lovely and moist on the bottom.)
Melt the butter and the plain chocolate in a large bowl placed over a pan of simmering water. Stir until smooth. Remove the mixture from the heat and then add the caster sugar, eggs and vanilla extract.
Stir thoroughly and then add the flour and the pinch of salt. Add the white chocolate and the nuts (if you are including them). Mix gently and then pour into the prepared baking dish.
Bake for 35 to 40 mins. (Check if they are cooked by pricking with a toothpick or similar. If it comes out clean they are ready.)
Cool and cut into squares. Store in an airtight container until ready to eat.
I have already mentioned that I often leave out the nuts these days, alergies and all that, and double up the amount of white chocolate. This does work particularly well. I have also substituted different nuts and Pecans and these also have worked well.
Avoid using chopped up plain chocolate, I tried this the other week and it seems to remain very runny and causes the brownies to fall apart and also makes you think they need cooking longer and you end up with crispier, firmer edges than you may want to have. My oven is also a little tempermental so I tend to cook mine for nearer 45mins at Gas mark 4. Please adjust for your own oven.
I will add pictures if I ever have any around long enough to photograph. You can see a picture of the pre- cooked mixture in my earlier post about Mothering Sunday.
Happy baking everyone. If you try these please leave a comment and let me know how you get on.