Recipe: DIY Fudgy brownie mix

If you’re looking for an instant brownie fix after a long, tiresome day; you’re losing faith in humanity; questioning your purpose on this planet but also don’t want the sickly sweet store-bought mix which contains who knows what in it, then this recipe is for you. (To be fair I was actually surprised that I recognised most of the ingredients in Betty Crocker’s mix so Go you guys, but I mean “flavouring” – you could be a little less vague).

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If you know your brownie, you know that the melting of butter and chocolate is usually what gives it the rich, fudgy centre that you non-cakey-brownie fans crave. Because of this, it’s a bit of task getting that same texture for when you just want to throw a tray in the oven with minimal to no effort – no bain maries, no microwaving, no chocolate-stained sponges in the sink. In this recipe, it is not made dry or less chocolatey by the cocoa powder and is still rich with flavour/not greasy from the oil.

I’m super proud of this one so I hope it brings all the chocolatey baked goodness you need, on one of those days when you get home and need affirmation from a fudgy square of brownie.

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I really don’t like it when there aren’t any photos of what the recipe claims to be (I didn’t manage to snap a shot of them before they were given away) so I’m sorry, but please do trust me on this one! Fudgy, a little gooey in the centre, not too sweet, rich and chocolatey.

Recipe for Brownie Mix

Makes: 2 batches – 8 generous squares each

Ingredients:

~ 30 g milk chocolate

~ 30 g dark chocolate

120 g cocoa powder

160 g caster sugar

220 g light brown soft sugar

240 g plain flour

 

a pinch of salt

Method:

  1. Shave/Chop chocolate using a sharp knife.
  2. Blend in a food processor until fine.
  3. Whisk the rest of the ingredients and place in a storage container.

Recipe for Brownies

Makes: 8 squares or 12 smaller brownies

Need: 23 x 13cm (aka 9 x 5″ / 2 lb / 900 g) loaf tin*

Ingredients:

10 tbsp flavourless oil

2 eggs

Half DIY brownie mix made above (mine came to about 405 g)

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C.
  2. Grease loaf tin with oil.
  3. Measure out dry mix – getting rid of bigger lumps with the back of a spoon.
  4. Add oil and eggs.
  5. Use a spoon to mix until just combined.**
  6. Bake for 15-19 minutes.***

Notes:

* You of course don’t need this exact size but you might achieve a different texture if baked in a different tray – so be extra careful with timings when baking!

** Overmixing is not good. It will either aerate the mixture, making it cakey, or over-work it, making it dense and stodgy. As I said, not good.

*** Always bake for less time initially ’cause you can’t undo it once the oven has done its thing. It’s different for each one and  depends how cooked you like your brownie. If you like it like my sister, fudgy and a little undercooked/gooey in the centre, I went for 18-19 minutes 🙂

P.S. It works as a gift too!

 

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Recipe: Like, the best gluten-free banana pancakes ever

I’m not gluten-free and definitely not vegan (I mean, have you not heard of pork belly) – so why are all the recipes I post annoyingly “vegan-friendly” or “gluten-free”?

I just want to post all the things worth sharing ok so get off my back. (Yes, I am actually talking to my own judgmental voice in my head rather than all those other people in the universe who so passionately care about my opinions). Because vegans usually have to deal with a lot of hidden avocado and the tinge of coconut in everything they taste. And gluten-free stuff (in my experience anyway) is either dry, heavy or stodgy (not exactly things you find yourself craving). So if I come up with something which doesn’t taste like the food restrictions you’re reminded of every morning, lunch time, afternoon tea-break or dinner then I’m sorry, I just have to post it.

Oh and (as all of my family know after being exposed to my, I’m sure, non-irritating rants about clean eating fads) I am definitely not promoting all this vegan and gluten-free dieting that people are doing for no apparent reason. Fortunately for you, I will not bore you with my ramblings today (perhaps another day) and will start typing up the recipe..

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Quick note: recipe vibe = crazy-quick/filling/not unhealthy/satisfying breakfast or dessert which you honestly don’t want to cover up with any syrup, chocolate or anything else that may detract from the natural sweetness and flavour of the Great Banana. I usually pour the whole mix into a small pan to make one GIANT fluffy pancake which can’t help but put me in a good mood in the morning.

So please PLEASE don’t be deceived by the pictures because I really just added the garnishes for decoration and eye-candy.

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Serves 1

Ingredients

1 egg

1 ripe banana

about 4 tbsp gluten-free self-raising  flour

Method:

  1. Mash up the banana.*
  2. Add the egg and whisk it all with a fork.**
  3. Mix in the flour. ***
  4. Fry in a pan on a low heat (wait a while until bubbles appear so you don’t end up witth raw batter) and until golden brown.

Notes

*the riper it is, the smoother you want it. If it’s not very ripe, make sure you leave large chunks of it unmashed, otherwise it won’t be sweet enough.

**the more time you have to whisk, the lighter your pancakes will be 🙂

***until thick lava-like consistency (although it really doesn’t matter too much. If you find out it’s too runny in the pan, it just means it’ll look a bit weird and people will start wondering what the hell you have on your plate but it’ll taste just as good so don’t sweat it.)