I’ve made variations on these before, but I finally properly anglicised the recipe (originally the Katharine Hepburn brownies from the excellent Dorrie Greenspan’s Baking from My Home to Yours), and baked some for my housemate Duck’s birthday at the weekend. Yummy!
Brownies for Duck
- 230g butter, cut into pieces
- 50g cocoa powder
- 2tsp espresso powder
- 2 large eggs at room temperature
- 210g caster sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 40g plain flour
- 100g plain chocolate, chopped into small pieces
Preheat the oven to 180C. Line a 20cmx20cm tin with baking liner, or grease it well.
Gently melt the butter in a heavy saucepan. Mix in the cocoa powder and espresso powder, stirring out any lumps. Leave to cool for a few minutes.
Stir in the sugar and vanilla extract, then the eggs (beat them in a cup first), and then the flour. Hopefully it should all come together to make a smooth glossy (and delicious!) batter. Stir in the chopped chocolate and pour into the tin.
Bake for 30 minutes, until the surface looks papery. Leave to cool in the tin for at least a couple of hours before slicing into pieces and scoffing. Candle and out-of-tune rendition of “Happy Birthday” optional.
Later we went out to the totally brilliant Simmons bar near Kings Cross for drinks and dancing: