It's been awhile since I've done any baking and is usually the case, it meant rummaging around in the pantry and cupboards trying to see if there was everything I needed for the recipe that I'd decided on. In this case, I'd decided on the brownies in Donna Hay's 'Chocolate' book and the recipe was simple enough - combo of flour, a block of butter, dark chocolate, cocoa powder, a smidgen of baking powder, eggs, brown sugar. Pretty much all these ingredients are staples that I recommend any baker to have at home.
I followed the recipe by the book and the brownies turned out to be a real treat. The brownie was moist and tasted great for the next couple of days. (15 seconds in the microwave and you get a brownie that tastes like it's just come out of the oven).
What's a brownie without a sprinkling of icing sugar! I tend to enjoy my cakes with a cup of tea.Donna Hay's 'Chocolate' is a great little book for those chocolate lovers out there. There's another recipe for chocolate brownies with raspberries which I want to try. I know her recipes aren't always as detailed as they should be but this book of chocolate recipes doesn't pretend to be anything fancy - it's got all your staple recipes in there and so far all the recipes I've tried have turned out pretty good (and I do have high standards for myself when I cook!)
Notice how I've cut the brownies into little squares. To be honest, I did get a little disconcerted seeing the amount of butter that went into this batch of brownies - a whole 250g into a tray that was probably about 18x18cm....hmmm....