Monday, 9 August 2010

sticky coffee bars

Hi there! I've been on a bit of a holiday and have come back rather relaxed, a kilo or two heavier maybe, plenty of photos to upload and feeling generally like I could tackle the world. I'm keen to shed a few of those extra kilos and hopefully the feeling of invincibility will last but let's see how we go!

I managed to upload all my holiday photos last night so no doubt you'll be seeing a few of those posts soon but before I get to those, there's a few more posts from the catering that I did that I want to share. Hopefully you might like this one because I most certainly did!

If I were to describe this recipe, I'd say that it's a more adult version of the chocolate brownie. You still have your crisp and chewy textures but in place of the rich chocolate taste, you get a good coffee kick out of this one (and don't worry, there's choc chips in the recipe for those craving chocolate). I've adapted the recipe from Linda Collister's 'Cakes & Bakes'.

Preheat the oven to 190 degrees. Line a 20x20cm square baking tin (or tin of similar size).

In a large bowl, beat together 150g softened unsalted butter, 100g caster sugar and 100g brown sugar together until smooth and creamy. In a separate bowl, dissolve 1 tbsp instant coffee with 1 tbsp just-boiled water. 

Into the butter and sugar mix, beat in the coffee mixture followed by 1 large egg.

Roughly chop 70g whole hazelnuts.

Sift into the mixture 225g self raising flour and fold in. Then fold in 70g dark chocolate, 70g milk chocolate chips and the chopped hazelnuts.

Spoon the mixture into the lined tin, spread evenly and bake in the preheated oven for about 30 minutes until golden and risen.

Leave to cool in the tin for about 5 minutes before cutting.

I managed to get 25 slices out of the one tray. Can you see where I've taken a bite?

The recipe recommends that you eat this one within 3 days. I daresay it shouldn't be hard as I was quite tempted to gobble up a few of these (but had to control myself else I'd have a half empty box which wouldn't have looked too good).

Looking at these photos makes me want to bake another tray!


mademoiselle délicieuse said...

It definitely looks like a coffee-flavoured brownie to me. I see that all the pieces are portioned up nicely in patty cases - was this part of your catering adventure?

panda said...

yep yep, this was part of my catering adventure! i'm just slowly getting through all the posts. in hindsight, i can see i made a lot!

mashi said...

This looks fab! The top of the brownie looks extra good mmm

So jealous you made such an awesome batch of food for the catering adventure, congrats and well done!

panda said...

mashi - thanks so much! anyway, i need to invite you over to bake some time, let me know when you're free!