Friday, February 10, 2012
I am a little stressed at the moment, it will pass, but we are on the move again, off to Shanghai at the end of March for a few years. I am excited, but with it comes lots of form filling and bureaucracy.
Anyway, I will expand on details, but for now I will offer you my solution to the stress!
I simply took some time out and retreated to my kitchen. An hour or so baking was just what I needed to relax. As I am trying to use up contents of fridge, freezer and cupboards I knew my choices were going to be limited to their contents.
After pulling some 70% chocolate from the back of the cupboard, I was saving it for a rainy day, and this seemed to be the very day I had been thinking about. So with a few other basics I was ready to bake up some chocolate brownies.
As soon as I could smell the chocolate melting in the bowl, I could feel my stress levels melting away with it. I was where I could chill out and shut out everything else.
With some therapeutic mixing helping the stress levels, it wasn't long before I was very happy and relaxed.
Soon the smell of the baking brownies filled the kitchen and I started to look forward to enjoying a nice cup of coffee and my first brownie of the batch.
28 minutes + cooling time = total happiness.
Once frosted I sat down to enjoy one. I had a new magazine, so all was well with the world.
150g unsalted butter (cubed)
225g dark chocolate
4 large eggs
300g golden caster sugar
1tsp vanilla essence
125 g plain flour
Preheat oven 170c and line and grease a 20x30 cm cake tin
Melt butter and chocolate together in a heatproof bowl over simmering water, or alternatively in a microwave
When melted remove and stir until smooth and leave to cool
In a bowl whisk eggs, sugar and vanilla together
Add butter and chocolate and mix until combined
Pour into tin, level mixture and bake on middle shelf for 25-30 mins.
When top is cracking but it is still "squidgy" in the middle remove and cool in tin
It is now ready to eat. I decided to melt some more chocolate And drizzle it over brownie. I them mixed some icing sugar with orange juice and drizzled it too, then I swirled the two together. A nice finish but uneccesary.
Hope you can find relaxation in simply whipping up a batch of brownies.