Friday, 4 October 2013

Chocolate brownies

Even when training you need a break every now and again. Maybe you are training hard and watching your nutrition. Or you might be using running as a balance to allow all those little treats. These brownies are the perfect way to reward yourself after a particularly hard run or during your rest week

These brownies are a firm favourite with my local running club and haven't come off our dessert menu where I work since the day I devised the recipe. Eat them cold with coffee or tea or heat them in the oven and serve with ice cream as a dessert.

Even if you're not coming to our race, these make a great treat for anyone. Take them to work for your colleagues or make them for your kids.The resulting bake is dense and gooey and just sublime. You can, if you wish, add a handful of nuts or chocolate chips to the mix just before you bake it, to add texture.

 Really Hungry's Chocolate Brownies.
  • 300g soft brown sugar
  • 250g butter
  • 270g 70-80% dark chocolate (broken into small pieces)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 50g flour
  • 50g cocoa powder
  1. Grease and line a brownie pan (any square dish that is approx 20cm x 20cm and 3cm deep) with grease proof paper. Preheat your oven to 180C
  2. Using a bain marie (a bowl over a pan of boiling water) melt your chocolate.
  3. Cream the butter and sugar together (it's easier if the butter is room remp). Once smooth cream in the eggs, one by one.
  4. Thoroughly mix the melted chocolate into the creamed butter/sugar/egg mix
  5. Fold in the flour and the cocoa until fully combined
  6. Pour the mix into the prepared tray and smooth down until you have a fairly even covering
  7. Now place in your preheated oven and cook for approximately 30 minutes. I tend to check after 20 minutes. The resulting bake should be cooked through but not hard. If you stick a thin squewer or knife in the middle it should be fairly clean when it is removed (ie not covered in sticky chocolate goo).
  8. Leave to cool on a rack then chill in the fridge before slicing into the required size pieces.

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