Productive weekend and well deserved treat :-) brownies with icecream.

Last week (including weekend) was very productive. Made lots of jam and orange and ginger marmalade, finished cupboard, started renovation of a small leaf table, went for our falconry experience (more of that in next posts). Done loads of washing. Started packing for our holiday. In all of that I got this huge need for something instantly rewarding. What is more rewarding than proper homemade brownie? Homemade brownies with icecream and equally homemade butterscotch sauce of course!

So here it is- my very own.

200 g of best dark chocolate you can get your hands on min 80% cocoa solids.

250 g of butter (salted is good!)

65 g plain flour

80 g cocoa powder (pure unsweetened)

1 tsp of baking powder

200-250 g of sugar ( I use half and half light muscovado and caster)

4 large  or 5 medium eggs

Line baking tray, put chocolate and butter in heatproof bowl and melt (over pan of boiling water or in microwave if you have it- I don’t so pan is the only option), once melted add the sugar. Then mix in the flour with cocoa and baking powder. Beat the eggs together in small bowl then mix it into the dough. Put all into the baking tray, into the oven approx 40 min in gas mark 4 (180C). When ready pull out of the oven and cool on cooling rack- you want it to be still soft in the middle.

In a mean time make butterscotch sauce

melt 100 g of sugar with 2 tbsp of water over low heat, DON’T STIR! let it caramelize, once it gets this lovely light brown colour add 100 g of butter, now mix! take of the heat and add 300 ml of double cream, mix lots more until smooth. Pour into a jug and set aside.

Serve your brownie with favourite icecream (vanilla works best for me) and a bit of the sauce. I suggest earl gray to drink, bitterness of the tea cuts nicely into all this sweetness.

Enjoy your sugar rush!

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