My lovely friend Taralara does The Gallery every week – a place where you can share photos (they don’t have to be good, or professional, which is why I can join in). This week the theme is ‘guilty pleasures’. I’m so there!
So you know I love a cupcake, right? They’re definitely my guilty pleasure. And I love a chocolate brownie too. So what better, I thought, than an individual, person-sized brownie, generously speckled with little nuggets of fudgy loveliness…
These aren’t your diet option, admittedly (says she with T minus 5 days before bikini day), but I blame Dr Oetker – they keep sending me all these lovely little bits and pieces like their fudge chunks and those little baby chocolate beans. They sit and STARE at me until I bake with them. It’s true. I wouldn’t lie to you. Well, I would. But not about cake.
200g dark chocolate
170g salted butter
200g soft brown sugar (you can use caster, but we’re going for maximum toffee fudgy flavour here)
110g plain flour
1 pack Dr Oetker fudge chunks (or home-made fudge cut into little squares OR we reckon Cadbury’s Fudge bars cut up would be epic)
So melt the butter and chocolate in a bain-marie (the posh name for a bowl over a saucepan of just-simmering water – don’t let the bottom of the bowl come into contact with water – you know the drill). Turn the water off when it’s just bubbling and stir the mixture gently until it’s combined. Take it off the heat and allow it to cool to blood temperature (one doesn’t want extra scrambled eggy bits in one’s brownie, trust me).
Meanwhile, whisk the eggs and sugar together. Now, pour in your chocky/butter mixture, stir until combined then bung in the flour and the fudgy chunks.
Plop an ice cream scoop of mixture into each paper muffin case and bake for 20 minutes until the tops are shiny and cracked but they still retain some gooeyness in the centre. Leave to cool.
I think for a special occasion these would be gorgeous topped with an enormous swirl of whipped cream and scattered with extra fudgey pieces. But we just scoffed them.
You can see more ‘guilty pleasures’ gallery entries here