Regular readers will know that we’re HUGE chocolate brownie fans here at English Towers. I was desperate to get back in the kitchen and do some baking after being away for three weeks and we were all craving a batch of brownies. I chucked in a couple of handfuls of marshmallows and the result was rather pleasing. Because they’re quite airy, they rise to the top, which gives you a nice gooey marshmallowy layer on top of your squidgy brownie. The tops of the little marshmallows also brown which gives a little crispness to each bite. They’re not the prettiest looking brownies but hey, you can’t have everything!
Here’s my tried and tested brownie recipe. See what you think:
How to make chocolate brownies:
You will need:
200g dark chocolate
170g salted butter (or add a pinch of salt if using unsalted)
3 free range eggs (room temperature is always better)
200g soft brown sugar (caster is fine if you don’t have any)
110g plain flour
About two large handfuls of small marshmallows
So firstly, assemble all your ingredients together, and preheat the oven to gas 4/180 degrees.
Step one: melt the butter and chocolate in a bain-marie – basically, a heatproof bowl (so not a plastic one) over a saucepan of just-simmering water – don’t let the bottom of the bowl come into contact with water. 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 to cool to room temperature (if you pour very hot chocolate into the eggy mixture, you risk getting blobs of scrambled egg in your brownies. Ick).
Step two: meanwhile, whisk the eggs and sugar together until pale, light and frothy. There is no raising agent in brownies, so the air whisked in at this stage will stop them being a big chocolate brick.
Step three: pour in the cooled chocolate/butter mixture and stir well.
Step four: lastly, add in the flour and the marshmallows.. Stir briefly until the flour disappears. Less is more here.
I use a square silicone cake ‘tin’, given a little spritz of cake release spray, but any square or rectangular tin will do. Make sure you line it very well as the brownies will stick.
Step five: bake for about 30 – 40 minutes or until the top is cracked and shiny. The centre should still be slightly soft and squidgy.
Leave to cool a little bit before slicing.
We also thought that maybe if you added little bits of digestive biscuit (Graham crackers, I believe if you’re in the US), they would almost be like s’mores. Yum.