Almost everyone seems to like brownies, and almost everyone seems to have a recipe for them…from children’s cookbooks to real “cheffy type” writers, they all at some point seem to give a recipe for these soft squishy little chocolate cakes.
I’ve been longing to do a taste comparison, or rather a quest for the best, and an evaluation of the rest! But since brownies are not exactly diet food, unless perhaps you are in training to be a sumo wrestle, it’s hard to justify having more than one batch at a time in the house. I can’t justify it on cheering myself up grounds either, as I’m never going to have that much chocolate in the house in one go, and baking away the blues never entails (for me) making more than one cake or batch of cakes. Finally it doesn’t fall into the category of “budget” cookery. Chocolate is a luxury ingredient except when you are using up odds and ends of bars, or you are using coco powder.
Fortunately we are coming up to Christmas and I have quite a few “thank yous” to make to people who have made the last few months bearable. Chief amongst these being the lovely Mrs Zee who has battled with HR to make sure I get paid correctly.
So between now and the 25th December I aim to make at least 10 batches of brownies for sharing with friends, family and at times complete strangers.
The first batch despite my concerns has seen to go down quite well with my work colleagues. They agreed that they were different to brownies made with chocolate, but were nice all the same !