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Sunday, August 17, 2008

Walnut brownies:


Ingredients:

Plain chocolate 100gr
Plain flour 100gr

Cocoa powder 2tbsp
Walnut pieces 150gr
Unsalted butter 110gr

Vanilla essence 1tsp
Caster sugar 180gr
Eggs lightly bea
ten 2
Ingredients for icing:
Plain chocolate 50gr
Unsalted butter 50gr
Milk 4tbsp
Cocoa powder 2tbsp
Icing sugar 100gr
Walnut 50gr
Instructions:
Preheat the oven to 180’c. Break up the chocolate and put it in a heatproof mixing bowl with the butter. Set the bowl over a pan of steaming water and melt gently, stirring frequently
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Remove the bowl from the pan and stir in the sugar and vanilla. Add the eggs and beat well with wooden spoon until the mixture comes together as a smooth batter.
Sift the flour and cocoa powder into the bowl and stir in. Then combined stir in the walnuts. Pour the mixture to the prepared tin and spread evenly.
Bake in the preheated oven for 15min or until just firm to the touch. Remove the tin from the oven, and leave to cool completely then carefully remove the brownie from tin.

Meanwhile make the icing: melt the chocolate and butter as above. Remove the bowl from the pan and stir in the milk. Sift the cocoa with icing sugar into the bowl and stir in. When thick and smooth stir in the nuts. Spread the icing over the cooled, bakes brownie.
Once the topping is firm, cut the brownie into 20 pieces.

Cardamom hot chocolate: (4)


Ingredients:
Milk 900ml
Cardamom 3pods
Plain chocolate, broken into pieces 200gr
Instructions:
Put the milk in a pan with the cardamom pods and bring to the boil. Add the chocolate and whisk until melted.
Using a slotted spoon, remove the cardamom pods and discard. Pour the hot chocolate into heatproof glasses, mugs and serve with whipped cream