Abida’s Kitchen | Chocolate Brownie

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When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile. ~ Regina Brett

I had a come to Jesus moment when I took the first bite of this brownie, for in that instant the stars aligned and all was well in the universe … until I realised that I wanted to wolf down the whole thing by myself… at which point I said a silent prayer ‘Lord, impart a spirit of self-discipline to me, thy daughter, in thy Son’s strong delivering name. Amen! Can you blame me for wanting to?!

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So I have this awesome sister (in-law) called Shax, whose a private chef, runs her own gourmet desert  catering company and still has time to be a kick-ass mom, so suffice to say whenever she comes over I have this almost courtship-like dance that I do with her… you know like when you were a teenager and you really liked that Boy Scout and his dreamy eyes ( FYI fast forward several years later you run into him and cannot quite figure out how HE made you short of breath!!) but you did NOT want to show just how into him you were yet you hoped he’d figure it out #WalkingContradiction! … So I have a similar thing whenever she comes over – if I see her walking towards my kitchen, I start getting heart palpitations and think to myself she wants to bake, cook, prep something… then she walks out and my heart plummets to the ground I squeeze my eyes shut and silently start pleading with the powers that be:

‘please please just let Shax bake something… I’ll be good I promise to eat all my veggies and start blending (and drinking) green juices and shakes every morning.’

I open my eyes and she’s still walking out of the kitchen ( sidetone: she’s walking in slow-mo because my kitchen is not that big!) I make one last ditch effort with the powers that be:

‘Fine! Fine! She doesn’t have to bake, I’ll settle for her boiling something’

The next time I prise my eyes open to look at her, she looks at me and says ” Let me boil myself a cup of tea.”

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Okay ↑↑ ↑↑ that did not really happen! What happened is  we’d been on Pinterest ogling at brownies and I asked her to make some to feature in my blog, and she did and the brownie turned out UHHHHMMMAZZZEEEBALLLS…

What kind of brownie is never on time?… ChocoLATE

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… it’s a day later and I’m still pinching myself… if I hadn’t taken the million and one pictures, I would be convinced that it had all been a dream!! This plan was so spur of the moment we literally had to sub several things for others like I had left over chocolate from the cupcakes I made T (my other sister) and it was barely enough, the cocoa was only a 1/4 cup … we also hardly scraped by with the sugar… I literally had 1/2 a cup of sugar in the house… it was neither muscovado nor brown sugar! Thankfully that was all she needed. The only think I had in plenty was butter… because the only thing that’s better than BUTTER is butter… Butter is also to blame for my shortage of all other groceries in my house because when I shopped I had the option of buying everything my family needs or buying butter (its becoming eyewatering expensive!) so of course I picked butter!

Anyone who tries to make brownies without butter should be arrested. ~ Ina Garten

Ingredients

  • 6 tsp unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup dark chocolate
  • 1/2 cup muscovado or brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup castor sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1tsp baking powder

directions

  • Preheat oven to 180º C and grease your baking tins
  • Melt the butter and dark chocolate in a small saucepan on low heat until smooth, then set aside to cool (approximately 10 minutes).
  • Place sugar and eggs in a bowl and beat until pale.

(Side Note: I tried to capture the egg yolk mid drop, but I guess my shutter speed wasn’t fast enough… and I told Shax the last time an egg got away from me that fast was during Zizwhizes conception!)

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  • Pour melted chocolate & butter mixture into the eggs, beat until just combined.

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  • Add 1/3 a cup sifted flour and beat gently to combine, then add the rest of the flour, cocoa and baking powder.

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  • Divide the mixture between ramekins or pour into a baking tin.
  • Depending on the size of your baking tin bake for approximately 20-30 minutes. (we used a shallow cast iron pan and took the brownie out at minute 25. Minute 20 would have given us the perfect gooey centre… so next time we’ll take it out earlier.)

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We drowned the brownie with icing sugar and Shax made a mint wreath for the brownie.

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So initially this was meant to be a chocolate salted caramel brownie, because I’d made some earth shattering salted caramel birthday cake for my schnookie and I had a jar of left over salted caramel… but alas I my family attacked the caramel the night before, and on brownie day… the only thing left was a sticky jar! But I can imagine how glorious the pair would have been!

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I thoroughly enjoyed styling and photographing this brownie… much to my little Zizwhizzwes chagrin!

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I was barely done, when Zizwhizz started sweeping up the icing sugar off the counter using the pastry brush under the guise of helping me clean up. After which she happily accepted the offer to serve us the brownie… but then her inner model kicked in and her aunty had to jump in and save the day!

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…than I had my plate in hand… ready to perform the act of kindness that was me being the first to taste the brownie! I had some white chocolate ganache that I’d prepared for T’s cupcakes last week so we drizzled some on the brownie and sat back as explosions went off in our mouths.

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Soon after I too this picture, the brownie disappeared… never to be seen again, but fondly remembered!

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I am making it my mission to finagle her into doing more features on here! This is the Girl Scout of all brownies… it was crispy on the outside, gooey on the inside, Shax and I dreamt of what it would have been like with nuts in it -she was for almonds, I was for pecans or macadamia nuts, we pictured serving it with a huge dollop of ice-cream (Lord give me strength) … we had a dinner to attend so we had to snap out of our reverie. Hopefully the next time we’ll come back with a blondie (Lord give me even more strength)… just to balance the scales!

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