Deliciously Decadent Brownies

Chocolatey, gooey, deliciously decadent brownies. What better way to celebrate today. And if you’re wondering why the 5th of May holds a special place in my heart, it’s the day I first met my husband after weeks of waiting for the day to arrive. Should you be so inclined you can read the story of how it all began and how I ended up in Norway. But on to the brownies!

Brownies

Ingredients

225 gr butter
115 gr good quality cocoa powder
2 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup flour
2 tsp strong brewed coffee (optional)
1 cup each of chocolate pieces and chopped nuts

Directions:

1. Lightly butter the sides of a 25 x 35 cm glass baking dish (9 x 13 inch) and line with parchment paper.
2. In a pot gently melt the butter.
3. Once melted add the cocoa powder and combine.
4. Add the sugar and stir.
5. Stir over med heat for a couple of minutes and then add the eggs, vanilla extract, coffee and remove from heat.
6. Fold in the flour, chocolate pieces and chopped nuts.
7. Pour into baking dish and bake at 165 degrees Celsius (325 F) for about 30 minutes.

Tips!

• You can use unsweetened chocolate instead of the cocoa. Previously I had used four 1 oz squares of chocolate and melted them together with the butter in the first step.
• If you prefer, you can substitute chocolate chips for the chopped chocolate.
• You can sprinkle on additional chocolate pieces and chopped nuts over the top once it’s in the pan.
• If you use a different sized baking dish remember to keep an eye on it once it’s in the oven and adjust the baking time.
• Baking time can also be adjusted if you want a more gooey brownie.

I’m off to grab a glass of milk and sample a brownie! (or two…)

Chocolate Truffles

Chocolate Truffles

Forgive the less than great photo, they taste way better than they look here.

Ingredients

2/3 cup heavy whipping cream

1 2/3 cup (10 oz) (285 gr) semisweet chocolate pieces (I prefer chopping up a block of good quality chocolate rather than using chocolate chips)

cocoa powder/coconut/chopped nuts to coat

Directions

  1. In a saucepan bring the cream to a simmer over medium heat.
  2. Place chocolate in a separate bowl and pour the hot cream over top, stirring to melt the chocolate.
  3. Once melted place bowl in the fridge and allow to cool slightly.
  4. Scoop out small portions of the chocolate and cream mixture with a spoon and roll into balls.
  5. Coat the truffles with your choice of cocoa, coconut or chopped nuts.
  6. Place truffles in the fridge to firm up.

They are so easy to make and ridiculously tasty. Make them, share them, enjoy!

When Life Gives You Bananas

… make banana bread.

I’ve been using this recipe for years though I can’t quite remember where I got it from. I sometimes add chocolate bits, sometimes walnuts, sometimes both (as I have today) though it’s just as good without.

Banana Bread

 Banana Bread

1 3/4 cups all purpose flour

1 tsp baking soda

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup butter, melted

2 eggs

2 tsp vanilla extract

3 large bananas (the riper, the better)

  • mash the bananas in a large mixing bowl
  • add eggs, melted butter and vanilla extract and mix
  • add flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and sugar
  • mix until all ingredients are well incorporated
  • add mixture to either a loaf pan or glass baking dish (I like to line the bottom and sides with parchment paper)
  • bake at 350 degrees F (or 175 degrees C)
  • 30 to 40 minutes if using a glass baking dish or up to an hour if using a loaf pan

If you try the recipe I’d love to hear how it turned out for you!