I came up with a slightly different way of making brownies. I was so pleased with them, I named them after me (is that wrong?). The texture is soft and fudgee rather than chewy. I do generally prefer a chewy brownie, but sometimes it’s good to try something different right? As these are softer I think they would work really well as a dessert with ice cream or cream – no struggling to get through them with a spoon!
WHAT YOU NEED:
– 1 can condensed milk (you’ll only need 250g of it)
– 120g salted butter (yes, actual butter please)
– 200g light brown sugar (or half brown, half white sugar)
– 100g dark chocolate broken into pieces
– 3 large eggs
– 60g white flour
– 30g unsweetened cocoa powder (sieved)
– 50g chocolate chips
WHAT YOU DO:
1. Turn the condensed milk into caramel by placing the unopened can into a large pan of boiling water, and then simmer for three hours. The can must remain fully submerged in the water, so check it regularly, and top up the water as needed. Allow it to fully cool before opening (you might want to make the caramel the night before and leave it to cool overnight). When you open the can, you have this:
If you’ve done this before, you’ll know that you can use that caramel in lots of ways, such as a spread, or a dip for apple slices, or to make banoffee pie. Alternatively you can now buy the condensed milk already made into caramel:
I’ve both made it myself and bought the ready-made kind, and I can confirm they are the same.
2. Place 250g of the caramel with the butter and the dark chocolate into a heatproof bowl and set it over a pan of simmering water to melt. Using a balloon whisk, stir it regularly until it’s all melted and smooth, then pour it into another large bowl and leave to cool for about 10 minutes.
3. Mix in the sugar, and then the eggs one at a time, and then the flour and cocoa. As the mixture is very liquid, I find it easiest to continue using the balloon whisk to mix everything, but don’t over whisk it, you really just want it to be combined, not beaten. Stir in the chocolate chips.
4. Pour it into a baking tin lined with non-stick baking paper (enough up the sides so that you can lift the brownie out later). My tin was 25cm x 17cm.
5. Place into a preheated oven 180C/350F for 30-35 minutes. To test if it is done, insert a toothpick, it should come with a couple of crumbs on it, not completely clean.
6. Leave it to cool for 10 minutes in the tin then lift it out onto a cooling rack. Leave to cool completely before cutting into squares.
You could of course add nuts into the mixture, and frost the top if you wanted, but I prefer them just like this…