Well that's it. Placement is over. The lab is tidy, the washing up is done and the journal article is under review. Thursday was my last day and what a lovely day it was featuring friends, gossip, macaroons, tea, Huddersfield Food and Drink Festival, lots of fun and some sad goodbyes. Oh, and these brownies. Well, I had to go out with some sort of a bang didn't I?
I knew I had to make something good but I didn't know what. I also knew it had to be something which was very me. A friend suggested (admittedly he suggested this while drunk) that I make a boozy cake because despite not drinking myself I love alcohol in cakes and chocolates. It was a brilliant idea but I still didn't feel like it. Then Mum suggested brownies. That was it. Brownies are my thing. Chocolate is also my thing along with making and bringing in sugary, chocolatey goods so now was my time to go as overboard as possible.
I tried to pack as much chocolate in here as possible. Make these and you will be treated to Cadbury Marvellous Creations, Malteaster Bunnies, Minstrels, mini Munchies and Nutella. I'll admit right now that I had eaten one before I'd taken a single photo. The two leftover at the end of the day were left with another friend who is always happy to help me out by removing cake temptation. It was necessary trust me. They would have been gone before supper if I'd kept them.
Normally I cut a tray of brownies into 9 and not 16 and even with the amount of chocolate contained within these I would have done so but there were too many people who I knew would want to try them. I had to make sure as many people as possible got a piece after all seeing as I'm gone now for six weeks and I can't guarantee that I'll be able to bring things in during my final year. I'm glad I made them. They may even have topped the successes of my rather cute Mini Blackberry Bakewell Tarts. If a group of people eating and Mmm-mmmmmming over brownies at 9:10 am is anything to go by.
I'm notorious for finding faults in everything I make but hand on heart these brownies are perfect. The photos are a different matter. Now I'm not complaining - I'm still slowly learning but I got a bit frustrated by the fact that when I edited these, the resized versions were grainy so I've had to revert back to slow loading large files. However, I'm too pleased with these not to share them with you so I'll take the rooky mistake and live with it. One day I'll learn how to stop that happening. In the meantime, I have six weeks of baking, blogging and shopping to look forward to. Stuff the assignments.
Overloaded Chocolate Party Brownies
Dark gooey brownies holding a whole host of chocolate flavours and textures finished with a drizzle of Nutella.
- 140g milk chocolate - something with bits in e.g. Cadbury Marvellous Creations
- 85g butter
- 175g caster sugar
- 3 large eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 70g self-raising flour
- 55g cocoa powder
- 60g Malteaster Bunnies, roughly chopped
- Approx 75g Minstrels, roughly chopped
- Approx 75g mini Munchies
- Approx 50g Minstrels, whole
- Nutella, to finish
1. Set the oven to 170 C/150 C and line a 8" square cake tin with baking paper.2. Melt the milk chocolate and butter together and set aside to cool slightly. Whisk together the eggs, sugar and vanilla until frothy then mix in the melted chocolate.3. Sift and fold in the flour and cocoa until just combined then fold in the chopped Bunnies and Minstrels. Pour into the lined tin and level then sprinkled over the whole Minstrels and Munchies.4. Bake in the preheated oven for 35 mins then cool completely in the tin on a wire rack. A cake tester inserted into the centre will come out with gooey crumbs stuck to it.5. When ready to serve, remove from the tin and lining paper, warm the Nutella and drizzle over the brownies before cutting into squares.
I'm sharing these brownies with AlphaBakes, this month hosted by Caroline from Caroline Makes who alternates with Ros from The More Than Occasional Baker. This much chocolate is perfect for a party which is why I'm sharing fitting them to the P theme.
I'm also linking this up to CookBlogShare hosted by Lucy at Supergolden Bakes for any homemade goods.