Happy Wednesday, I hope your week is treating you well. If you have been following my blog for a while you will know that I am on a personal crusade to make sure that Little L feels culturally comfortable living in the US. For those of you who don’t know, she is a dual US and UK citizen, but born and raised here in America. With Mr L and myself both being fully fledged Brits, freckles and all, I wanted to ensure that I didn’t make Little L feel ostracized by cultural differences. Now I say this very tongue in cheek, we are different, as George Bernard Shaw said: “England and America are two countries separated by a common language.” I can do little to change this, and as her teacher has already pointed out, Little L has informed her classmates that we “play in the garden, not outside” lol. One way I am trying to become a more American mom (please note spelling for emphasis of point) is trying to learn some popular local dishes. Mr L would say that I have the pulled pork and ribs down (please let me know if these are recipes you would like me to share on the blog.) I can’t say that I will ever be one to cook macaroni and cheese or pb and jelly (no, neither of these are popular UK dishes much to the surprise of my US mom friends.) I do however wish to become a connoisseur of the brownie. You may know that a while back I wrote this post, The best brownie ever challenge. I stand by these brownies – they are remarkably good – but not one to become complacent in my pursuit of perfection, I have discovered another recipe which I think is outstanding.
A blogger I follow TheAnnaEdit mentioned her favorite recipe by Anna Jones called Salted Caramel Brownies (no you don’t have to be called Anna to make these.) I love salted caramel and, with friends coming for dinner, I had the perfect excuse to give them a try. Now like The Anna Edit, I cheated and bought caramel sauce: I used Trader Joe’s Caramel Sauce and it worked a treat.
150g 70% dark chocolate
150g unsalted butter
250g caster sugar (If you find caster sugar hard to find in US, use regular sugar but blitz in a food processor first to get the correct consistency. This I have found to work well – LL top tip.)
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
100g plain flour.
Heat oven to 180C or 365F.
Grease and line a brownie tin approximately 20x20cm.
Place a bowl over a saucepan of gently simmering water (make sure bowl bottom does not hit the water! That’s important!)
Add chocolate and butter to bowl and allow to melt stirring together so as not to burn.
Once they have melted and combined together, remove bowl from heat.
Stir in sugar (be careful the mix is hot.)
Then add the eggs one at a time, stirring throughout.
After well combined, add the vanilla essence and flour.
Stir until mixture is well combined.
This is where I did not follow the exact instructions and being pushed for time followed The Anna Edit method.
Place mixture in prepared tin.
Then take your bought caramel sauce and spoon several teaspoons into the prepared mixture, I used about 5 oz.
Then use a wooden skewer to feather the caramel through the mixture so it leaves a pretty pattern on the top.
If you like salted caramel, grind a little sea salt on top.
Place in oven on middle shelf for about 25mins.
It will be done when a crust appears on the top (mine took about 30 mins.)
Then take out of oven and let Brownies cool.
I made these in the morning, and reheated in the evening. Ladies and Gents these brownies were to die for. I would say they are more a dessert brownie, especially heated, because as you cut into them out oozes golden caramel. The amount I added was about right because they didn’t become too rich and the fact they are made with dark chocolate doesn’t make them too sweet. They are delicious served warm with homemade vanilla ice-cream (future post.) They are also a marvelous hangover cure but that is another story.
If you are lucky enough to get your hands on Anna Jones’ cookbook “A Modern Way to Eat” (highly recommended), you will note that she provides alternative/healthier ways to prepare the brownies which I want to try. Who is with me? She also gives you details on how to make the caramel yourself which I want to attempt next time. However, if you are stuck for time or baking is not your thing, this method was outstanding. Best dessert brownies I have ever had and my guests agreed. I am well on the way to doing Little L proud on the brownie stakes, it is muffins next! (A mummy’s work is never done!) So my previous post The best brownie ever challenge produces the best brownies for everyday baked goods and these brownies are best for dessert!
Enjoy the rest of your week folks. Have you tried this recipe before? Have I inspired you to try? If so send me a pic! I would love to see them.
Ta Ta for now