Nutty Brownies

One of the joys of COVID-19 isolation is the time we can now carve out in the kitchen. I have that many friends posting pics of their latest kitchen sessions on Facebook, it’s inspiring!… Italian friends brining their olives, grandmas posting pics of freshly baked quiches or cakes and the usually time-poor working mums finding space to bring to life old family favorites.

 

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I have been relishing any moments of time in the kitchen with my own dear children. Hopefully, we’re creating positive memories of this season in lockdown that we can look but on with warmth. Together, we look through my grandma’s recipe books and choose a recipe we would like to bake. My eldest daughter made the selection this week—Nutty Brownies—yew! Brownies are a family favourite of ours, so we were all looking forward to having a go at making these.

 

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I ended up making these Nutty Brownies with my eldest, Abraham, and my third child, Eden. Abraham is nine and is great at completing most of the steps independently. Eden is only 3 but is very careful with measuring and stirring, so there was plenty for her to do also. It was simple! That’s the beauty of brownies: a bit of this and a bit of that; stir and you’re done. I was also interested in the twist that this brownie recipe offers. After a recent health kick, I have recently fallen in love with walnuts so I was doubly keen to make these beauties.

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I placed the Nutty brownies on the bottom of the oven as I knew that this is the best way to bake cakes, etc. in order for them to stay moist. I chose to bake my Nutty Brownies for the lesser amount of 30 mins as we usually like them extra gooey. They seemed all good but it turned out that the centre was too undercooked. This is usually a win when it comes to brownies but in this case, it wasn’t ideal, they just seemed eggy or something.

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These Nutty brownies were lighter than the usual dense brownies I’m used to, a bit sweeter too. They weren’t indulgent or chocolatey enough for me, so in terms of brownies, they are a miss from me. My husband thought they tasted more like a bar/slice and he was happy with them. If you enjoy sweet, light bars/slices then these brownies are for you. Perfect with a cup of tea as an afternoon snack. Enjoy!

If you are a brownie lover, check out this amazing peanut butter brownie. You will surely love it.

Nutty Brownies
Brownies are a family favorite of ours, so we were all looking forward to having a go at making these.
Ingredients
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3oz. (85 grams) butter or substitute
  • 2oz. (55 grams) dark chocolate
  • ¾ cup all purpose (plain flour)
  • ½ cup chopped sultanas
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts
Instructions
  1. Beat eggs lightly.
  2. Add sugar, salt and vanilla. Mix well.
  3. Melt chocolate in top of double saucepan over simmering water.
  4. Add chocolate to egg mixture with melted butter. Mix well.
  5. Stir in sifted flour, sultanas and walnuts.
  6. Pour into greased 8in. (20cm) slab tin which is lined with greaseproof paper.
  7. Bake in moderate oven 30 to 35 minutes.

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In my kitchen lie my late grandmother's recipe books that have been covered with dust for too long. It's time to open these books and discover tasty food from a simpler life. I'd love for you to join me as I add to this collection some tried and true recipes from my grandmother's recipe books.

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