It was Eid for us yesterday and when I was in London baking a variety of sweet bakes was custom in our family, So I have brought that tradition with me to Melbourne. It doesn't feel like Eid unless I have made at least 4-5 items to indulge in! This Eid I made brownies, macaroons, coconut twist biscuits and a berry cream vanilla sponge. I wanted to share the Belfast Brownie recipe that I use with you all, as its super easy to make and requires no skills whatsoever!
If your a 80’s born kid from the UK like me, you would have grown up watching Blue Peter 5pm sharp each evening. Well thats where I got my Belfast Brownie recipe from and its stayed with me for over 15 years and its my favourite. Its an unhealthy rich and decedent recipe, super easy to make and hits the spot!
This recipe makes a reasonable sized batch and as super indulgent , the batch will make quite a lot.
200g Melted Unsalted Butter
450g Golden Caster Sugar (In Melbs supermarkets I couldn't find golden caster sugar easily so I used half the amount Raw sugar and Half Caster sugar)
2 tsp Vanilla Essence
100g Self Raising Flour
80g Chocolate Chips (I use half and half of Milk and Dark Chocolate)
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celcius ( Gas Mark 4) and line the cake trays with grease proof paper. For this recipe I used 2 X 7inch square tins.
In a bowl melt the butter and mix in the Cocoa
In a large separate bowl whisk the eggs, essence and mix in the sugar until smooth. Slowly add in the butter and cocoa mix and stir.
Sift in the Self Raising flour and stir well to remove lumps. I like to use a spatular, so all the mix from the sides of the bowl corporates well into the mixture. Add in the chocolate chips and mix.
Pour the cake batter into your cake tin and place into the preheated oven . Bake for about 20-25 mins, checking at 20 mins to feel if the brownies are set. I usually gently press onto the browny and when its springy, I know its done.
Once baked and taken out the oven, dust with icing sugar and let it cool for about 10 mins before taking out the cake tins.
Your then ready to slice up and enjoy!
These brownies are great on a rainy day and really quick and easy to make. Enjoy with a cup of tea or with some fruit and icecream. Yum!