Until I married Kit, I’d never eaten an American brownie. A brownie in NZ was a Peanut Brownie, which is a type of cookie. I’ll tell you all about those another day though. Kit told me he missed eating them, so dutiful wife that I am (actually they sounded awesome and I wanted to try them), I decided I would make some for him.
My first batch was of course completely overcooked, since I just assumed that they should be cooked through the same as every other cake type thing I had ever made.
But in the last 12 years I think I’ve got pretty good at making them, if I do say so myself. I’ve tried quite a lot of brownie recipes and honestly it’s hard to pick a favourite, since they are delicious in all their wonderful variety.
I thought I would share this one with you today since it seems to be one hundred percent reliable and is fast and easy to make, as well as incredibly delicious and completely fattening of course. But I think that is something that contributes to their delicious nature, that little bit of guilt that goes along with them! I have Judy Rosenberg to thank for the basis of this recipe.
Chocolate Chunk Fudge Brownies
- 6 oz of chocolate
- 1 cup of butter
- 2 cups of sugar
- 1 tspn of vanilla or vanilla paste
- 4 large free range eggs
- 1 cup of flour
- 1/2 cup of chopped chocolate
Preheat the oven to 180C/350F and grease and line a 9 inch square pan with baking parchment.
Melt chocolate and butter together gently in a bowl over hot water
Place the sugar in a medium bowl and mix in the chocolate and butter
Add in the vanilla and the eggs one at a time and mix until smooth and velvety
Add in the flour and mix through, stir in the chocolate chunks.
Bake roughly 35- 40 minutes.
This brownie is ready when a skewer inserted into the middle comes out with moist crumbs attached. If the skewer is clean - you have overcooked the brownie.
Cool slightly before cutting and sprinkle liberally with icing sugar if you wish. I love the look of dark brownies with white snow like sugar on top. But you may prefer them without.
This is the view outside my window in the evening at the moment, the sun going down over the hills, the sea looking very melon-coloured in the distance. One of the wonderful things about living here in New Zealand is that it really is the most beautiful country, and where ever you look, even outside your window, there is a marvellous landscape - I think we Kiwis take it for granted.
Every now and then when I get a moment to stop and reflect on my life, I just need to look around, to see what a truly beautiful place I live in. I love living here. It may not be the most exciting country in the world, and there are many things in other countries that I am envious of, but sitting here listening to the birds chirping in the almost silence, with a warm breeze coming in the door really is serene. Of course the serene thing only lasts as long as Isaac is in bed, when he’s up and about it’s a whole different story.
As I am about to have a small break from my work over Christmas, I want to show you some pictures of this little country at the bottom of the planet, since I will have a little more time to be out and about. I’m looking forward to showing you where I live.