Do you ever have one of those recipes that you swear by, nothing can ever beat it and it’s amazing? Well I did too, up until recently where I found something even better.
Recently we had a lovely lady who we did an afternoon tea for- and she had requested brownies as one of her sweet treats. I absolutely adore baking brownies so I was thrilled by this, but there was just one issue- time. The brownie recipe I frequently used took gooey to another level and they have to cool all the way down to be served which was something we couldn’t wait around for.
With our typical afternoon tea service, we offer a full menu at just £15 per head which includes finger sandwiches, homemade sausage rolls, savoury tartlets, scones with jam and cream and a sweet treat too. This lovely client chose to have two sweet treats alongside her chocolate strawberries, one of which was brownies!
So I scoured the internet for a quick and delicious brownie recipe to use- and I’ve not gone back since.
185g unsalted butter
185g best dark chocolate
85g plain flour
40g cocoa powder
50g white chocolate
50g milk chocolate
3 large eggs
275g golden caster sugar
Take your 185g of butter and 185g of dark chocolate and melt in a medium sized bowl over a double boiler. For those who don’t know, a double boiler is when you fill a saucepan with water, about ¼ full, and place your bowl over the simmering water. The steam helps to melt the chocolate and butter until they’re lovingly combined.
Once your mixture is melted and combined, take off the heat and leave to cool to room temperature. Whilst it cools, preheat your oven to 180/160 fan/gas mark 4. Of course you know your oven better than we do, so use this as a guide if needed.
Meanwhile, prep your tin by lining with baking paper so that the brownies don’t stick. Then, break your 3 eggs into a separate bowl alongside 275g of golden caster sugar. Using an eclectic whisk, beat the eggs and sugar until they’re thick and creamy, about double the volume.
Pour your chocolate mixture over your eggs and sugar mix, folding together until the mixture is all combined. You need to keep the air here, so it’s important to fold instead of mix, and to go as slow as you need to.
Once this is done, sieve the 40g of cocoa powder and 85g of flour into the mixture. The original recipe says to double sieve, so do this if you feel necessary. Using the same folding technique, fold the flour and cocoa powder into the wet mix until nice and combined. This may take a while, but it’ll get there! Stir in chunks of the white and milk chocolate at this stage- we left them out, but can only imagine how divine the brownies would have been with the chocolate chunks!
Finally, pour the mixture into the tin and bake in the oven for 25 minutes. The brownie is ready when there’s no wobble, and the top has a papery crust with the sides coming away from the tin.
It’s ideal to leave the brownies to completely cool before cutting- but if you have time constraints they can still be a little warm, they’ll just be a bit more gooey.
This brownie recipe changed everything for me. It’s easy, delicious and can easily be adapted to make interesting brownies. The brownies were served on our silverware and looked completely moreish. Our client loved what we had done for her afternoon tea, and it went down a treat.
When it comes to our different services, we like to prepare afternoon teas for smaller gatherings- we use our silverware for these, which is perfect for 6-8 people. Our buffets are best for larger gatherings, and also have a different menu too. Although we do provide menus for the different services, they can be adapted at our clients wishes just as this client did with theirs. Our services are perfect for both personal or work gatherings, and we will always take any likes, dislikes and dietary requirements too.
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Alternatively, visit our website here for more information on our wonderful buffets. https://icookyouserve.co.uk/buffets/
Warmest Wishes, Liz.