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Operation Jam Jar is all about getting back to basics in the kitchen.

Check out my efforts at cooking from scratch - cakes, soups, biscuits

Learn how to make things that you would normally buy at the supermarket - wraps, ice cream, pizza bases

Try to live a more 'country' lifestyle in the city - making your own jams or relish

Get the skills to enjoy cooking in a thrifty way, and have a bit of fun while you do it

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Oh Jamie you’ve done it again…yummy brownies

Is there anyone who doesn’t love brownies?  If there are I haven’t met them yet.  And one taste of these delicious little honeys and you will love them even more.  I made them recently for a friend’s birthday BBQ at the beach, stacked up in a pyramid (sort of) like a cake.  They are easy to serve and won’t last too long let me tell you. 

The trouble with these is that you can’t eat just one. So you have two, and you feel a bit queasy.  But it’s worth it!  The trick is to make them for a crowd, otherwise you will eat them ALL in a weekend…

What you need:
250g unsalted butter
200g dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids)
80g cocoa powder, sifted
65g plain flour, sifted
1 teaspoon baking powder
360g caster sugar
4 large eggs

Preheat your oven to 180°C and line a baking tin with baking paper.

In a glass bowl placed over simmering water, melt the butter and chocolate and mix with a spatula until smooth.

In another bowl, place the cocoa powder, flour, baking powder and sugar.  Mix this into the chocolate. Beat in the eggs one at a time, stirring until it looks silky and shiny.

Pour the mix into the tray, and place in the oven for around 25 minutes. Keep an eye on it as you don’t want to overdo it (you don’t want a skewer to come out clean). Let them cool in the tray before moving them onto a board to cut into squares.

Be sure to eat all the crumbly falling off bits yourself before someone else comes along and steals them all (speaking from experience)  

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