Essay Brownies with Fran.

Monday, 19 November 2012

Hello there world.
It's been a while since we last spoke, I've been preoccupied with the beasts that are, formative essays.
I was craving something decadent the whooole time I was writing and as soon as I'd handed in my essays last friday, I got to brainstorming: What could a busy student make that satisfies a craving for naughtiness and helps with writing essays.
Coffee chocolate essay brownies. Eureka, I know.

So I've explained the Essay Brownies, now who on earth is Fran. Well I'll tell you. Fran is a wonderful third year student at Loughborough who produces, presents, edits and generally runs the whole show at the 'A Student Experience' channel on YouTube. Interested? Click here.
She contacted me a few months ago about doing some episodes for her channel and we finally got together last weekend.
Was so excited by the whole experience I forgot to photograph as I usually do! Fran very kindly let me nab a few stills from her film.
So here we go...

For Essay Brownies you will need:
3 tablespoons ground coffe
120ml boiling water
130g plain chocolate
180g unsalted butter
175g sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
120g plain flour
100g milk chocolate

To begin, preheat your oven to 150g and line a tin with foil.
If you only have granulated coffee, don't worry. Grab a blunt utensil and grind it down to powder. For 3 tablespoons, who has the time to go out and buy it! 

Mix the coffee and boiling water together in a bowl.

Add the butter and the plain chocolate, broken into pieces.
Microwave for 3 minutes. Checking and stirring the mixture every 30-60 seconds. Once all of the ingredients have melted together, you're done microwaving. 

Gradually pour in the sugar and stir through.

And a little pinch of salt. 

Whisk in the eggs and the vanilla essence until you have a smooth mixture you might like to swim in...

Sift in the flour and gently fold in. 

If you'd like to add in any extras, do so now. I've gone for milk chocolate chunks but walnuts would work well too. 

Transfer the mixture into your prepared tin. Offer guests the bowl to lick, it's only right.
Bake for 50-55 minutes. When the brownie is ready, you'll be able to pierce it with a knife that will come out clean. 

Leave to cool for 10-20 minutes.
Stack, serve and remember to photograph!!

Happy Lottie, happy Fran. I think you'll be seeing us again. 

If you'd like to see the video (about 10 minutes of me horsing around, looking very pale) then here you are...

Enjoy, with a few shots of milk and a brownie of course.
L. xxxx

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