Flaming Nora, more like – what’s this weather about??
A friend of mine said last week at least it was sunny (that day) but I’d rather have no sun and no fecking gale force winds than both!
There have been some nice days though, which the horses have been enjoying:
THWNN loves a good roll without his rug on:
And because it is summer, however much the weather doesn’t agree, the countryside is looking beautiful:
And of course there’s lots of lovely British fruit about, including these strasberries:
It didn’t say on the packet what they were – but a sixth sense tells me they might just be a cross between two types of fruit… melons and bananas, perhaps…
They were nice but nothing to write home about, to be honest; I’m sticking with the normal strawberries, raspberries and blueberries, with yoghurt and oats for breakfast; nicer – and cheaper!
Slightly less summery – and less healthy- is this lot:
I wanted to make something for a friend who’s been helping me with THWNN and in doing so, have come up with the best, in my humble opinion, brownie recipe ever. Be warned, these are possibly the most addictive thing you’ll ever make.
Preheat oven to 180C and line a 29x20cm roasting tin with baking paper.
95g good quality dark chocolate
165g unsalted butter, cubed
335g caster sugar
75g plain flour (I used Doves Farm white gluten-free blend)
3 eggs, beaten
1.5tsp baking powder
Pinch of salt
100-120g milk or white (or dark) chocolate drops, or chopped chocolate (You might think it’s a travesty to have brownies without chopped nuts, in which case fold in 100g-ish at the same time as the chocolate drops – but I prefer them without)
Melt the butter and dark chocolate together in a microwave or double boiler till the chocolate’s almost all melted. Stir till smooth, then add to the rest of the ingredients (except the chocolate drops) and again stir till smooth.
Fold in the chocolate drops (and nuts, if using), pour into the tin and bake for 30-35 minutes, till there’s a crust on top but the middle’s still really gooey. Leave to cool, then cut into squares.
These are rich, chocolatey and so gooey, they’re almost molten in the middle, just as I think brownies should be. And they might just cheer you up if you’re suffering from Lack of Summer Syndrome- or at least that’s a good excuse