My family are obsessed with brownies and who can blame them? It’s just heaven to sink your teeth into some chocolatey gooiness. My fourteen year old son loves any excuse to bake or eat brownies and had he not been at school when I baked them, I’m sure he would have been in the kitchen with me hovering around to lick the bowl out!
So, last Friday when I planned to bake John Whaite’s Cookie Dough Brownies from his latest book John Whaite Bakes At Home, I knew I would be popular.
I realised l I couldn’t bake the brownies straightaway as I’d forgotten to buy plain chocolate! So off I went to the shop, came back with what they had to offer plain chocolate wise (Bournville) and got ready to start. It wasn’t a quick recipe to knock up but it was worth it!
So, once I was ready to get down to baking I started on the cookie dough part of the recipe. I then realised this was going to take much longer than I thought as the cookie dough has to be frozen in little balls first before you get round to making the brownie batter. Thankfully I didn’t have a deadline for baking them or I would have been in trouble.
The cookie dough was quickly made up using a rubbing in and getting the dough together method then I separated the dough out into about 16 walnut sized balls. These were then put in my freezer (easier said than done, my freezer is tiny!) on a lined baking tray. I had to move everything about to fit the two small trays in. I yearn for one of those massive American fridge freezers sometimes that fits more than a bag of peas or a pint of milk in.
After a couple of hours in the freezer it was early afternoon and I wanted to get on with the brownies before my son came home from school. I got on with making up the brownie batter. Usually my brownies are made with Green and Blacks Organic plain chocolate but I couldn’t find any in the local shop so I had to use Bournville. I like Bournville, though I know some chocolate snobs would be horrified to hear me say that!
Out came the cookie dough balls which had frozen well and these were then put in the bottom of my greased square tin. I spaced them well apart, thinking that there would be about 12-16 pieces of brownie, so you would get at least one large cookie dough ball in it!
The brownies baked in the oven for about 25 minutes and the kitchen smelled wonderful. I had been so careful eating healthily so far this week but the brownies would soon be my downfall. I hoped I could hide them so that I wouldn’t be tempted.
When my son came home he begged to have a brownie there and then. He wasn’t very happy when I said no but he could have one for tea. He kept trying to wheedle one out of me but I was having none of it. Finally we ate one for pudding, I succumbed to the temptation and it was wonderful. The other pieces went in the freezer for another time.
Well John Whaite, you have created a winning recipe with these brownies and I am sure my family would love me all the more if I made them again and again, thankyou so much!
Love Sam xx