With Valentines day coming up, many are thinking about doing things slightly different this year, taking control, switching it up and treating the man of their life instead of him treating you, after all, they do so much and its always nice to be and feel appreciated every now and again!
Chocolate and strawberries is a classic combination when it comes to Valentines so why not combine the two together and create this easy to follow chocolate and strawberry brownie, the combination may sound odd, but be rest assured, they compliment each other so well. So get your hubby in the kitchen and have some fun while you create this delicious recipe together.
*If you do not have a baking tin, use a casserole dish or anything similar that you have to hand.
200g good quality dark chocolate (or a combination of milk and dark and an extra 50g of chopped chocolate
3 medium eggs
220g sugar (caster or granulated)
100g plain flour
40g good quality cocoa powder
100g strawberry jam (or jam of your choice)
Preheat your oven to 180'C.
Prepare your 6-8" baking tin by greasing it with butter and then lining it with baking paper.
(if you want a brownie slightly higher than usual then use a 6" tin if you want don't, use use your the 8"), alternatively, use whatever you have on hand.
Melt your chocolate and butter in a microwave safe bowl, (alternatively, you can do it over your stove by using the double bain-marie method), ensuring that all the chocolate has melted completely.
Set it aside and allow it to cool completely.
Using your hand mixer, whisk or 2 forks and mix the eggs and sugar together until thick and creamy.
Add your chocolate to your butter mixture and mix gently.
Sift your cocoa and flour directly into the mixture and add your extra chunks of chocolate and gentle fold until combined.
Pour the brownie mixture into your baking tin and use the back of a spoon or a palette knife to smooth out.
Add dollops of strawberry jam directly on top of the brownie mixture, you want to make sure there will be jam in every slice.
Bake for 20 minutes or until baked. There should be a nice crust at the top.
(Used a toothpick to see if its cooked, if the batter is gooey then that's perfect but if it's wet, then it'll need to be baked longer).
Once cooled, place it into the fridge to firm and then use a serrated knife to cut into slices and then enjoy.
These can also be frozen in an airtight container for up to 3 months (if they will last that long).
Happy baking with your loved one,
Until next time,