“Only the spoon knows what is stirring in the pot.” (Italian Proverb)
A few days ago, I was flipping through my copy of Kitchen by Nigella Lawson, and I came across this recipe for Chocolate Brownie Bowls. That reminded me I still have those pans! So, what was I supposed to do but bake these babies?
Now, you do not need to have these trays in order to bake these brownies. A regular muffin tray will do the trick just as well, although you may need to adjust the baking time.
This is a really strange recipe as all you really need are a pot, a wooden spoon and a hand whisk.
I started by melting the butter in the pan over low heat. Once the butter has melted, the sugar was added and stirred with a wooden spoon until it has dissolved.
The heat was turned off.
The malted milk powder (I used Milo) and cocoa powder were placed in a bowl, boiling water was added and the mixture was whisked.
This was added to the butter-sugar mixture and stirred.
Next, I whisked the egg, buttermilk and vanilla extract and added that into the butter-sugar-milo-cocoa mixture.
And I stirred some more.
The sifted flour and bicarb were added, and whisked.
That was it. The batter was done!
I used a measuring jug to pour the batter into the pans, coming up to about 3/4 of the way up.
And baked them for 12 minutes.
They were rested in the pans for 10 minutes – I could wait no longer than that – and turned onto a cooling rack.
Since I had to wait for them to cool before I could do anything else, I took more pictures.
Once cooled, I topped the cake with ice-cream (and chocolate sauce).
And tucked in.
This is not a fudgy type of brownie. In fact, I think it should be called a cake instead of a brownie because the texture is more cake-ish.
Having said that, it is great for kids, and for days when you want to make SOMETHING, but cannot be bothered with too much washing up afterwards.
I certainly will use these trays again. I guess the hunt is on for more recipes! 🙂
Chocolate Brownie Bowls (Makes 6-8 bowls)
Adapted from “Kitchen” by Nigella Lawson
1/2 cup soft unsalted butter, plus some for greasing
1/2 cup caster sugar
1 tbsp malted milk powder (such as Horlicks)
1 tbsp best-quality cocoa powder
1/2 cup boiling water, from a kettle
1/2 cup buttermilk or runny plain yogurt
1 tsp vanilla extract
2/3 cup plain flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
Coffee-flavored ice cream
Strawberry Brownie Bowl Filling
Squirty cream (a.k.a. whipped cream)