Running was another past time that I got into in my mid twenties. I started off as the girl who couldn’t run to the end of her street without stopping for breath, and ended up running two marathons two years later. Much like baking, running success didn’t happen over night, but rather from lots of training and hard work.
Something that did help me during the longer runs and then the marathons was this amazing brownie recipe, no really – they are a fantastic source of energy the night before a big run. It does of course help that they taste incredible, so even if running or exercise isn’t your thing, you’ll still love how delicious they are!
A big thank you to my good friend and running trainer Anna who originally passed the recipe on to me.
- 120g/4oz good quality dark chocolate
- 115g/3oz softened butter
- 2 large eggs
- 150g/5 oz caster sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- 50g plain flour
- 30g self raising flour
- 1 tsp cocoa powder
- 100 g of milky bar chocolate or alternative
- 50g walnuts (optional)
- Preheat oven to 180 oC
- Grease a square cake tin and line with greaseproof paper.
- Put the dark chocolate in a heatproof bowl and place on top of saucepan with hot water.
- When it has melted or started to melt, add the butter and stir until it is a smooth mixture. Leave to cool for a few minutes.
- In a separate bowl, add the sugar and beat the eggs in. Then add the vanilla extract and the melted chocolate and stir together. (Be careful with the melted chocolate – use oven gloves!) This should leave you with a lovely thick dark mixture.
- Sift in the plain and self raising flour and cocoa powder and beat until smooth.
- Break the white chocolate (and walnut pieces if you’re including them) into small pieces, add to the bowl and stir.
- Pour into cake tin and put in oven. Leave for about 20 mins to cook. Don’t leave in the oven for too long – the outside needs to be firm, but the inside can be gooey and lovely.
- Bring out to cool for about half an hour, then slice into pieces and watch all the happy faces as you share them out. Or you could always keep all the brownies for yourself!