Chocolate cravings were calling out and since P. was back from his trip from North Pole (ok, close to the Antartic to be precise) I thought I made some brownies for him and for my weekend getaway to Portland. Pictures here (and if it's not there then it's coming soon). Surprisingly the beach wasn't too cold. The warmth of the locals made up for it and also the wonderful dogs! I've never seen happier dogs!
I've got such a soft spot for animals. When I was growing up, we had two adult dogs and seven puppies. Mom wasn't too happy about being the lone person responsible for all the pets and so one day when the kids were at school, she gave the puppies away. We were left with a fat little puppy, which I refused to let go off, his mom, Lucky, and a beautiful white male, Rex. After the dogs died of old age, we had three chicks (which didn't live very long) followed by, two cats - Snowy and Ruby, and much later, goldfish.
I've always wanted rabbits but never had them. Once, a hawk got caught in our roof and although it was a vicious thing, it was smart and fascinating. It's just too damn bad I can't have any in my little apartment now. Sigh.
185g butter, melted
1/4 cup cocoa butter, sifted
1 cup caster sugar
1 cup self-raising flour. sifted
1. Preheat the oven at to 160c (325f).
2. Place the butter, cocoa, eggs, sugar and flour in a bowl and mix until smooth.
3. Spoon into 20cm (8 in) square slice tin (buttered).
4. Bake for 45 - 50 mins or until skewer comes out clean when tested.
5. Remove from oven and let it cool.
6. Melt white chocolate in microwave for 1 minute. Remove, stir and reheat for another minute.
7. Spoon the white chocolate over the brownie really quickly using back and forth strokes - not unlike sifting flour or using a Wii controller.
8. Let the white chocolate cool then cut and serve.