It’s almost the end of the semester and that means that essays are due! Unfortunately, as you may have read in posts similar to this one, the one thing I haven’t learned in five years of uni is to plan ahead. I simply cannot do it. I know I’m not alone in this, at least, but it’s still a pain. If I know that an essay is due in five weeks, that means I’ll start the work on it in four weeks or (probably) later. Unless the pressure is on, I cannot concentrate on the simplest of tasks.
So now I’m in a panic again. I still have a decent amount of time before the deadline next week, that’s not it. The issue is that a friend of mine is coming over all the way from the States tomorrow, so I don’t want to spend the weekend in the library while he’s out having fun – by himself. But this is a fairly important piece of assessed work and I want to do well on it.
I was in a particularly bad state yesterday, when the panic got so bad that I couldn’t think properly. So I went home and made some brownies. I felt much better after that. I didn’t necessarily get any more work done afterwards, but at least I had some tasty brownies to cheer me up. I then shared some with some friends and the compliments I got made me feel better yet. I was feeling all warm and fuzzy inside so got a pretty good night’s sleep and today I felt so relaxed that I was super productive and wrote about a thousand words. And I still have some brownies left! Man, does life get any better than this? I didn’t think so.
So, for a batch of brownies you will need:
- 100 gr dark chocolate
- 100 gr butter
- 100gr flour
- 200 gr caster sugar
- half a tsp baking powder
- 2 eggs, beaten
- pinch of salt
- handful of chopped walnuts
Preheat the oven to 180°C and grease an oven dish of about 18×28 cm. Those measurements are from the cookbook I used as a child to make these. I think any largeish, rectangular oven dish will do. You can see mine in the picture. I have no idea how big it is but it worked pretty well.
Melt the butter and the chocolate au bain marie. Mix up all of the dry ingredients (including nuts!) in a separate bowl. Add the chocolate mixture once all of it has gone liquid, mix well, then add the egss, mix well again.
Pour the mixture into the greased oven dish, then bake for half an hour. Leave to cool for a while before trying to cut it into squares (or you’ll rip them apart – seriously, don’t try it. Just be patient. Half an hour, that’s all it’ll take).