Tuesday 14 July 2009

Hummingbird Bakery Chocolate Brownies

I have had the Hummingbird Bakery cookbook for about a month, and today was the first time I've made anything from it. I have often got it out, drooled over the pics, then put it back again, unsure as to what to make first as it all looks so nice.

The brownies looked pretty simple, and 6 days until my due date, simple is what I require!

200g dark chocolate, roughly chopped
175g unsalted butter
325g caster sugar
130g plain flour
3 eggs
icing sugar, to decorate

a 33 x 23 x 5cm baking tray, lined with greaseproof paper

Makes about 12 portions

1. Preheat the oven to 170C / 325F / GM3

2. Put the chocolate an butter in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water (do not let the base of the bowl touch the water). Leave until melted and smooth.

3. Remove from the heat. Add the sugar and stir until well incorporated. Add the flour and stir until well incorporated. Finally, stir in the eggs and mix until thick and smooth.

4. Spoon the mixture into the prepared baking tray and bake in the preheated oven for about 30-35 minutes, or until flaky on the top but still soft in the centre. Be careful not to overcook otherwise the edges will become hard and crunchy. Leave to cool completely before dusting with icing sugar, to decorate. [I cooked mine for 30 mins in a fan oven, and I think this was a little too long. Next time I will try 25 minutes, so the middle is a little more gooey, and the edges not so crunchy].

I tried to get a little creative by making a heart shaped stencil to use for the icing sugar stage, but it didn't quite go to plan!

The smell coming from the kitchen while these were cooking was absolutely divine. I had to try one as soon as they were out of the oven and they were indeed, delicious. A couple of weeks ago I discovered a packet mix of Betty Crocker chocolate brownies, for when I was going to make this delicious looking creation, but hadn't got round to - and decided to make them. Betty, yours are not a patch on these!

As I mentioned above, next time I make them, I shall try baking them for less time, to get more goo in the middle of the brownie, which is how I prefer them. And shall also refrain from going mad with icing sugar stencils... a nice delicate dusting would have been preferable!


Unknown said...

your brownies look like so delish !!!!

Unknown said...

Been looking to buy the hummingbird cookbook for so long! Googled the brownie recipe and found this! Thanks for putting it up! My god these were flawless brownies, Thanks again!

Emily said...

I just got this book and i'm hainvg a go at making these brownies today!


Stripy tights said...

have the book too and just made them! amazing!

Stripy tights said...

Yeah your brownies are awsome dudette! oh and for your information I added some totally wack choocy chips on top and woooaahh. THERE GOOOD :) thanks for that inspiration. peace man.

TunsAndTunsLC♥ said...

These brownies ROCK MY SOCKS!!!! dunno about any of you other fellow bakers out there but Im ADDICTED to skippys peanutbutter too, so i melted some in the microwave and added it to the brownie mixture before baking! Amaaaaaazing!! :) xxx

Stripy tights said...

hey yal its me again i would just like to add that the carrot cake rocks your socks off to and even my five year old rabbit edgar had a go at it you should have a website for it! the brownies are really good i made them for my 99 year old granny and she nearly had a heart attack i love browies!
luv ya all and cant wait to get a mouth full of those brownies,
Kisses luv ya

Anonymous said...

Your brownies look lovely! I tried the same recipe, and felt they weren't bad, but I've obviously not done something quite right, haha!

Take a look at my photographs of them!



i love brownies said...

i fuking love your delicious brownies its is the best i used the same recipe babe its sexy i love it babe !!!!!!!!!!!

i love brownies said...

denzil is fuking sexc and i love his brownies he made it foe me it was fuckin nice!!!!!!!!

Unknown said...

I thought they were amazing and the recipe was so straightforward! I did however make mine much more chocolately, using milk chocolate instead and added chocolate chips.
Here are my photos and altered recipe:


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