Bribe Worthy Brownies

My own two feet have been my mode of transport for the last 8 years, well really my whole life… anyway when I moved to the UK I choose not to convert my drivers license. So, I mainly walk everywhere, grab a bus when needed, or make my husband take me places.

I made that decision for various reasons. First off we couldn't afford to buy or run a second car when I first moved over, then I didn't know I could actually drive with my American license for a year, and lastly I was scared I was going to kill myself by accidentally driving on the wrong side of the road.

Now that I have been taking a few lessons to learn how to drive a manual, because I’m starting to miss the freedom driving would give me, I realize the only thing I should have been scared about was roundabouts!!

I mean you slow down and have to decide do I go? Do I stop? I would think all those rolling stops at stop signs I used to do when I was in the states would have prepared me for roundabouts, but no.

Also after driving around them as a passenger for so many years I should really be used to them by now. Everyone else makes it looks so easy. They probably are, but in the mean time I’m starting to wonder if I should bribe my driving test examiner with these amazing Chocolate Raspberry Brownies!

They are super simple to make, as brownies generally are, and they are one of the best recipes I have ever tried. I would definitely pass me if I gave these brownies to me.

Chocolate Raspberry Brownies

200g dark chocolate, broken up
100g milk chocolate, broken up
250g salted butter
400g light muscovado sugar
4 large eggs
140g plain flour
50g cocoa powder
200g raspberries

Preheat oven to 180C/gas4 and line a brownie tin (8x11) or an 8in square pan with parchment paper.
Very gently melt both chocolates with the butter and sugar in a medium saucepan. Just before the chocolate is completely melted, take off the heat and gently stir until it’s completely melted.
 Then add the eggs one at a time to the melted chocolate mixture. Sift the flour and cocoa powder into the pan and stir until just combined. Fold in half the raspberries.
Then pour the mixture into the prepared tin/pan. Scatter the rest of the raspberries over the top of the brownies before baking in the preheated oven for 35 minutes. If you want them a little gooier only bake them for 30 minutes.
Cool completely before cutting into squares. They are good for 3 days in an airtight container not that they will last that long!

notes: It is totally illegal to do rolling stops at stop signs, please do not do this if you are currently living in the states or if you ever visit there! I also think it’s illegal to bribe driving test examiners with brownies. You can’t blame a girl for trying right? Learning to drive a manual car with my left hand, driving on the wrong other side of the road, with roundabouts everywhere is a bit scary, but I hope to have it mastered by the end of the year! This recipe was adapted from Bakes & Cakes Magazine Summer 2013 (BBC Good Food Mag)

1 comment:

  1. Good luck with the driving! Although I can drive I haven't had the chance to do so for over 4 years as I had sell my knackered old car and haven't been able to afford to replace it. So I am a bit nervous about driving again when the time comes. Doesn't help that my bloke has never sat behind the wheel but at least the buses are good around here.

    I'd pass you if you gave me one of those brownies as they look delicious, love raspberries and chocolate together :)


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