I think it's no longer a surprise that on Fridays, I bring sweet treats to work. And yesterday was no exception. I brought in marshmallow brownies which ruined the January diets for some people. I am not apologising because they do have the options not to have them, but honestly, who could resist?! They're just set on top and still squidgy underneath, just like what brownies should be. These brownies are quite rich and I find eating one portion of it with a cup of coffee or teat or whatever you fancy, is just enough to satisfy my sweet craving. Though I bet some people who had two pieces would beg to differ :)
To my surprise yesterday when I presented the brownies to my colleagues, my manager called everyone to her office and I thought we're about to have a meeting. And then I was presented with a home-made card, saying 'thinking of you'. I opened it and it was a thank you card from everyone and a rather beautiful picture of Queen Elisabeth II on a £50 note. I was shocked. I love bringing treats to work but of course, I never expected anyone to pay for it. When I see my friends' face expressions enjoying my home creations and when I hear them making delicious 'hmmm' and 'ahhh' noises, I am already happy and that's enough for me. But this is just a lovely gesture and to that I say Thank You.
Have a great weekend everyone! And if you celebrate Chinese New Year, Gong Xi Fat Choi! Have a wonderful celebration!
Recipe by Me
Makes 16 slices
250 gr unsalted butter
200 gr good quality dark chocolate, broken into pieces
2 teaspoons vanilla
150 grams plain four
4 tablespoons cocoa powder
250 grams golden caster sugar
pinch of salt
150 grams mini marshmallow
Preheat the oven to 180 C and line a 30 cm square tin with baking paper. In a heatproof glass or metal bowl, melt the chocolate and butter over a pan of simmering water. Make sure the water does not touch the base of the bowl. Once melted, let cool a little.
In another bowl, beat the eggs with the vanilla. Then measure all the dry ingredients, the flour, cocoa powder, golden caster sugar and pinch of salt. Add the beaten eggs and vanilla to the cooled chocolate and butter mixture, mixing well, then followed by the dry ingredients. Fold most of the mini marshmallows, reserving a handful to sprinkle on top.
Pour the brownie mixture to the tin and bake for 25 - 30 minutes. Though I'd suggest to check after 20 minutes as ovens do vary. The top should be set, but underneath still a bit gooey. Allow to cool a little before slicing and eating...