Great British Bake Off (At Home) - Brownies

Summer is coming to a close, meaning colder weather and the winter is inevitable. For many people, summer is the preferred season due to hotter weather, more activities, being able to spend more time outside, and much more, however, for some, they may enjoy the return of winter for reasons such as the festive holidays and spending time indoors. Life in each season is inevitably significantly different due to the different climates, and each person spends their free time differently in each one.


Even regular day to day activities changes when summer turns, which includes how we prepare the food we eat and what we eat. During the summer, people across the country tend to have BBQ’s which are generally outdoor social events in hot weather. BBQ’s during the winter would be cold and unenjoyable, so they generally do not happen. If you’re looking to have a social indoor cooking gathering during the winter, have you considered a bake-off to compete to create some delicious sweet treats? In this blog, we have included a delicious brownie recipe to cook for your guests. Feel free to add your own topping or have your own take!

Chocolate and Salted Caramel Yum Brownies

Ingredients

  • 160 grams of caster sugar

  • 130 milliliters of double cream

  • 2 teaspoons of sea salt flakes (save some for sprinkling)

  • 40 grams of unsalted butter

  • 4 medium-sized eggs

  • 260 grams of muscovado sugar

  • 100 grams of caster sugar

  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla paste

  • 200 grams of plain flour

  • 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder

  • Pinch of salt

Instructions

  1. To begin the process of creating the salted caramel, melt the sugar in a medium-sized pan over a medium heat. Swirl the pan without stirring for 8-10 minutes consistently until the caramel has turned into a dark amber colour.

  2. Using a separate pan, bring the cream to boil, then immediately after it begins to boil, remove it from the heat and set aside.

  3. Remove the caramel to the heat and add the salt and half of the cream carefully. This is as the mixture may split. Once the mixture has settled correctly, add the remaining cream and your butter. Stir the mixture together and then return the pan to the heat and cook for two minutes, stirring until the mixture is thick and smooth.

  4. Pour all of the salted caramel mixture into a bowl, leave to cool , then cover with clingfilm and chill in your fridge for at least two hours so it is firm but spoonable. When the caramel is then almost ready, start the brownies and heat the oven to 180 degrees celsius.

  5. Together, melt the chocolate and butter together in a bowl and set over a pan of simmering water, stirring occasionally for around 4 or 5 minutes until smooth. Remove the bowl from the heat and leave to cool.

  6. Using a hand or electric whisk, in a large bowl mix together the eggs and both sugars until thick and pale. Once done, whisk the cooled chocolate mixture and vanilla to the egg mixture, then sift in the flour, cocoa powder and salt. Fold the mixture together until it is well mixed.

  7. Pour the whole mixture into an appropriate prepared tin and level with the back of a spoon until flat, then spoon the caramel onto the brownie mixture and sprinkle with sea salt.

  8. Put in the oven and bake for 45-50 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the brownies comes out pasty, not wet. Take out when pasty, allow to cool, remove from tin and use a hot knife to cut into squares. 

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