Thursday, April 9, 2009

Full Moon in Libra & the Ultimate Brownie

Today’s Full Moon is in Libra. Astrologically speaking, with the Sun burning away in “me first” Aries, this Full Moon casts a spotlight on the whole balancing act between “I” and “we”. On a deeper level, this full moon also shows us that our understanding, connection and relationship with ourselves will be reflected in our relationships with others.

This Full Moon coincides with the pleasure planet Venus about to cross back into dreamy, “what was your name again?” Pisces. So if all of this togetherness and relationship introspection is getting you down, go for sheer Venusian pleasure with a slice or two of this brilliant Brownie…

The Ultimate Brownie

190g unsalted butter
190g best quality dark chocolate (I use a 200g box of chopped dark couveture chocolate- this allows some for nibbling/ quality control as it goes into the pan & also for the inevitable “wastage” post melt)
3 eggs
175g caster sugar
½ tbsp vanilla extract
115g plain flour
½ teaspoon salt
125 g milk chocolate buttons or milk chocolate chopped- this looks great with white chocolate as well
Icing sugar for dusting.

Preheat the oven 180C. Line & grease sides and base of a 33 x 23 x 5.5 cm tin with foil or baking paper.
Melt the butter and dark chocolate together in a large heavy-based pan over a low heat. Let it cool down a little (if you don't, it may scramble the egg mix when added).
In a bowl or large measuring jug, beat the eggs together with the caster sugar and vanilla extract. Combine with the cooled chocolate mixture and beat well.
Fold in the flour and salt and stir in the chocolate buttons.
Pour the brownie mixture into the prepared tin and bake for approx 25 mins. The Brownies will be cooked when the top goes this gorgeous speckly brown. This is a fudgy brownie, so take care not to overcook.

Serve with dusted icing sugar & maybe some raspberries or crème fraiche.

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