fudgey walnut brownies

No one ever tells you this but one of the biggest sacrifices you make when you have a baby is not sleep. It’s not your social life. It’s not even a good hot shower. It’s baking. Yes, baking.

Because when you’re on demand by the little one 24 x 7, you don’t have time to get anything together, let alone an extensive ingredients list. And you’re certainly not guaranteed enough time to get the batter done, and in the oven, and assured that you’ll be available to take it out of the oven. Chances are, if you get the batter done, it’ll just sit there and go hard while you rock, play, feed, burp or… change a nappy. So you just don’t bake.

(And no, I’m not baking while he’s sleeping. I’m way too chicken to take the chance of waking him with the noise.)

But then, somewhere along the line (for me it was between three to four months), small miracles start to happen. The little one suddenly doesn’t absolutely need you every second of every day. Suddenly, the play mat is fascinating, the bumbo is awesome (I can sit up, mum!) and the jumper, wow don’t even go there. I can almost get a full half hour to myself!

Last week, I managed to bake these fudgey walnut brownies while Sam sat in his bumbo in the kitchen. Sure I baby-talked non-stop while I mixed and poured and scooped and ducked over to give quick kisses and snuggles every two minutes, but hey it worked! Until he poo’d himself, but by then the batter was in the oven :)

Fudgey walnut brownies
220grams dark chocolate, roughly chopped
175grams unsalted butter
300grams caster sugar
130grams plain flour
3 eggs
1 1/2 cups walnuts, chopped
square baking tray lined with greaseproof paper
  1. Preheat oven to 170°C/325°F (Gas 3).
  2. Put the chocolate and butter in a heat proof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water (do not let the base of the bowl touch the water). Leave or stir gently until melted and smooth.
  3. Remove from heat. Add the sugar and stir with a wooden spoon until well incorporated. Add the flour and stir until well incorporated. Stir in the eggs and mix until thick and smooth.
  4. Finally, add the walnuts and mix through. (Save a few to drop across the top).
  5. Spoon the mixture into the prepared baking tray (drop some walnuts on top) and bake in preheated oven for about 30-35 minutes, or until flaky on the top but still soft in the centre. Insert a skewer – the skewer should remove with some batter attached. THIS IS OK – this is what makes it soft and fudgey as opposed to a dry ‘cake-like’ brownie.
  6. Once done, let cool. If possible leave the brownies to sit for 2-3 hours before serving as it will harden up a little. If you can’t wait, dig in with some vanilla ice cream :)
Makes about 12 portions

One Thought on “recipe | fudgey walnut brownies

  1. I miss baking too! Think it’s more the freedom to potter in the kitchen rather than the end result that I miss though haha.

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