Square Brownies – Desserts from the UK: straight from the horse’s mouth

After a short trip to the UK, I came to believe that if there is anything on earth I can’t resist, it is English cakes, pies and cookies. Inspired by the delicious sweets friends treated me to in London, I’ll offer you a series of ten or so traditional English sweets that are easy to prepare, taste amazing and take very little time. They can be cooked throughout the year and most of them don’t play tricks on your weight as most of them contain dark chocolate and brown sugar to name but a few low-caloric ingredients. Let’s plunge into the world of English culinary.

Square Brownies

All you need to put a smile on someone’s face is:

  • 7 oz (200 g) dark chocolate
  • 9 oz (250) g butter
  • 1 Вѕ cups brown sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup plain flour
  • ВЅ teaspoons baking powder
  • 3.5 oz (100 g) chopped macadamia nuts
  • 3.5 oz (100 g) hazelnuts

Once you’ve prepared the ingredients, you need an hour altogether to have the cookies done. Start with the chocolate – melt it together with the butter over a low heat. I guess you know it, but be careful not to overheat the substance as it will start boiling and the butter will burn. Give it 10 minutes and take off from the stove.

Then, mix this substance with all other ingredients and put the mixture in a 23cm square cake tin. This mix is fantastic unless you detest raw eggs. Make sure that the kids are not around to eat it up before you manage to bake it. The macadamia nuts are relatively expensive, but now that they have started growing them all over the place, one can afford them easily.

Bake the cake for 30-35 minutes at 350В°F (180В° C )/ gas mark 4. Leave it to cool then cut into 24 squares (say 6 x 4 squares but you can experiment with the number).

Congratulations! You have made your first English cookies. White organic tea or traditional English tea could well accompany this exquisite temptation.

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