You know you’re feeling better when you start thinking beyond food as medicine, food as fuel and vitamins, and you start craving dark chocolate brownies. And when you eat a good third of the slab in the first sitting. Sinfully rich fudgy brownies are very good convalescent food I have discovered, whether warm out of the oven or, surprisingly, fridge-cold and chewy-hard.
But hey, you can be in the peak of health and enjoy these too. So please do!
Dark spelt brownies
Adapted from a Martha Stewart recipe. Melt and mix and you’re done — what could be easier?
- Preheat your oven to 180 and prep a 20 cm brownie tin.
- In a large bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water, melt 110 gms butter with 170 gms 70% cooking chocolate (I used Lindt brand). It will look like a black dream, but resist the temptation to toss aside the recipe and simply eat this…
- Stir in ¾ cup white sugar plus ¾ cup dark brown sugar and once well combined, remove the bowl from the heat.
- Stir in a scant ½ tspn salt, ¼ cup cocoa powder (Martha advises unsweetened; I used Cadbury’s Bourneville brand which was labelled ‘Dutch process’).
- Fold thru 3 large rich eggs and then ¾ cup wholemeal spelt flour (I have to say, with all the deep chocolaty-ness going on, you can’t really tell it’s wholemeal or spelt. But it was a lovely fine flour and I look forward to baking with it again).
- Finally if you wish, fold thru ½ cup walnut pieces.
- Pour batter into the tin, making sure there’s enough left in the bowl and on the spoon for the cook to enjoy. Then bake for 35–45 minutes or until cooked: the sides pull away and the top gets that lovely crinkly top, but a skewer comes out with a few moist crumbs. Cool in tin for a few minutes before lifting onto wire rack. Enjoy!