Guinness Chocolate Brownies (makes 24)
This seems way too indulgent to make during Lent but I haven't given up either chocolate or alcohol (although the alcohol would mostly be cooked out). I got the recipe from Jack Monroe ('A Girl Called Jack') who has recently moved from the Labour Party to the Greens. That seems like a natural move to me.
200g dark chocolate (broken into bits)
100g milk chocolate (broken into bits)
1. Put the over on at 180C and line a small roasting tray with baking paper.
2. Pour the Guinness into a small saucepan over a low/medium heat. Put a mixing bowl on top (to act as a bain marie) and put in the dark chocolate and the butter. Occasionally stir until melted and mixed.
3. Meanwhile, beat together the eggs and sugar and beat until combined. Gradually add the flour and beat in before adding the next batch.
4. Gradually add the chocolate/butter mix. Do this in small batches and make sure all is mixed up before adding more.
5. The Guinness should have reduced to about 125ml by now. If not then allow it is slowly boil for a while longer. Don't worry if this is not exact. Round about 125ml is good enough.
6. Pour the whole lot into the roasting tray. It will look pretty runny but that's okay.
7. Put on the middle tray of the oven and cook for 40 minutes. Do not open the over door at all during this time.
8. Take out of the oven and leave to cool for at least an hour. The cooking process is still going on.
9. Slice into 24 bits and leave to cool completely.