Here's the thing: I am potentially the world's greatest procrastinator.
Essay, you say? Hey, look, the stairs REALLY need hoovering, don't they!? You know what I really should do? Re-organise all my nail polish. And change that broken lightbulb. And make brownies.
This is what happened yesterday afternoon. I even did the washing up, but we won't talk about that. I've made these brownies so many times I know the recipe off by heart, and my boyfriend's children are disappointed if they come over and we don't have any in the cupboard. The recipe is from the Hummingbird Bakery cookbook, which is my most used recipe book by far!
Start by melting 200g Dark Chocolate and 175g Butter in a bowl over a saucepan of boiling water, stirring occasionally, until it's smooth and creamy. Here's something I should remember: Things melt much more quickly if you cut them up into smaller pieces.
Stir in 320g Caster Sugar, followed by 130g Plain Flour, sifted. The mixture looks quite thick and gritty at this stage; don't worry, it's supposed to!
Finally, beat in three eggs. I find it best to do this one at a time, otherwise they can get a bit sticky and difficult to mix in thoroughly.
Pour the batter into a 12" x 8" baking tin lined with baking paper, and pop in the oven at 170°C for 30-35 minutes. Allow to cool in the tin for five to ten minutes, then lift the baking paper out and leave until almost cold before cutting into squares with a big knife. (This saves you risking scratching your tin by cutting them up before removing, and also makes washing up way easier - win/win!)
And then try not to eat them all at once!
If you don't own the Hummingbird Bakery cookbook, I wholeheartedly recommend you get it - it's full of amazing recipes and gorgeous photos, and everything I've made from it has worked perfectly and been absolutely delicious. They have a new cookbook called 'Home Sweet Home' due to be released on Valentine's Day, which I am super excited to buy! I also own their 'Cake Days' book and, again, it's a lovely book. Do you own any of these books? Have you ever been to a Hummingbird Bakery? I'm super jealous if you have!