Chocolate Horlicks Brownies.
With all the snow that’s been going around it got me in the mood for Brownies. Somehow chocolate always suits cold weather – well any weather, it’s wonderfully versatile good anytime and anywhere (in the bath or in the sand chocolate will always be delicious and appropriate).
Aside from all the snow around the country, I also had to test this recipe out for a styling job. It’s a great recipe and you can find it on the Horlicks website: http://www.horlicks.co.uk/recipes/ or below. The site has tons of recipes that use Horlicks, many of which use Horlick’s in crazy ways as in Salmon Goujons with a Horlicks batter.
When I made the brownies I swapped the pecan nuts for hazelnuts (a preference thing) and dusted them icing sugar (in ode of the snow), but they taste nicer drizzled with melted chocolate as the recipe suggests. One thing I must say, the Horlicks didn’t come through very strong, in actual fact I didn’t really taste the Horlicks — so you could leave the Horlicks out and add an extra 60g of flour in its place.
I was thinking that perhaps if Iput Whispers or Chuckles in the recipe I would get that delicious malt flavour that I assume was supposed to come through with the addition of Horlicks –I think I’ll make them again with Chuckles and let you know if that does the trick.
200g dark chocolate, chopped
125g butter (unsalted)
180g brown sugar or castor sugar
120g self-raising flour
150g pecan nuts or walnuts (chopped)
10ml vanilla essence
60g Horlicks Regular, Light or Chocolate
60g cocoa powder
Extra dark chocolate for decorating
Preheat the oven to 160°C
Melt the chocolate and butter over simmering water or in the microwave oven on Medium (50% power) for 2 to 3 minutes
Stir in the sugar, vanilla essence and eggs. Mix well
In a separate bowl, sift the Horlicks, flour and cocoa powder, then add the nuts
Add the dry ingredients to the chocolate mixture and stir well
Pour the mixture into a lined 28cm x 18cm pan
Bake for 25-30 minutes. Leave in the pan to cool
Melt the extra dark chocolate and drizzle over the cooled brownies to decorate
Alternatively you can dust the brownies with icing sugar
As a dessert option, serve warm with ice cream