Raspberry & Sea Salt Brownies
Do you ever have moments of pure insanity & decide to take on something you have entirely no idea about & is so completely unknown to you? Because for some (definitely stupid) reason in the middle of the night, you convinced yourself that you have the power? No? Maybe not. Well, I decided to take on the almighty task of updating the site all by my lonesome. Adding some new features & changing some things around. I started out with exactly zero idea of how to do any of the things I wanted & spent many hours staring (rather blankly) at coding for long periods every day, but I think things are starting to shape up around here, finally.
Things have changed a lot over the last week – there’s been a few different layouts, descriptions, backgrounds, colours, writing styles; as well as a few new additions – a link to Instagram, a new Pinterest button when you hover over the images, & a new search engine. All of which I change my mind about every single day & all of which involve a serious amount of caffeine. That said, I am relatively happy with the new changes. I mean, there’s still a lot of figuring out to be done & a rather intimidating amount of things to learn about how to make things look exactly as I want them to, but I’m dealing with that slowly & at my own pace. What I’m saying is, bear with me here people. I am the brownie provider, after all.
Now, brownies, as promised. It’s probably some sort of cardinal sin not to follow through when you make the promise of brownies. Bizarrely, there are only two recipes for brownies up on the site already. Only two. What. I have no idea how that happened, & quite frankly I’m disappointed in myself. I’m trying to make it better, hence these Raspberry & Sea Salt Brownies. Well, if I’m being completely honest… I made these brownies because I wanted to have an excuse to use my pink roses from Valentine’s Day in some photos. I mean, wouldn’t you want to make the most of them also?
I must admit, this is the first time I’d ever put raspberries in my brownies. Not that it never appealed to me, but a true & tried fudgy brownie just always sounded more appealing. I was so wrong. So unbelievably wrong. Raspberries added into the brownies make for a much more delicious brownie than I could have imagined – insanely moist & crumbly & fudgy (who doesn’t love an extra fudgy brownie??). & then there’s the sea salt sprinkled over the top. I was hooked. The sea salt had to be physically taken away from me because I was so sprinkle happy. Such a good combination, just trust me, it is so crazy addictive. Happy brownie making!
Makes 9 generous brownies
- ½ cup of butter (salted for the win)
- 230gr plain chocolate, finely chopped
- ¾ cup caster sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ cup plain flour
- 2 teaspoons of hot, strong coffee
- ¼ teaspoon baking powder
- Just under 1 cup of fresh raspberries
- flakey sea salt for sprinkling
- Place rack in the middle of your oven & preheat to 175C. Grease & line an 8 x 8-inch baking tin with parchment paper, leaving some paper hanging over the sides.
- In a medium bowl, melt the butter & chocolate together in the microwave, being sure to take out & stir the ingredients together every 20 seconds until completely smooth. Remove from the microwave & stir in the sugar.
- Beat the eggs into the mixture one at a time, until fully combined. Add the vanilla extract & the coffee, & continue to beat until sugar is dissolved & mixture is smooth & shiny.
- Sift in the flour & baking powder, & whisk until the batter again becomes smooth & shiny.
- Transfer the batter into the prepared baking tin & dot with the raspberries & a small amount of flaked sea salt.
- Place in the oven and bake for around 25 minutes, or until cooked through but still a bit wobbly in the centre.
- Remove from the oven & leave to cool in the pan for 30 minutes before slicing. (This is when you sprinkle extra sea salt on top & everything get waaayyy better!)