Ever wondered what to do with all that leftover honeycomb and chocolate you have? Nor have I, but if there’s ever a reason to stockpile it, this brownie recipe is the one. Shards of brittle caramelised sugar amongst fudgy chocolate brownie – pair this with a nice cup of tea and you have what I would consider to be the ultimate treat.
As autumn slides in, and with it the cooler evenings, what better way to see you through the complexities of Downton Abbey life than a cup of tea and a good chunk of this.
In fact, I’m sure if Mrs Patmore had culinary associations with those ‘across the pond’, the resulting recipe exchanges would have made possible the serving of this racy brownie to the drawing-room, and all manner of crises may have been averted.
If only Tom could have chowed down on a piece of this scrumptious bake, I’m sure he would be less inclined to espouse his unpopular political opinions (unfortunately alienating him from his English in-laws). Edith’s recovery from her jilting would have been far more expedient had she been offered a slice, and the stress caused by the recent financial crisis that almost had the Abbey thrust on the open market, would have swiftly been alleviated. Perhaps if Bates could have been slipped a piece through the bars, there would have been more joy in his life than simply Anna’s letters, and even the sourpuss O’Brien might have seen the positive after a good munch.
And, despite its American origins, I’m sure Granny would have secretly loved it.
Not a Downton fan and haven’t a clue about anything I’ve just written? Don’t be concerned. If your blood is red (not blue) and you’re up for a bit of luxury in the evening, then here are the steps to take:
1 cup plain flour
3/4 cup cocoa
1 cup brown sugar
1 tsp baking powder
200g dark chocolate
3 eggs, beaten
100g chocolate coated honeycomb, roughly crushed
- Preheat oven to 160 degrees celsius and line a rectangular pan with baking paper.
- Combine flour, cocoa, sugar and baking powder. Mix well.
- Melt butter and chocolate and pour into dry mix with the eggs. Mix until smooth.
- Stir through 3/4 of the honeycomb. Pour into baking pan.
- Sprinkle remaining honeycomb evenly over the top and bake for 35 minutes or until firm. Slice when cool.
Postscript: Just wanted to include a snap of an old friend who has accompanied me on many baking adventures and who gave a standout performance in this batch of brownies – Cadbury.