One of my favourite forms of procrastination is searching out food blogs when I can’t decide what my characters will eat for a meal. We’ve got to eat, and those little details are so telling, no? But this time round I’ve struck it rich – hopefully, literally. Go on, drool over Coco & Me, while I plan the cakes & cookies I’ll bake for my own market stall to sweeten my old age. Just think of the characters I’ll meet while peddling my rich and easy-to-prepare brownies.

Lee’s Brownies

500 g butter
750-900 g sugar
125 g cocoa powder (unsweetened)
8 eggs
225 g flour
vanilla extract (optional)
chopped walnuts, pecans, almonds or even macademia nuts

Melt the butter in a large saucepan, then remove from hob and cool slightly to avoid curdling the eggs. Add the sugar and cocoa, then beat the eggs quickly into the batter. Stir in the flour, then the nuts last of all. You can use any nuts you like, and a combination works well too. Pour into a buttered (possibly parchment-lined) baking tin. Bake in a preheated oven (ca. 170ยบ) till firm.

Brownies must be moist, not dry. If in doubt, underbake rather than overbake.