Training: Run Today was a ‘run’ day so I returned to my usual lake path after work. I did two laps – which came to 10km, then dashed home to get ready for a meal with friends. But not before checking on the progress of our new house. Today it was all about lights, as we met with the electrician on site to hand over our light fittings. It also gave me the opportunity to see the progress of the house….including the bathrooms… (Ensuite) (Main bathroom) And now that the showers are in, they are almost complete! Now, while I am undoubtedly indulging in pad thai from a new Thai restaurant in Civic (yes I am pretty predictable when it comes to ordering dishes from a Thai restaurant), I wanted to leave you with a super sweet treat that was enjoyed by all last weekend. I may have been tired from the weekend’s trail race, but I was not too tired to spend a little time in the kitchen indulging in a certain love of mine….baking. I had picked up this wonderful cocoa powder some time ago, which inspired me to make "chocolate" something. And what could represent chocolate more than… BROWNIES! Or GF walnut coconut brownies to be precise! Unfortunately my brownies ended up more like little chocolate ‘cakes’ than rich / fudgey brownies. The taste, however, was spot on and I particularly loved the addition of the toasted coconut. But then again I am pretty biased when it comes to the chocolate / coconut combination. Walnut Coconut Brownies (GF) – (makes 12)
- 100g nuttelex (or butter if you would prefer)
- 100g 85% dark chocolate
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 140g tub apple purée
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- 3/4 cup GF plain flour
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1/4 cup shredded coconut
- Preheat oven to 180°C. Line base and sides of a slice tray with baking paper.
- Combine the nuttelex, chocolate and sugar in a saucepan over a low heat. Stir with a metal spoon until the mixture is melted and well combined. Remove from the heat, pour into a large mixing bowl and allow to cool for 5 minutes.
- Add eggs to chocolate mixture and stir until combined.
- Add apple purée, walnuts, flour and cocoa powder. Stir well.
- Pour into prepared tray and smooth surface. Sprinkle with shredded coconut.
- Bake for 25 minutes, then remove from oven and allow to cool in the pan for 1 hour or until cold.
- Cut into 12 squares to serve.
What about you? Do you have any hot ‘tips’ for making a perfect brownie? Happy Baking 🙂