In fact this happens to me pretty much every time we have a guest over, great planning, I know!
With so little time and pre-bought ingredients it can be hard to think of a dessert that will work.
To that I say, brownies are the answer!
I'm not a pro at brownies, by any account. I feel like there is a brownie club that I don't belong to because everyone seems to have that recipe. The recipe they've made 500 times and know off by heart. I'm not like that.
For me this one is just simple, it's a little on the cakey side (as opposed to the fudgey type) but the best thing about it is that it contains ingredients you are bound to have in the pantry.
Anything extra you want to throw in, go for it! For instance...Mars Bars? Or any chocolate bar for that matter! Nuts? Yes! Crainsin? Why not! The choice is up to you. Plus if you leave it plain and dust with a little icing sugar it still tastes great with a strong cup of coffee by its side.
Mars Bar Brownies
Recipe adapted from Robyn Brown Bakes
250g Butter, cut into chunks
1/2 C Cocoa
1 1/2 C Sugar
1 C Flour
1 t Baking Powder
1 t Vanilla Essence
3 Mars Bars (chopped)
Icing sugar for dusting (optional)
- Preheat oven to 180 degrees C and line an 8" square cake tin or brownie tin with baking paper.
- Heat butter in a large pan until melted.
- Sift cocoa and add to the butter, stir with a wooden spoon until combined.
- Remove from heat and add sugar, mixing until combined.
- Beat eggs in a separate bowl, and add to the mixture one at a time, making sure to mix in thoroughly after each addition.
- Sift in flour and baking powder into mixture.
- Add vanilla and mix until well combined.
- Pour brownie mixture into prepared tin and dot with Mars Bar pieces.
- Using a spoon, gently press the Mars Bar pieces into the mixture until every piece is covered in batter.
- Bake for approx. 30 minutes or until brownie springs back when touched and skewer inserted comes out clean.
- Leave to cool completely in tin.
- Remove from tin and cut into large squares, sift icing sugar on top and enjoy!
So next time you're in a hurry and can't think of something for dessert try this one out. If you're the sort of person who always has ice cream in the freezer (I'm not) then your dessert is sorted!
Alternatively, you could just eat these brownies for morning tea...or lunch, or dinner?
I'll make any excuse to eat one!