I haven’t had much of a chance to get stuck into some new baking recently, what with a rather few hectic weeks at work and the trauma of being a first-time home buyer to contend with! But I managed to knock out these fudgy coconut brownies last night after months of thinking I should *definitely* make these next.
They were really easy to make – just melt a whole block of butter, some cocoa and a whole load of sugar in a pan, then mix in some eggs, flour and dessicated coconut. Then bake for 45 minutes. And that’s it. I used my posh Valrhona cocoa (which is nearly finished – sob!) and half the amount of sugar specified in the recipe. Yes, half. Half a kilo of sugar is waaaay too much for a mere 16 brownies, in my opinion!
I have to say, the finished product looked amazing. Super dark, thanks to the posh cocoa, and an incredibly dense texture. The mix rose a LOT in the oven, so the brownies ended up being massive to boot! However, I think all the rising plus the relatively long baking time (for brownies) meant they ended up more cake than brownie-like – or it could have been the ‘missing’ sugar that caused it.
Nevertheless, they were still extremely delicious. I was really pleased with the strength of the coconut flavour – I usually feel a little disappointed in the lack of coconuttiness (yes, I just made that up) whenever I bake something with coconut in, and try to put more in the next time I bake that particular item. But I think this recipe has just the right amount! I suspect the flavour would have been even stronger if I’d used bog standard supermarket cocoa rather than the Valrhona stuff.
All in all, this is a great little recipe if you need to whip up some chocolatey/coconutty treats in a hurry – try it NOW!
On the BBC Good Food website here: http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/402625/fudgy-coconut-brownies