I’m sure most of you are aware of the #TwitterBakeAlong challenge, but if not it’s a weekly challenge set by two people, @Rob_C_Allen and @thebakingnanna1 via Twitter or Instagram. They set a competition every week of a bake to make. All you need to do is upload your photo onto Twitter or Instagram to enter. Easy.
I have entered quite a few times, but mostly I’m late – I think this became a recurring theme during last year’s Bake Off. The bakes had to be in by 12 noon on the Monday – mine was always a day late due to other commitments.
This year, I have made it my resolution to try and enter more often and on time. I admit I did miss the first week as it was savoury muffins and I didn’t think it was something that my family would eat, so I didn’t take part.
However, last week was Brownies using fruit or vegetables. I knew I had a bag of blueberries in the freezer, which I had put in there just before Christmas as I didn’t think they would be eaten and I hate throwing food away. It actually worked out better with the blueberries being frozen as they remained whole during the baking of the brownie and they gave a little ‘zing’ to the brownie as you had a burst of juice as you bit into them.
The recipe is as follows:-
- 170g butter
- 65g cocoa
- 2 tbsp coffee (a tsp of coffee mixed with 2tbsp boiling water)
- 340g golden caster sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 170g plain flour
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 150g frozen blueberries
- Preheat the oven to 170C and line a square 23cm tin with greaseproof paper.
- Melt the butter in a large bowl and add the cocoa and coffee mixture. Mix together.
- Add the sugar, eggs and vanilla to the bowl and mix together.
- Stir in the flour, baking powder and salt.
- Finally, stir through the blueberries. The mixture will stiffen considerably as the frozen blueberries will ‘set’ it.
- Spoon into the baking tin and level out.
- Place in the oven for approximately 30-35 minutes. Test with a skewer in the middle to see if it comes out nearly clean. You don’t want it too cook right through completely.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the tin before removing and slicing into either 16 squares or 32 smaller triangles.