Gettin’ biccie with it
Look, I’ve met my fair share of celebs and I don’t often get star-struck but I do have one bizarre story I’d like to share with you. Sit down kiddies, it’s story time.
“’Harry, better get up! I’m hungry for a midnight snack!’ said Nigella Lawson, while I was half asleep, at 2am…”
It was a cool night back in 2016, when the MasterChef contestants, myself included, had gone to bed after a long day of filming. I was absolutely stark-naked in bed, as per usual, however, something was a little off. I woke up with a sense that there was someone in my house. You know that feeling you get? Well, I glanced at the clock to find it was around 2am; too early for me to be worried about such nonsense. My chances of getting mugged in some fancy mansion in this luxe street in suburban Melbourne (I know) in the middle of the night were pretty low. So, I dozed back off, only to be rudely awoken mere moments later by none other than the Queen of cooking, Nigella Lawson, and her sidekick, Matt Preston. Naked and afraid, I abruptly sat up as a camera and light pointed directly into my half-asleep face. “Harry, better get up! I’m hungry for a midnight snack!” This, folks, was the night I made my Dark Chocolate Brownie Cookies (aka ‘the brookie’) for Nigella Lawson – in the middle of the night, half asleep.
For those of you who haven’t had the pleasure of making her acquaintance, the brookie is a sumptuous, delectable, irresistibly gooey chocolate biscuit that is the love child of the humble choc-chip cookie and a rich chocolate brownie after a night in the throes of passion.
A crusty shell, reminiscent of a dry landscape with its cracked mud after being baked in the sun, encompasses an oozy, rich and soft interior that is tender and delicate. The absolute best of both worlds. The Brookie really lends itself to every occasion. A kid’s birthday party schnack if you can bear to share them with children. Perhaps warmed, then broken over ice-cream for a dangerously good dessert or even simply served up fresh on a platter to take to mum for Mother’s Day. These beauties are my go-to for that occasion where you want it to seem like you did something super special for someone but it really took you no time at all.
Give them a go and share your photos with me on Instagram!
• 350g 70% dark chocolate
• 45g butter
• 225g caster sugar
• 80g cornflour
• 1 tsp baking powder
• 3 eggs
• 1 tsp vanilla essence
• 100g dark chocolate chips
1. Preheat your oven to 175°C.
2. Melt your butter and 350gm of chocolate in the microwave in 30 second bursts. Keep going until it’s barely melted but nice and smooth. Let it cool slightly.
3. Using a stand mixer, mix the rest of the ingredients until it forms a light and fluffy batter. This should take a couple of minutes.
4. Gently add your chocolate mix to the batter on a low speed.
5. Once incorporated, spoon generous dollops onto baking paper lined trays and add a couple of choc chips on top. Bake for 12 minutes at 175°C.
6. Once cooked, let them cool and sprinkle with flaky sea salt. Bon appétit!
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