Friday, 5 December 2014

Jamie Olivers Peanut Butter Jelly Brownies

I bought Jamies comfort food book about two weeks ago and have this recipe open on my  recipe stand since then - today was the day to try this one and this is how it went:

For the custard:

250ml  Semi-skimmed milk
1  Vanilla pod
2  Large egg yolks
50g  Golden caster sugar
1  Heaped tablespoon cornflour
20g  Unsalted butter (at room temperature)
2  Heaped tablespoons smooth peanut butter
For the brownies:

230g  Uunsalted butter, plus extra for greasing
250g  Quality dark chocolate
230g  Golden caster sugar
4  Large eggs
150g  Plain flour
2  Tablespoons raspberry jam
75g  Fresh raspberries

Start by making the custard. Put the milk into a pan, halve the vanilla pod lengthways and scrape out the seeds, then add both pod and seeds to the pan and lightly simmer on the hob, stirring occasionally.
Meanwhile, in a bowl whisk the egg yolks, sugar, cornflower and soft butter. Whisking constantly, gradually pour the hot milk into the bowl until combined. Then return the custard mixture to the pan, place over a low heat and stir gently for 2-3 mins, or until thickened. Stir in the peanut butter and leave to cool completely ( it's not lumpy - I used crunchy peanut butter ).

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C. Then grease and line a deep baking tray or dish (roughly 20cm/30cm). 

Melt the butter in a non stick pan on a low heat, then snap up and add the chocolate. Stir regularly with a spatula until melted and combined, then remove from the heat and stir in the sugar. Leave to cool slightly and then and whisk in the eggs, one at a time, until silky. Sift in the flour and mix well.

Pour the brownie mix into the prepared tray/dish.
 Then swirl through the chilled nutty custard (discarding the vanilla pod). Erratically distribute little spoonfuls of jam over the surface and poke in the fresh raspberries too. 

Bake in the oven for around 25 mins, until cooked on the outside but still a little gooey on the inside.

 Leave to cool, cut into squares and serve.

These are huge!! Unexpected....

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