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I am not going to lie to you; these brownies are completely ridiculous, ridiculous being the operative word as it is decidedly neither positive nor negative. To steal a bit of rhetorical technique from our old pals Marks and Sparks – these are not just brownies… These are the softest, ooeyest, gooeyest chocolatey brownies that you have ever tasted. They are charged with chocolatey goodness by the tripartite work of dark cooking chocolate, super rich cocoa powder and everybody’s favourite chocolate bar, Mars. Just when you think it can’t get any more, these little dollops of deliciousness are topped with an irresistibly moreish cream cheese frosting and fresh strawberries. I could pretend that these brownies are not 100% bad for you (are strawberries not counted as one of your five a day?), but I do not want to lure anyone in to a false sense of security. No, these are not to be endeavored if anyone in the vicinity of your kitchen has any nutritional awareness whatsoever or tends towards calorie counting. Best enjoyed by greedy and guilt-free chocoholics and perfect for comfort eating. Personally, I love finger-food desert eating at dinner parties. A platter of these gorgeous treats is just the trick!
1. Combine the butter and sugar in a mixing bowl, beating until light and fluffy and then adding the eggs one at a time. Next, sieve and fold in the flour and cocoa powder until well incorporated.
2. Melt the chocolate in a bain marie before whisking it into the mixture. Whisk until lumpless and luscious before, finally, folding in the Mars bar chunks. Spread into a baking dish or tray that has been lined with greaseproof paper, and bake for about 30 mins at 180 °C. It is unlikely that a cake checker will come out of your brownies uncovered in chocolatey gloop, but this is my no means a problem. They hold their shape more once they are cooled and it is imperative that you don’t over cook them! When in doubt, take out of the oven…
4. Leave on a wire rack to cool and cut into squares. Dollop a spoonful of frosting (or more if you're feeling indulgent) on each brownie and press a fresh strawberry (stalks and all) in the middle.
Calories shmalories, ladies and gents.
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