Chocolate Brownies and Other Things

Woke up at 9am and very slowly started to think about what to bake for the day to bring to a friend’s place, where we were going to spend the afternoon together. After a failed macaron batch (don’t ask) I decided to opt for something simple and bake some brownies.

Recipe from here. My blog from a while back that I kinda abandoned after a few posts. Shame on me.

Anyway, drove out to Templestowe, where my friend was ready with my favourite things – coffee, stuffed baby peppers and… ham, cheese and tomato toasties.

This was the first time anyone had served up a Nespresso coffee for me so I was eager to try it out. It was a decent coffee, but I think I still prefer to get one from the cafe.

It was a pleasant day just hanging out with friends that ended with a beautiful sunset. I love this city.

 


Chocolate Fruit Tart

I decided to make a chocolate fruit tart today with the intention of using up my stray egg yolks from macaron making. However, backed out of a pate sucre recipe in favour of just a plain shortcrust pastry due to the ease of execution.

Here’s the completed tart – I filled it with dark chocolate ganache and topped it with a lemon macaron, hazelnuts, candied ginger and strawberries. I’m very pleased with the outcome.

Recipe for crust – Put 125g of plain flour and 90g of butter into a processor and process to fine crumbs. Pour into a 8 inch tart pan and press in. You could also choose to roll it out but I’m lazy when it comes to these things.┬áBake at 160 Celcius in a fan forced oven for 25 minutes.

For the ganache, I just poured dark chocolate and cream (roughly a 1:1 ratio) into a bowl and microwaved it for a minute, then stirred until smooth and free of lumps. As you can see, there isn’t a real recipe as such. I kinda just made it up as I went along.