“She turned to the sunlight
And shook her yellow head,
And whispered to her neighbor:
"Winter is dead.”
~AA Milne, when we were very young
Tuesday, 28 September 2010
I get a big kick out of the Malteaser commercials on the telly. The idea is that eating Malteasers is really naughty, and so people keep inventing naughty ways and excuses to eat them . . .
Then there are the ones where eating them makes people do naughty things.
I think the funniest one is where these two girls take their sleeping boyfriends and wind their arms around each other so that it looks like they are snuggling together . . . of course it gets really funny when the two unsuspecting fellas wake up and see who they've been cuddling!!
Malteasers are the British Equivalent to North American Malted Milk Balls.
I just love them. I confess . . . when we get a pack of Revells, I weed through them to find all the malteasers so I can eat them all up before anyone else can . . . likewise the malteasers in the tin of Celebrations . . . and . . . yes, I do steal all the nutty ones in the Christmas box of chocolates too. I am a naughty greedy girl . . .
But I also do all the baking and cooking, so it's ok. From where I am sitting, the malteasers in a packet of revells are like the cook's treats, those choice little tender oysters of succulent meat situated on the bottom of a roast turkey or chicken! Us cooks deserve em! We earned em!!
This is what happens when you bake brownies with a bunch of malteasers layered in the centre.
You get Brownies . . . only better.
Fudgy brownies, all gooey and stickily chocolately . . . filled with these scrummy and crunchy little balls . . . malteasers balls,
Moreishly, Malteaserly, naughtily addictive! Seriously.
The naughty snack.
7 ounces unsalted butter ( a scant cup)
100g of dark chocolate, miminum 60% cocoa solids, broken
up into pieces (3 1/2 ounces)
12 ounces soft light brown sugar (1 3/4 cup packed)
4 large free range eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
200g of self raising flour (a scant 2 cups)
pinch of salt
10 1/4 ounce box of malteasers ( malted milk balls)
Preheat the oven to 180*C/350*F/ gas mark 4. Brush a 9 inch square tin with butter and line with some parchment paper, allowing it to overhang the sides so that you can easily lift the brownies out when done.
Melt the butter along with the chocolate over very low heat. Once melted remove from the heat and stir in the sugar. Whisk in the eggs and vanilla. Sift the flour together with the salt and stir into the chocolate mixture. Pour half of the batter into the prepared pan. Sprinkle the malteasers evenly over top, then cover with the remaining batter, making sure the chocolates are totally covered.
Bake for 40 to 45 minutes until the top of the brownies are glossy and set and the middle still a bit squidgy. Leave to cool in the pan before removing and cutting into squares..