OK, so these aren’t actually made with bacon. I’ve called them Bacon Brownies in honour of Sarah from my team at work. When she interviewed with us, her ever so slightly northern accent led us to believe she loved ‘bacon’ rather than ‘baking’, which was what she actually said. Anyway, she got through the interview and joined us – and decided to bake us these brownies to prove she wasn’t lying on her CV. They were excellent, so in my attempt to learn to bake I asked for the recipe – so here we go! I’ve made a couple of amendments to the original recipe (in brackets) to render it dairy-free.
Makes about 16 brownies depending on how big you cut them:
75g plain flour
50g cocoa powder
125g caster sugar
50g low fat spread (I used Sainsbury’s FreeFrom which worked perfectly) (plus a smidgen for greasing)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (I always go heavy on the vanilla extract so a bit more wouldn’t do any harm!)
50g pitted soft prunes (next time I will soak the prunes in hot water before adding for extra moistness. Or I might try cranberries instead. Or both!)
50g Maltesers (I used 70% dark chocolate – actually works really well and lends it an ‘adult’ richness)
1) Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius and grease a square tin (19cm) with a smidgen of the spread
2) Sift both the flour and cocoa powder into a bowl, adding the sugar and vanilla extract
3) Crush the Malteasers (Sarah placed them in a sandwich bag and crushed with a rolling pin) and add these to the bowl – if using the chocolate chop it finely or if you can be bothered grate some of it
4) Chop the prunes finely and add to the bowl
5) Melt the spread in pan and add this to the bowl along with the beaten eggs
6) Mix thoroughly and spoon mixture into tin
7) Place in the oven for 15-20, letting them cool for 10 minutes once removed
8) Cut into squares and enjoy!
Thanks for your contribution, Sarah!
(photo of my brownies first, Sarah’s second)