Before I begin, I have to share that Justin thinks these marzipan chocolate brownies were the best brownies he’s ever eaten!
I’ve probably said this in the past, but Justin isn’t the biggest chocolate brownie fan in the world. If he was, I’d be making them every few days, because I adooooore them.
The addition of the ganache and marzipan layers give extra dimensions to the dark chocolate gooeyness.
Justin’s usual grumbles about brownies involve words like – stodgy, claggy or even dry. These additions seem to have banished all those worries!
And I followed this recipe simply as a way to use up left over home-made marzipan from last week’s Simnel cupcakes. What a great result – brownie harmony in the house!
The layers make very attractive slices too – very tempting – perfect for having on the counter of our combined vintage shop & café which we sometimes dream of!
Give them a go – I think you’ll love them!
- 175g/6oz butter
- 175g/6oz caster sugar
- 75g/2½oz dark chocolate
- 3 eggs
- 85g/3oz plain flour, sieved
- 40g/1½oz cocoa powder
- 75g/2½oz dark chocolate
- 75g/2½oz double cream
- 150g/5oz ground almonds
- 200g/7oz icing sugar
- 2tsp almond extract
- 1 egg white
- 100g/32½oz dark chocolate
- Preheat the oven to 180°C/350ºF/Gas mark 4
- Grease & line a 20cm/8-inch square cake tin with parchment paper
- Melt the dark chocolate and butter together in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of just simmering water (making sure the bottom of the bowl doesn't come into contact with the water)
- Stir to incorporate
- Whisk the eggs and sugar together well
- Mix in the chocolate mixture
- Fold in the flour and cocoa powder
- Pour the batter into the baking tin
- Bake for 15-20 minutes or until just baked
- Melt the dark chocolate and double cream together in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of just simmering water (making sure the bottom of the bowl doesn't come into contact with the water)
- Stir to incorporate
- Once the brownie layer has cooled, pour the ganache over and spread evenly. Allow to firm up before embarking on the next layer
- Put the ground almonds, icing sugar, almond extract and egg white into a food processor and combine until a thick ball of dough is formed
- Turn the paste out onto a work surface and knead it a few times. Roll it into a ball, wrap in cling film and refrigerate whilst waiting for the ganache layer has firmed up
- Liberally sprinkle some icing sugar on a work surface and roll out half of the marzipan to about ½cm thickness
- Cut to size to cover the 20cm/8-inch square brownie layer
- Any unused marzipan will keep - covered in cling film - for a month in the fridge or 6 months in the freezer
- Melt the dark chocolate and pour evenly over the marzipan. Allow to set completely before 'cutting off the crusts' and slicing into portions
It’s very surprising that in our ten years of trading as H is for Home (and in the vintage ‘hobby years’ prior to that), we’ve never actually bought a piece of Terence Conran designed ‘Salad Ware’. Well, as of this morning, those days are over.
Here’s our lovely new plate with its classic vintage 1950s design of fruit and vegetables.
We love the shapes and colours… and its pared back simplicity. We even like the radish-shaped back stamp detail. It still looks modern today – imagine the impact it made over 60 years ago.
We might just have to stroke this piece a while before selling. Well, the house walls are newly painted, there’s a small space available… and it did come with hanging hooks!
Every so often, we yearn for a major change in our lifestyle – sell up, buy a camper van and go off travelling. We sometimes think about narrowboat living; scaling down on our possessions and simplifying our existence.
This narrowboat home is moored up in Docklands, London. It may be a mere 19m long x 5m wide, however, it boasts 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms and oodles of living space. This lovely multi-function area manages to feel spacious and bright, yet cosy too.
- Jieldé D1260 loft floor lamp
- Tom Housden dipped terracotta pendant light
- Vintage Godin wood-burning stove
- Pols Potten wire Supplement table
- House Doctor hemp & natural grey ottoman / pouf
- Vintage Greaves & Thomas egg chair
- G Plan Fifty Eight sofa
- Brunel dining table | Brunel bench
Just a quick little update to say that we’ve added a few new items to our web shop today. These are just three of half a dozen things.
First up, is the Homemaker tea trio designed by Enid Seeney for Ridgway Potteries in the 1950s. Next, is a Figgjo Flint Saga vase designed by Turid Gramstad Oliver. Finally, is a two-tone green ‘Palm’ design acrylic water or juice jug produced by Immanuel.
Click on each item image to go straight to it on our shop site.
Earlier this week, we discovered the designs of Laila Zink (1915-1999) whilst researching the identity of the designer who created a large pottery charger that we’d bought at the flea market. She worked for pottery manufacturers Kupittaan Savi based in Finland. Her work is very distinctive – stylised folk art figures, flowers and landscapes. The elongated facial features and almond shaped eyes of the ladies (and it does usually seem to be ladies) are instantly recognisable. Her pieces are all hand painted and very individual.
We couldn’t find out much information about either her or Kupittaan Savi. A book has been written about the company… however it’s in Finnish. Her work isn’t very commonplace however, there are currently a few examples available on Etsy and eBay.
We’re off to visit some friends in the Lakes soon. We’re only going for a weekend, but we’re really looking forward to revisiting one of our favourite places… and favourite friends!
We have a massive duffel bag on wheels that holds about a 2 weeks’ holiday worth of clothes, shoes and toiletries. However, we could really do with something smaller like a couple of overnight bags. Something that doesn’t encroach upon the dog’s domain in the back of our estate car. He travels heavier than we do – he has his bed, blanket, 2 food bowls, travel-size bag of food, towel, raincoat, lead and – unfortunately in his old age – prescription medicines. He needs so much paraphernalia, it’s like having a toddler!
- UU Family travel tote: from $45.66 USD, AliExpress
- Hand-crafted yellow overnight bag by Freeload Leather Accessories: £255, Notonthehighstreet
- ASPINAL OF LONDON Harrison leather overnight business bag: £695, Selfridges