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Bounty brownies

Adapted from Laura Vitale's Fudgy Brownies.

I had decided I was going to bake some brownies. Then I realised I had some coconut left over (yes, still! that bag was pretty huge), and suddenly thought of those Bounty candy bars. Surely it should be possible to make those in cake style? Like a big coconut-filled brownie. So I went ahead and tried it. You'll need:

  • 5oz of butter, at room temperature
  • 5oz of dark chocolate
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp (about half an espresso cup) of freshly brewed espresso
  • 1 packet of vanilla sugar (about 1 tbsp)
  • 2 tbsp cacao powder
  • a pinch of salt
  • 2/3 cup of flour
  • 3/4 cup of unsweetened grated coconut

Start off by melting your chocolate. You can do this in a double boiler, or just in the microwave on high as long as you stir it well at least once every 30 seconds. Set the chocolate aside, and preheat your oven to 180°C/350°F. (Yes, you could have done this at the beginning, unless you live in a small dorm and only have a combination oven/microwave. :P) Mix together the butter and sugar. Add in the espresso, vanilla and eggs and mix some more. Add in the melted chocolate, cacao powder and salt, and stir well with a spoon instead of using the electric mixer. Add in the flour, and stir shortly but firmly until everything is just incorporated. Add about 2-3 tbsp of the batter into a separate bowl (I recycled the melted chocolate's bowl, as you can see) and add in the coconut. Stir until a coarse, somewhat crumbly paste forms. Spread half of the batter in a greased oven dish. Add the coconut mixture on top and spread it out, pressing it into the batter a little. Finally, add the other half of the batter on top and spread it out as evenly as possible. This will be pretty hard, as the mixture is quite thick and sticky! Bake for about 45 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the centre has little crumbs on it (i.e. it doesn't have to come out completely dry), but no wet batter.

Allow to cool completely so it can set, ignoring the fact that warm brownies are the best kind and your whole house has been tantalizingly smelling of fresh brownies for almost an hour now and -- who am I kidding? Just dive right in. Clearly, my resolve didn't even last long enough to take a picture of the uncut finished product.

Fair warning, though: these aren't exactly diet-friendly. I mean, not that I expected them to be or anything, but I didn't think they would be this "bad" either before I did the calculations. If cut into 12 squares, each serving will contain approx. 4g of protein, 30g of carbs, and 20g of fat, for a total of 312 calories. My entire lunch today was also about 300 calories. Whoops. :P

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