Did you know that chocolate has its own day of celebrations on 07 July? At Providence Row’s social enterprise bakery, Rise, we totally understand why chocolate is so deserving of its own day of honour. Chocolate is our favourite flavour!
Rise* gets through nearly 10kg of it a week. The average Brit consumes about 11kg a year, roughly 3 bars a week. Considering the ravenous rate of Rise’s (and the nations’) chocolate consumption, we thought we’d highlight one of our favourite brownie recipes: double chocolate brownies.
So on Sunday as an excuse to enjoy, indulge and appreciate chocolate, please give our brownie chocolate recipe a go. At Providence Row we will be showing chocolate-themed cinema masterpieces (think Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Chocolat) during film club.
Our weekly film club is one of the many classes we offer to help people experiencing homelessness to have a creative outlet. We all need a bit of laughter and comedy (and chocolate) in our lives.
We’ll also provide our film club attendees some delicious milk chocolate kindly donated by Divine Chocolates - what a treat!
Rise Double Chocolate Brownies
32x21cm tray, makes 18 brownies
250g Dark chocolate to melt
150g Dark chocolate chips
210g Room temperature unsalted butter
250g Caster sugar:
150g Plain flour
1.5 tsp Vanilla Extract
1. Preheat the Oven to 190C
2. Spray the baking tray with oil and line with grease proof paper. Cut a slit in the corners so that the paper fits neatly in the tray
3. Put the dark chocolate to melt in a bowl set over a Bain-marie of simmering water. Stir every 10 minutes to help it melt evenly then remove and allow to cool a little.
4. Beat the butter and sugar in an electric mixer until light and fluffy. You will need to use a spatula to clean the sides of the mixing bowl and make sure the butter is mixed evenly.
5. Add the vanilla and then the eggs one at a time, beating for about 1 minute after each egg.
6. Sieve and mix in the flour (there’s no need to over beat, just make sure it’s well incorporated)
7. Mix in the melted chocolate (wipe the bottom of the bain-marie bowl to make sure that no water gets into the mix).
8. Mix in the dark chocolate chips.
9. Scrape the mixture into the prepared tray using a spatula.
10. Spread it evenly reaching the corners.
11. Bake for 22 minutes until just firm to the touch (the skewer test doesn’t work as the centre is still a little molten).
12. Remove from the oven and leave to cool for a minimum of one hour before chopping.
* Our Rise Bakery is an extension of our award-winning Catering Trainee Scheme, which helps people into work through training. People experiencing homelessness are able to gain skills, experience and a qualification under the supervision of trained chefs producing high quality brownies which can be bought online at www.risebakery.london.