I had such a massive craving for chocolate yesterday that I gave in and decided to go with it. I don't usually over indulge my cravings, I tend to satisfy them with a square or two of what I'm craving. But yesterday I had to have something completely and utterly chocolatey.
It was quite humid yesterday, it was around 80-100% humidity because of the rain, and thought something cool would be perfect. My first thought went to making a chocolate ice cream, but I wanted a fix a lot quicker than that, I didn't want to be waiting hours to enjoy the chocolate goodness!!!
I read this post by Blondie and Brownie about The Big Gay Ice Cream Truck closing up for the winter, and was inspired after looking at the 'goodies' on their home page, NB the Belgian Slipwich (inspiration) and the Monday Sundae.....drool.....
I first came across this scrumptious cookie on Joy the Baker's blog. It has everything I crave when I want chocolate, fudginess and lots of dark ooey gooey chocolate. The choice to add more chocolate in the form of chocolate chips was even more decadent.
A cookie ice-cream sandwich was calling me. So I put the two ideas together. I love to have brownies with ice-cream anyway, so this was the logical next step right?....And healthy with the addition of fruit!
I had to add raspberries because I adore them and I had some frozen ones. Also I didn't use as much sugar as Joy the Baker, but still found it quite sweet.
50 grams butter
115 grams favourite dark chocolate, I used the almond Nestle Club block
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon coffee powder
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup plain flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/3 cup raspberries
Melt the butter in the microwave and add the chocolate, the heat from the butter will melt the chocolate. Next add the coffee and vanilla, set aside to cool slightly.
Beat the sugar and egg together in a separate bowl, then add the chocolate mixture to the eggs. Mix all of this by hand, with a trusty pink spatula :)
Next add the flour, baking powder, salt, berries and chocolate chips.
Dollop tablespoonful's of batter onto a lined baking tray or two, they don't have to be perfectly rounded or shaped, then bake in a preheated 160C oven, bake for 8-10 minutes exactly, you don't want to dry them out and becoming hard. Also Joy puts her mix in the fridge to firm up and make the mixture easier to handle, but I didn't have the patience for this step, and they turned out wonderful.
Sandwich with your favourite ice-cream, I had a vanilla bean and raspberry that I made previously. Or enjoy with a cup of tea or coffee.