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So apparently my family is going for some sort of heart attack denial record and my time to beat is 36 hours. Mum added a whole 12 hours to her mother's record and will be in hospital til Sunday. Her stents went in fine, and she's got lots of people to help her and Grandma out while she recovers. Not realising at the time that I now have a family history of heart attacks, I baked these very low production value versions of Hollywood brownies earlier today. They did come in handy for stress-eating.

340g couvature dark chocolate, chopped (aka a parially-nibbled 375g block of Home Brand compound cooking chocolate that I attacked last month when it was the last chocolate in the house and I was desperate)
175g butter, chopped
330g white sugar (typical Hollywood)
4 eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup single cream (substituted yoghurt instead)
110g plain flour
100g chopped nuts (eg. hazelnuts, pecans, walnuts), optional (I opted out due to lack of nuts)
Preheat oven to 170C and butter and line with baking paper a 20x30cm cake tin. Combine the butter and chocolate in a big saucepan over low heat and stir occasionally until just melted. Remove from heat and stir in sugar, then add eggs one at a time (crack into a teacup and beat a little with a fork before tipping it in). Then add the vanilla, cream and flour, and the nuts last. Stir until just combined and take care not to over-mix. Pour into the prepared tin and bake for ~40 mins. The top should be crusty and crackly and a skewer inserted should come out with a little crumb and a little batter. Cool in tin. Makes "24" "servings".
And I made a reasonably faithful version of Tessa Kiros's fasolada (here's a sneaky link because I'm lazy) which I was not expecting my household to actually love but when I got home they were raving about how good it was. I used lima beans and it came out looking very much like the picture in the book (love it when that happens).


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