1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup cocoa
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup ground almonds
1/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
Hardly the healthiest snack to make with your kids, but definitely one of the easiest and tastiest- Jem can now measure, mix and eat these brownies all on his own.
1) Preheat oven to 350 F /180 C.
2) Melt butter.
3) Add ingredients in listed order, mixing gently but thoroughly.
4) Pour batter into a lined 20x20cm tin and bake in the middle of the oven for approximately 25 minutes (check after 20 and keep baking until the edges are firm, but the middle is still very soft: the less cooked, the squidgier the brownies will be).
5) Cool in tin, slice and share...
For a simple variation, replace the cocoa with the zest and juice of 2 lemons and add another 1 to 2 tablespoons of flour to soak up the extra liquid. Bake for approximately 40 minutes in a round tin for a wonderfully damp, lemony cake. Dust with icing sugar then serve with fresh raspberries, or rhubarb compote, and lightly whipped cream.