Being mum and main caregiver to a one year old means I have a lot less time to experiment with new recipes and flavours these days. In the past year, the only time I can do anything productive is when my son naps. So when nap time is short and unpredictable (as they always are!), I turn to my tried-and-tested favourite recipes, such as the perfect chocolate chip cookie, fruit and nut granola and hummingbird cupcakes.
But then there are some days like last Friday when all the stars were aligned – namely the meteorite of needing to feed friends coming over, the star of an inspiration from Joy the Baker, and the planetary system of two long naps by that sweet child of mine. So in that one miracle day alone, I baked cupcakes, frosted cupcakes, churned a batch of homemade ice cream AND made these olive oil brownies. *pat pat* (That’s the sound of me giving myself a pat on the back)
Enough self-encouragement. Now on to brownies. I have never tasted or heard of the unlikely combination of olive oil in brownies. Olive oil in pasta… legit. Olive oil in brownies… will the unique and strong flavour of the oil overwhelm this sweet treat? I am happy to report – not at all! In fact, these brownies are gooey, chewy and chocolatey. Every bit of what a good brownie should be like. And the best part is, they are pretty quick to whip up. I would know – I put this together, popped it in the oven, washed the dishes, took them outta the oven and even had time for a quick shower. All before my son woke from his nap.
Olive Oil Brownies
Adapted from Joy the Baker
(Yields: 8″ x 8″ pan)
¼ cup olive oil
8 ounces (225g) bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
¾ cup fine granulated or castor sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
¼ cup all-purpose flour, sifted
¼ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
½ cup coarsely chopped walnuts
coarse or flaked sea salt for finishing
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 8×8 inch pan with parchment paper or grease baking dish with some olive oil.
2. In a medium bowl set over a pot of simmering water, warm the olive oil and bittersweet chocolate together over low heat, stirring until the chocolate is completely melted and smooth.
3. Remove from the heat and stir in the sugar and vanilla, then beat the eggs in one at a time. Stir/whisk vigorously until the batter becomes smooth and shiny and most of the sugar has dissolved.
4. Fold in the sifted flour, baking powder, sea salt and walnuts.
5. Scrape the batter into the prepared brownie pan and sprinkle some coarse sea salt evenly on top of the batter. Place in the oven and bake for approximately 25-30 minutes.
6. Remove from oven and let cool completely before serving with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of ice-cream!